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Palmyra Hotel, Baalbeck: 26 reviews and 2 photos

  First floor facade
by TheWanderingCamel

There probably isn't another hotel in the Middle East that evokes the past as much as the Hotel Palmyra in Baalbek. Shabby and somewhat faded as it is, the whole place oozes character. The large rooms with their old-fashoned furniture and Jean Cocteau drawings, grand salon opening onto a balcony with a perfect view of the ruins and cool terrace garden have great charm. The doorways are hung with huge kilims, the foyer is lined with photos of the great and the good who have stayed here, you may even come down to breakfast in the morning to find a woman baking fresh bread on a stone for you. There really isn't anywhere else you should consider staying,

Unique Qualities: The front rooms have the best views, but they overlook a busy road and can be noisy, so you might like to ask for a back or inner room if a quiet night is your priority. Otherwise, you could ask for the room the Kaiser slept in when he visited Baalbek in the 1890s.

There is an annexe to the hotel, a lovely house next door with 5 double rooms and a salon, which you might like to enquire about. It is more expensive than the main hotel.


Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: On the Beirut-Baalbek highway, opposite the ruins and a bit to the right.
Phone: +961 8 370 230
Price: US$20-40
Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 6, 2005
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