Lost Hotel: My new favorite hidden gem in beirut

I haven’t been to my home country, Lebanon, ever since the explosion that rocked its capital city in August 2020. My experience with Beirut hotels is pretty limited having only stayed in a couple of them and I have always lamented the mechanical service/treatment I felt there so I started looking for something more authentic. It did not take long for Lost Hotel to appear in my searches, and judging from its central location and the cool pictures I saw, my decision was pretty easy.

Upon arriving in Gemmayzeh, Lost Hotel will immediately catch your eye due to the pastel color of its building which distinguishes it from the rest of the neighborhood. Check in was quick and I climbed three flights of stairs to get to my room as there are no elevators — the perfect workout to seal a day of walking around Beirut. I had booked a room with a balcony that overlooks the St Nicholas stairs. Unfortunately, the buildings in the area are still under reconstruction from the impact of the blast so the view wasn’t the best but I can only imagine sitting on that balcony and sipping an afternoon drink or a cup of coffee in the morning.

The room is spacious and wonderfully designed and still kept a lot of the building’s history but with an added modern touch and a minimalistic design. The bed is big and super comfortable and being on the 3rd floor means that you’re more or less isolated from any outside noise during the day and at night. Water pressure in the shower was perfect, which is not a common feature in many Beirut hotels. WiFi also worked well.

Lost Hotel is walking distance to some of Beirut’s best restaurants and cafes; however, you’d be missing out if you do not try the hotel’s restaurant located at street level and serving food from around the world and delicious cocktails — try the Moscow Mule, it was one of the best i have ever had.

The staff at Lost Hotel were probably the best part of the stay — a young and energetic group of people who are eager to help and show you around. They truly made my stay at the hotel feel more like a home (with a really cool decor!)

Lost Hotel is definitely my favorite find in Beirut and will be my go to spot for any future stay there.