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Phoenicia Hotel Review - Beirut

Phoenicia Hotel Review - Beirut

The Phoenicia Hotel is one of the top hotels in Beirut.  I stayed at this InterContinental property on my last trip and I loved the place (or should I say palace....).  This landmark oozed glam - and felt like a resort in the middle of the city.  Here's my review of my stay:

Check-In

The Grand Stair Case -- Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Grand Stair Case -- Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The royal treatment started the minute I left customs at the Beirut International Airport.  The hotel has a ground transportation desk immediately outside of the immigration area.   For $28, I had a quick and hassle free transfer directly to the hotel.

I was greeted upon arrival at the property by the "Grand Staircase."  It looks like something out of Versailles - and I almost expected to see Marie Antoinette at the top.  It certainly was an impressive introduction to the hotel.

Check-in was speedy and I was delighted to learn that I was upgraded to a poolside room!

Rooms

Balcony Detail- Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Balcony Detail- Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

My room was massive  (I could have fit a whole family in there)!  I had a terrace overlooking the pool - and I was able to see the Mediterranean.   The bed was fantastic - and I had no problem sleeping  (I was in Beirut so I didn't have much time for that though).

The bathroom was off-the-charts amazing.  I almost got lost in it at first. Mirroring the grandeur of the room- it had a separate 'commode," bathtub and walk in shower.  What drew my attention immediately though was the L'Occitane bath products.  They were showcased on an elevated pedestal and I almost had the urge kneel before them.

The room also had a great workplace right beside the balcony - and the complimentary wifi was speedy.   

Fantastic Bathroom Amenities - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Fantastic Bathroom Amenities - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Vanity Area - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Vanity Area - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Shower & Bath - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Shower & Bath - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Workspace -Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Workspace -Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Lobby Bar

The Cascade Lounge - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Cascade Lounge - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Cascade Lounge at The Phoenicia is palatial.  I am a huge fan of lobby bars - and I loved this one. During my trip I had to meet with quite a few people - and this was a perfect spot for conversation and business.  I especially loved the set of banquetts around the sea-themed fountain in the center of the room.

The Cascade Lounge - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Cascade Lounge - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Pool

Tiled Pool - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Tiled Pool - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Pool -Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Pool -Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The pool was a show-stopper - and something that I totally did not expect with a city hotel. It felt like something out of a Mediterranean villa.  The bottom of the bool is lined with mosaics, there are massive shrubbery and flower pots hugging the edges,  and there are columns everywhere.  I only wish I would have had more time to enjoy cocktails al fresco!

Pool Bar - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Pool Bar - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Facilities

Lobby - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Lobby - Phoenicia Hotel Beirut   Photo:  Calvin Wood

There is no end to extra amenities at the Phoenicia.  There's a 24 hour gym which overlooks the pool, a business center, multiple dining establishments, and of course a spa.  Everything you would expect from an InterContinental Hotel!

Verdict

The Phoenicia is fantastic - and I would not hesitate to stay there again!  It has a lot of charm and character.    It's regal ambiance, stellar pool, and great service all make it easy to love! Don't hesitate to make a reservation at this gem.

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