Got great reviews form the "locals" family members who live and work in Lebanon. We heard that the place had a very prestigious past and that it still lives up to its reputation. The hotel looked okay as we entered from a very busy road. My thought was that the inside could be promising. A friendly gentleman greeted us outside and unloaded our bags and offered to park our car. He had no uniform, so initially, we were a little reluctant to turn our stuff over to him. When we got inside the hotel, it looked okay. Not great, but like from a old ready to be updated Marriott our hotel in Nebraska or something. At this point, there was still hope that this hotel could still meet my standards. By standards, I am refereeing to at least my basic business hotels like, Marriott, Double Tree, Hilton and The Westin. We were then taken by the bell man to the room. Upon walking in, it is a very dark room, with the look of a Red Roof Inn or something. It is still the old boob tune tv, a low bed, and the room just did not look that appealing. We asked for extra towels and they said they did not have any available. They still did not have the capacity to take toilet paper in the toilet which grosses me out.
The room for $120 also came with a breakfast. Although they try, it is a traditional Lebanese breakfast with no other options which is bread, cheese and tomatoes and cucumbers.
The hotel grounds also included a semi run down sanctuary / zoo with a brook that ran through the middle. It was okay, but not what I expected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LOCATION: Chtaura (45 minutes from Beirut & 900 meters above sea level) on a property of 17,000 m2 of forest with its own private river. Chtaura is the biggest commercial center in the Bekaa, and located at the crossroads of archeological site of Baalbek (25 minutes),Anjar ( 10 minutes )Zahle (5 minutes) , major wineries ( Ksara 5 minutes , Domaine Des Tourelles 5 minutes , Kefraya 25 minutes . For wine lovers , we can organize wine tasting experience for groups of 20 and above ) and a day trip to Damascus (45 minutes drive from the hotel). ROOM FACILITIES:Choice of river and mountain view ,individually furnished rooms , 24 - hour room service , laundry , unlimited free high speed wireless internet , satellite TV , scale , coffee making facilities , hairdryer , welcome complementary fruit basket with daily refill , LCD flat TV, bathrobe and other in room amenities , mini bar , safe , direct phone , baby sitting , individually controlled A/C , double-glazed windows, jacuzzi in suites, extra beds ,Free secuered parking .FOOD & BEVERAGE:Our food and beverage has many signature dishes (summer Sunday buffet lunch that includes whole grilled lamb). Our outlets include "Piano Bar", and our special Oriental Restaurant in the Garden where our guests enjoy the natural landscapes around our own private river (a little Venice in Lebanon). In addition we can organize and cater for your own special needs in the comfort of your home. Our entertainment includes our newly renovated Massabki Night club every Saturday with DJ and a one man show with special appearance of guest stars. BANQUITE & WEDDING FACILITIES: Our property is ideal for indoor and outdoor wedding and large theatrical events. Our outdoor facilities can accommodate from 250 to 1,000 guests. The Massabki Night club is ideal for special events of up to 150 guests. We can tailor make any program from live music to DJ to One man show indoor /outdoor, to a unique Arabian night with belly dancer, dabkke in a tent for a memorable event . CONFERANCE FACILITIES:The Massabkine Hall is fully equipped with 3 LCD screens for maximum visibility, can accommodate up to 300 guests theater style & up to 100 guests for a 1/2 moon table set up. The Bridge room is fully equipped with large LCD TV can accommodate a group of up to 25 guests.Our property with its forest and river running in the middle is ideal for corporate retreat and team building activities . PAYEMENT: All Major Credit Cards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Massabki Lebanon/Shtawrah