When it comes to hotels in Beirut, surprisingly your options are not as vast as one would expect from a country that relies so heavily on hospitality. You’d either have to check yourself into one of the usual larger five star suspects or take a gamble at one of the smaller less established “city” hotels with random, less comforting names that may leave you with a very bitter taste in your mouth, perhaps even literally.
Anyone who also travels to Europe frequently will truly appreciate the combination of location and trendy luxury. When you find a centered hotel that can actually offer both, you know you’re going to hang on it to it dearly. O Monot Luxury Boutique Hotel may have finally filled that gap in Beirut. It’s a true city hotel located on one of the most prime and convenient locations in the city, as the name suggests, Monot Street, especially for guests with limited time who don’t want to miss out on a thing. But it’s also a five star luxury boutique hotel, so there will be no need to compromise on service for location, whatsoever.
The place looks like it has taken a page out of Architectural Digest, the optimization of space and design will have you appreciating it as soon as you walk in. Don’t expect any of that over-the-top middle eastern decadent glamor and crystal chandeliers O Monot’s lobby is all about the understated minimalistic modern elegance, decorated with rich natural materials earthy tones, and with meticulous attention paid to every detail.
We were greeted by a courteous and well-spoken front desk clerk who gave us a quick tour of the hotel and showed us to our rooms. O Monot boasts 41 suites and we stayed at the very spacious and contemporary Deluxe Suite which came fully equipped with its very own Jacuzzi separated only by a glass wall with electronic blinds. The room was all-white and modern yet cozy and comforting.
The string of LED lights under the bed gave it a floating illusion and its upholstered taupe leather back provided the perfect rest for some last minute-blogging before we headed up to the rooftop for dinner.
O Monot’s Rooftop on 11th floor captivates. For starters the panoramic view is awe-inspiring, there’s no taking your eyes off the stellar chaotic urban vista that is so classically Beirut. But it’s the rooftop’s gorgeous setting that frames this scene so ideally. The zen furniture in light wood accents along with the purple and grey color combinations work so well with the background. The laid back 5-seater bar facing the miniature turquoise pool help make this setting so earthy and intimate, almost as though you’re in your own private patio.
A host of unfussy signature cocktails make their way to our table before dinner; with the Mojito and Margarita making lasting impressions. If you’re looking to enjoy a post-work sunset I definitely suggest you head there immediately.
The rooftop menu is mostly fusion food, with a creative variety of international favorites such as the marinated salmon with a side of greens, avocado and citron, the busy Thai Shrimp salad, the Filet de Boeuf with fries and a grilled seafood dish.
The following morning we had breakfast at the serene restaurant on the 10th floor, which also boasted its fair share of the city’s views. After some sunny side ups, scrambled eggs and jam and toast we headed up to the rooftop again for some sun soaking.The pool was cool and crisp just perfect for a quick dip while we sipped on our morning orange juice.
So whether you’re in Beirut for the weekend or got something special to celebrate or simply looking to kick back with friends over some sunset cocktails I highly recommend you head over to O Monot Luxury Boutique Hotel.
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