I rarely stay at hotels simply because I feel a little restrained with the things I can do, and it tends to become a nuisance at times. That's why I usually prefer bed and breakfast vendors, because
they have this homey feel to them. However, when I arrived to Crowne Plaza Hotel, the thing that really caught my eye was its location. It was right smack in the middle of Hamrah, stuck between the old and new parts of Beirut. When we checked in to our room, the first thing that I noticed was the view, which was quite surreal to be honest, I never really admired the beauty of Lebanon until I took a glance out that window. The room was accommodating and the beds were quite comfortable. The complimentary items were sufficient and the overall feel of the room was satisfactory.
My only complaints would be the variety of food available on the dinner and lunch menu - it seems there's more drinks than food on the menu to choose from. Another complaint is how the oddly placed the pool is near the lunch and dinner room - it just doesn't click with me for some reason. I don't think food and pools mix very well. The breakfast buffet was pretty much the highlight of my experience at the hotel, after taking long tourist trips around Lebanon, and heading back to the hotel late at night feeling absolutely exhausted - the only thing I was excited for is when I would wake up feeling fresh as ever and ready to fill my appetite. The staff were friendly and seemed to be ready to help at any moment. But then again, being too friendly tends to frustrate me a bit, simply because I don't like to be served at an all-time basis. Like when the doorman took my bags to the taxi without me knowing - I find that to be quite annoying because I didn't ask him to do that. Then again, these are minor complaints, nothing too serious. Overall, it was enjoyable, and hopefully if I ever return to Lebanon, Crowne Plaza Hotel could possibly be on my list to stay a night or two. [Less]