The Phoenicia was - like the St George - always top of our list, but certain circumstances made it impossible until recently to accept it into the group of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. Here Lyndon Johnson stopped over in 1962, it was home to Kings and Queens, stars and gamblers
Together with the Holiday Inn and the St George, those three hotels were the hub of Beirut luxury.
It closed in 1990, it reopened in 2000, and those who travel to Beirut find it in higly recommended condition. Neither the Holiday Inn nor the St Geroge were able to reopen (so far), so if tourism can bring peace to this world, the Phoenician, together with Le Bristol, remains our ambassador in the Middle East.