Great spot on Main road in Barouk. Unfortunately even the close scenic stops are quite long distances without a car. I was under the impression things were closer by but we were told to get rides from locals which was both a great and not great experience. We met some nice ex pats from a neighboring village that explored the cedars with us and introduced us to their own village but a local on a different ride demanded money from us after helping us get back into town during the evening. Should be noted that visiting outside of tourist season alarms some locals. Though it should be noted the shouf has a dynamic and rich history like many parts of Lebanon and they are protective but many friendly like most lebanese. I do not recommend hiking through the close by neighboring villages especially outside of peak season. I strongly advise you come in a vehicle or rent one in town. The close by towns are beautiful by day. The cedars themselves have nice hiking grounds but you will need a vehicle to get from the main road to the cedars and up to the gates. A must see.
Could be more competitively priced for village location. Could add better blinds for sunlight in rooms and updated amenities like wifi for price. What you do get is a clean large place with Nizar and his mother ready to help out and give you a quick tour on arrival. Nizar was also always ready to answer questions very promptly over the phone. Nizars mother kindly gave us a quick ride around town and introduced us to the tourist restaurants which were largely empty as it is not peak season. Tourist stops are slightly pricey but have quality food. Inside their home was a nice stock of water and treats for your arrival and settle in. Definitely nice for a quick stop in Barouk for the cedars. Thank you to Nizar and his mother for their efforts.
Group of two lebanese-canadians with fluent and beginner Arabic.