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» The 10 Best Airbnb Spaces In Beirut
The 10 Best Airbnb Spaces In Beirut Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
By: Heather Jaber
A few years ago, Beirut was late to
the Airbnb game. There were only a couple spots here and there that
offered lodging for travelers, and even then, they were mainly outside
the city. Now, there are hundreds of beautiful apartments in central
locations which offer affordable costs and lodging experiences which
might rival other Airbnb hotspots, like Berlin. Here are a few of the
best spaces in Beirut—foreigners and locals alike can spend a few days
in some of the best spots the city has to offer.
N.B. Click the headline to visit the page for each individual apartment.
1. Upcycled paradise
This flat has all the character and charm of a designer’s home.
Handmade items in the way of décor and furniture give this space a
quirky and trendy feel. Modern meets vintage in this upcycled haven,
offering funky remnants from the past brought to the now. The rooftop
also has a crazy installation of doors and window shutters, a perfect
conversation piece for parties and gatherings.
2. Cozy rooftop studio
Even though this is a studio, the view and décor make up for the
size. A cutout of a beach scene makes the room appear larger than it is,
adding some depth and life to the space. The rooftop terrace has tables
and benches perfect for coffee or dinner with a view. Its location near
Mar Mikhael also means that all the great pubs and restaurants are
within walking distance.
3. Beirut sanctuary
The deep browns and orange hues make this space feel like a big,
cozy den. A more sophisticated, refined traveler would snatch up this
space, as it offers the perfect place for intimate dinner parties and
some evening reading by the fireplace. There’s even a sauna for some
extra relaxation time.
4. Authentic Achrafieh pad
If you really want to get an idea of what traditional Lebanese
living is like, take a step into this Achrafieh space. High ceilings,
paisley bedspreads, oriental rugs, and retro paintings combine to make
this feel a lot like Beirut in the 70s. It’s not flashy, but that’s what
makes it cool.
5. Charming Beirut villa
There’s something a little rustic and a little modern about this
1906 villa, adjectives which are quintessentially Beirut. Industrial
iron beds contrast stylish walls with unfinished paint and living room
furniture which is quite simple. The two-story building nestled in the
heart of Beirut is understated but charming in its own right.
6. More than a vintage apartment
This spacious apartment offers not only high ceilings and colorful
décor, but a twinkle-light garden rooftop for all kinds of intimate
gatherings or crazier parties. The balconies offer seating with a view
and give an open, spacious feeling to the apartment. Framed New Yorker
posters and yellow hues give this space a retro feel. White walls mean
that the colorful furniture and knickknacks pop and breathe fresh life
into the space.
7. 1940s designer’s flat
Walking into this open flat, there’s no doubt that it was designed
with care and attention. Crazy chandeliers, curtains, and artwork create
an eclectic mix of colors and patterns which work great together. The
charm of an authentic Beirut apartment shines through, with high
ceilings and windows which offer a steady stream of natural lighting.
8. Badawi loft
If you’re looking for a beautiful, open flat with natural lighting
and tasteful décor, this is the one for you. The layout makes this spot
very pleasing to the eye, leading guests seamlessly and organically from
living area to bedroom. With a mix of oriental, industrial, and modern
design, you get the best of all worlds. The retro but modern kitchen
alone will have even the worst cooks trying to whip up meals for guests.
An awesome window-paned wall leads to a private balcony in the bedroom
and is surely inspiring to wake up to.
9. Artist loft
This place is a bit of a splurge, but a look at it will explain
why. Located in Jisr El Wati, this loft looks more like it’s situated in
New York. It has a minimalist design, implemented by renowned
architects. It’s located in a hub of creativity, next to Ashkal Alwan,
Beirut Art Center, and Station, offering endless options for musical
performances, talks, and art exhibitions.
10. Mediterranean loft
This one is another splurge, but if you feel like a gorgeous,
spacious flat with a view of the sea, this is the one for you. Concrete
columns and funky art create just the right touch of minimalist and
retro. Light floods in from the open terrace, offering a bright and
natural feel to the concrete space. If you have the cash to spend, this
is a space worth checking out.
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