Not many of the hotels in Beirut can beat the Markazia Monroe Suites for location. On the edge of downtown, the 81-room hotel overlooks Riad el-Solh Square and is within easy walking distance of the shops and restaurants of Monnot Street and Gemayzeh. The drawback is the ring-road flyover running past the Markazia Monroe Suites, although it’s not as noisy as you’d think. An extension of the Monroe Hotel, the Markazia is as modern as you get, converted from an office building and opened in 2004. Unfortunately the Markazia doesn’t have its own pool or fitness club but guests have access to all such facilities at its sister hotel, the Monroe. All the rooms are spacious suites ranging from a one-bed to a four-bed, and come with every mod-con you might need. And if you’re planning to stagger back to bed, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more convenient hotel. Also locate din the hotel is Jaipur restaurant, serving authentic Punjabi cuisine, and voted as #1 Indian Restaurant in Lebanon.