File - A handful of refugee families now stay in the once-glamorous landmark.
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Just a few meters from the front line separating government and rebel forces in the city, Armen Mazloumian smokes a cigarette on the terrace of the Baron Hotel.The hotel was founded in 1911 by Mazloumian's grandfather, whose name it bears, and was once the fanciest in Aleppo, Syria's former commercial hub.Mazloumian is the last of four generations of Armenian hoteliers in Aleppo in his family.Rooms that once hosted celebrities and political leaders are empty, or home to a handful of displaced families who have been allowed to take refuge in the hotel.Many of the hotel's rooms are forever linked to the famous guests who once stayed in them – Room 201 was that of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, while Room 215 was where King Faisal I of Iraq and Syria stayed.Every Syrian president except Nureddin al-Atassi has stayed at the hotel.
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