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 Gemmayzehdistrict 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

1866 Court & Suites
1866 Court & Suites
5 out of 5
Bliss Street, Hamra, Beirut, 8375
The price is AU$178 per night from 10 Sep. to 11 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star family-friendly hotel in Beirut. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (194 reviews)
Absolutely recommend for short stay.
"Comfortable accommodations with 24-hr electricity, air conditioning, and good water pressure (all luxuries in Lebanon at this time). Staff was very helpful and cleaning crew was always available and accommodating. Good location and great views from room. Dated carpet which took away from modern ambience. ..."

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2022

1866 Court & Suites
Movenpick Hotel Beirut
Movenpick Hotel Beirut
5 out of 5
General De Gaulle Avenue, Raouche 2038, Beirut, 6908
The price is AU$279 per night from 2 Sep. to 3 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beirut. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (269 reviews)

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

Movenpick Hotel Beirut
Le Royal Hotel - Beirut
Le Royal Hotel - Beirut
5 out of 5
Leisure Hills Complex, Dbayeh, Zouk El Kharab, 701010
The price is AU$327 per night from 2 Sep. to 3 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Zouk El Kharab. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a water park. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (160 reviews)
"Great location and front desk staff were amazing. They arranged for early check in for us upon arrival due to change in our flight. They accommodated our request without hesitation. Parking staff were excellent and always helpful for direction. Thank you all for wonderful 10 days."

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2022

Le Royal Hotel - Beirut
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.
35 Rooms
35 Rooms
4 out of 5
Hamra Baalbeck St 29130, Beirut, 2030-0035
The price is AU$77 per night from 11 Sep. to 12 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Beirut. Enjoy free WiFi, 10 restaurants and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the overall value in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (96 reviews)
One of the best
"One of the best hotels in beruit Excellent location Quite hotel Clean"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2022

35 Rooms
Studio 44
Studio 44
4 out of 5
Hamra Street, Beirut
The price is AU$99 per night from 18 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Beirut. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (126 reviews)
"The hotel is very well located, with plenty of shops and restaurants around. The personel was very welcoming, efficient and helpful. However, the room we had was different and very small compared to the pictures shown on expedia. The water of the shower was overflowing and going all over the bathroom ..."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

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 AU$232 per night from 24 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star beach chalet in Khalde. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (43 reviews)
"food was good. friendly but uninformed staff. terrace furniture kept disappearing. soap and shampoo were not replenished beautiful property. The room location was deceiving. No pool or beach view."

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2022

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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