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- Reviews: 11
Al Madinah Hotel: What a gem in the heart of the town
how good is this place
A real gem in the heart of Damascus
Really helpful people and clean
Tar'eh and the guys couldn't do enough to help putting us in touch with reputable tour operators
Give this hotel serious consideration when you plan your trip to Damascus
and you have to love the decor - it's simply unique and well worth the stay to see
Unique Quality: Walk to the Souk -lazy 10 minutes
Walk to the Museum 3 minutes
Across (actually under) the bridge and you're at the main bank strip (5 minutes)
and wait there's more
around the corner to the movie theatre and some upmarket eating inside
around the corner to the post office
in house there's wifi or at the PO for timed (cheap as) internet
walk to the railway station just past the PO
try the take away locals within 3 minutes all around or walk to some seriously good food in the souk 15 lazy minutes
Tar'eh at reception will show you where
- Reviews: 1
Arabic House Hotel: your distenation to Damascus
it was interesting staying , the staff was very friendly from the waiter to the general manager .the rooms are varied in size and designed up to the Damascene ancient handicrafts . the rooms have also aview on acharming open courtyard. the rooms convenient with mini bar ,tv, air conditioner, telephone, wireless internet , 24 hours room service , breakfast is included . breakfast was very nice and traditional and you will never forget a delicious meal in a corner of pacific open courtyard . i recommend every body to visit this hotel because you will feel that you are in your home.
Unique Quality: it is an old Arabic house hotel built in 17th century . it is situated in Alamara market 25m from the famouse gate (Al Faradise ) the hotel is surrounded by many famouse monuments of the old city of Damascus such as the great Umayyad Mosque ,the citadel ,souk al Hamedieh and Al Azem palace .
- Reviews: 1308
Al Mahaba & Al Salam Hotel: Private room, not touristic.
I arrived in Damascus after going around the country, so I have to stay 4 days in Damascus before flying out. It's November 16, 2010, and I didn't realized it's a busy tourist month. I'm supposed to stay in Ghazal but they're fully booked even the hostel room and the open rooftop, so I wander, checked other hotels and seems like everything is full. I passed by couple of hotel along Yusuf Ameh street and there're rooms available but a bit expensive on my budget until I found the AlMahaba & AlSalam Hotel which fit right on my budget -- at SYR1,800 which went discounted to SYR1,600/night (about $35) no breakfast though.
I discovered after a couple of minutes that it was the last room because when another guy entered, they told them that they're already full and the guy was complaining that he'd went around to several other budget hotels and all are full.
The hotel is located along Al-Ittihad street which is along the corner of Yusuf Azmeh street, the main Al-Thawra highway is few minutes walk. Old Damascus/Omayyad Mosque is also about 10-15 minutes walk from the hotel. The entrance/elevator is beside the reception office. It's like an apartment made into a hotel. Old building, the room I had was on the 6th floor beside the elevator. No breakfast room of sort, just your room, no service whatsoever but there's a guy at the end of the corridor whom you could ask for help like he sent my laundry and gave it back to me in the afternoon at a small tip of course.
The room is big enough with 3 beds - and I'm alone - everything is old, TV is like black and white with 4 arabic channels, fridge is old, aircon but it was a cold month, the old-looking bathroom is big but the shower stand is open - no curtain - so when you take a shower the water will mess the whole bathroom. Close the window to minimize the traffic down below which could pose discomfort for light sleepers.
For the price and location and privacy - I've never seen europeans in the hotel - nor did I ever meet or bump into anyone staying at the hotel at any of my four days stays - I would say this is an okey place to stay esp. when most budget options are full, and you choose to have privacy and avoid huge tourist hordes, and the receptionists are kind albeit not speaking in english so I've struggled with my moderate arabic.
I would recommend this hotel.
Unique Quality: Nice reception staff, not within the tourist crowd but not far away, my own private room, no disturbance.
- Reviews: 1481
Al Sallam: nice and convenient
This is a nice little hotel and very convenient for moving around. It is on a quiet street next to a hospital and near the university. There is a basement cafe offering various soft drinks and beverages. Breakfast is servede for hotel clientele and follows the normal buffet of boiled eggs, olives, cheese, salad and bread, though the latter was fresh and delicious.
The room had been newly decorated and so had the bathroom. There was no bath mat, so care had to be taken as the drainage was poor because the shower curtain was too short and the marble tiles were slippery. I found the pillow far too hard and had a restless night. But having pointed out these things, we were satisfied, and my husband will certainly return again when next in Damascus.
