Tucked away in the charming Al Mina neighborhood of Tripoli stands the decadent Via Mina Hotel, a nineteenth-century heritage home that promises guests an unforgettable experience. We speak with Fadi LeSidon, the hotel’s general manager, to learn more about this exquisite property in one of Lebanon’s most misunderstood cities.
A stunning example of French colonial architecture in one of Tripoli’s most famous neighborhoods, Via Mina is undoubtedly a boutique hotel with an elegant spirit. The white and teal property is understated yet hard to miss, boasting a pretty entrance, manicured gardens and subtle exterior touches that echo the beauty of what lies behind the main door.
Via Mina is the quintessential boutique hotel. We do everything possible to ensure our guests feel at home and provide a personalized service that you don’t often find in larger establishments,” says LeSidon, Via Mina’s general manager.
Attention to Detail
Indeed, it is this intimate experience and attention to detail that sets Via Mina apart from other hotels. The boutique property features 22 modern, bright and thoughtfully decorated rooms, a sumptuous lounge area, a chic bar, a quiet reading area, a lovely rooftop pool and terrace, a warm and inviting cafe, and a pretty patio that’s perfect for a morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Apart from the outstanding facilities the hotel offers, guests can take advantage of being in a calmer area of one of Lebanon’s most frenetic cities.
“Tripoli is ideal stomping ground for curious travelers,” says LeSidon. “We have Al Mina on our doorstop, which is full of character and old-world charm. You can reach the corniche on foot from the hotel. The spectacular islands off the coast, including Rabbit’s Island, are a must.”
Although Tripoli has been undervalued and misrepresented in the past, it has developed a name for itself as a progressive, dynamic and intriguing destination that awakens the soul.
Whether you are into food, culture, history, or you simply just want to look for bargains in the old souks, Tripoli ticks all the boxes. We are very proud to be part of the urban landscape, and we are passionate about sharing the best this city as to offer with those who come to stay with us at Via Mina,” says LeSidon.