Beirut’s Grand Serail
A trip to Beirut would not be complete without catching a glimpse of the Grand Serail, a stunning building dating back to the Ottoman Empire.
These days the Grand Serail acts as the government headquarters and is heavily protected, so visitors may not be able to explore the interiors. They can however, admire the Ottoman-era features and the Hamidiyyah Clock Tower which was imagined by Lebanese architect Youssef Aftimus.
Found in downtown Beirut on the Serail Hill, the Grand Serail is just a short trip from the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut.
Lebanese history and the Grand Serail
The Grand Serail’s history dates back to 1831 when the Egyptians set up a base on top of the strategically placed Serail Hill. Overlooking the sea and Beirut city, it was the perfect spot for them to keep watch for the Ottoman armies.
In recent years, the Grand Serail and undergone massive restoration works to preserve its features and make it a suitable home for the Prime Minister and his team.
The Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut
Whether guests have travelled to Beirut for business or are on a holiday, the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut’s staff are on hand to make sure their stay is a success.
Guests can enjoy a Mediterranean meal at the popular Olivios restaurant, take a refreshing dip in the pool, get work done in the meetings spaces and use the hotel as a central base to explore Beirut’s best visitor attractions and reach the financial and business districts.