In its 140 years of existence, the Palmyra Hotel hasn’t closed its doors once. That’s an impressive accolade when you consider Lebanon’s turbulent history in all those decades, including a brutal civil war from 1975-1990. Walking into the hotel today, you can tell it’s run by traditional hospitality purists; the decor still champions that classical, opulent feel and service standards are proudly held high. The Palmyra can feel a little tired around the edges at times, but its charm lies in this legacy. Through the years it has hosted kings and queens, international stars and artists – previous guests include Nina Simone, Albert Einstein, and Ella Fitzgerald.
There are two sections to the hotel – the main Palmyra building and L’Annexe – both worthy of staying in and steps away from each other on the same street. The location is directly opposite the magnificent Roman ruins at Baalbek, making it an ideal and iconic place to stay for a night while you’re in the area.