The Urbanist’s Beirut: Where to Stay

HayetePhoto: Simone Pengeo

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; 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; 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,, 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

The Urbanist’s Beirut: Where to Stay