At a time when Lebanon was known as “Switzerland of the Middle East”, Najib Salha, a prominent Lebanese businessman, decided to build a magnificent hotel in Beirut.
In December 1961, under the umbrella of la “La Société des Grands Hotels du Liban”, the Phoenicia Hotel opened its doors for the first time to kings, queens, world leaders, celebrities, businessmen and the jet set alike.
La crème de la crème from the four corners of the globe made Phoenicia Hotel their home away from home. A new key player within the luxury hotel segment was born.
Picture a grandiose hotel designed by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone, blending an elegant exterior with a fabulous majestic interior. Then picture splendid 446 rooms and suites, refined restaurants, glamorous shops and indoor and outdoor pools. Wrapping hotel guests in lavish luxury, the Phoenicia Hotel soon became the centerpiece of booming Beirut and a worldwide reference in the world of hospitality.
With the onset of the Lebanese civil war, the hotel was forced to close, until Mazen and Marwan Salha, Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors of “La Société des Grands Hotels du Liban” decide to rebuild Beirut’s iconic “Grande Dame”. As a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the hotel graciously reopened its doors in March 2000.