About this listing
This apartment is a 2-room 2-beds apt. with an open kitchen and one bathroom and a small balcony; it's located in Diana Tower Bldg between Hamra Str. & Bliss Str in Beirut.
It's a luxury furnished apartment for a student or a tourist. It's a 2-minute walk from AUB (American University Of Beirut) and LAU (Lebanese American University), and a 3-minute walk from Hamra Str. It's also 10 minutes away by car from DownTown Beirut.
Amenities include Cable TV + Wireless Internet (for free) with proper air conditioning/heating and electricity available 24(website hidden) is done daily in addition to changing of towels and bed sheets for no additional fee. Breakfast is also included upon your choice free of charge.
The neighborhood is a quiet one since its street is an internal one with several grocery stores and mini-markets and coffee shops near by. There are also several near by places with laundry cleaning services. A small police station is also 5 blocks away (to make this area a more secure place).
House Rules are very flexible since the whole apartment is yours with one exception of no pets. Loud music is discouraged after midnight since you have neighbors close to you. Visitors are allowed any time in the day till 2 AM. The place is secure to keep your belongings, and for extra security, you can put them in a safety box for the building.
Low budget hotel in decent location with old sanitary and dirty balcony.
Towels not changed in two days. Bed: OK. Suitable for hostel customers looking for privacy.
The taxi from the airport to the Hotel is a little bit expensive. The appartement is - like many others said - not a real airbnb-appartement; its a furnitured appartement in a hotel. Anyways, besides that, its a nice place to stay at. Hamra, the district in which it is situated, is a good place to live at.
Clean. Air Conditioning works. No power cuts. The apartment is a little worn, but nothing that would put me off staying again. Our specific apartment had a slightly broken bed and the bathroom sink didn't flush. That said, the manager was quick to offer assistance to resolve the issue.
You'll get a better deal using an apartment like this than from many of the questionable hotels.
In short, i'd have no hesitation in recommending this apartment to anyone looking to spend time in Beirut without spending lots of money.
Mohamad is a great host. He ensured everything was taken care of. We had no complications when picking up the keys or checking out.
One small thing. Do double check the price with him before committing to the amount. After booking, I had a separate email from him indicating there was another $20 to pay due to an administrative error. It wasn't the amount, but is never good to be retrospectively asked for money when you think the deal is concluded!
Mohamad and all the staff in the building were very welcoming and went out of their way to make it comfortable for us. The apartment itself is very basic and nice.The location is fantastically close to everything you need, and for anything further away, taxis pass by all the time. I would definitively recommend this place to others looking for a great, inexpensive base.
The accommodation (1 bedroom apartment) is located between Hamra and Manara, right in the city center, near pubs and shopping. Just 2 blocks from Corniche (the main sea promenade). It is by far the best location you can possibly stay in Beirut. Mohamad was always available to answer my questions and provide me with the information, including booking a car to and from the airport. The apt is nice and sunnywith huge balcony. Daily maid service, however, i had to remind them to change the sheets and towels on a few occasions and the apt does require minor cosmetic touches. I have checked 3 apartments before settling for the one on the 10th floor with a great view of the mountains.
There is a kitchen in the apt but with very bare kitchen appliences so don't expect to cook there.
Otherwise, i would definitely stay again there.
This flat is in a block of serviced apartments that functions like a hotel. I switched rooms a few times (admin glitches; no big deal) and found a significant range in room quality. I was happy with my final room assignment though and while the furniture and fittings are a bit older, everything was perfectly acceptable. The staff were very helpful too, calling taxis, helping with bags and providing tips on where to go and what to do. The building is in West Beirut just near the start of Hamra street. You can stand on your balcony and hear the call to prayer as you look out at the city and the sea – it's pretty incredible.
One note for female travellers: I was in Beirut on my own and I think I was the only solo Western woman in the hotel – certainly the only one on my floor. I didn't experience any problems, but I did get a lot of (not threatening, just curious and very direct) attention. If you are a Western woman travelling on your own and you want to keep a low profile, I would advise staying in a Western hotel.
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