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The Urbanist’s Beirut: Where to Stay


Hayete  

Where the Locals Would Stay If They Weren’t Locals

“Located in an early-twentieth-century apartment building, the four rooms in the Hayete (from $100; hayete-guesthouse.com) have a relaxed feel, high ceilings, and colorful tile floors.” —Carla Mardini, programs officer at the Al Bustan culture festival

“The outside of the Albergo (from $350; albergobeirut.com) is a beautiful traditional Beiruti house. Inside, it’s cozy and marvelously decorated. And it’s located in a walkable area with old shops and eclectic restaurants.” —Mariam Semaan, head of production for RK Productions

“At the Saifi Urban Gardens [hostel] (from $18, saifigardens.com), you’ll find live music, food made by a real Lebanese mom, and Arabic classes. At night, everyone does the Levantine dabke dance and has drinks on the rooftop.” —Eric Hinojosa, filmmaker


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