Once you’ve escaped the city and the fresh mountain air is flowing through your lungs, there a good chance you’ll briefly think ‘why don't I just stay here, I’ll never have to deal with taxi drivers beeping at me again’. We’ve all thought it, but most of can’t achieve it. You can however have a wonderful few nights in some of the charming hotels and guesthouses available in the area. The El Qontar Guesthouse is easily one of the most charming guesthouses in Lebanon and also one of the best kept secrets. Owned by the Qontar family, it offers affordable rooms with delectably homely quality that are full of character. One of the most established hotels in the area is Hotel Kanaan which has been serving guests since 1955. It’s a complete package, with a central location, affordable prices and a whole load of character.
Family run, providing great service and several of the rooms come with a balcony overlooking the lush green pines. If you chose coming to Broumana instead of flying to Paris on your private jet, then you can find something that can suit your lavish needs. The Royal Residence at The Grand Hills Hotelis recognised as having the world’s largest hotel room. This 4,131 square metre palatial suit has seven floors and enough sleeping space for 10 (although we’re sure you could squeeze a few more in), 2 swimming pools and levels of wealth that are staggering. There are cheaper rooms available but even those are some of the most expensive in town, but also the most luxurious.
Hotel Kanaan (04 960 084)Broumana, 1204 Broummana El Qontar Guesthouse (03 236 062) Abillama Sq, Mtain
The Grand Hills Hotel (04 86 8888) Charkieh Main Road, Broumana, 1204, Lebanon, www.grandhillshotel.com
By: James Haines-Young