The Tibesti Hotel is situated at the 23 July Lake in the citycentre of Benghazi. The huge building with the 242 rooms is a landmark in the city. The architecture with the grass waterfalls at several levels in front of the hotel makes it very interesting.
I didn't stay in the hotel. So I cannot say anything about the rooms. It is said that this state owned hotel must be one of the best hotels in Benghazi. There are several restaurants in the hotel, serving Italian and Libyan cuisine,coffeegouses and a patisserie. The ground floor has also several airline ticket offices. I suppose we went there for changing money and confirming flights.
In Benghazi we stayed in a beachresort south of the citycentre. In March it was not really the season yet, so the family cabins a the beach were still empty. We had a room in one of the main buildings, easily reachable indoors from the reception. Our bus could stop in front of the outdoor stairs close to our rooms to bring our luggage.
The rooms and bathrooms were comfortable. The breakfast buffet was the best of our trip, offering varied Libyan and international food. We didn't take our dinner here, but walked to the mainroad in front of the hotel. Here are some restaurants and a supermarket.
At the end of our stay the staff of the hotel offered us a cd-rom of the hotel, which I couldn't play at my pc back home.
The location of the hotel at the beach is nice, but during our visit in march 2006 it was still off-season. In the two swimmingpools was no water. The windy beach was empty and the sea also did not look really inviting for a swim.
When our group stayed at the hotel, I was first taken back by the beautiful location of the hotel right in the centre of benghazi town close to the port area and city shopping centre. However the beauty of the hotel was only evident in its marble covered exterior and interior floors, but the furnishings, lifts and general service was terible. Talking to one waiter about the state of the hotel, he whispered that some 30 years ago the hotel which had been built in the 1960's by private entepreneurs, was taken over by a worker's committee following gadafi's socialization program. Well this committee ended up taking a five star hotel and sending it back to the stone age in looks and service. The hotel is now going through some maintenance work, however previous owners still have not been compensated, so do not expect the new renovators to be any different from the worker's committees.
The Tibesti Hotel is a huge building with 242 rooms. It calls itself a five star hotel, but realistically, by international standards, it is, at best, a three star. Like the other big state-owned hotels, the Hotel Kebir in Tripoli and the Ghoz Ateek in Misurata, it is sadly in need of better maintenance and more efficient management.
The airconditioning system is ageing and poorly maintained, so in most of the rooms it does little more than make a noise and blow out tepid air from the dusty ceiling vents. The service at the reception desk can be frustratingly slow. The rooms themselves need a fresh coat of paint and some new furniture.
The hotel has a nice location between the 23 July Lake at the front and Benghazi's main street, Sharia Jamal Abdul Nasser, at the back. Try to get a room at the front on one of the upper floors, so that you get a nice view of the lake and avoid the mosquitoes that enter the rooms nearer street level.
The hotel's restaurants are good. On the 13th floor is the Shahat Restaurant, serving Italian food, on the third floor is the Balad al-Toyoub which serves Libyan cuisine, while on the ground floor is the Al-Hamra Restaurant where they serve a good buffet breakfast. The ground floor arcade includes several airline ticket offices. You can arrange day trips with the taxi drivers in the front car park. Don't book them through the hotel itself or you will pay 50% more for exactly the same taxis.
The architecture of the Tibesti is quite interesting. At the front there is something which looks like a replica of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. A few celebrities have stayed here, including Michael Palin when he was filming "Sahara".
Basic single rooms are 90 LD and doubles 134 LD per night, including breakfast.
This hotel is the biggest in town and to my impression the best. It has a swimming pool and a gym. But be aware, that for both things there are "men-days" and "woman-days". So that you're not able to meet a person of the opposite gender and.....I think you get the picture! ;-)
The personnel was not very friendly and only a few of them spoke English. The rooms are fine, with private bathroom and air conditioning.
The hotel also has 4 or 5 different restaurants where the meals are cheap and quite ok.
Very pleasant, large modern hotel in the centre of Benghazi.
238 rooms and 24 luxury suites.
Facilities include a shopping arcade, business centre with internet access and a bar and restaurant.
Very close to every thing in the city .. the shops , the beach , the govermental and the private offices , and the banks ---etc.
Very appropraite for those who come to aheive quick jobs .. Not advised for long stays..
It overlooks the main garden and the sea.
It's one of the most well known hotels in Benghazi. Tourists usually go to it even if they do not accomodate in, because it's one of the most active things in the city.
The location of this hotel makes it a unique case . It's between Benghazi lake and beach, very cose to the old bridge , the sport center and the fish market ........
The palms surrounding it gives a very beatiful sight as a post card.
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