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Bab Al Bahr Hotel
Ranked #19 of 27 Hotels in Tripoli
Tennessee
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Will not return to this hotel”
Reviewed 21 July 2006

We arrived at the Bab Al Bahr hotel with the intention of staying there for our entire 16 day vacation in Libya. After being there only 3 days, we decided to leave.
Our family consists of 2 adults and 3 children. Because the hotel did not have a suite large enough for all of us, we had to get 2 rooms. The rooms were average. They both had views of the Mediterranean, which was nice. The largest room had a king size bed for me and my husband and a sofa for our 10 year old to sleep on. The other room had 2 twin size beds for each of our teens.
Each room had a television which picked up 2 english speaking stations which was a lifesaver for my kids and I who speak no Arabic.
Our biggest problem was the air conditioning. Remember that the outside temp is in the upper 90's. Each room has a very small vent to cool the entire room. The first day that we complained about the air, we were told that it was being worked on. The second day, the same response. On the third day as were were checking out because we had found another hotel with units in each room, we were finally told that the air conditioning for the entire hotel is controlled by management who is told what temperature to set the thermostat by the goverment since it is a government run hotel. We were glad to be leaving.
The hotel also has a small souvenir shop that is expensive. I went in on our last day and picked out about 15 postcards and found out at the register that they were 1 dinar each. I later found the same postcards at the Old Town Market ( in the center of town) for 3/ 1 dinar. The hotel also has a restaurant were we had our free breakfast consisting of coffee, juice, eggs, jelly, cheeses, fave beans and lots of bread. This is the typical breakfast in Libya.
I would rate this hotel mediocre at best and as my family plans to visit Libya quite often to visit family in the years to come, I do not ever anticipate staying at this hotal again.

  • Liked — The view of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Disliked — Air Conditioning
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay at the Hotel Zargha(a.k.a The Blueship)
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Bab Al Bahr Hotel for 4 nights in March 2006. Our tour group of about 100 people, along with a couple of other groups, were based out of this hotel during our week in Libya for the total solar eclipse.

The Bab Al Bahr is a business-class hotel tower (about 15 floors) along the waterfront about a ten-minute walk from the Green Square, Red Castle, and the National Museum. My best description of the rooms to western standards is that they are similar to an old Motel 6 or Ibis, i.e. clean, functional, but in need of refurbishment. We had lights, hot water, and satellite TV with about a dozen channels (including 3-4 english language channels), and the room was not dirty, but you could tell that the carpet and furniture were probably installed several years ago and they've seen better days. That being said, aside from the Corinthian (which is a European-style luxury hotel), the Bab Al Bahr is probably among the better tourist-oriented hotels in Libya.

There is a restaurant and a coffee shop, both serving decent food at reasonable prices. There is also a gift shop with snacks and trinkets as well as an internet center with 4 (slow) computers. Most of the people we met in Libya were warm and gracious, so it was a little surprising that the hotel staff was as disinterested as they seemed to be. Not rude or mean, but they seemed kind of bothered whenever I needed to ask them for something. There are also lots of pictures of Qaddafi, which was kind of funny. He's on the walls, on the billboards, we half expected him to be smiling at us from inside our toilet.

Some other things to keep in mind - there is a money-changing center in the hotel, but it is closed on Fridays, as are most business in Tripoli. The ATM in the lobby works sometimes, but inconveniently is also non-functional on Fridays, which, oddly enough was the same for most ATM's in town (I guess computers need a day off too). The hotel has a laundry service, which takes about 2 days to return your load. Taxi rides into the main tourist area run about 3-5 dinars (approx. $2-4 USD) and 15 dinars to the airport (approx. $12 USD). For a good meal, there is a nice restaurant at the top of the Al-Fateh Tower (Libya's tallest) right across from the Bab. We also walked over to the Corinthian and while we ended up eating at the Souk that day, we spotted a very nice restaurant in the hotel.

One always useful bit of advice for Libya - carry around toilet paper. Our hotel had some, but out on the streets, its every man for himself.

All in all, if you want luxury, stay at the Corinthian, but if you are looking for a functional room at more reasonable prices, the Bab's not a bad bet. Also try the Grand Hotel, which has a killer location right by the Red Castle and seemed a bit more modern when we toured the lobby.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed 30 March 2005

Our stay at Bab Al Bahr Hotel was memorable but too short. I really liked the setting and the friendly atmosphere but did not stay long enough to enjoy it. The staff were vey helpful as we were filming and always in need of something or another. I can recommend it anytime.

  • Stayed April 2002, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 January 2005

Above average for Libya. Book a suite as that way you get a jacuzzi for around £60 a night. Food not great but the rooms are good.

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Property: Bab Al Bahr Hotel
Address: Rte. Al Cornice, Tripoli, Libya
Region: Libya > Tripoli District > Tripoli
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #19 of 27 Hotels in Tripoli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 119
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