On both of our stays at the Afamia, we were upgraded to a newly renovated triple room, which was much roomier than the doubles. The rooms were basic, but were a good deal, given Damascus standards. We found the staff to be helpful, and the breakfasts were good. The location was about 15 minutes from the Old Town. We would highly recommend eating at Al Kawali restaurant on Straight Street in the Old Town. Normally, we like to try different restaurants when we travel, but this one was so good and such good value that we had dinner there several nights, trying different dishes each time, and all were delicious.