InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut was a dream for Najib Salha – a prominent Lebanese businessman – who in the year 1953, during Lebanon’s Golden Era, envisioned to build a world class hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean. With a group of investors, he founded “La Société des Grands Hotels du Liban” and invited leading American architect Edward Durell Stone to fulfill this dream.
Eight years later, in December 1961, InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut opened its doors!
Combining a unique elegant exterior with a fabulous majestic interior, the hotel became in the blink of an eye, a reference in the world of hospitality: 446 luxurious rooms and suites, a wide choice of restaurants, shops and two swimming pools, indoor and outdoor, made InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut everybody's elite destination.
In a very short time, InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut, or the "Grand Dame" of Lebanon, became the most celebrated hotel in the region. Its reputation for class and luxurious living echoed around the globe.
Kings, Queens, World Leaders, Celebrities, Businessmen and the jet set alike, made InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut their home away from home, contributing to the country’s golden age, an upswing period during which Lebanon was known as the “Switzerland of the Middle East”.
After years of closure due to Lebanon’s tragic war, Mazen and Marwan Salha, Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors of “La Société des Grands Hotels du Liban” respectively, decided to rebuild Beirut’s gracious “White Lady”.
As a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the hotel reopened its doors in March 2000. Again attracting the rich and famous from the world over, InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut effortlessly regained its position as the region’s top-notch hotel.