Beit Zaman

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Bab Touma (Straight Street), building N. 120, P.O. Box 10302, Damascus, Syria

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    a Damascene home ,architecture @ it`s finest

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    Stayed recently at Beit zamman in the heart of old damascus on straight street (via recta ) close to bab sharqi or the eastern gate of old Damascus consists of two connected adjacent damascene houses with two courtyards surrounded by the rooms on two floors . the hotel is furnished with typical Damasene furniture , a local craft called arabesque and mosaic . Old damasene homes are fine pieces of architecture despite some homes looking shabby from outside due to lack of maintenance ,each home has a courtyard with a fountain in the center where the family gathered and orange trees as well as the kabad or naranj trees which is a local syrian fruit more like a huge citrus .

    Beit zaman which means home from olden times has a pub with live music in the basement , a hammam or bath with the typical Syrian steam ,sauna ,rub ,scrub and massage with natural loofas and olive oil products native to the country and a rooftop restaurant with a view of old Damascus , a mini bar in theroom and room service. Great Buffet breakfast with all the Syrian delicacies.

    Unique Quality: Perfect location to explore old Damascus , a unique cultural experience . Awesome architecture & interior be it ceilings ..etc.

    Directions: Few meters from Bab Sharqi ,Damascus.

More about Beit Zaman

a Damascene home ,architecture @ it`s finest

by Mel_H about Beit zamman

Stayed recently at Beit zamman in the heart of old damascus on straight street (via recta ) close to bab sharqi or the eastern gate of old Damascus consists of two connected adjacent damascene houses with two courtyards surrounded by the rooms on two floors . the hotel is furnished with typical Damasene furniture , a local craft called arabesque and mosaic . Old damasene homes are fine pieces of architecture despite some homes looking shabby from outside due to lack of maintenance ,each home has a courtyard with a fountain in the center where the family gathered and orange trees as well as the kabad or naranj trees which is a local syrian fruit more like a huge citrus .

Beit zaman which means home from olden times has a pub with live music in the basement , a hammam or bath with the typical Syrian steam ,sauna ,rub ,scrub and massage with natural loofas and olive oil products native to the country and a rooftop restaurant with a view of old Damascus , a mini bar in theroom and room service. Great Buffet breakfast with all the Syrian delicacies. Perfect location to explore old Damascus , a unique cultural experience . Awesome architecture & interior be it ceilings ..etc.

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old town restaurantold town restaurant

Umayyad MosqueUmayyad Mosque

plucked chicken stacked up  outside a shopplucked chicken stacked up outside a shop

citadel with minaret behindcitadel with minaret behind

Forum Posts

Cheap (but good) accommodation in Damascus?

by nattybabe

Hi all,

I've been having a look for accommodation for 3 nights in early December however it's really hard to find! We're after cheap hotel or hostels. As an example, we paid USD$10 each per night in Cairo and were happy with what we got.

Any suggestions? Also, any helpful hits or tips for 2 girls on a long weekend in Damascus would also be appreciated!

Thanks,

Nat

Re: Cheap (but good) accommodation in Damascus?

by IndianPacific

Be aware of that there are a lot of Iranian tourists in Damascus, so hotels can be hard to get.

Re: Cheap (but good) accommodation in Damascus?

by nattybabe

Thanks, yes we'd like to arrange the hotel sooner rather than later as we need to prove the accommodation before we can apply for visas anyway.

Re: Cheap (but good) accommodation in Damascus?

by nattybabe

Thanks, I really need names of places where people have stayed that are worth going to. All the hostel reviews I've read say something about bed bugs. Not good. Have had a look at various websites but most don't have reviews.

