Baalbek Festival attendees would also check in the hotel as it was and still is the closest to the archaeological site where festivities take place. Eating, drinking and partying were non-stop activities in this beautiful place.
Even during the most violent days of Lebanon’s Civil War, the hotel welcomed guests.
The most distinguished are immortalized with signed black-and-white pictures on the Palmyra’s wall of fame and include the likes of Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and French writer Jean Cocteau.
Cocteau, who stayed for a month in 1960, left several sketches that now hang on the walls of the building.