A history in brief
1930s – Lebanese businessman and statesman Emile Bustani and his future wife, Laura, cour ted in Beit Mery’s Grand Hotel over tea and dancing.
1962 – Emile star ts construction of the Al Bustan, but tragically dies in 1963 when his plane crashes into the sea. Laura continues the hotel’s renovation.
1967 – The new hotel opens. Laura names it Al Bustan (The Garden) – it was the first hotel of the time to take an Arabic name, when Beirut’s hotels all took European names.
1992 – Af ter the Civil War, renovation of the destroyed Al Bustan Hotel begins again – it was the first five-star hotel to be renovated af ter the war.
1994 – Emile Bustani’s daughter, Myrna founds the Al Bustan International Festival of Music & the Performing Ar ts.