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2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
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Located in a charming historical neighbourhood right in the centre of the city, this house is a communal space that encourages creativity and offers unique ways of experiencing Beirut.

There are 2 other available rooms in the house:

The space

The house was built as the estate of the British embassy during Ottoman times. It was abandoned for many years then squatted by immigrant communities during the first part of the Lebanese Civil War. In 1982, our parents moved in and spent the next 29 years there. Having each gone our separate ways, we decided to turn the family house into a creative house for travelers and Lebanese people in search of new dimensions to the city.

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The Studio Spaces:

The entire first floor and the living room on the second floor act as expansive, versatile studio/chill spaces for everyone to interpret and share. They are filled with books, couches, open floors, tables, and various equipment for artists and creatives.

The Rooms:

-There is a mezzanine which we call the window room as it has more window than wall with stained glass that has sent rainbows through the room for over a century. There are two beds in this room as well as a library.

On the second floor are two bedrooms, the master bedroom, and the living room.

-The master bedroom has a huge victorian king size bed surrounded by floral decor and overlooked by a ridiculous, but unimposing amount of closet space. It boasts it’s own private bathroom, the largest in the house with a rigged up shower and bathtub, marble flooring, and serene, fluid lighting.

-As for the two other rooms, both have queen-sized beds and large generous windows. We call one of them the white room and have designed it to calm the senses and steady the mind. The other, which we call the permanent vacation rooms is more playful and has a large sumptuous couch which can also be used as a bed.

In addition, we have a fully equipped kitchen with enough counter space for collective cooking experiences and a breakfast table.There is also a guest bathroom and a laundry room with space to dry and iron.

Interaction with guests

This house is ideal for artists and creatives. It doubles as a work space and a living space. We are opening our doors to create a communal environment that enables us and our visitors to find new ways to live and perceive the city.

Other things to note

The house is neither in Hamra nor in Gemmeyze, the two most frequented and bustling areas in the city, but precisely in the middle of them, meaning it is actually situated smack center in the heart of the city and everything is a 5 minute cab ride or 20 minute walk away, the sea included. Simply put, there is no better location. The neighbourhood is one of the most diverse in the city with ancient villas standing adjacent to social housing projects, newly built high rises, cardboard boxes, schools, artisans, factories, and gardens. There are dozens of specialised food places in the neighbourhood, secret gems, only a few minutes away from the house.

Wireless Internet
Smoking Allowed

House Rules

-Sorry, no kids allowed.
-All items in the house are bursting with emotional value and personal history. Please treat them with respect and they will become fruit for the imagination.
-The garden right beside the house is our neighbors and absolutely off-limits. Inside, the house is a free-zone and we hope that you can use it to it’s fullest potential.
-No loud music
-Respect your housemates, communicate, keep things clean and in flow.
-Smoking allowed downstairs or on the balcony upstairs.
-Close all the windows before leaving the house


3 Reviews

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Alexandra User Profile
March 2017
The most influential and amazing experience we had travelling in any other country. Thank you a lot

Salah User Profile
September 2017
Lovely house that looks exactly like the pictures. Close to Hamra and downtown area. Ayla is a great host; she was very helpful and accommodating. I wish the AC had a better arrangement in one of the rooms upstairs, but that did not make the stay any less magical or delightful. Recommended.

Hasso User Profile
July 2017
It's great to stay at Alyla's Place, a very quiet and spacious house with very nice atmosphere, and not far at all from the different spot to visit in Beirut.

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Beirut, LebanonJoined in December 2014
Ayla User ProfileAyla is a superhost.
I am a photographer and painter based in Beirut, I turned my family home into a guest house hoping to create a new kind of dwelling that enables celebration and creativity.
Languages: English, Français, العربية
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Response time: within a few hours

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