Aleppo

Aleppo (حلب‎) is the largest city in Syria - population 2.1 million.

12 things to do

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Baron Hotel

A colonial throwback whose former guests include Agatha Christie (who wrote much of ''Murder on the Orient Express'' here), T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Ataturk and Teddy Roosevelt. The hotel is rather run down, but this only adds to its charm. Many rooms have recently been renovated and are in reasonable shape. But in general it is rather grotty for its price. If you cannot afford to stay here or if you stay where the locals do, it is definitely worth the effort to pop into the bar to have a drink and marvel a showpiece at a bygone era.

SLEEP   —  Baron St

Spring Flower Hostel

Dorm and Roof top dorm available at circa 250 SP. Single rooms ranging from 250-500 SP. Other room prices can be found on the website. Huge book library for lending, trading and buying. Satellite TV and mini-restaurant. The only real backpackers hostel in Aleppo and in a fantastic location, 50 m off Marry St., 100 m from the clock tower and less to the Baron hotel.

SLEEP   —  Map


Ramsis Hotel

Very centrally located close to the citadel and old Christian quarter, one minute away from the museum. A three-star, deluxe hotel. Very comfortable and well-furnished 28 rooms and 8 suites, a street side cafeteria (Down Town Cafe), an open terrace restaurant (The Green Roof), a gift shop, a news-stand and internet access.

SLEEP   —  +963 21 2111102 —  Map

Park hotel

Two minutes from the train station, located in the middle of the city centre "Baghdad Station Street". Ten minutes walk to the city centre, and 5 minutes by car to the old souks. Free WiFi internet access in all around the hotel with high speed line. Laundry and pressing service. Airport pick-up and drop-off service.

SLEEP   —  +963 212233283 —  Map


Kaser Al Wali

Kaser Al-Wali, a new offspring of Wanes Restaurants, invites you to take a step back in time to enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere and the reminiscent of the old town of Aleppo. Kaser Al-Wali was launched in 2005 in a 300-year old mansion where you will enjoy a unique dining experience in a historic atmosphere.


ISIS Hotel

Offers comfortable and contemporary "Life Style", ideal for tourists, family and businesspeople. It is classified under the A Category standards of four stars.

SLEEP   —  +963 21 2126345 —  City Centre


Beit Wakil

A great small boutique hotel in the Christian quarter. Renovated old building with a nice courtyard. The restaurant is very good but a bit touristy.

SLEEP   —  +963 21 2117083 —  Map

La Gondole

Cafe and restaurant featuring a Swimming pool with a sitting table around the pool and outdoors bar under the sunshine.

EAT   —  +963 21 4124095 —  Map


Beit Sissy

A particularly good choice. It has a beautiful courtyard and their shish kebab in cherry sauce is out of this world!

EAT   —  Map

Sheraton

Very centrally located close to the citadel and old Christian quarter. Has a pool and several restaurants.

SLEEP   —  +963 21 212 1111 —  Map

Al Mir

Cafe and restaurant featuring a rerrace with views over the Aleppo Citadel.

EAT   —  +963 21 3336580 —  Map

Dallal House

Built in 1826, it was a church and a monastery, now converted to a hotel.


About Aleppo

The Aleppo Citadel
The Aleppo Citadel
As it is in any Muslim country, the call to prayer is called out from mosques five times a day starting in the early morning. It can be a beautiful sound.

Aleppo is a fairly conservative city. Dress appropriately to avoid any problems and to avoid standing out too much. Men should wear shirts and trousers and women should not wear anything that is too revealing. If you follow that simple dress code you should not have any problems. Head scarves are not necessary unless you want to enter a mosque but even then grey robes are available at no extra charge.

There are no hostile feelings towards Americans or Westerners in general (although Americans tend to be subjected to more scrutiny by the authorities than other nationalities). You could, however, find yourself in trouble if you engage in open criticism of and against the Syrian government or the president. Your best bet is to avoid political conversations all together just to avoid any possible problems. If you do engage in political discussions with Syrians, be aware that they might face intense questioning by the secret police if you are overheard. As a general rule, always assume that you are being watched by the plain-clothes policemen (mukhabarat). You will notice that not many uniformed policemen can be seen in the streets, but this is because the police have a wide network of plain-clothes officers and informants.

Friday is a holy day and most shops and historic sites are closed so plan accordingly for this.

Stealing is looked down upon and thus is not very common. Crime is generally low and you should feel safe to walk around in any part of the city at any time day or night. But as in any city, it's a good idea to keep an eye on your belongings, particularly in the souk.

Meals are a bit later than in the U.S. but similar to the times in some European countries. Lunch is from 1 to 3 and dinner around 8pm. Syrians take a siesta in the middle of the day, from about 3 to 6, but this means that the night life is very active. You can return to the markets and public squares that you visited during the day and by 10pm they will be bustling with people selling food and treats and drinks. It is a like a street fair every night.

Aleppo is a beautiful and historic city, but is currently too dangerous to recommend visiting.


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