This Gorgeous Hotel in Beirut is a Gateway to the City’s Innovative Arts Scene

THE CITIES THAT MOST ENCHANT me wear their histories on their sleeves. I once visited a fashionable boutique in a hidden courtyard in Berlin, its façade pockmarked with bullet holes from World War II. In Jerusalem, I had an epic multicourse meal at a throbbing café with all-white décor, then ended the night watching black-clad pilgrims rock back and forth in front of the Wailing Wall. It was an exhilarating and disquieting experience, like finding a portal that could transport me between centuries. This fascination with places where the past rubs provocatively against the present is the reason I couldn’t wait to see Beirut, an ancient port city that has survived centuries of violent conflict and destruction. I was told

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The best hotels in Beirut

Vibrant Beirut has had a shake-up with an influx of classy new hotels decked out with rooftop cocktail bars and chic sushi restaurants. Check out these up and coming establishments! HOTEL ALBERGO Wallpapered, antique-furnished rooms, no two the same, fresh orange juice served in a painted Murano glass jug brought with macarons to your room when you arrive… There are chandeliers and charm everywhere in this beautiful romantic hotel, which stands tall amid the old charm of the Achrafieh area. Albergo is comfort and luxury of the sort found in an elegant Italian palazzo. The wood and glass elevator sweeps through the heart of the building, and as you ride, you pass intriguing floors with velvet curtains leading to salons

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