West House Suites in Hamra, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Some of the four- and five-star hotels have slashed prices to encourage tourists to book rooms.Fered Tawk, manager of the three-star Tiger House Hotel, said that before the Syrian crisis they used to have over 30 foreign guests.Unlike four- and five-star hotels, which have not yet seen a drastic increase in room occupancy this summer, smaller hotels, guesthouses and boardinghouses have reported a reasonable surge in business in recent weeks.For most foreigners coming to Lebanon, their main concern is that the room is clean and reasonably priced. Foreign tourists prefer to go for sightseeing rather than spending most of their time in the lobbies and restaurants of the hotels.Unlike wealthy and affluent tourists who can afford to stay in luxurious and expensive five-star hotels, most of the young foreign tourists prefer to sleep in budget hotels.Hotel rates – especially for five-star establishments – in Lebanon are relatively expensive, with an average room starting at $300 a night.
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