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The new Beit Zafran boutique hotel is situated in the heart of a quiet district in the centre of Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.  The surrounding neighbourhood is full of character and there are churches, mosques, restaurants and souks all within walking distance.  Built in 1836 Beit Zafran has been transformed into a gorgeous little hideaway for those wanting a little bit of charm and sophistication in the capital of Syria.  The authentic and traditional courtyard surrounds an original fountain built from marble and stone, making a stunning centre piece and looking onto the pretty courtyard is the “liwan” (seating area) with its original wooden ceiling and stucco decoration where guests can escape the heat of Damascus with a refreshing drink.

The Shai lounge, located in the old “qa’a” or reception hall of Beit Zafran has extraordinarily high ceilings which have been hand painted, and is a relaxing place to enjoy a hot cup of fresh Damascene herbal tea. Alternatively head up to La Veranda on the roof terrace has stunning views across the Old City and Qassioun Mountain.

Activities

Every chapter in world history has left its mark on Syrian heritage over thousands of years which is how it came to be known the ‘Cradle of Civilizations’.  The capital city Damascus is where Asia, Africa and Europe meet and is full of museums, mosques, churches, antiques and handcrafts, a testament to the city's rich history and religious traditions.  Dating back to 5000 BC Damascus is a treasure trove of things to see including ruins of the Roman wall and its seven gates and ‘Street Called Straight’ where Saint Paul underwent his dramatic conversion. There is the the Qassioun Mountain (where the Book of Genesis says Cain killed Abel, and the Prophet Mohammed first admired the beauty of Damascus) and the Umayyad Mosque (the fourth most important site in Islam, housing the shrine of John the Baptist, known to Muslims as the Prophet Yahya) showcasing the enormous significance that this city holds for both Muslims and Christians.

Dining

During the winter months Beit Zafran's stylish Mooneh restaurant, located in the old vaulted “mooneh” (cellar), offers an intimate setting for guests to enjoy a romantic meal.

 
The basics:
12 rooms
Good for:
having a really stylish base whilst exploring Damascus
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Rates at Beit Zafran are per room per night including breakfast.  Third person supplement (extra bed) is 30 EUR. All rates listed above are subject to 10 % service and 13 % government taxes.

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