Lonely Planet review
This retro 1970s-style hotel opposite the main square in the New City is a time machine trip. But go beyond the classic 70's lobby with wood panelling, kitsch chandeliers, and tinted mirrors, and you get clean modern rooms that represent the best value sleeps in Aleppo.
While the hotels in the budget district have been slowly increasing their prices over the years, the Tourism Hotel's rates have thankfully remained in a significant time warp. This modern hotel manages to miraculously provide spacious, comfortable rooms with balconies (albeit small), spotless private bathrooms, satellite TV, air-conditioning, and fridges for a remarkable price. Downstairs there's a very rowdy coffee shop on the ground floor full of local old men reading the newspaper and playing cards, and on the mezzanine level there's a charmingly old-fashioned restaurant (with an equally old-school menu of Syrian favourites) with picturesque views of the square. Next door is a very groovy 'meeting room' (very Brady Bunch) that we desperately wish they'd turn into a bar.