Housed in a 200 year old palace that Prince Bashir II created for his favorite son, the Mir Amin Palace is a hotel that not only takes you out of the hustle of the big city, but also takes you back in time. The thick stone walls, the signature kiosks jutting out from the upper floors of the palace and the traditional musicians who stroll around the palace terrace are all from another time.
|The Mir Amin Palace’s signature Kiosk|
While the hotel grounds are idyllic and the staff were all quite welcoming, I did find the rooms to be a bit outdated and missing some important features. Overall I gave the hotel 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Mir Amin Palace is opened year round and is well equipped to serve business as well as leisure travel. A one of a kind pool with a tiled oriental rug at the bottom beckons leisure guests for a swim, while meeting rooms and catered lunches will appeal to business travelers. The hotel is located just a few minutes drive from the Beiteddine Palace grounds, so you can spend hours wandering around this famous historic site, then spend the night in very similar surrounding.
|Traditional musicians perform throughout the day and often get whole tables singing along to popular Arabic songs|
There are only 24 rooms at the Mir Amin palace which helps the hotel maintain an intimate setting. The small courtyards with fountains and cushioned seating areas are perfect places to relax or catch up with friends. While the weather was quite hot on the June day that I visited, I could easily find covered alcoves for a bit of shade and the restaurant on the patio was cooled by large fans and umbrellas.
|A look towards the inner courtyards|
|I could have spent hours lounging in this rose colored alcove|
While I didn’t have a chance to view any of the Palace’s suites as they were all occupied, I did stay in a very nice sized guest room. The rooms were quite spacious and had plenty of room for a large bed and a separate seating area.
|The large guest rooms|
|The rooms are spacious enough to have a separate seating area.|
|I expected a bit more from the furniture in the room|