Baron

Baron Hotel (also Baron's Hotel or Hotel Baron), is the oldest hotel inSyria and the region. It is located in downtown Aleppo, Aziziyeh area, Baron street, next to the National Museum.The 1909-opened Baron Hotel is the most famous hotel in Aleppo and was once on of the most famoius hotels anywhere in the Middle East.

The idea of building a luxury hotel in Aleppo rose at the end of the 19th century. Sometime around 1870, a member of the Armenian family of Mazloumian was on his way to Jerusalem for pilgrimage. While passing through Aleppo—which was, even at that time, a cosmopolitan centre of commerce—he noticed how uncomfortable Europeans felt when staying at the traditional caravanserais. Thus he decided to build something modern in Aleppo and the result was the Ararat hotel, the first hotel in the region, at the end of the 19th century.

A few years later the Mazloumian Brothers enlarged their business by setting up the new Baron's Hotel. In 1909, amongst the gardens on the outskirts of old Aleppo, they built the first floor of the current building; the second floor followed in 1911, and the third in 1940.


Until WW II, most of the guests were British or German. British agents posing as archaeologists spied on German generals, who arranged opulent banquets for their allies while German engineers built the rail line from Berlin to Baghdad.

The famous Armenian novelist Krikor Zohrab was among the first guests of the hotel.

The second floor of the hotel has witnessed the presence of political leaders and a lot of figures of culture: Lawrence of Arabia slept in room 202; King Faisal declared Syria's independence from the balcony in room 215; Agatha Christie wrote her "Murder on the Orient Express" in room 203. The Presidential Suite was occupied in turn by King Gustav Adolf VI of Sweden, Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser, Syria's former President Hafez Al Assad, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (the founder of the United Arab Emirates), and the American billionaireDavid Rockefeller.

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Baron
Country: Syria
City: Aleppo
Opening date: 1909, second floor 1911, third floor 1940

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Baron Street
Syria, Aleppo

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