Ebla Cham Palace Damascus

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Airport Road | P.O. Box 7570, Damascus, Syria
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Costs 25% less but rated 37% lower than other 5 star hotels

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  • Families25
  • Couples50
  • Solo0
  • Business0

More about Ebla Cham Palace Damascus

Omayyad Palace (known to Arabs...

by maykal

Omayyad Palace (known to Arabs as the Al-Umayya, in case you get a blank look from your taxi driver). This is a four star hotel, run by Syrians and Swiss, and is better than the other expensive hotels in terms of location and value for money.
US$80 - US$90 for a standard double room. The other expensive hotels in Damascus (Cham Palace, Sheraton, Ebla Cham Palace, Meridien and Semiramis) all cost considerably more (the Sheraton is more than US$200 per night!). The rooms are great...well, like any expensive hotel I suppose. The view from the roof is nice...you can see most of Damascus, and the view towards Qassioun is spectacular. One drawback though is the lack of swimming pool. However, the receptionists are adept at opening padlocks on suitcases, which comes in very handy if you happen to lose the key (like my Dad!...when my brothers stayed here two months later, the receptionists all remembered this particular incident!)


Stunning Damascene dining courtyardStunning Damascene dining courtyard

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ablution fountainablution fountain

coming down from the viewing point on Jebal Qassaycoming down from the viewing point on Jebal Qassay

Forum Posts

Beirut & Damascus or Marrakech & Fez

by marktynernyc

Any opinions? I've visited Marrakech a few years ago (was in Granda this past fall) and am very interested in going back to Morocco however Beirut and Damascus have gotten under my skin and are very unfamiliar thus alluring. Damascus is said to be the oldest city in the world. Beirut was (possibly still is?) the Paris of the East - and I hear the food in Lebanon is amazing. Beirut and Damascus for me is so far off the map which makes it very attractive while Morocco is a bit more familiar and is an incredible country. Help!

Re: Beirut & Damascus or Marrakech & Fez

by marktynernyc

forgot to add - I'm thinking about April or May. If you think there is a better time to go please let me know. Thanks.

Re: Beirut & Damascus or Marrakech & Fez

by Fluffy_bunny

Beirut is the place many foreigner workers go when they have time off. Liberal (relative term), good international and domestic cuisine, clubs, plastic surgery and so much more. While travelling to southern Lebanon may not be a great idea for newbies, there are plenty of trip (ie Byblos, Baalbak) to keep you busy.

Damascus is full of history. The architecture is cool. And sitting behind the mosque in one of the small alleys, smoking shisha and drinking tea is great. Outside the city, there are some amazing site (Palmyra, Kraks)

While psychologically it may seem like a big jump for you, if you can handle Morocco, you can do Lebanon/Syria.

Re: Beirut & Damascus or Marrakech & Fez

by McClellc

I have picked Damascus, Aleppo, and places in between for my first trip to the Arabian Middle East, (although I've been to Turkey). I too am planning on going this spring, so I can't give any "been there" advice. This forum and the guidebooks are giving me plenty of confidence. I can't wait to get lost in Damascus and Aleppo, both ancient cities that are still alive and current. I haven't been to Morocco, but that seems too well-known. If I had more time, I would pair Syria with a side trip to Petra in Jordan.

Travel Tips for Damascus

Cashing Travelers Checks

by RblWthACoz

The best place I found to cash my travelers checks was the CBS Bank No. 5. If you are at the Hejaz train station and facing forward, walk down to the bank which is on the right hand side. This is the only place I found that would cash them. Most banks won't do it and you will need your receipt and passport to cash them.

Milad Majeed!

by MM212

Despite being a predominantly Moslem country, Syria has a national holiday on Christmas day for its estimated 10-15% Christian population. When I was in Damascus over the holiday in 2006, I was quite surprised to see how festive parts of the city were, particularly the Christian Quarter. The city is home to some of the oldest Christian communities in the world. While their percentage of the overall population has diminished over the centuries, they are still a thriving community, with largely equal rights as other religions in this strictly secular state. Attached are (blurry) photos of Christmas decorations in the Christian Quarter of Old Damascus.

Merry Christmas in Arabic is "Milad Majeed!" or "ميلاد مجيد".

Syrian Pounds

by zuyao

It is impossible to get any Syrian Pounds overseas (except in some Arabic countries). There is a FOREX outlet just outside the arrival hall which accepts USD and EURO. Remember to change all the Syrian Pounds to foreign currency before you leave!

Daytrips from Damascus

by MM212

There are many destinations outside of Damascus that one could (must) visit when in Damascus. The options are plenty, but some can be done in a day, others require an overnight stay. Examples include Ma'aloula, Sednaya, Bosra, Palmyra, Krak des Chevaliers, and of course, glorious Beirut, among many others. Public transportation is available between Damascus and these destinations, though the best way to travel is with a local driver. If you feel like some adventure, renting a car and driving yourself is also an option (buy a road map in advance!). Attached are photos of the scenic arid and mountainous countryside surrounding Damascus


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Address: Airport Road | P.O. Box 7570, Damascus, Syria