Hotel Monte Alberto
Located high above town, this hotel commands amazing views. To make the trip between the town and the hotel there is a charmingly kitsch funicular, topped only by the hotel's revolving restaurant. The rooms are clean, cosy and comfortable.
Right at the heart of the outdoor eating scene on the Birdawni River, rooms at the front of the Arabi Hotel can get quite noisy in summer; in winter, doubles can be had for around US$40.
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.
This friendly place is a decent option. Entered via an arcade next to Restaurant Chich Kabab near the Palmyra Hotel, it has large rooms off a central courtyard. These are light and all have fans.
Al Shams Hotel
This hotel has only three very basic rooms with washbasins and a shared toilet and bath. Beds are uncomfortable and it's a musty and forgettable place to stay.
Close to the ruins, this hotel has the added advantage of great views from three of its five rooms. There are hard beds and a simple-but-clean shared toilet and shower. Enter via a stone staircase; the pension is on the 1st floor.
Without a doubt this is the best budget choice in town. In a dilapidated but character- filled old house, the hotel benefits from a good, central position and rooms have balconies and lots of natural light.
Hotel Pension Jammal
Favoured by the German archaeologists working at the archaeological site, this is a good midrange option. Prices are per person whether you take a single, double or triple, and there are rooms available on both sides of the road.
Grand Hotel Kadri
The most sophisticated of Zahlé's hotels is located along the Rue Brazil strip in a beautiful, historic building that served as an Ottoman hospital during WWI, and as home to the chief of the French army during the French mandate.