Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel
Souk Al Thulatha Al Gadim, Tripoli, Libya
Support through Libyan Revolution
When our KLM flight was cancelled on 21 Feb 2011 we were put in the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel, and I cannot praise their helpfulness enough. We were in the middle of a revolution but they were professional and friendly throughout. With communications breaking down in Tripoli they let us use the internet in the Executive Suite at all times, without charge. Reception made many phone calls on our behalf, again without charge. Most central hotels in Tripoli had already closed, but one of the Corinthia managers reassured us they would stay open as long as we were stuck. By Wed 23 Feb four Brits were the only foreigners left. Luckily we all managed to get out, two via Germany and we via Warsaw.
The hotel amenities of course were super de luxe, and we are already checking Corinthia Hotels in other cities.
The one and only
Staying in Tripoli's only 5* hotel, the Corinthia Bab Africa, was, I have to say, really very nice. A big, comfortable room, elegantly furnished with North African-style cabinets and a decidedly western-comfort bed, with a view of the old harbour, a luxurious bathroom with big, fluffy towels (though not always soap!) and internet access in the room - what more do you need?
Helpful staff at the front desk, a pleasant ground floor coffee shop serving fabulous fruit juices and appetising snacks (the mezze plate was very good, lots of bite-sized nibbles that added up to a satisfying light meal), a lavish buffet breakfast featuring just about anything you could possibly want to set you up for the day all added to the amenities offered. The Moroccan restaurant on the top floor is excellent
The location is good (not as good as the Kebir perhaps if you're a tourist, but still quite central) just 2 minute's from a medina gate and close to the business centre of the city - and most of the guests are there on business, so that fits.
Unique Quality: The hotel's website has a page of FAQ's with visa application information for several different nationalities and as well as lots of other up-to-date information about the weather and other practicalities - very useful! Check the website also for a full list of the hotel's facilities.
We were able to leave bags in the hotel for the week we spent in the Sahara, which was very useful.
Hotels in Tripoli are expensive, and the Corinthia is the most expensive of all. As Tripoli's only 5* hotel, it is usually very heavily booked. Booking well in advance is most advisable.
Best in town but very expensive
Hotel room was large with separate shower and bathtub. Great view of Med from all rooms. No balcony which I was sorry to see. Expensive at about 160Euros/night. They did not throw in breakfast even though I was on duty with the US Embassy that is located in the hotel. The security is great. The breakfast, lunch, dinner buffets are OK but not great. There was no sign of actual Tex-Mex food at the Tex-Mex night but the food was still the best I had at the buffet. Oddly Arab food night was weak. PC's cost about US$ 8 dollar an hour in a room well off of the lobby. The Italian resturant was OK not great and the Moroccan restaurant was good. The TV had a showtime package that included movie channels, a sitcom channel and sports but all european sports (lots of darts and Rugby) plus Euronews, CNN and BBC. Gym was only so-so. All in all I rate my stay a B but if they lowered prices 25% they would still make money and I'd give them an A.
Directions: Right across from the city wall and within walking distance of the souk and Green Square.
The Number One hotel in Libya
The 5* Corinthia Bab Africa hotel stands head and shoulders above the other hotels in Tripoli. It was built recently by the Maltese-owned, Corinthia hotel group. It is the only hotel in the country that truly is up to international 5* standards. It is luxurious, spotlessly clean and the staff are friendly. There is a good swimming pool too.
It has 299 spacious rooms and it is one of the tallest buildings in the country. The hotel's four restaurants include the Moroccan Fes Restaurant on the 26th floor. The hotel has a good location, overlooking the seafront, just opposite the Bab Africa entrance to the Medina. The main bus and taxi stations are nearby.
If you or your company can afford it, this is the place to stay.
CORINTHIA BAB AFRICA HOTEL TRIPOLI
This Hotel was a partnership between the Maltese business man and the Libyan companies. I had the pleasure of being part of this venture as Contracts Manager for Motherwell Bridge who had been contracted on main construction projects.
Unique Quality: This Hotel is considered as the Flagship of Hotels in Libya. This is a 5 star Hotel and the level is very high and it is frequented by high profile business and V.I.P,s
Okay this place is truly Wow! Just goes to show what a bit of oil wealth can do for a country. The rooms are truly amazing, more like a small open plan apartment than a room. Brand new hotel everything is squeaky clean and fresh. The bathrooms are an absolute luxury. No complaints
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Corinthia Hotel (Tripoli )
Beautifully located on the seafront, this new hotel, due to open in autumn 2002, will be luxuriously appointed and an ideal base for exploring this fascinating sun-drenched country with its important historical sites - like Leptis Magna and Sabratha and the contrasting landscapes that stretch from sandy beaches to the great Sahara. Set alongside Tripoli's thriving and cosmopolitan business centre, the hotel offers superb comfort and service. ·250 luxurious air-conditioned rooms
·50 executive suites with own services and facilities
·2 fine restaurants
·Coffee shop and rooftop lounge bar
·Fitness centre including saunas and gymnasium
·Outdoor and indoor pools
·Shopping mall with shops and restaurants
·Conference centre with syndicate rooms
4* hotel overlooking Tripoli harbour
The best thing about the Funduq Al-Kebir, or Grand Hotel, is its location. The rooms are OK, but the service is not very good. This 132-roomed hotel was built by the Chinese, but I get the impression that the staff were trained by the Russians during the Soviet era. Fortunately, my employer paid for me, but a colleague found the attitude of the staff so bad that he moved to another hotel. When the hotel reception decided that they did not want to wait until guests actually left before demanding payment for the rooms, they locked people out of their rooms. On another occasion, they posted a notice saying that there was going to be a conference at the hotel, so all guests should leave! Employees are now put up at the Four Seasons instead.
The hotel's restaurant serves overpriced, monotonous food. There is an internet cafe on the ground floor, which is useful.
Try to get one of the rooms on an upper floor at the front of the hotel, as they have spectacular views of Tripoli Harbour. The hotel is conveniently located, on the seafront between Tripoli's two main squares, Green Square and Maidan Al-Jezayir. But, if you want to stay at a really grand hotel, go to the Corinthia Bab Africa instead.
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Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel
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Address: Souk Al Thulatha Al Gadim, Tripoli, Libya