An experiential boutique gem in Lebanon.

Arthaus is a collection of renovated Ottoman-era stone buildings located in Gemmayze’s artsy district, where creative talent and globetrotters reside. In August 2020, on the day the Beirut hotel was set to open, the infamous explosion tragically destroyed many parts of the city. After that, Arthaus slowly reopened, and whilst that, organized charities and fundraises to help the less fortunate rebuild their homes.

This house was home to Nabil and Zoe Debs in Beirut’s vibrant, bohemian Gemmayze neighbourhood — it’s been in their family for generations. Now it’s a high-end boutique hotel with an impressive permanent collection and exhibitions and art-world events.

If you’re interested in the latter, Arthaus Hotel is a fantastic choice. The owners’ permanent art collection includes works by Cuban artist Sussurro and Romania’s Sandu Darie, archaeological artefacts, rare books, and a collection of local Roman mosaics. The couple also organises events and exhibitions in the semi-open-air gallery off the central courtyard throughout the year.

In many ways, Arthaus is almost a link between galleries, artists, collectors, and the general public and a meeting point for those with similar passions.

Located in four architecturally distinctive buildings, Arthaus comprises 25 suites and rooms. Since each room is named after a family member, it is designed and decorated uniquely.

Its interiors are a mix of traditional Ottoman style and contemporary design, resulting in rooms and suites that span centuries with rough-hewn stone walls, vintage furnishings, contemporary artworks, and modern boutique hotel comforts. Offering modern amenities and the character and charm of a centuries-old building, visitors can experience the best of both worlds.

Aside from that, they have an all-day restaurant called Arthaus Kitchen, serving innovative, seasonal food, and several bar areas, including The Underground, which features a wonderful wine collection and library. The shaded swimming pool and gardens surrounding Arthaus are also popular with guests.

With its location in the Gemmayze neighbourhood, Arthaus is close to countless bars and restaurants. Despite being a peaceful place away from the bustle, there is a vibrant crowd outside its gates. Arthaus is a community hub as much as a charming accommodation. In an elegant yet understated setting, this art-centric spot is perfect for authenticity and exploration.

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Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at or follow her on social media @rundoozz.