Shahrayar · Guesthouse in Damascus · L’Hôte Libanais

Shahrayar · Overview

It’s no coincidence that Shahrayar sounds like something out of a storybook, for this understated guesthouse in the heart of old Damascus effortlessly channels a bygone era full of mystery and enchanting tales.

Shahrayar · The place

Surrounded by some of Damascus’s most recognised landmarks — the Omayyad Mosque, the churches of Saint Paul and Hananiya, and the vibrant souks — Shahrayar is a warm and friendly haven offering cosy and comfortable accommodation. Nestled in a narrow street, this converted eighteenth-century building features 8 guest rooms filled with beautifully restored centuries-old furniture. Mosaic tiles and hand-crafted ceilings can also be found in some of the rooms. Besides an old well that has remained untouched for years, Shahrayar boasts a 150-year-old staircase and fountain.

Shahrayar · The people

Unsurprisingly, George — the owner of Shahrayar — is a wonderful host and natural storyteller. Hear him passionately share the narrative of this home as you sit in the U-shaped ‘liwan’ of the courtyard admiring the simplicity of everything around you.

Shahrayar · Rooms and features

Shahrayar comprises 8 rooms: five with double beds and three with twin beds. Guest rooms are simple and comfortable with antique furniture and traditional touches.

Question? Ask away

Whether you need more information on Shahrayar, or you’re experiencing difficulties with your reservation… our frequently asked questions section might help. Otherwise, don’t be shy — contact us! We will be delighted to answer your questions, seven days a week.

Credits — Words: LJ. Photographs: Omar Sanadiki.

Lodging policies — Check-in time is 14:00. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. Breakfast is not included in the rate, but breakfast items can be ordered from nearby establishments. Shahrayar operates all year round.


If you were wondering how to reach Damascus from Beirut, just leave it to us. You can book a taxi transfer from Beirut International Airport or the Beirut city centre to Shahrayar at the same time you confirm your room. It’s that simple!

Taxi transfers to Damascus

  • Transfer from Beirut Airport $125
  • Transfer from Beirut $100