Located in the archeological park of Palmyra, few meters from Baalshamin temple , and Palmyra ruins , you can see it from some of the rooms windows.
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This hotel has an unique location, few metres away the entrance of Palmyra's archaeological park. This means that you can seat at the bar terrace and enjoy the view of almost the whole site! Very nice view at sunset and sunrise.
The rooms are OK, ours was a bit too small, with A/C and well equipped bathroom.
The price is a bit high but I guess you pay also the pleasure of the view!
I really enjoyed my stay at this small hotel. It is very popular. While I was waiting in reception, several tourists came in to enquire about a bed for the night, but they were fully booked.
The manager (Mohamed) and his cousin (Abdul) are very freindly and helpful.
The decor in the rooms are a bit dated, but comfortable. No problem with hot water (on suite bathroom).
Good breakfast is served.
This hotel offers very good value for money.
It might sound a bit strange, but I enjoyed my stay at this hotel more than at the 5* Apamee Cham Palace in Hama.
Close to Palmyra
Organise trips to the desert
The Villa Palmyra is a perfectly adequate property, conveniently located on Palmyra's main street. The rooftop restaurant has panoramic views of the ruins, and the breakfast service is good.
Because I had never received an email response to my Internet inquiries, I finally reserved a room at this hotel through an online booking service (several months in advance). However, when I phoned a few days, prior to my arrival (to confirm my reservation), the owner/manager told me he had no record of my reservation. Fortunately, he still had a single room, available. I still have not established if this error was the fault of the hotel or of the booking service.
The rooms are rather small, and those on the street side have only single pane glass, which does little to reduce the street noise in the evening hours. I found it difficult to sleep, even using earplugs.
The hotel advertises they accept credit cards, however when I had visited, I was told the credit card machine was not operating. I was forced to pay in cash.
Out of frustration (with the nightly noise problem), I departed one day earlier, than planned.
I paid $50US, for a single room, in October, 2008.
you can check some other hotel in Palmyra. I know that this one is very good and cheap.
so check it out- http://www.ishtarhotel.net/index_en.htm, or you can look up for Faris hotel also.
Heliopolis Palmyra Hotel is located in Tadmor, modern Palmyra, at the edge of the Oasis. The best feature of the hotel is its panoramic views of the Oasis and the ancient ruins. Although guidebooks named it as one of the better mid-range places to stay in Palmyra, I was somewhat disappointed in the hotel overall. It is indeed inexpensive, at $60 per night for two, but the amenities and rooms are mediocre. If I were to return to Palmyra, I would probably stay at the Cham Palace Hotel which - while overpriced - offers standard and consistent amenities for $40 more per room. All in all, however, a one night stay at Heliopolis was not terrible.
I visited Palmyra for a weekend and stayed at the Ishtar Hotel. It was ideally located on the main street, and from it I easily walked to the ruins and local shops/restaurants. The room was really comforable and the air conditioning a blessing in the August desert heat! Helpful staff Naim and Ismail both speak great English and sorted out transport and other things for me. The hotel restaurant opened the day I left so missed out on trying the food, however the breakfast provided was great. Would definately reccommend it to others - great value for money.
Ishtar Hotel, +963 31 5913 073, fax +963 31 5913 260, mobile +963 94 318 068 (the first one on the left side when you enter the main street coming from the ruins), email: email@example.com. One of the best hotels in Palmyra with very reasonable prices - USD20 for a double room , USD15 for a single room including tax and breakfast. It has a nice cave bar in the basement where you can enjoy the local beers and the tasty red wine. Clean comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and AC in every room. The friendly staff speaks fluent English and French they will be happy to help you about anything you need in Palmyra.
The bus driver kept his lights on us while we knocked on the locked door at around 12pm. Lights came on and the owner opened up. The Ishtar Hotel is a small family operated hotel within easy walking distance from the ruins. The desk clerk in our Damascus Hotel had recommended this place and had made the reservation for us. No credit card numbers were required. Ours was a double on the second floor, with a window a/c, and its own bathroom. We paid $24USD, which isn't too bad because prices in Palmyra are a bit higher than elsewhere in Syria. The restaurant downstairs serves coffee and an egg in the morning and basic Arabic style cuisine with a beer at night. This is one of the better bargains in town. Link provides an even more glowing recommendation and a photo of the lobby, which appears better here than I recall.
Heliopolis is a modern, three-star hotel, located at a very quite street. Rooms are simple but very clean with all the modern facilities and most of them have fantastic view to the oasis and the ruins. Food is very good and the staff is friendly and helpful.
Palmyra is worth a visit. The roman city is really beautiful.
But be careful!
We stayed there 2 days (20th-21th september 2006) at Villa Palmyra Hotel. They look nice, very helpful and the hotel has great views of the roman city.
Apart of Cham Hotel and Heliopolis, Villa Palmyra is the other betst hotel (or at least expensive hotel) in Palmyra.
They stole us 400 Euros, just the banknotes (200 in euros, and more than 180 euros in Jordan Dinars). It was our money for the following days in Jordan, before coming back to Spain. We realised that we were stolen in Jordan, so there is no possibility for going to the police. The amount was in two different wallets, each one inside the two suitcases (and each one closed with a numeric code of 3 digits). So, it was just time to open it.
Honestly, we didnt expect this from a 3 star hotel. And we supose that this wont be an extraordinary case.
I emailed the hotel, but I havent got any response yet.
It happened also to one friend of me in Palmyra, but at Heliopolis Hotel.
Ahh, check the bill at every restaurant!!
The Ishtar Hotel is a mid-range hotel of similar standard to the Orient Hotel. Its advantage is that it is on the main Quwatli Street at the end nearest to the ruins. Also, unlike the Orient, it has its own restaurant and a cellar bar. The rooms at the Orient are slightly nicer, however, and the prices a little lower.
The Orient is a good mid-range option. It has a central location. I stayed here for 2 nights and paid S£1000 per night for a room with AC, TV and modern, en-suite bathroom. Like many hotels in Syria it is staffed by a small group of men, who seem to live in the lobby. They are sometimes drinking tea, but mostly sleeping.
The hotel is favoured by adventure overland travel groups and there was one there during my stay.
Al Faris Hotel is a small, dirty hotel, owned by a cunning man and his uncle, who is also the hotel’s driver. Rooms are shabby and smell like a sh@#$hole, (at least mine was) with no view (only one room has a view and costs double) and no towels. The hotel’s food is awful and the hotel’s driver, too. The day I was leaving Palmyra I asked him to drive me to Kadmus bus station; instead of this he drove me to “Flower’s” bus station, where, after a brief conversation he had with the man at the ticket office, I paid 150SP for the two hours ride to Deir (ticket with Kadmus cost 90SP) . I was so fed up that I didn’t say anything, I only wanted to leave Palmyra as sooner as possible… My advice is to avoid Al Faris, you’ll find better –and cheaper- hotels of the same category.
Arriving to Palmyra on a bus, we were greeted by Mohammed, the owner/manager of Al Faris Hotel. We did not have reservations anywhere and it was hard to argue with $19 for a double room. The rooms are not that great, but it very close to the ruins.
The best part of Al Faris is the satellite TV in the rooms. There is not much to do in Palmyra at night, so having 700 channels to choose from is a definite bonus.
Mohammed is a wonderful host. We spent many hours the night we stayed there talking with him and other hotel guests. He can make arrangements for a taxi to drive you back and forth from the hotel to the ruins, to the valley of the dead and to the hilltop fortress.
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