The American Colony Hotel is a landmark that reflects over a century of history. The former palace of a pasha, the historic building was transformed into a Christian charitable community in 1881, and, at the request of Baron Ustinov (grandfather of the actor Peter Ustinov), into a hotel in 1902. Since then, it has functioned as a quiet sanctuary behind high stone walls. Interiors are stylish and comfortable, with Oriental rugs, Armenian ceramics, and polished stone floors. The idyllic courtyard garden, where T.E. Lawrence and Graham Greene once sat, is a perfect spot to escape the city’s relentless buzz. The romantic alfresco Summer Bar and atmospheric Cellar Bar offer refreshing cocktails, while The Arabesque restaurant is particularly famous for its indulgent buffet breakfast.