Re: Cheap (but good) accommodation in Damascus?

by Mel_H

Hi ,
Cheap but good accommodation in Syria is hard to come by and is not available ,there is a shortage in hostels ,good budget accomodation , for that price you get nothing not even the least decent living conditions . Syria is not touristic or open yet internationally and relies on regional tourism from Arab countries as well as it`s people, the city/country is mobbed by Arab tourists and Syrians living abroad during the summer and Eid periods which is the Islamic celebrations and National holidays , there is a huge influx of iranians and Iraqis who go for pilgrimage ,they have seasons too according to their shiaa sect and mosltly stay in the zayeda zainab area to visit shrines ,perform rituals .
Anyway here are a few budget places which are considered reasonable or budget but by the syrian standard though....
Hostels
Al haramein Hostel ( but not sure about blankets ,cleanliness in dorm style rooms ,they are like you described )
Damascus -Bahsa St.,Sarouja , tel 2319489

AlRabie Hostel, Damascus Sarouja,Bahsa St. tel 2318374
They have double room with private bath ....as well as dorm style
Both are old damascene homes turned hostels but you need to take into account the heating , hot water , good blankets , shared toilets ,showers as it will be cold in December and it snows sometimes during the winter.


Budget hotels
Al Sultan Hotel ,Al Baroudi St,Al Baroudi St ,Damascus, Syria
2225768

Al Salam Hotel , Damascus near Al Takhieh tel ,2216674
both good and clean albeit sultan being old .

better if you splurge a bit and enjoy your stay think about 70 US + or - dollars a very good hotel called city hotel or al madinah hotel

http://www.cityhotel-sy.com/english/index.php?he=ein

Or Al majed Hotel

All the above are near the old town where all the sightseeing and action is .

In terms of tips ,i need to know what exactly you want to do or know.

Oh if you google the cheaper places ignore the pricing listed by travellers who were there ages ago and you need to add the country city code to the given contact numbers .
Have a nice trip

Re: Cheap (but good) accommodation in Damascus?

by leics

My son suggests the AlRabie, where he stayed for a while earlier this year.

Re: Cheap (but good) accommodation in Damascus?

by bvguizar

Damascus Rooms is really good

contact Mr Bayan at bayanroom@yahoo.com, the prices are pretty good and the places are nice and clean.

Blanca

Travel Tips for Damascus

Recommended Syrian tour company

by Bavavia

Abinos travel in Damascus is an exceptional travel agency. Everything was arranged perfectly. Ibrahim, the owner of Abinos travel cares very much about his clients and ensures everything is 100% right. If you want to contact him, email him at manager@abinostravel.com. He is very responsive. He can arrange tours that cover all of Syria. I was extremely happy with his service. I enjoyed Syria on my own, but they can arrange a trip for you. For me, they arranged hotels and flights only, but this agency is a full service travel agent. The atmosphere there, the buildings, the restaurants,everything......

Ice Cream

by PierreZA

Ice cream rolled in crushed pistachios – a Syrian delicacy. You can find Bakdash, an old ice cream shop in Souk El-Hamidiyeh.

It is amazing to stand and watch how popular and busy this shop is. I wonder how many kilograms of ice cream are made there every day.

There are many ice cream parlours in the old city, but this one seems by far the most popular.

Jebel Qassioun

by call_me_rhia

Jebel Qassioun is the "mountain" right behind Damascus... well, actually the hill where the TV antenna is. If you go there at sunset, provided the sky is clear, you'll be rewarded by a truly unforgettable sunset over the city. Apparently there's public transportation to there, but I could not find any - and all the locals I met they all had reached it by car. With four other people I hired a taxi - it wasn't too cheap, but it surely was money well spent. The sunset was magical!

Into Lebanon

by TheWanderingCamel

It is possible to visit Baalbek in Lebanon in a day trip from Damascus. If you can spend the night in Baalbek so much the better, but it is possible to get there and back in the same day and have a few hours at the site of the great Roman temple complex there.

It takes about 2 and a half hours to get there, allowing for time at the border. If you don't have a multiple entry visa for Syria, you will need to visit the Immigration Office on Sharia Furat for the necessary paperwork to be done to allow you for your re-entry to Syria. You will have to pay for a new visa on your return. You wil be able to pay for everything with Syrian pounds or US dollars but you will need to have the cash on you.

The only way to get there is by service taxi (cheap) or with a car and driver (expensive).

Baalbek is worth the effort. The sight of the huge temples there is awesome - nothing comes near them for size (the little black spots, bottom left in the photo here, are people) and grandeur and the setting, with Mount Lebanon in the background is wonderful.

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Address: Bab Touma (Straight Street), building N. 120, P.O. Box 10302, Damascus, Syria