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.
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.
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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