WTM Preview Metropolitan offers luxury November 2003 439 Metropolitan Palace Hotel, Beirut Since its inauguration, the Metropolitan Palace Hotel has been rich in great achievements. The hotel, which enjoys a high level of luxury, shared these great achievements with Lebanon and its citizens, as well as its Arab and international guests,” said a hotel official. “Luxurious stays begin in luxurious rooms. The hotel offers 225 artistically furnished rooms, 12 executive suites, two presidential suites and an elegant penthouse. “Every room is decorated with attention to detail, making guests feel at home. Apart from offering stunning views of Beirut, each guest room features a wealth of modern amenities to offer the most luxurious stay. “The penthouse is one of the prime features of the Palace that is worth the experience. Built in a typical English country house style, on the seventeenth floor, with a private terrace, the 1000 sq m penthouse has a plush marble lobby, a huge comfortable sitting room, a luxurious wooden paneled private dining room, master bedroom with its own private terrace and separate servant quarters.“For the discerning gourmet, the Metropolitan Palace Hotel serves an unlimitedz choice of cuisine,” he added.“The Tea Garden, situated in the grand lobby, offers a fine selection of refreshing beverages and drinks, in addition to light snacks, not to mention a relaxing atmosphere with the soothing music of a resident pianist.“Venezia Ristorante Italiano. The restaurant offers a wide range of culinary delights from all the Italian regions, in addition to gondolas, and a fagade of Venetian architectural design.“With its lively Venetian atmosphere, this magnificent restaurant is unique with superb cuisine and genuine hospitality. Summer Place, the Chinese Restaurant offers a fabulous line-up of authentic Chinese dishes served by talented Chinese chefs in an ambience quite reminiscent of imperial China, in addition to Mongolian culinary delights and barbecues.”Summer Place Terrace is where you can enjoy a snack or a drink, while benefiting from a fantastic panoramic view over the city of Beirut and the mountains.“Al Shindagah, the International Restaurant offers 24-hour dining, in addition to a perfect venue to indulge in a wide buffet spread of appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts from local and international cuisine,” said the official.“Or, if you prefer, you may simply enjoy a choice of delicacies from an extensive a la carte menu.“Candles Lounge, the cigar-bar at the Metropolitan Palace Hotel, is the ideal place to unwind after a hectic day, where you can relax and enjoy a drink in a luxuriously comfortable atmosphere.“Candles Lounge is designed to create a typically British ambience, a wide variety of drinks and an extensive collection of cigars.“Furthermore, the hotel offers a wealth of business and conference amenities. Ultra modern conference and banqueting amenities are the hallmark of the Metropolitan Palace Hotel. Its eight well-equipped meeting rooms and one grand ballroom - the Dubai Hall, are completely adaptable for any kind of occasion - from seminars to product launches, conferences to exhibitions, marriage celebrations to cocktail parties.“Each meeting room is equipped with the latest conference equipment. For added convenience to business travelers, the hotel also houses an efficient state-of-the-art Business Center.Many successful events were hosted in the hotel’s majestic halls. Many wedding parties were held within the premises of the Metropolitan.“Many successful conferences and meetings were held in the hotel’s special conference rooms, which are equipped with the most sophisticated audiovisual equipment.“Numerous guests celebrated special occasions in the various restaurants of the hotel,” he concluded.