Please do not stay at this hotel. Each guest receives a "master key," which allows the guest to not only open his / her room, but also all of the other guest rooms. This also applies when the dead bolt is locked. When the dead bolt is turned, the key flashes red, but you can still open the door. I had a hotel employee break in my room in the middle of the night. They also do not collect keys when guests leave, so historical guests can still access the rooms.
Being used to stay in beautiful hotels in Egypt for so long time, I was really terrified about the hotel I've been "forced" to remain once in Tripoli.
Not so clean, bad food, strange faces looking at us as we were Martians, strange security guards observing everything from each corner of the building.
When I have entered the room, I felt dirty and stupid.
I have just switched off the light to "hide" the stains on the walls, the yellowish bed sheets, the thousand years old TV and furniture.
I have then no reason to go back...
When we came back in Tripoli after our eclipse trip into the desert in March 2006 we could move into the originally booked hotel. The Aldafaya Hotel lies in an area of Tripoli with more hotels. It's not far west from the old medina, situated between the busstation and the Tripoli International Fair.
The Aldafaya Hotel is a friendly hotel. I liked this hotel more than the Cleopatra Hotel where we had to move to, when at arrival the Aldafaya Hotel seemed to be overbooked. The Aldafaya hotel has a restaurant and a bar at the first floor. The rooms were OK and this hotel has the most spacious bathroom of all the hotels during the trip.
We visited Tripoli during the period of the solar eclips in March 2006. There were no rooms available in the hotel we had booked, so the Libyan tour agency brought us to another hotel, the Cleopatra Hotel.
The evening we arrived the breakfast hall wasn't furnished yet, they just cleaned it, I think after renovation. The next morning there were tables and chairs, so we could have our breakfast here as first guests. The hotel is situated at a narrow street. We had a room at the backside and from there a view in the direction of the harbour and Mediterrenean.
The rooms have private bathrooms. In the lobby is a small bar for softdrinks, tea and coffee. The hotel is OK, though not really special.
Opposite the Marcus Aurelius Arch we looked into a lovely inner courtyard (picture 1). The people invited us to have a look around. It seemed to be a hotel. The original hotel was allready created in 1816. The hotel was installed as a rendez vous for convoys of merchants coming from Africa and Europe.
The hotel is restored and furnished with traditional handiwork. When we visited the hotel in 2006, it was almost finished to receive the first guests. In the inner courtyard we could have a look at the picture (picture 2) how the building looked like before restoration and the plan (picture 3). We also looked at one of the 17 traditionally furnished rooms (picture 4). There are 4 suites as well. It has also a arabic session hall and an restaurant. The staff at the reception desk was very helpful to explain us everything about the old and new hotel.
Very friendly hotel set slightly away from the center of Tripoli, pleasant rooms, clean and comfortable, no meals served here except a continental style breakfast but hot and cold drinks can be obtained most of the time. about 10min walk away from Green Square
Exceptional views of Tripoli, The Shower is excellent unlike many other places in Libya
Rather by coincidence i stayed in this luxury hotel. (the best next to Corinthia hotel)
Returning from Benghazi to Tripoli we got the message that the Bab al-Bahr hotel was overbooked ??? So our local guide had to find a solution and after some tele calls we could stay in this hotel, next to the green square. A great experience after all. Thank you again Saïd, you are a perfect guide and assistant.
But all this shows that Libya is not yet ready to receive tourists and respect some rules and reservations. However ....
Luxery rooms and facilities
I didn't stay in the Zamit Hotel, but got shown around it as a "tourist attraction". It is a converted Ottoman merchant's house built in the early 19th century. It certainly looked more interesting than most of the accommodation in Libya. It has just been opened as a hotel and it reminded me of one of the more upmarket riads you find in Morocco. I was shown every room in the hotel as part of my tour and each one was stylishly decorated, colourful and different. They seemed a bit overpriced though. There is a nice, but expensive, open-air restaurant in the hotel's central courtyard.
