The Standard II is conveniently tucked in the very heart of Hamra, a neighborhood often described as the most cosmopolitan district in the Middle East. A cultural and commercial epicenter, Hamra balances the trendy and historic, Eastern and Western, cozy and city-paced.
Home to the prestigious American University of Beirut and a short walk from the sea, people from all over the world—businessmen, journalists, students, and scholars—have proudly claimed Hamra as their own, flooding the streets and alleyways to café-hop, pub-crawl, and mingle. Its rich cultural fabric comprises countless ethnic and religious backgrounds and nationalities. It's no surprise, then, that Hamra has experienced an artistic rebirth as well, serving as a vibrant hub for the city's best musicians and visual artists. There's nothing you cannot find—and walk to—in this eclectic and historic milieu. Bookstores, fitness centers, shops, restaurants boasting the finest dishes from Lebanon and around the world—Hamra has it all.
As the New York Times reported, "one word embodies all that is dynamic, inspiring and authentic about Beirut: Hamra." We couldn't have put it better ourselves.
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