Old pictures of men and women vacationing and staycationing at the prestigious hotel are still being shared on social media to date, filling the hearts with nostalgia for days far greater than the present.
Saint Georges Hotel once stood high and mighty as one of the greatest hotspots on the coast of Beirut, hosting international celebrities and officials.
Built in 1929, St. Georges Hotel was described in 1973 by Fortune Magazine as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.
It sustained severe damage during the Lebanese Civil War and, in 2005, the assassination of Rafik Hariri added to the destruction.
In 2020, Khoury stated that the hotel was going bankrupt, but was happy to finally get the license to rebuild it and restore it to its former glory.
It is unfathomable that it will now be closed. Another legend and a dream, gone with the wind.
According to NNA, Attorney General Judge Ghassan Khoury ordered the Lebanese authorities to seal the place with red wax because the owner failed to pay fines to the state for over 20 years.
The collection fees have amounted to 2.5 billion Lebanese pounds.
This judicial decision comes as part of the government’s decision to pursue the file of illegal maritime properties. Prosecutors reportedly plan to go after all owners who fail to pay tax fees to the state.
Holding owners of illegal maritime property accountable has been one of the demands of the Lebanese Revolution, as not a few of these properties populate today the coast of Lebanon. Some of them popped up during the civil war and some thereafter.
Not the centenary Saint George Hotel though. It has been there for almost 100 years.