Beirut is the capital of Lebanon, situated on a peninsula on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea. Since the country's Civil War ended in 1990, Beirut has emerged as the region's cultural center and a lively tourist destination. Hotels are centrally located for business travelers and those exploring the historic museums and mosques, or attending events at stadiums and the American University of Beirut.
Hotels in the vicinity of the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport also have the advantage of placing guests near Planet Discovery, Sanayeh Park and the Parliament of Lebanon Building. Hotels less than five miles from the airport include the Habtoor Grand Hotel, a luxury property with a grand spa and health club, and the Casa Verde Suites with kitchens and sitting rooms. The Holiday Inn Dunes is located inside the Dunes Shopping Center, which provides movie theaters, a bowling center and a sand art playground for kids.
Pigeon Rock Hotels
Most visitors to Beirut make it a point to walk along the Corniche, a seaside sidewalk, to view the two huge rock formations known as Pigeon Rock. Visitors to the city can stay in this area of Raouché, in one of dozens of available hotels. The Raouche Arjaan by Rotana is one of the closest lodging properties to Pigeon Rock, with spacious accommodations suitable for families or long-term stays. Coral Suites is a contemporary property with sophisticated decor and international cuisine.
The Riviera Hotel on the beachfront of the Mediterranean Sea is located in an exclusive neighborhood near the Manara Lighthouse. Guests can enjoy three swimming pools, live music every night in the piano bar and a children's club. The Monroe Hotel overlooks the Solidere Marina Yacht Club while still being centrally located for business.
Downtown Beirut includes the areas of Hamra and the Central Business District, situated to the north west of the city. Hotels here cater to business travelers and those partaking of the vibrant nightlife in the city. Several prominent Western hotel chains operate here, for moderately priced lodging choices in Beirut. The Ramada and Radisson chains are both in the central district, near business centers, shopping districts and historical sites.
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