Hilton Beirut Habtoor Hotel Review is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.
Getting There: Take Uber. Warning: T-Mobile doesn’t work in Lebanon without outrageous roaming fees.
The Hilton Habtoor is not located in downtown. It is in the old business district where the pretty buildings are not. There’s nothing to see or do right around the hotel.
Gold status still gets an upgrade. I received a junior suite with a ridiculous balcony overlooking the mountains.
The bathroom was also very nice.
Unlike the IC Le Vendôme, breakfast was included. It was too much food. I wanted to leave after my first plate but they insisted I stay and try the manakish. Then they insisted on a traditional Lebanese dessert that I only have during the holidays at my Palestinian friends’ gatherings. It’s called kanafeh and it is a sugar, cheese, dough, heart-clogging mess.
Meet the Flintstones. The pool looked like I was swimming in the acclaimed Pigeon Rock (see Guns & Butter: Overrated Beirut Travel Guide).
When I arrived, I asked what to do and when to it. The concierge said, “How about going to the spa and doing nothing?” That set the tone for my trip as I elected laziness over labor (see Guns & Butter: A Better Way to Travel). I enjoyed the spa. It had a jacuzzi that wasn’t too warm, and random rooms of various heat and cold meant for relaxing. Who would’ve thought to relax while traveling (see Travel Anxiety Sucks: Can It Be Prevented?)?
Given the Eid al-Adha holiday weekend prices, 45k points was not a lot to spend on this hotel. The Hilton across the street went for 50k points so this was a fair deal.
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