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Beirut Could Leave You Spellbound
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Beirut Could Leave You Spellbound   by Pankaj Mohan

Featured Beirut Hotels

Historians, writers and well-wishers have often described the city of Beirut as a mix of heritage and rare charm.
A city that saw human civilization grow from the prehistoric era, and one that consists of a rich archeological heritage now to link-back to that proof. A city that has enjoyed taking various faiths and cultures into its stride, and loved to share its numerous shades with the outside world. A land that has rejoiced in inviting guests, and providing them with lavish Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon to let them experience the same excitement of living in Beirut with a modern touch.

What we stated above is merely a symbolic appreciation of Beirut. A blend of past and present and a fusion of the Middle Eastern and modern lifestyles are two most striking aspects about it. But, there is more to add in a long list of Beirut's attractions, if one examined the city closely. Take for example, its pristine seashores, the Mediterranean climate and an inviting tourism infrastructure, which includes Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon, and you may start planning your next vacation there.

Beirut, with its over two million population, is located midway on a peninsula at Lebanon's coastline with the Mediterranean sea. The city was originally named Berut or "The Wells" by the Phoenicians, who ruled the area from 1200 BC to 1000 BC.

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Excavations in the downtown Beirut have unearthed footprints from the Hellenistic, Roman, Arab and Ottoman periods, apart from the Phoenician one. Much of the modern infrastructure, which includes Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon, is scattered over this invaluable heritage and part of the city's tourism itinerary.
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Beirut's modern history can be described in as many shades as its archived one. The city was placed under a French mandate along with the rest of Lebanon, following the collapse of Ottoman Empire at the end of World war I. Lebanon gained its final independence in 1943, and Beirut was declared its capital city. The city remained throughout this period, a major trade and commerce, tourism and knowledge hub of the whole Middle East. Notwithstanding its brief civil war at the end of the 20th century, the city has always been regarded a symbol of sustenance, beauty and growth, more so since its return to peace in 1990. A remarkable addition to Beirut's skyline came up post the year 1990, as newer residential and commercial blocks were dug in alongside its old array of Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon, apart from other amenities.

The following highlights should add more excitement to your stay in Beirut. For example, Beirut is home to several popular television channels, such as Future TV, New TV and LBC, apart from a number of sports and cultural activities. The city was a host to Asian Club Basketball Championship and the Asian Football Cup in the recent years. The city has also been a host to Miss Europe pageant eight times since 1960. 


Apart from providing recreation and hospitality through its sea beaches, Beirut hotels and the hotels in Lebanon, the Lebanese capital also lends you an easy access to other towns of Lebanon and elsewhere. This includes favorable sea, road and air connectivity.

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About the Author: Pankaj Mohan is an India based author who often writes on behalf of BeirutShortStay.com. Visit this site to book your stay in Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon.

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Al Bustan Hotel, Beirut
The Hotel Al Bustan is superbly located, with breathtaking views over Beirut and the Mediterranean, exclusive, secure and beautifully furnished. 15 km from the airport and the commercial district, the hotel offers tranquility above the bustle and traffic of the city below. An independent, family owned hotel, it offers the luxury of space, good taste, attention to detail and personal service with up-to-date technology and modern facilities. The hotel houses an Art collection, comprising paintings by local and international artists, as well as antiquities.  The hotel also hosts the Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts which takes place yearly during five weeks in February and March in the hotel's own Auditorium.
Coral Suites, Al Hamra, Beirut
Coral Suites Ė Al Hamra is perfectly located in the heart of Beirut minutes away from the cityís business and shopping districts. The hotelís convenient location in the capital, midway between the north and south, offers you the opportunity to explore with ease Lebanonís rich cultural heritage and vibrant nightlife. With the hotel as a comfortable and luxurious base you can easily visit the cityís marvels and historical sites in a day. A modern hotel offering a peaceful and refined ambience ideal for working or winding down. Designed for the sophisticated guest, our suites radiate the signature Coral elegance. Saturate your senses in our intimate surroundings. Filled with exceptional charm and warmth, each area is meant for your relaxation and offers a unique boutique style atmosphere. 
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beirut
The Crowne Plaza Beirut, the ideal city center business and conference hotel. With 190 guest rooms overlooking the Mediterranean, the Crowne Plaza Beirut combines elegance and luxury with the latest hi-tech equipments and amenities. The Vivaldi restaurant, on the mezzanine level of the Crowne Plaza Beirut, spans the whole Mediterranean, from Spain, Morocco, and France to Italy and Greece for its authentic brasserie dishes. Elegant yet trendy, casual chic and fresh, itís the place to be seen as well as enjoy. Rooftop restaurant with superb views over the Mediterranean and the Lebanese mountains, as well as a remarkable perspective of the capital itself.
Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Beirut
From the moment you step into the Gefinor Rotana the blend of traditional Arabic hospitality and the splendor of modern luxury will leave you spellbound. The hotel has a distinctive view over the city, the sea and the mountains and is conveniently located in the heart of Beirut. Gefinor Rotana is in close proximity to the business and banking districts and main shopping areas, the American University of Beirut, major hospitals in addition to the rebuilt down-town and the major exhibitions grounds with the airport just 15 minutes away. Olive Garden, the newly renovated open-kitchen restaurant with access to an Olive garden terrace, is a modern place that offers an extensive and delightful fusion of continental and traditional buffet breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner in addition to various theme nights. 
Le Royal Hotel Beirut
Le Royal Beirut is perched on a towering hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean sea, 15 kilometres from downtown and the airport. The property is close to the magnificent Jeita Grotto, nominated one of the 7 wonders, Casino du Liban, the historic city and souks of Byblos, ski resorts and upscale shopping districts. High speed wireless internet is available in all rooms and suites, and facilities for disabled guests. e Jardin du Royal, overlooking the panoramic pool, offers breakfast, seafood, Italian and Mexican fare, and barbecue nights in the summer with live music. The Titanic is a piano bar with a maritime feel, offering French and continental specialties music. Diwan Shahrayar offers meza, grilled meats and Arabic desserts, with belly dancers shows. The Ikebana Night Club hosts Arabic comedy nights every weekend. The Royal SPA boasts panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea
Raouche Arjaan by Rotana, Beirut
Raouché Arjaan by Rotana is a modern property designed with up-to-date technology and facilities catering to both long-term guests and families alike. Travellers planning on staying in a city for longer than the average traveller will appreciate the more spacious accommodation, whilst families relish the promise of an environment which more closely resembles home. Set in an informal yet stylish ambience, the all day dining restaurant offers an extensive and delightful fusion of continental and traditional fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Set in an informal yet stylish ambience, the all day dining restaurant offers an extensive and delightful fusion of continental and traditional fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Metropolitan Palace Hotel Beirut
Since the opening of the 5 star Metropolitan Palace Hotel Beirut, this elegant landmark on Beirut's skyline has become one of the most prestigious and successful hotels in Lebanon. Located in Sin El Fil (Horch Tabet) this luxury 5 star hotel in Beirut combines the best of traditional Arabian hospitality with ultimate luxury. This hotel in Beirut is home to a variety of international restaurants to suit a wide range of tastes. From the Italian charm of Venice to the authentic taste of the East, diners are spoiled for choice. Culinary favourites from around the globe are on offer round the clock, while a relaxing atmosphere can be savoured alongside an extensive variety of spirits, cigars and entertainment.  
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