Beit el Hamra is part of a group of Beirut’s new range of guest houses – small design-focused properties that show their visitors the very best in Lebanese hospitality. This particular guest house has only four rooms, giving it an intimate atmosphere so you feel like you’re staying in a local’s house instead of a hotel. The decor is inspired by Beirut in the 1930s, with unique, vintage pieces of furniture dotted around the lounge areas and rooms, plants in every corner, and modern bathroom amenities alongside decorative mirrors and lighting.
The property’s restaurant offers what the Lebanese called tawlet, which literally means table, but is used to refer to a style of restaurant with a menu inspired by deeply traditional Lebanese cuisine. What you’ll find here are recipes brought down from the mountains and through generations of local people, mostly simple but divine-tasting dishes that don’t cost the earth. A stay here with at least one night dining in their restaurant will show you the very best of local culture and living – certainly a top pick if you want to get under the skin of Beirut.