Nabil Debs and his wife, Zoe, left the comfort of Europe for the “chaos” of Beirut. Together, they recently opened Arthaus boutique hotel, which celebrates their love of art and their fascination with the Bauhaus movement.
What motivated you to turn your 18th century home into a boutique hotel?
It was a combination of things: our love of art, buildings, Beirut, and a will to reassemble a likeminded community around this art village in the heart of Gemmayze, Beirut. We are keen on attracting international visitors and sharing our passion with the world.
Art is an intrinsic part of Arthaus Beirut. Can you tell us why?
Art in all its forms is the cornerstone on which we built the project. Our ambition is to place ourselves as the missing link between galleries, artists, collectors, art lovers and the general public. Arthaus is a meeting place for people who passion share a similar passion.
How are you facing the current crisis?
We helped ourselves by rebuilding as fast as possible following the Beirut port blast. We got the business started and hired a talented workforce. There was also a fundraising exhibition we organized to support artists and the Lebanese Red Cross.