Le Commodore Hotel Beirut

Le Commodore Hotel Beirut, also known as the Beirut Commodore Hotel, Hotel Commodore, or simply the Commodore is a five-star luxury hotel located on Rue Baalbek in the Hamra district of Beirut in Lebanon.

HistoryEdit

During the Lebanese Civil War, the Commodore became the international news media's hotel of choice, providing a safe haven for many Lebanese and foreign correspondents and diplomats on assignment in the war-torn Lebanese Capital between 1975 and 1987.[1] When entering the premises to check in, guests were greeted with the question "Artillery side or car-bomb side?"[2]

Unlike other foreign journalists, the late Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for The Times who set residence at Beirut in 1976,[3] recently stated that he never stayed in the Commodore, describing it as a seedy hotel with extremely high prices, where he met regularly with colleagues from the Associated Press to have lunch with them at the hotel's restaurant.[1]

In mid-February 1986 a week of fighting broke out between the Druze (PSP) and Amal militias. The PSP succeeded in driving Amal out of most of West Beirut including the Commodore. The hotel was extensively looted for several days. Order was restored on 22 February by the arrival of the Syrian army, which entered West Beirut for the first time since being evacuated in August 1982. [4][5] After the war, the hotel was demolished (demolition started in February 1987) and built anew. Hussam Boubess was among the investors of the new hotel.[6] It reopened in February 1996 and was affiliated with Concorde Hotels of France.[7]

Famous guestsEdit

DescriptionEdit

The hotel consists of a rectangular seven-story building that features 203 spacious guest rooms and suites, some with private balconies; three interconnected rooms, triple rooms and family suites are also available, as well as non-smoking rooms (Floors). Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and assorted gym, a Business Center, a ballroom, a Lobby lounge bar, two restaurants and a Patisserie.

The hotel's dining facilities include the Benihana restaurant that specializes in Japanese Cuisine, the International Cuisine a la carte restaurant, and the "La Brasserie" patisserie, which serves breakfast buffets, sweets and pastries.

In popular cultureEdit

The Commodore Hotel is briefly mentioned in a scene of the 2001 action thriller film Spy Game, set during the War of the Camps in Beirut.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c How Beirut’s Commodore Hotel became a safe haven for world media, Aljazeera.com, 11 December 2018
  2. ^ Rian Dundon, Welcome to the hotel. All rooms come with views of urban warfare, Timeline.com, 26 March 2018
  3. ^ Fisk, The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East (2006), p. 973.
  4. ^ Tveit, Odd Karsten (2010) Goodbye Lebanon. Israel's First Defeat. Rimal Publication. Translated by Peter Scott-Hansen. ISBN 978-9963-715-03-9 pp.163-164
  5. ^ Middle East International No 298, 17 April 1986; Publishers Lord Mayhew, Dennis Walters MP; Godfrey Jansen pp.3-4
  6. ^ Ihsan A. Hijazi, A New Hotel Is a Symbol of Hope for Beirut, Nytimes.com, 14 June 1992
  7. ^ a b Sam F. Ghattas, Commodore Hotel: Reminder of War, Symbol of Revival, Apnews.com, 26 February 1996
  8. ^ "How the Holiday Inn became a symbol of the Lebanese Civil War".
  9. ^ H.D.S. Greenway, The War Hotels: Lebanon, Pri.org, 11 January 2011

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