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Could Leave You Spellbound
Arts and Fashion Scene in Beirut
Ancient Tourist Attractions In The Republic Of Lebanon
Could Leave You Spellbound by Pankaj Mohan
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.
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.
|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.
About the Author: Pankaj
Mohan is an India based author who often writes on behalf of BeirutShortStay.com.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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