Photo courtesy of Dar Zamaria.
Dar Zamaria in Aleppo, SyriaBuilt in the 18th century to house a wealthy family, Dar Zamaria remains true to a once-glamorous way of Syrian life. To reach my room, I walked a short distance through an ancient limestone alley in Jedaideh, Aleppo’s historic Christian district. A morning buffet featured ful, a lemon juice–infused fava bean stew from Abu Abdu, a neighboring shop that prepares the best version of the dish in town. After the meal, I emerged from the lobby to find myself in the thick of Aleppo’s street life. I paused to watch a baker drying pitas on a fence. —Milena Damjanov
Dar Zamaria, 963/(0) 21-363-6100, from $105.