We were charged 350 lira
- Reviews: 1481
Alaa Tower B: a proper dump
We arrived at the hotel around 2.30 am and were given a room on the top floor. The room contained a double bed, a table with a Tv and a hanging shelf and mirror. There was almost nowhere to stand when our luggage was in. The en suite bathroom had a sink, shower and WC. When sitting on the WC your knees touch the walls. The dimensions of the bathroom were 2 and a half tiles by 7 and a half.
We tried to get breakfast but there was a party [very large] of female Iranian pilgrims, so it was not possible.
The one good thing was that , though we had to walk up from the 5th floor, next day the lift/elevator was repaired.
It is one of 5 Alaa Tower Hotels in Damascus, so it may be that we were just unlucky, but we complained to the management and also to the organisation who booked us into the hotel, who were horrified at our experience.
Unique Quality: No facilities, and not deserving of the 3 stars it claimed.
- Reviews: 1
Arabesk vs. own apartment: Arabesk in Damascus
I was a bit skeptical of Arabesk at first because they just seem to flippin nice in email and over the phone. but that's just the way they are in person too. They are very nice guys. I am not sorry for having spent the money. Unless you have been here before and really know the ropes, I'd recommend Arabesk highly. They helped me into a live in practice arrangement, helped me get to the university and register, (they can't actually go in to help you but the gal inside speaks very good English so it's not even an issue) but they take you to get the AIDS test and register you at the embassy and yadda yadda. I think they are great. now having been here two months I want my own place so i'm looking in the local papers and have a Syrian friend helping me find a place. If money is an issue, try the "reef" which is outside of Damascus. (the five minute bus ride into town might cost you ten liras). You can get a very nice, new two bedroom for 5,000 liras as opposed to inside the city which will cost 10,000 to 15,000 (100 dollars equals about 4,650 liras)for a very small room in a shared living environment. shared bath, shared kitchen etc. if cleaning up after messy ppl doesn't bother you then go for it. Also, be aware that Arabesk has a strict no opposite sex guests and no alcohol in their apartments. forsa saeeda!!
Unique Quality: The accomodations that I have seen are not the greatest but they are sufficient for your needs. My place is freezing and I don't have a heater so i'm not crazy about that part of it but the other flat mates have heaters. I'm just too cheap to buy one. but of course I have to pay a full percentage of the electric bill so that's not really fair now is it? but whatever. and then there are the ppl that like to eat your food and not replace it, and leave dirty dishes all over the kitchen, even putting dirty dishes in the dish strainer. I'm not complaining, it's just part of living with lots of other ppl. I'm just not down with that, that's all. One cool thing they do is to arrange for the students to go on trips around Syria. I have yet to go cuz they are a bit pricey but it's still a nice amenety to offer. They also have good instructors and as i mentioned before, they are super super nice and helpful. They will also rent to you for just a couple of weeks so that might be a consideration as well.
- Reviews: 27
Sleep on the Roof!
As far as I know, there are no hostels in Damascus, only guesthouses. A lot of the guesthouses offer ample roof space, sometimes in excess of 100 people! It's also much cooler up there at night (some of the rooms there are scorching!) and is a good experience. Very cheap too!
- Reviews: 401
Al Saada Hotel: Al Saada Hotel
This was the cheapest place I have ever stayed at and you get what you pay for. It cost be 2 euro for a dorm with 3 beds. The shower room was a bit of a walk but it did work as did the toilet. The staff were pretty good at speaking English and gave good advice on onward transport. It is also very central - about 10 min walk from everywhere of interest.
- Reviews: 1
yalla house: the best for students
It is the best when you visit www.yallahouse.com they have a wide range of availabilities for rooms houses and apartments.. in most of Damascus areas.
Unique Quality: pick you up from the airport, find you a place to stay in Damascus, put you in touch with Universities, private teachers, friendly locals and more ..
- Reviews: 1
Family room accommodation: Student Accommodation Search in Damascus
Myself, i have been there with Arabesk Damascus. Search in Google, i think their email is arabesk at mail.sy. they can assist you in your settlement in Damascus, specially accommodation search. Thye have Damascene families for girl students, and "Living with tutor" for male students.
the course in Damascus University for Foreign Students for JUNE session starts 28 May, and you have to be there before 26 May for registration. they don't accept late students. Next course is 2 July (registration ends 30 June). If you can't make it, ask Arabesk Studies for a tailored arabic private teacher for your stay.
If you need anyhting, you can email me.
Unique Quality: very nice and friendly families and tutors in "Living & Practicing"
cultural and traditions discovery
best way to practise Arabic language, get familiar with day-to-day Arabic
like having a teacher at home
specially if they have children (they become your teacher)
taste the delicious syrian cooking
feel protected and secure in Damascus.
feel like home, or better !!
washing machine, phone, available.
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