I can beat the previous correspondent's account. We were supposed to stay two nights after the eclipse in March 2006, but the distance was too great and we had to spend the first night back in Benghazi. It was there we realised that (even though they hadn't expected us back in our Benghazi hotel) the beds had been made but the sheets hadn't been changed.
So I took the precaution of checking the sheets at the so-called Palace (which really is a dump - we also had a duplex room) and noticed - could it really be? - it is!! - Fecal smears on the sheets. Pull back to find even heavier staining that had penetrated through the mattress protector! Clearly the previous guest had had a bowel problem. Clearly the hotel doesn't think it necessary to change the sheets. We got the guy from reception, who was perfectly pleasant, but seemed to think we only needed the bottom sheet to be changed.
I was just relieved that we hadn't arrived after a twelve hour drive after midnight (like some others from the eclipse) or we would have just fallen straight into bed.
Filthy fecal smeared bedlinen
Palace? You've got to be joking!
The outside of the building is reasonable pleasant, albeit plain Art Deco style. The reception is shabby, with leather seats that look well beyond their sell by date. There is no lift, or at least not one that works.
The rooms are - well how can I put this politely? - rather run down. We were staying in a duplex room - two rooms joined by a common bathroom, although there was no-one else sharing with us.
The beds have bits of metal sticking out of the mattress (there is nothing between the mattress and the sheet), and a pillow made from lumps of foam. The bedside light doesn't work.
It was absolutely freezing in the room , but there was a fire. There was no plug on it, it was just wired into the socket, with the metal parts of the wire exposed. Hmmmmmm.
I was jolly glad we were only spending one night in this place!
As the Lonely Planet states: " a place to be avoided until they get their act together"
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