Saifi Suites Hotel / Beirut / Lebanon
Travellerczech’s Rating: 6 / 10
Beirut is one of my favorite places! It has a unique vibe and it is a truly fascinating city to experience…
The city is divided into 12 quarters, but the Central district has one of the most interesting places to visit, and because of its religious diversity, the place is a major cultural, intellectual and tourist center for the Middle East.
For many, Beirut is synonymous with violence and political unrest. In my many visits during the last seven years, I have only experienced amazing food, fantastic Mediterranean climate, and a city full of welcoming people enjoying life.
Best time to visit :
- Spring April-May
- Autumn September-November
Did you know, it is also one of the oldest cities in the world? 😉
Saifi Suites is a centrally located 4-star rated hotel with rather boutique feel. Unfortunately, despite the quirky decor, it feels somehow cold, dated and not very exciting. I also blame the staff, which doesn’t do anything to make you feel welcome. They are very busy to chat with each other…
The hotel has a restaurant, gym and it is easily accessible from the airport. There definitely is a potential to be a great base to explore Beirut and beyond. It just needs some tweaking and customer focus.
Read below, if this could be a place for you…
LOCATION : 9/10
Arguably the best feature of this hotel is the location. Forget taxi’s or public transport and just walk. Majority of Beirut’s sights are all in walkable distance.
Hotel is nestled in a wonderful neighborhood and very close to the popular Gouraud/Gemmayzeh Street with many bars, clubs, and restaurant. Despite the area being very busy in the night, the hotel’s location is rather quiet
Rafic Hariri Intl. The airport is a 25min taxi ride ( 20USD).
Beirut by foot :
- Beirut’s Downtown / Nejmeh square – 20min
- Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque – 5min
- Zaitunay Bay – 30min
- Beirut Souk – 20min
- ABC Achrafieh – 22min
- Pigeon Rocks – 55min
I have stayed in a Deluxe Double Room. It is 35sqm in size, with a decent size balcony overlooking the city.
Rooms are coming in a variety of color themes. Some of them aren’t exactly my taste but for few nights, I can survive 😉
Good size bedroom includes a kitchenette with basic equipment, which provided to be useful. Cleanliness could improve, found few hairs here and there.
Club Room includes :
- Free Wi-Fi
- Small kitchenette
- Ironing board+iron
- Flat TV
- Bathroom with basic toiletries
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SERVICE & FACILITIES: 6/10
Service definitely needs more attentiveness and smile. Most of the time, I have felt like I am disturbing asking questions or having simple requests.
Front desk staff seems the happiest when you are leaving. Food tray after my room service was still on the corridor floor 24 hours after I have left it there…
Hotels facilities :
- GYM – is situated in the next door building and took asking three different people for the door code. There is no water or towels, bring your own. Otherwise, the gym is a decent size with simple, but modern equipment.
FOOD & DRINKS: 6/10
Society Bistro is a restaurant divided into two different parts of the lobby. It has also an outdoor smoking area which is quite nice.
I have only used the restaurant for breakfast and can only comment on that. Basic selection of the usual food items, accompanied by a few exciting local products.
Decor, again…hit and miss and staff non-communicative and hiding somewhere most of the time.
VALUE FOR MONEY: 5 /10
Beirut isn’t a cheap city and the overall quality of accommodation is rather disappointing. Trust me, I have tried a few…
For that reason, the price is quite fair. Especially because of the location. Just don’t’ expect too much and you won’t be disappointed!
- at the time of writing this post, Deluxe Room inlc. breakfast from AED579 (USD157 )
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