Achrafieh is home to some of the most established as well as trendiest boutiques, restaurants & local hangouts, many public gardens and grand palaces and is within walking distance to Downtown with its historic buildings and souks, the National Museum, and just a 95-step historic staircase to the buzzing nightlife of Gemmazyeh and Mar Mikhael areas. Taxis/Servees are easily available at every street corner, and airport is only a 15 minute drive away. Highways leading to other parts of Lebanon are easily accessible from here too.
The building is of typical 1950s nostalgic Beirut architecture which has retained the style when Beirut was the Paris of the Middle East, with original tiling, open common parts and green wood shutters. There is no lift but a porter can help with your luggage upon arrival. It is in a fantastic spot to relax in with views across Beirut, enjoy a sunset drink from the terrace, and easily the best location for seeing art, culture and shopping or experiencing the culinary variety of contemporary Beirut and the its nightlife.
Fully modernised top floor apartment, 2 double bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, spacious and airy living room, further living room / study, guest WC, balcony and rooftop terrace with amazing views right in the heart of Beirut's chicest district Achrafieh. Like everywhere in Beirut, Achrafieh has 3 hours of power cut every day, the hours following a set schedule between 6am and 6pm, and never outside those hours.
ONE LISTING WITH THREE OPTIONS:
Church bedroom + en-suite bathroom $60/night ($440/wk)
Garden bedroom + en-suite bathroom $90/night ($650/wk)
Entire apartment $950/wk ($3100/m)
It is the home of Zawarib ((website hidden)), Lebanon's leading mapping company, so you will get first-hand tips on which spots offer the best views, alleyways with hidden treasures, latest trendy bars or cafés and easiest or most interesting way to walk back home. If you want to know "Real Beirut" you are coming to the right home.
Smoking is allowed, but preferably on the balcony or near the window, and not in the bedrooms. There is a cleaner who comes in regularly (at least once per week) but guests are expected to keep the kitchen and living rooms clean and tidy. The terrace is a wonderful place to lounge back for the evening and noise is generally tolerated, but please be respectful of others staying in the building and neighbourhood.
What a wonderful stay! Bahi is a great host (though, honestly, I was out and about in Beirut so much that we barely saw each other!) and made me feel perfectly welcome and provided for. The apartment was in an ideal location for exploring the city - a 5-10 minute walk to the cafes and bars of Gemmayzeh and easy access to all other neighbourhoods. Bahi's maps, which can be found all over the city in both pamphlet form in businesses as well as poster-form on the sides of city streets, are fun, well-designed, and informative. Definitely made me feel that I had the inside scoop on what to do and where to go! A perfect first trip to Beirut!
Bahi was super nice , he offered me a bit of food as it was getting late and was very talkative, I was very exhausted and he was very sick ..not the best meeting circumstances ! I was rushing a lot as I came to Beirut for some big job.. See you next time. Thanks Bahi
It was great to stay at Bahi's place. It has a great location in the city and the apartment was quite comfortable. Also Bahi is a great host with lots of tips on where to visit/eat in the city. He was very helpful to us.
Bahi welcomed us and showed us a quaint and clean room. We were more than welcome to everything and he was always available for questions! Overall, a great and easy place to stay.
If you are looking for a rather adventoures trip, then go to Lebanon. It was my first time there and I really liked it. Nice people, great food - and such a diverse country that you can get in touch with so many things who can hardly find anywhere else in the arab world.
Aschrafiyya, where the appartment is located, is one of the calmer spots in the city. A bit posher then most of the rest, it has some french touch. Still there is night life in walking distance and service (the local taxis) is everywhere anyway. Thus getting around in Beirut is never a problem.
Bahi was out of town when I was there, but his friend Elie, who was house sitting at the time, was a great host I had a lot of talks with late at night about the country and the people.
The appartment is spacy, everything is to be found. The terrace gives you some cool air on hot summer days.
If you want to visit Beirut and have a place where you can kick back a little from the really lively city if you feel like it, this is the place to stay.
Beirut is an amazing city! Friendly people and superb food. Bahi was super helpful and his handy map (from his company) was great. The apartment is in a quiet part of town, and you need to walk a bit to find lively, happening spots. The wifi is spotty (as is the case all over Beirut) and you need to be prepared for power cuts and ask about the schedule for when they are happening. I felt very comfortable in the property, and the terrace provides a nice view over the neighborhood.
I didn't get to meet Bahi as he was away for work but I did get to meet the lovely Elie and the spritely 3-legged cat Skipper. The apartment is so comfortable and charming, just as the ad says. On those days when you just need to relax and don't feel like adventuring into bustling Beirut it's a great sanctuary. I will absolutely stay here again on my next trip to Beirut!