Resort InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Beirut Lebanon (2024 Updated)

Lebanese people are generally very tolerant people and tourists of all orientations are respected as long as local laws and customs are seen to be respected in return. Beirut is a fantastic city and even if it’s a muslim country, people are tolerating the foreigner gay couples are there a few gay friendly hotels Beirut.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) persons living in Lebanon may face difficulties not experienced by non-LGBT residents, though they are considerably more free than in other parts of the Arab world. Various courts have ruled that Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code, which prohibits having sexual relations that “contradict the laws of nature”, should not be used to arrest LGBT people.

Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. As of 2014, Greater Beirut has a population of 2.2 million, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region and the thirteenth-largest in the Arab world. The city is situated on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast.

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1. The Smallville Hotel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut

The Smallville Hotel
The Smallville Hotel

Set in a ultra-modern building, this hip hotel is a 3-minute walk from the National Museum of Beirut, and 3 km from shopping and dining on the fashionable Rue Gouraud.

Sleek, contemporary rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms offer living areas, microwaves, safes and balconies, while suites add separate living rooms, kitchenettes and espresso machines.

Amenities include a swanky bar, and an industrial-chic restaurant serving Mediterranean food. There’s also a gym, and a rooftop pool with a poolside bar.

The Smallville Hotel is the only urban design, business and lifestyle hotel offering short and extended stays, located in the midst of the electric residential neighborhood of Badaro. The hotel offers both short and extended stays. Comprising of 117 spacious bedrooms, 39 suites and five day-lit meeting rooms, the Smallville offers you all the pleasures of a five-star stay. Not only so, but with its simplicity and elegance, this hotel is your gateway to the cultural and artistic beat of the city.

It’s a place that builds cultural identity, a platform where artists from all walks of life can explore and display their creations. From the ground floor to the 16th, from indoors to outside, 24 hours a day, the Smallville has a superb range of enticing options for dining or drinks. These include a restaurant, lobby lounge, pavement café, stylish bar, garden, our red street café trottoire space and rooftop, each with a mood of its own, and all available for hosting events, as are the hotel’s five meeting rooms and VIP suites. Leisure is taken care of by our Superhero gym and the pool whose sweeping views of the capital and its race course are not to be missed.

The whole experience of the hotel really transforms you into a world of youth and diversity that is unforgettable! The staff is all full of youth and energy yet so pleasant, welcoming and professional! They all know you by name and the way they wear their superman outfits just makes you love their courteous behavior! The rooms are very modern and spacious but the bathroom is a little small. Everything in the hotel is carefully designed and even though the pool is small but it is cute with parties happening there everyday from locals and hotel patrons. You just want to call it “mignon”!

Asking for small things might take time (like asking for remote control batteries) but you are in Beirut! So the charm of the city and hotel experience just makes you wait for these little things as the human experience is just much more richer! I booked all my day tours through the hotels before I even got to Lebanon and Yasmine was extremely responsive! The breakfast with Khalil is just an amazing experience with tenderness and diversity of food and a HUGE beautiful smile! The hotel is also very gay friendly and in a great location in the new section of Badaro.

Beirut is known for its hospitality and warmth in service, however the experience that I have overtime I stay at SmallVille is above and beyond in excellence in quality and service that is more than many of the globally known luxury chains.

The hotel has a strategic and centralized location in the city, rooms are spacious and flawless in design and cleanness, very comfortable, very cool ambience created everywhere in the hotel to enhance the ease and comfort, I would say they have the best rooftop for lounging, dining and swimming with breathtaking views and cool and fun ambience. However most importantly their amazing young, energetic and attentive staff in every occasion that I needed something they were there and took care of it swiftly, making me feel I am the center of their universe.

The hotel is located in an strategic area (world was close 5 minutes walk) badaro street filled with good restaurants/pups and cafes.

The Hotel’s theme (superheros) added the magic part to the stay, decorations and the feel of the surroundings was so much fun! Room is spacious, comfy, and clean.

Good coffee at the cafe linked to the hotel, offering a (power shot) in the morning to go by your day!

All in all, an amazing stay. Will come back again!

Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut
Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut

How much does a room costs at The Smallville Hotel ?

Prices start 78$/night for Premium King Room.

Where to book online – The Smallville Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut you can find the best hotels deals in Beirut during Beirut International Film Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Beirut on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut

Resort InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut
Resort InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut

Overlooking the Beirut Marina and the Mediterranean Sea, the InterContinental Phoenicia features indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service spa and a gym. The seafront Corniche promenade is just steps away.

All rooms are decorated with earthy hues and Phoenician art on the walls. They also feature custom-made curtains and recessed lighting. Each room has free high-speed internet, laptop-sized safe, a minibar and satellite LCD TV.

The InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut offers an outdoor swimming pool surrounded with loungers. For complete relaxation, guests can treat themselves to a spa treatment or use the sauna, hot tub or solarium.

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with its majesty and grandeur, Phoenicia InterContinental stands proudly at the heart of Beirut, a few minutes from the city’s business and banking district, the major shopping areas and the vibrant Downtown.

Directly across the street from Zaitunay Bay, this premium hotel is the historic choice for a stay in Beirut. Consisting of many buildings and many different room types, the service is excellent. Breakfasts are divine. The outdoor pool is lovely. The cost is dramatically more affordable than the Four Seasons down the block. All in all, this is the place to stay in Beirut.

Phoenicia Hotel has a great location with a great view of Zaitunay bay. Rooms on upper floors with the sea view are great and large enough with a nice decoration. Complimentary water and coffee, tea available in the room. Bathroom has enough space for bathtub. Towels are large and new. Wardrobe could be larger.

