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“Cool, calm and quiet in stylish surroundings.” 5 of 5 stars
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El Khan
5.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Arbaa Arsat Street, Tripoli Old Town | P.O. Box 10070, Tripoli, Libya   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 Tripoli B&B and Inns
London, UK
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“Cool, calm and quiet in stylish surroundings.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

A lovely hotel - very friendly staff and good food. Nothing seems too much trouble for them. A pleasure to go back to at the end of a hot busy day.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2010

I did not know I would find such a delightful small hotel in Tripoli. I found it through tripadvisor and it was just what I was looking for, with an excellent location in the old medina.
The bedrooms open on to an internal courtyard and can be a bit dark, as they are shielded from the heat of the sun. There are plenty of separate seating areas around the courtyards. Breakfast is a buffet. The plunge pool was a welcome relief after a hard day at the Roman ruins.
The staff are very helpful without being intrusive.
I would definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

I was most impressed with this elegant and inviting hotel, which has been renovated to a high standard and is run by very friendly and helpful staff. The location is great - inside the medina in Tripoli - and the area is very safe at night. If you want to avoid the corporate luxury of the chain hotels, this boutique establishment is for you. Sitting by the pool is a great place to chill out (though, like elsewhere in Libya, alcohol is banned so it's strictly Coke, tea and coffee); the restaurant serves astonishing shrimp; and the rooms are very comfortable (though I wish they had better lighting for night-time reading). There is even satellite TV for those, like me, who are addicted to the box even on holiday. There is plenty of charm, and it's blissfully quiet!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

A stylish conversion of some old houses in the medina - and every room has a different character. Quietly efficient service at all levels, but especially from the manager, Aref Salim. A delightfully tranquil place to relax at the end of a long day's sightseeing. And the best grilled shrimps I've ever tasted!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

The El Khan is a delightful boutique hotel in the heart of the Tripoli medina. A perfect position for exploring the old town. The hotel is full of charachter with delightful design touches and very comfortable furniture throughout. In addtion the restaurant was excellent (although expensive) and the large plunge pool was a godsend in the afternoons. Best of all were the staff who provided a very personal and dedicated service. At times it felt like we were being looked after by familiy, especially when my wife was presented with an enormous birthday cake. Particular plaudits must go to Isam for whom nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2010

A lovely 16c rhiad style boutique hotel, very tastefully decorated. A lovely swimming pool and very good restaurant. Perfectly located in the heart of the medina.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

The most charming hotel I have ever stayed in, full of character and delightful touches, tastefully and comfortably furnished, and an absolute picture with its series of courtyards, and wonderful plants. Gentle music by the charming musician adds to the atmosphere, and staff (many in beautiful traditional costume) add to the magic of this hotel. Staff friendly and efficient, wihtout exception, and the manager, Aref Salim makes the place what it is, greeting everybody, young and old, like a personal friend, one has the impression of being welcomed into a personal home, rather than a hotel. I have never been very good at relaxing but the ambience and charm of this unique hotel, and the kindness and welcome made me feel totally at home and relaxed - whilst Libya in general and Tripoli in particular have treasures to boast, one could while away hours in this little piece of heaven called the El Khan! I will definitely return!

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Khan

Address: Arbaa Arsat Street, Tripoli Old Town | P.O. Box 10070, Tripoli, Libya
Location: Libya > Tripoli District > Tripoli
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Tripoli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — El Khan 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming small hotel with 15 rooms beautifully done in Arabic/Oriental style. Located in Tripoli's old town with under 10 minutes walk to the National Museum. We strive to make guests feel at home rather than being in a hotel. ... more   less 
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