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“Great rooms, helpful staff and a good location”
Review of Canari de Byblos

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Canari de Byblos
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Byblos
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great rooms, helpful staff and a good location”
Reviewed November 9, 2011

After Beirut walking around Byblos aka Jbeil was reasonably less nerve wracking. I had booked the King George which was badly maintained and too far out so walked into the Canari de Byblos and for a few dollars more got another world. True, it's a 10-15mins walk from the souk but it's very handy for all sorts of things: cash machine out the front, shopping centre down the road with a great cafe Moka & More, Bou Khalil supermarket close by, grocery market for fresh fruit across the road and a few takeaway shops and patisseries along the way.
Breakfast was generous for room service (1 of 2 rooms booked into the hotel) and buffet was fine. Laundry service was what you expect from a 4 star plus and no problems using the phone for calls (unlike Jordan). Room was a good size with a few minor scrapes around the room but very good condition, cleaning was great - no hassle to get out if you want to sleep in and a nice bathroom. TV channels were also good for an english speaker. Staff were really good at exchanging money and the service was very friendly and helpful.
As for Jbeil itself, quite a lively place, good souk souvenir shopping, lots of bars and cafes; courtyard is lovely with a lot of variety for food from cheap to expensive plus there's a busker near the gate of the castle. Old Port has fabulous views in the evenings although restaurants are a bit expensive at this end of the town but in the town centre itself there's an amazing family style restaurant that does scrumptious shish tawook and the fruit cocktails are out of this world. Pizza Napoli around the back of the souk on the way to the Old Port is the best pizza in Lebanon - Beirutis drive up there just for pizza!!!
Visited the public beach which is way cheaper than visiting Edde Sands (USD$20 entry): LLB £3 for a sunlounger and then you can order beer, soft drinks, nargile and food brought to you. It's not really all that sandy but there's a simple little open style cafe that's good for every taste where you can sit in the shade and have fast food or full cafe style Lebanese food cheaply. They do jet ski hire and have a shower with changing room too.
Internet at the hotel was not a problem for me as I was travelling laptop free and there's an internet cafe at CD Master across from the souk which is in a small shopping arcade with a gym downstairs; a bit hard to find but cheap and helpful with good connection and printing facilities.
Had a great stay for about 8 nights at Canari de Byblos and wished I could've stayed in Jbeil for longer. Less frantic than Beirut and definitely going back for the festival next year.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Yokohama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We booked two rooms for three nights earlier this month. We bailed out after the first night. The location is horrible! You have to navigate major highways to get across before you get anywhere near the old town. It is not close at all.
The rooms are big, but there are no drawers, just a closet, and a long long table running the length of the room. Sure, there is a sea view in the distance, but you look out over one of the roads.
No tourist information at all,. and nothing in the rooms. I asked for a map, or information and the reception did not have anything, only a large book put out by the Tourism Ministry on all of Lebanon.
Breakfast was abominable and not fresh. The wi-fi rates were exhorbitant,
We navigated our way to the old town and went into the touristic information centre and the very helpful woman there rang Hotel Ahiram and arranged for us to go and look at rooms there. It was a very good move.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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3 Thank JRSinYokohama
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Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2011

We stayed 2 nights in this hotel and liked it a lot. Our room was spacious, there was enough room for an extra bed. The hotel is within 7-10 min walk from 'the old city'. The hotel staff is very friendly and ready to help. The hotel is a good choice in terms of value for money, location (close to the key tourist attractions) and services.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Elizaveta3112
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Milan, Italy
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97 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2010

This new boutique hotel is cute and very well priced. I liked it a lot!

7 - 10 minute walk to the beautiful ancient city of Byblos. Wonderful view of both the city and the sea. from the balcony. I highly recommend it.

Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank Myrza313
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Amman, Jordan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 20, 2010

The hotel's location was great and close to everything. It was walking distance from the historical sigh and lots of nice shops close by for shopping. The rooms were beautiful and clean. We enjoyed the family-like atmosphere and the staff were extremely pleasant and happy to help us with whatever we needed. They are also very generous and allowed us early check in at 10:00am and even offered free breakfast on our arrival. I would go there again with my family and highly recommend it to others.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Rasha76
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chandigarh,india
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 14, 2010

Stayed in this hotel for 6 nights on a business trip.The rooms are big and clean but could do with little bit more Toiletries.The room door lock was not proper . inspite of informing the receptionist about the same ,nothing was done but was told to jam it hard.i hope owner get it repaired otherwise he would be left with a broken door.
Breakfast was nice but few things vanished for couple of days when there were less customers,i guess??

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Thank kuldeep66
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La Marsa, Tunisia
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2010

The first day we arrived, me and the rest of the group, we waited for about an hour or more to have our keys (although they knew the time of our arrival). the staff was troubled going up and down the stairs... The number of clients is more than the number of the rooms.. they did the registration of all the group without checking their availabilities, this is what we understood from their whispers. The waiting hours ended when they gave us the keys.... We oppened the door, me and my husband, the room was clean, the bed (actually 2 single beds stuck) was tidy but you can see the surprise when you remove the cover of the bed to sleep. you can see the hair of the old customer on the pillow :( it was really disgusting so we called the secretary who was usually angry and impatient (but good looking) to send a cleaner. whenever we call for someting, the service is done after hours. The secretary was really unfriendly, she was always nervous. Her substitute was nicer and friendlier.
After many arguments with the receptionist and the director (he did many things at the same time: he was the director, the waiter and working the the front office dealing with the customers complaints)
Another terrible thing that I saw only in that hotel is the food. The first day the food was Hommas (mashed chickpeas), green salad with fatuuch (fried bread) and rice with chicked. The food also was terrible. it was really the worst hotel I have ever stayed in.
We also blamed the power cut but later we discovered that all the country suffers from this problem due to the war.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Property: Canari de Byblos
Address: Voie 13, Highway Exit, Byblos, Lebanon
Location: Lebanon > Mount Lebanon Governorate > Byblos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Byblos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Canari de Byblos 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Byblos, overlooking the city and the Mediterranean sea, 50 luxurious rooms and suites with high standard international amenities at a walking distance from the city center. ... more   less 
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