Martyr’s Square, Downtown Beirut
With six bars and restaurants to choose from, plus an infinity pool overlooking the downtown skyline, and a full-service spa, this boutique hotel feels more cool Parisian than Middle Eastern. A cigar bar turns into a club at night (and has an impressive selection of Cubans).
Minet El Hosn, Beirut
Built in 1961, the Phoenicia is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Recently renovated, it exudes Middle Eastern glamour with indoor fountains, an enormous marble staircase, and an in-house Arab patisserie. The five restaurants, extensive contemporary art collection, and the Spa Phoenicia (get the gold facial sheet mask), are all over-the-top decadent.
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