Beirut has long been known for its hotel industry, with top global franchises and local classics catering to tourists. While it may be easy and comfortable to spend a night at Phoenicia or the Hilton, if you're looking for a more unique experience, why not turn to one of the many boutique or historic resting places Lebanon has to offer?
Here are 7 that you should definitely consider when finalizing your travel plans.
1. Eco Village, Chouf
Get in tune with nature and enjoy the beauty of Lebanon's green Chouf region. Established to promote a sustainable and holistic approach to tourism and life more generally, visitors can enjoy Eco Village's locally grown meals as well as yoga classes and full-body massages. On special occasions, psychedelic music events fit perfectly with the natural environment allowing guests to party all night – or an entire weekend.
2. Beit El Kroum, Zahleh
Who wouldn't want to walk outside, breath the fresh mountain air and see this incredible view of the Bekaa Valley stretching out below you? Well, make it reality and stay at the Beit El Kroum boutique hotel. Perfect in summertime, the hotel features a patio and pool area, hosting regular barbecue events.
3. Grand Hotel Palmyra, Baalbek
Located across from the iconic ruins of Baalbek, Palymyra is one of Lebanon's oldest hotels. Built in 1874, the hotel has maintained its now antique style for more than a century. In its prime, the hotel hosted royalty and the high society guests that journeyed to see the well-preserved Roman ruins.
4. Beit El Ward Boutique Hotel, Ehden
Step into the past and rest your head in this 100-year-old mansion. Located in the north of Lebanon, some 35 km from Tripoli, you'll be inspired by the traditional architecture while you enjoy the local culture of the surrounding village. Take in the mountain views and spend a day exploring Ehden's cedar forest.
5. Mir Amin Palace Hotel, Beiteddine
What could possibly be more luxurious than staying in a palace? Located right by the summer residence of Lebanon's president – when there is one, that is – and just 45 km from Beirut, Mir Amin Palace offers guests a taste of true 19th century splendor. Our tip? Enjoy an afternoon meal on the terrace soaking in the breathtaking view.
6. Bouyouti, Beiteddine
Rest comfortably in a private guest house situated in the midst of a setting of tranquil greenery. Built on the personal property of a local family, the guest houses were individually constructed with care. Originally, the family didn't plan on opening the property up to the public, but after successfully hosting friends and friends of friends, they realized they should share the experience.
7. Beit Al Batroun, Batroun
Drive up the coast from Beirut and spend a relaxing weekend at this cozy bed and breakfast. The interior of this old house has been lovingly designed to reflect traditional Lebanese rural homes, with rooms and sitting spaces situated around a spacious central liwan. Soak up the sea breeze and enjoy the view as you relax like a local along the coast.