Breakfast starts at 7am, so don’t arrange an early meeting in the morning.
SPA area is clean. Steem bath and sauna are small. Massage rooms are far from the sauna area, you need to cross the SPA entrance to reach there.

Lobby area has a great ambiance and a beautiful decoration. You can enjoy your drink while listening smooth music on the piano.

Security excellent and public areas marbled and beautifully furnished in the old world style. Service was consistently good, as was the sumptuous breakfast, with lovely views over Zaitunay Bay. I had a standard room which was very ordinary, with a view of a construction pit and the ruined, pock-marked Holiday Inn from the Battle of the Hotels in 1975. However, it was adequate. Room service was good as was the spa and gym. The outside pool was drained and unusable – not sure whether this as because of the season (end of March?), but I was surprised at this. Overall, a pleasant stay and a hotel I will remember.

Charming atmosphere and Environment
It is one of the best charming and lively hotel in Beirut, the hotel is centrally located and have many nearby attractions such as Downtown, Zaitunay Bay, Al Hamra st…etc,it is just great.

The lobby is really amazing, have a grand look with a modern twist and very comfy sofas, I tried the hot chocolate and most likely it is the best I had.

The rooms are great (Not the Standard), I don’t recommend the standard room which is acceptable but does not have a view unless you want to experience the hotel with low budget. the bed and Pillow is great (Personally speaking) they have a menu of Pillow (free of charge) where you can pick whatever suits you better.

The shower is an amazing experience with very high pressure which I personally like.

The service and staff are great, very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff.

Phoenicia is one of those hotels that have a lot of history – it was bombed multiple times and they had to rebuilt the hotel from scratch. After each bombing, they made sure they rebuild the Phoenicia exactly as it was before, maintaining its signature architecture.

It has fantastic location, as it’s a walking distance from the Beirut Souks and the new Zaitunay Bay, where you have infinite choices of restaurants facing the marina. The breakfast is a total feast with many types of cuisines and treats from all the world. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, they also offer a wide variety of pillows. Our view had the Zaitunay Bay, we were located on the 9th floor, and it was absolutely perfect.

The spa has a great gym and all their machines were new. We also had dinner at the rooftop restaurant called Eau de Vie where you have a great view, we sat right next to the window and couldn’t stop staring outside. Can’t recommend this hotel enough.

How much does a room costs at Resort InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut ?

Prices start 415$/night for King Room.

Where to book online – Resort InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut  – Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut you can find the best hotels deals in Beirut during Beirut International Film Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Beirut on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

3. Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut

Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun
Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun

Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun is a 5-star hotel located in Dunes Shopping center across from the ABC Mall Verdun.

The Hotel features 127 luxurious rooms and suites. All rooms are furnished with neutral colours and equipped with flat-screen TV, minibar, tea-and-coffee-making facilities and free WiFi.

The Cook House, an all-day dining restaurant located on the first floor offers both a la carte and buffet dining options, with a variety of international cuisines. 24-hour room service is also available.

Guests can enjoy various facilities that include a fully-equipped gym, children’s playground, bowling alley, as well as the on-site beauty Salon.

We invite you to the heart of Beirut, where Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun opens its doors to business and leisure travelers alike. Located in Verdun, the most attractive shopping district in the city, the hotel offers its guests the pleasure of proximity to grand, high-acclaimed shopping centers. With a short elevator ride you can reach the Dunes Center, and enjoy a myriad of clothing shops, entertainment centers, and restaurants right at your fingertips.

For an even wider selection, guests can walk across the street to access more than 250 prominent stores in the ABC Mall, one of most popular and modern commercial centers in Lebanon. In addition, you can find further international chains and restaurants scattered down the lavish, extravagant street of Verdun. Cultural attractions and coastal beaches of the Mediterranean are a scenic, short drive away from the centrally-located Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun.

The location of the hotel opposite the ABC Mall was great with a large range of place to eat within easy walking distance. One of the things I really appreciated is that staying in the hotel gave access to a really exceptional health club and gym. There was even a huge swimming pool of the basement level but for that you had to pay extra.

If you are coming to Beirut for work or for shopping or just seeing Beirut the Radisson Blu-Verdun is an excellent choice. There is another Radisson Blu in Beirut in which a colleague stayed which is also highly rated but in Verdun I know you will get excellent service.

! Friendly staff, great lobby atmosphere, comfortable room, the bed is the best. The rooms are immaculate, the location is conveniently close to anything we could reasonably need, and there are so many services on-site in the hotel that one barely ever needs to step outside; hairdresser, mini-shop, café, restaurants- all an elevator’s ride away. Oh also ABC Verdun Mall if few steps away!

This is a really nice hotel, with clean rooms, good amenities and an excellent location outside the chaos of other areas. The breakfast is a decent Middle East buffet (omelette station, cheese and cold cuts, salads, basic bread and pastries plus cereals, juice and tea/coffee). You can order custom omelettes and freshly made manaquish.

Rooms are spacious, well-appointed, clean and pleasant. All the necessary amenities. Very comfortable. I liked the decor and style of the room. Friendly people. Excellent and understanding staff who accommodated an early check in, and goes extra mile to make the stay comfortable.

The food at the restaurant was good too.

Very good hotel with good location, comfortable beds, clean rooms and bathrooms and amenities (coffee and tea).

The best is the politeness and readiness of the front desk staff to attend to customer needs.

The hotel itself was maintained at a very high standard – certainly much better than those around it. Staff were all friendly and spoke excellent English, and the menu contains a number of local options which I far prefer to being sold the same options of burger, pizza and steak regardless of country, though the menu can cater for a more Western taste as well.

Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut
Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut

How much does a room costs at Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun?

Prices start 190$/night for Standard Room.

Where to book online – Radisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun  – Gay Friendly Hotels Beirut you can find the best hotels deals in Beirut during Beirut International Film Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Beirut on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.