Forget the atmosphere of a boutique hotel. Afamia is hosted in a modern concrete building and has no atmosphere to offer, but the rooms are comfortable, wth A/C TV and good WC, they serve breakfast and - most of all - the hotel is perfectly located behind the Main Post Office, 50 metres from Hijaz Square and 5 minutes walk from the Souq, the Old City and the Citadel.
Unique Quality: The great location
Directions: Behind the Post Office
Great mid range hotel
This hotel is beautifully located in central Damascus, just behind the main post office.
It is 5 minutes walk to the old city and within walking distance for many more attractions.
The staff are helpful and friendly. Although the hotel itself is dry, there is a liquor store just round the corner, that you can buy at and take it back to the fridge in your room. There is no objection to you having a beer etc (byo) in the lounge on the 1st floor.
NB: - The do not take credit cards, you need cash to settle the account.
This hotel also has scales in the room, I thought why not and it immediately confirmed what I had always thought
I weight in at 66K
a very good and comfortable hotel
this hotel not belong to expensive and luxurious hotels in Damascus but i found it really very good place and comfortable. it is located in very good place in damascus. manager and waiters were polite. specially i remember Ahmad one of waiters. he was so supportive and kind. oppose to other hotels that i stayed already in this level the room hadn't slippers ,toothpaste and shampoo. but the kind waiter gave me his slippers and bring me shampoo and tissues.
i recommend this hotel to every one.
I paid 40 euro for single room per night.
I found the Afamia to be as advertised (in the Lonely Planet guide).
They provide basic (mid-range) accommodation, I had an executive room (an upgrade from the basic room, which provides free, in-room Internet access).
I had a bit of problem connecting my laptop to the Internet, and was never fully successful, although the hotel's net guy was very helpful.
The hotel is centrally located, and within easy walking distance of shopping (in the souq, as well as the Handicrafts Lane, which is just around the corner), the National Museum, etc.
It is located just behind the Post Office, which is down the street from the Hejaz train station (which unfortunately is not providing train service at this time, as it is undergoing renovation).
The breakfast service was good, and I found the staff helpful.
The cost was about average (38 Euro, with breakfast for a single, Executive room, in September, 2008).
Unique Quality: Central location, easily within walking distance of most attractions.
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