As you know, a satisfaction rating is necessary in order to upload an accommodation tip so I'm going to say that I was very satisfied. I hope that's OK.
One great advantage that it has over the other hotels is that it is right in the heart of the Medina, close to the main tourist attractions. Walk out of the front door and the Arch of Marcus Aurelius is right in front of you.
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.
I stayed in Tripoli in the “chic” area of the Italian district where most of the embassies are located. The Safwa is a bit an old fashioned with old carpet, big heavy curtains but it was cosy, had hot water , the breakfast a bit Spartan, and the company paid for it.On the third floor, the view was quite open (picture2). Among the staff you always find an English or French (Probably Italian as well) speaking person ready to help you get around and trying to answer your questions. I had lots of phone calls to Europe in the hotel and had to go through the operator , or when being called, the operator switched the connection, but I was never sure he hung on his phone and very often had the feeling the big ears of the big brother were listening to my conversations, not exactly a very pleasant feeling. . . . Well, times have not changed that fast in Tripoli, or may be I was a bit paranoid? . . . .
had a nice time and could watch some games of the world cup on TV
Things are changing rapidly in Tripoli. Tourism is well and truly on the increase and, with that rise, things are happening. One to watch out for is a new hotel that has appeared in the medina. An old funduq (hotel) opposite the Aurelian Arch has been converted into what is certain to be a very nice boutique hotel. Restored to a high standard, the view is little short of spectacular ( how many hotels do you know that have a Roman Emperor's triumphal arch right on the doorstep?) and the location - on a traffic-free square right in the heart of the medina - is brilliant. I haven't stayed there but we were shown one of the traditionally furnished rooms and the stylish restaurant looks great too.
You might need earplugs if the sound of the muezzin is likely to disturb you - the Gurgi Mosque is very close by.
Although the Kabir describes itself as a 5 star hotel - and it does have most of the facilities you expect for that rating - it is a bit tired and would certainly not be rated so highly in many cities of the world. That said - the room was spacious, clean and comfortable; the chambermaids were very sweet and cheerful; the staff generally obliging and helpful; breakfast was very ordinary; the view from our room was wonderful ... all in all, something of a curate's egg ( good in patches) but, as yet, there isn't a lot of choice for hotels in Tripoli. The Kabir is half the price of the newest 5 star hotel, far more convenient (and congenial, I'm assured by several people working in Libya) than the other hotels in this bracket and, for my (and MrL's - who has stayed in most of Tripoli's "top" hotels over the last few years) the one I would go back to as things stand now in the city.
It may not be the newest or the smartest hotel in town but the Funduq (Hotel) al Kabir certainly has the very best location and for that reason alone it has to be first choice if your budget stretches that far. None of the other hotels of this class are located in anything like as convenient a location for getting out and about - you can walk to just about anywhere you want to go in Tripoli ( the museum, the medina, the city centre) from here. There's a splendid view of the harbour; pretty Gazelle Park next door is a great place to walk and sit and people-watch; the entrance is a minute's walk from Green Square (the museum and medina entrance are just across the square) and there are good restaurants, shopping, internet cafes, etc to be found in the streets behind the hotel.
You do need to be aware however that the hotel is state-owned and is regularly used for official visits ( the President of the Congo was there when we were) in which case it can be heavily booked. For this reason, it's not likely to be on a tour company's list of hotels.
The Libyan infrastructure is kicking off and there is a drive to invest in this market of tourism
Libya hace 2,000 kms of Coastline....and thats a lot of beaches!!
The rooms are in standard furnishing and have all whatever you require for a good basic comfortable stay.
Fantastic Views of Tripoli Beach and also of the City itself
This Hotel is usually busy with libyan business man meeting each other after coming from other nearby cities such as Benghazi.
It is very coneniently positioned for Business people to visit the Tripoli Fair or as accomodation to visit Tripoli.
The Hotel have most facilities and have a foyer with shops and also a barber and hairdresser
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