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.
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- Also Known As:
- Bab Al Bahr Tripoli