This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Beirut. To help you make friends with Beirut before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Beirut, Lebanon, is the charming capital of Lebanon and often referred to as the "Paris of the Middle East." Beirut has a vibrant cafe scene and street life and is worth staying a few days.
Do not let the news footage you see every day about the Middle East stop you from visiting Lebanon. Despite the situation in the neighbouring countries with the ongoing war in Syria and the conflict in Israel, Lebanon is a safe destination to visit. While it is recommended to stay away from both borders, Beirut and most other cities and sights worth visiting are totally safe.
Beirut is the heart of Lebanon. Not only is Beirut the only metropole, it is also very centrally located due to the size of Lebanon, and with the extensive public transport network, you can eventually visit most places of interest in Lebanon as a day trip from Beirut.
Beirut itself is a pleasant city to stay in, and you should definitely reserve a few days to explore it. Beirut is a vibrant city with many cafes, pubs, and clubs. In contrast to most countries in the Middle East, drinking is legal in Lebanon; the nightlife in Beirut is said to be the best in the Middle East and lives up to European standards.
Beirut is also a city where you can easily get some exercise. Popular are cycling, jogging, and walking; Beirut has a pretty promenade on the Mediterranean Sea coast that lends itself perfectly for any of those activities. You might as well go scuba diving and witness shipwrecks and more beautiful nature underwater.
You have a few options for hostels in Beirut, Lebanon; the first opened its doors in recent years and serves a dual purpose of tourist accommodation and a charity trying to improve the living conditions for refugees in Lebanon. Many hostel guests stayed here for a longer period and were involved with volunteering. Recently, more hostels in Beirut, Lebanon, have opened and by now there is a small hostel scene. Points of interest in Beirut are spread out, so it is worth checking in advance in which district you will want to stay. Downtown and Hamra are the most lively districts and very central and thus the best area to book your Beirut, Lebanon hostel.
Written by local enthusiast for Beirut hostelsMartin Straatman