This is a proper world class hotel and a very welcome addition to the Syrian hotel scene... hopefully the first of a good bunch, since a Movenpick is currently being built and Kimpinski should be starting building soon!
After not the best introduction to Syria with the airport and journey to the hotel, it's great to arrive at the grand lobby and be greeted by good looking men and women staff. Service is what you'd expect from a five star hotel and the rooms are more than adequate. I had a great view over the park and city from my room.
I've been several times to the restaurants in the hotel, which are decent quality but very expensive, particularly relative to Syrian prices. The buffet breakfast is good, but a shame that it's not included in the room rate.
The Damascus mall just around the corner has a good selection of quality shops and cafe's, with more to come... you can also walk to the Old Town, which is great if you're only visiting Damascus so don't have a car.
Beware of taxis trying to rip you off outside the hotel... be very insistent that they switch on the meter! And if you value safety, pay extra for the hotel taxis over the yellow taxis... the hotel ones should have seat belts in the back. If you need help then don't hesitate calling one of the helpfull bell boys over to explain in Arabic.
Regarding the pool, it's true that it doesn't get sunlight all day, but I enjoyed sun to 6 pm when I stayed. The pool quickly gets cold though.
I really enjoyed my stay here and it's a very pleasant way of getting familiar with Damascus. It's undoubtedly the best hotel in Damascus (and Syria) at present (although I've heard there's a nice boutique hotel in the old town...).
- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Damascus
- Four Seasons Damascus
- Damascus Four Seasons