Beirut, Lebanon - September 3, 2013 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Staybridge Suites Beirut, marking the entrance of the international extended-stay hotel brand into Lebanon.
Staybridge Suites Beirut is located in Verdun Street in downtown Beirut, within walking distance of the famous Hamra Street, the seafront promenade and local universities, including the American University of Beirut (AUB). The 121-suite hotel offers panoramic views of the city and its apartment-style accommodation and prime location will appeal to guests who are looking for more space to live, work and relax close to the city centre.
Designed to provide home away from home comfort, the hotel’s studio suites and one and two bedroom apartments all feature fully equipped kitchenettes, large work-spaces and 32" LED TVs. The hotel also features a roof-top swimming pool; The Pantry, a 24-hour shop stocked with food and drink; complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; the Laundry Room; secure underground parking; and gym facilities.
Staybridge Suites caters to the individual needs of extended stay guests by providing excellent facilities alongside a sociable, residential atmosphere. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s Hub Kitchen as well as a chance to mingle over complimentary drinks and snacks at regular after-work receptions.
Ihab Kanawati, General Manager, Staybridge Suites Beirut, added: “We are proud to open the doors of Staybridge Suites Beirut and welcome guests to enjoy the comfortable environment that the brand is famous for. Our spacious apartment-style suites, paired with fantastic facilities, including a beautiful rooftop swimming pool, make this hotel the ideal base for extended stay guests, whether they are here for business, leisure or studies.”
Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East, India & Africa, IHG commented: “IHG has a long and rich heritage in Lebanon, dating back to 1961 when we opened our first hotel here. Staybridge Suites Beirut joins our broad portfolio of hotels in Beirut, which now includes three InterContinental hotels, a Crowne Plaza hotel and a Holiday Inn hotel.
“It is a superb property which answers the needs of travellers who are looking for a home from home experience during their stay in the historic city. This is the third Staybridge Suites hotel that we have opened in the Middle East and, based on the success of its sister properties, we are confident of its success in Beirut,” he continued.
The first Staybridge Suites hotel opened in 1998, providing guests with an all-suite hotel with home-like comforts – more space than an ordinary hotel room, and a full kitchen, in a warm, welcoming and sociable environment. There are currently 191 hotels open globally with a further 76 in the pipeline. The brand debuted in the Middle East in Cairo in 2008 with Staybridge Suites Cairo – Citystars and was joined by Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi – Yas Island in 2009. The brand continues to expand across the Middle East with six more hotels due to open over the coming years, in the UAE (3), Saudi Arabia (1), Bahrain (1) and Kuwait (1).
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