JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Le Gray
Martyrs' Square, Beirut Central District، بيروت، Lebanon
24th September 2015

Le Gray is part of the small and exclusive CampbellGray Hotels Group, so we had high hopes for this property in one of the world’s most exciting city destinations, Beirut.

Location
Its location close to multiple offices makes it perfect for the business traveller; while for the leisure traveller, shopping, beach, bars and restaurants are all within close distance.
Le Gray is a mere 20-minute drive from Rafik Hariri International Airport.
Who stays?
Well-heeled business travellers and the chi-chi set.
Style and Character
Contemporary in style, this place oozes luxury. Lots of art pieces scattered about. The most impressive feature, I found, was the use of wood on walls, panels and ceilings.
Service
Valets were quick to help on arrival – after greeting us by name, they ensured that our bags were taken and check-in was processed while we sat down in the bright and airy reception area.
We then took the glass elevator up to our room – giving us a glimpse into the magnificent atrium of the hotel.
All in all, service was just perfect - accommodating and friendly, speedy and unobtrusive. Every request was dealt with in a most professional manner. RASK was especially pleased when our boarding pass for our onward flight from Beirut appeared in our room in an envelope on the eve of our departure.
Rooms and Suites
Our room was one of the most gorgeous that RASK has had the pleasure of staying in.

Two doors led from the room to a balcony, with wonderful views of Downtown and of the sea – and all the way to Byblos, some 30 km north along the coast.

The huge king size bed took pride of place in the room, while a work desk with accessories was stationed against the wall. The dark wooden ceiling was striking – a very impressive feature. There was also a relaxation area with an espresso machine.

A walk-in closet provided access to the stunning bathroom. Huge mist-free mirror, double vanity, WC, separate shower. The tub had a built-in television (with waterproof remote…), ideal for chilling out in after a day of meetings or shopping – or a night on Beirut’s infamous tiles.

The REN lotions and potions in full-size containers were replenished, and Porthault robes came as standard.

The only minor gripes were the slow-ish Internet (fixable by way of a free dongle), and the sparse selection of television and movie channels.

‘Which room to choose?’
A Deluxe Room with a terrace – be sure to request one with a balcony. For slightly longer stays, Executive Suites offer more space and a separate dining area
Food and Drink
The fantastic choice of outlets means there’s something for everyone at Le Gray.
The street-level Gordon’s Café is open plan, light and airy – with efficient service, good food and reasonable prices.
The Indigo on the Roof is a casual but stylish location for lunch or dinner, while the destination Bar ThreeSixty wowed us with delicious cocktails, a sophisticated atmosphere and great views.
Business bods will favour The Cigar Lounge - the ideal place to close a deal.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The PureGray spa offers a well-equipped, fully- staffed gym, in addition to treatment rooms and their signature treatments. These were fully booked when we attempted to reserve a timeslot – clearly the secret is out.
The rooftop pool is clearly a place for Beirut's gorgeous jeunesse dorée to linger...
Perceived Value
Not a bargain – but not outrageously priced either, and - as you have read above - the rooms and suites are drop-dead gorgeous
Verdict
Incomparable service, great and unstuffy design, very luxurious – and at the same time accommodating, friendly and chic, Le Gray is simply one of the best hotels RASK has ever stayed at.