Luxurious Grand Sofar Hotel Opens to Public in Lebanon

Published September 29th, 2018 - 07:59 GMT

Sofar Grand Hotel in the Lebanese village of Sofar is some 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of the capital, Beirut. Inside the abandoned century-old hotel, paintings of the Arab world's once powerful and famous hang around a worn poker table, testimony to its glamourous past before the civil war.

Built in 1892 under Ottoman rule by Lebanon's wealthy Sursock family, the forgotten hotel was hub to Arab diplomats, French and British officers and also Egyptian film stars who all flocked before the 1975-1990 conflict forced it to close down.

This month, the hotel opened its doors to the public for the first time in decades to exhibit dozens of works celebrating the hotel's past by British artist Tom Young.

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This is how they furnished the hotel Lobby with customized furniture, reception desk, music, veils, greenery and a big chandelier (Instagram)

This is how they furnished the hotel Lobby with customized furniture, reception desk, music, veils, greenery and a big chandelier (Instagram)

The Grand Sofar Hotel (Instagram)

The Grand Sofar Hotel (Instagram)

The Grand Sofar Hotel Entrance (Instagram)

The Grand Sofar Hotel Entrance (Instagram)

Once the haunt of Arab diplomats, French and British officers, and Egyptian stars. The paintings are by Tom Young celebrating the legendary hotel's cosmopolitan past (AFP)

Once the haunt of Arab diplomats, French and British officers, and Egyptian stars. The paintings are by Tom Young celebrating the legendary hotel's cosmopolitan past (AFP)

Beirut-based British artist Tom Young launched his latest enchanting exhibition entitled The Grand Sofar Hotel, comprising 40 artworks on canvas (Twitter)

Beirut-based British artist Tom Young launched his latest enchanting exhibition entitled The Grand Sofar Hotel, comprising 40 artworks on canvas (Twitter)

Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)

Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)

Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (AFP)

Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (AFP)

Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)

Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)

Woman touching the remains of a destroyed piano in a room at the Sofar Grand Hotel in the Lebanese village of Sofar, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Beirut (AFP)

Woman touching the remains of a destroyed piano in a room at the Sofar Grand Hotel in the Lebanese village of Sofar, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Beirut (AFP)

The Grand Sofar Hotel (Twitter)

The Grand Sofar Hotel (Twitter)

This is how they furnished the hotel Lobby with customized furniture, reception desk, music, veils, greenery and a big chandelier (Instagram)
The Grand Sofar Hotel (Instagram)
The Grand Sofar Hotel Entrance (Instagram)
Once the haunt of Arab diplomats, French and British officers, and Egyptian stars. The paintings are by Tom Young celebrating the legendary hotel's cosmopolitan past (AFP)
Beirut-based British artist Tom Young launched his latest enchanting exhibition entitled The Grand Sofar Hotel, comprising 40 artworks on canvas (Twitter)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (AFP)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)
Woman touching the remains of a destroyed piano in a room at the Sofar Grand Hotel in the Lebanese village of Sofar, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Beirut (AFP)
The Grand Sofar Hotel (Twitter)
This is how they furnished the hotel Lobby with customized furniture, reception desk, music, veils, greenery and a big chandelier (Instagram)
This is how they furnished the hotel Lobby with customized furniture, reception desk, music, veils, greenery and a big chandelier (Instagram)
The Grand Sofar Hotel (Instagram)
The Grand Sofar Hotel (Instagram)
The Grand Sofar Hotel Entrance (Instagram)
The Grand Sofar Hotel Entrance (Instagram)
Once the haunt of Arab diplomats, French and British officers, and Egyptian stars. The paintings are by Tom Young celebrating the legendary hotel's cosmopolitan past (AFP)
Once the haunt of Arab diplomats, French and British officers, and Egyptian stars. The paintings are by Tom Young celebrating the legendary hotel's cosmopolitan past (AFP)
Beirut-based British artist Tom Young launched his latest enchanting exhibition entitled The Grand Sofar Hotel, comprising 40 artworks on canvas (Twitter)
Beirut-based British artist Tom Young launched his latest enchanting exhibition entitled The Grand Sofar Hotel, comprising 40 artworks on canvas (Twitter)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (AFP)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (AFP)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)
Increasingly impressive art exhibition in Lebanon's Sofar Grand Hotel (Twitter)
Woman touching the remains of a destroyed piano in a room at the Sofar Grand Hotel in the Lebanese village of Sofar, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Beirut (AFP)
Woman touching the remains of a destroyed piano in a room at the Sofar Grand Hotel in the Lebanese village of Sofar, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Beirut (AFP)
The Grand Sofar Hotel (Twitter)
The Grand Sofar Hotel (Twitter)