Aleppo's highly 'over the top' hotel
Last november 2009 we did stay in this boutique hotel for five nights, but we wish we didn't. Allthough it's location is superbe and the building is wonderfull, the place needs a complete renovation immediatly. The furniture in the bedrooms is completely wornout and the bedsheets come with holes. This 'over the top' hotel is certainly not worth the USD960,- we did pay for two rooms for five nights. Even not with the (poor) breakfast included. You'd better spend your money on the brand new Riga Palace Hotel which is located nearby in Baron Street. That hotel does deserve it's for stars, te Beit Wakil does not !!!
Unique Quality: Superbe location and beautifull building.
Directions: At walking distance from the Citadel and Souq.
A stunning 16th century mansion in Jdeidah Quarter has been converted into this boutique hotel with only 14 rooms. The lofty lobby is domed and has vaulted ceilings and the walls are of stone, all of which gives a certain monastic feeling to the hotel. The rooms are decorated with a local flavour and the staff is friendly and helpful. Although the service could be improved a little, I nevertheless found my stay most enjoyable and would stay here again. The hotel is located in the charming neighbourhood of Jdeidah, in a narrow alley not directly accessible by car. The hotel staff will assist in transporting the luggage.
Unique Quality: The hotels restaurant (also called Beit Wakil) is one of the best and most famous in Aleppo.
The best hospitality I have ever experienced
The Beit Wakil is a 450-year-old building that has been faithfully restored to its original form. The courtyard is amazing, as is the lobby. Habib, the hotel manager, is very friendly and helpful. If you need something and the hotel does not have it, they will send someone to get it for you. For example, I asked them where I could find a phone card. Twenty minutes later someone from the hotel brought one to my room. Upon arriving, I asked Habib where I could find an ATM. He gave me directions, but he also borrowed me 2,500 Syrian pounds, which is about $50. I did not ask for it, he just gave it to me.
Unique Quality: The rooms are simple, but Habib explained that he wanted guests to have as much of an authentic experience as possible. He wanted the building to look like it did 450 years ago, with a few added luxuries such as air conditioning and full-size bathrooms in each room. The breakfast, which is included in the price, is very good. Rooms go for $100 per night, plus 11-percent tax.
Directions: Located in the Al Jdaidah neighbord (a k a, the Christian Quarter). If taking a taxi, you will have to walk about 50 meters as the hotel is located in an alley in which vehicles cannot fit.
Staying at the Beit Wakil is a unique experience. Set in a narrow alley in the Jdeida quarter, you will find yourself far removed from the hustle and bustle of Aleppo's busy streets. Although you will have to walk a little way from where you have left your car or taxi, you will be warmly welcomed, find the service to be efficient and unobtrusive, and count your stay here as one of the highlights of your visit to Syria.
Unique Quality: Faithfully and authentically restored, the Beit Wakil was the first of Aleppo's grand houses to be converted to a boutique hotel. Others have followed, but the Beit Wakil is still the one that best captures the feel of old Aleppo. The simply furnished rooms are set around a beautiful courtyard garden. There's an excellent restaurant in a beautiful covered courtyard, a little cellar bar and a small gift shop.
Directions: Jdeida Quarter
Great hotel , comfortable, quiet, great location
I really enjoyed my stay here. It was such a nice cozy comfortable hotel. It is an old arabic house and is decorated as such. My room although was a little small, but was comfy and extremely quiet. The bathroom was really nice, all tile and marble. The hotel had a nice restaurant and also a little bar downstairs too which was nice to sit and have a relaxing glass of wine. I plan on staying here again next time I am in Aleppo......
Unique Quality: Quiet...stylish, wonderful place. Very helpful staff...The hotel is located down a very old street and around it are many shops and restaurants...its a wonderful hotel, i loved it here.
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Beit Wakil Hotel Aleppo
- Beit Wakil Aleppo
Address: Al Jdaidah - Sissi St, Aleppo, Syria
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