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 Gemmayzeh district 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

Studio 44
Studio 44
4 out of 5
Hamra Street, Beirut
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The price is $50 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Beirut. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (95 reviews)
"Very convenient for my daily routine!"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Studio 44
Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut
Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut
5 out of 5
Al Akhtal Al Saghir, Jnah, Ghobeiry, Beirut
The price is $315 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (134 reviews)
"Best place to stay in Beirut very friendly staff and so professional"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut
La Siesta Beach Resort
La Siesta Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Khalde Sea Side Road, Khalde, Mount Lebanon Governorate
The price is $95 per night from May 27 to May 28
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (35 reviews)
"Extremely greqt customer service probably one of the best in the world property and staff are helpful nice professional kind just all out great"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 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.
35 Rooms
35 Rooms
4 out of 5
Hamra Baalbeck St 29130, Beirut, 2030-0035
The price is $45 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Beirut. Enjoy free WiFi, 10 restaurants, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (86 reviews)
"Great staff, very accommodating & helpful. The 2 bedroom apartment is very very convenient. Amenities are not the best very scarce and not of a high quality but i would stay there again. The area has everything very close by."

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

35 Rooms
Studio 44
Studio 44
4 out of 5
Hamra Street, Beirut
The price is $50 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Beirut. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (95 reviews)
"Very convenient for my daily routine!"

Reviewed on May 15, 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 $95 per night from May 27 to May 28
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (35 reviews)
"Extremely greqt customer service probably one of the best in the world property and staff are helpful nice professional kind just all out great"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 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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