Four years ago, I read that Beirut’s bullet-scarred Holiday Inn hotel was set to be auctioned in the coming months yet the hotel hasn’t found any buyers yet according to this recent article by LeCommerceduLevant.

The bidding price set for the hotel is $200 million dollars according to the same article but no one seems interested in investing that much money in the iconic Holiday Inn. I don’t know if the recent economic situation is to blame or whether the bidding price is too high, but it’s quite unfortunate to see this hotel forgotten for some many years.

On a side note, I’ve been trying to visit it for quite some time now but it requires a lot of permits apparently. I’m intrigued to see what’s left of it and go up on the roof where that rotating restaurant is.

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