Lonely Planet review
Just opposite the ruins, the Palmyra is one of the most wonderful colonial-era relics dotting the Middle East, its guest book an impressive testament to how glamorous travel in the region once was. Having said that, you'll either love it or find it hair-raising: 'faded grandeur' is putting it mildly, and on winter nights it's cold, draughty and downright spooky.
During WWI, the Palmyra was used by the German army, and in WWII it was the British-army headquarters in the area. Its guest list includes General de Gaulle, who slept in twin room number 30 in case you want to do the same, and Jean Cocteau, whose original drawings - many of which were done at the hotel itself - still adorn the walls.
For those more interested in a good night's sleep, the hotel has a newer, more comfortable extension a few doors down. The five rooms are more expensive, but are lavishly furnished and the salon has amazing views of the ruins. Guests can enjoy breakfast at the hotel's restaurant.