Beirut

Travel Guide
Beirut

Visit a fascinating Middle Eastern city that showcases its broad cultural background in excellent museums and offers modern nightclub entertainment.

Beirut is a cosmopolitan city, rebuilt seven times after natural disasters and extended civil war. Explore the modern city to discover its historic roots from a range of civilizations including Ottoman, Abbasside, Omayyad, Byzantine, Roman, Hellenistic, Persian and Canaanite. Excavations have revealed a Roman hippodrome at Wadi abu Jamil and prehistoric tools dating back to 200,000 B.C.

Step into the National Museum of Beirut, bathed in golden light and featuring antiquities discovered within Lebanon. Highlights of this important site include carved ivory, Roman busts and three 6th century B.C. Phoenician statues of young boys. Bring headphones to listen to the complimentary audioguide.

Other museums include Planet Discovery for kids, the Sursock Museum of contemporary art in a beautiful Venetian-Ottoman mansion and the Robert Mouawad Private Museum, with fine jewelry, porcelain and other antiquities.

See the structures residents have built for the various religions practiced in Beirut. The 12th-century Al-Omari Mosque and the blue-domed Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, built in 2008, show the lasting presence of Islam. Near the modern mosque, the ancient St. George Greek Orthodox Church displays historic relics from an earlier Byzantine period.

Overlook the Mediterranean Sea as you walk along the Corniche promenade. In this great spot for people-watching, observe Muslim women in hijab, teenagers in Western-style T-shirts and international visitors from around the world. Sit in a cliff-top restaurant to watch the sun set behind Pigeon Rocks, two limestone monoliths rising from the water. Another peaceful spot is the Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden, a memorial to the famous Lebanese-American poet and essayist, the author of The Prophet.

Visit city souks, selling goods from farm-fresh produce to ornate gold jewelry. Enjoy Lebanese and Armenian specialties, including lamb kebabs, labneh cheese, bulgur and olives. Find nightclubs in the Gemmayzeh district and join tours to see some of Lebanon’s natural beauty outside the city. Check the U.S. State Department website for any current advisories in Beirut or other parts of Lebanon.

Where to stay in Beirut

Napoleon Hotel
Napoleon Hotel
4 out of 5
Nehme Yafet Street, Hamra Area, Beirut
The price is Rs1,941 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
Located in Hamra, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lebanese American University and Hamra Street. American University of Beirut and Agial Art Gallery are ...
3/5 (147 reviews)
"The rooms are dirty, rugs all stained and filthy- very dirty and ratchet- no cleanliness what so ever, unvaccumed carpets- bed sheets aren’t clean- 2 towels in the washroom that you doubt have been washed. They don’t even put tissues in the room, had flies in the washroom!? Not at ALL what you see ..."

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2021

Napoleon Hotel
Gems Hotel
Gems Hotel
4 out of 5
Maqdessi, Hamra Street, Beirut
Fully refundable
The price is Rs3,007 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Hamra, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of American University of Beirut and Pigeon Rocks. Berytus Roman Baths and Beirut Souks are also ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (290 reviews)
"Nice property, well located in the heart of Hamra. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Hussein the driver is top notch."

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2021

Gems Hotel
Studio 44
Studio 44
4 out of 5
Hamra Street, Beirut
The price is Rs3,378 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
Located in Hamra, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agial Art Gallery and Hamra Street. American University of Beirut and AUB Museum are also within 10 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (51 reviews)
"Good property with convenient location"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2021

Studio 44
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gems Hotel
Gems Hotel
4 out of 5
Maqdessi, Hamra Street, Beirut
The price is Rs3,007 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Hamra, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of American University of Beirut and Pigeon Rocks. Berytus Roman Baths and Beirut Souks are also ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (290 reviews)
"Nice property, well located in the heart of Hamra. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Hussein the driver is top notch."

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2021

Gems Hotel
Studio 44
Studio 44
4 out of 5
Hamra Street, Beirut
The price is Rs3,378 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
Located in Hamra, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agial Art Gallery and Hamra Street. American University of Beirut and AUB Museum are also within 10 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (51 reviews)
"Good property with convenient location"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2021

Studio 44
La Siesta Beach Resort
La Siesta Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Khalde Sea Side Road, Khalde, Mount Lebanon Governorate
The price is Rs4,729 per night from 23 Dec to 23 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Khalde chalet is within 9 mi (15 km) of Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut Municipal Stadium and National Museum of Beirut. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (31 reviews)
"Everything was excellent nice view beautiful seen. Clean pools."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2019

La Siesta Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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