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“Adequate, clean, and safe” 4 of 5 stars
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Al Jazayer Street, Benghazi, Libya   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Benghazi
Houston, Texas
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Adequate, clean, and safe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

One of the best in Benghazi right now. 100LD per night double. (about 80USD official or 64USD black market) Reservations only by telephone. No reservations via website.
Probably 80 rooms total. Hotel was sold out the night we left.
This was my second stay - first was 2009. Nothing has changed in the hotel post-revolution. Staff are friendly and helpful. Some speak English well. Rooms are fairly clean and basic. Hot water and good water pressure allow a good, long shower for one person before draining the tank. Floor drain stinks, like many other hotels. Needs cleaning or a good flush with bleach.
Free wifi internet in the rooms with pretty good speed (Around 1Mbps download and 0.1 also). Also in and near the hotel coffee shop downstairs. No connection in the restaurant. Check your room connection - I was on the third floor on the end and pulled a better signal from the relay on the second floor.
Safe in the room. Coffee maker. Robe and adequate towels.
Restaurant food is simple and adequate.
Overall safe neighborhood during daylight but locals twice warned me to use caution at night. A large produce market is down the street. An open air market across the street from it includes a section openly selling fully automatic rifles and other weapons. (No problem - they test the weapons by firing safely into the air. :-) )
New cell phone SIM cards are completely unavailable at present in Benghazi. You can reactivate an expired SIM only with the original contract, and even then it takes a week or so.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

This is not the biggest hotel in Benghazi, but it may be the best. Location is a bit odd, with no restaurants nearby and an unpleasant walk to the Corniche, but that's not the hotel's fault. The staff are thoughtful, helpful and personable and, for a price, can even obtain SIM cards for your phone, which are vital for doing any business in Libya; drivers, you name it. The rooms are cleaned daily, and the minibars are kept stocked, which soft drinks, water and juices. The air conditioning works, the power has some interruptions, but generators kick in. Food: the coffee shop, with a limited menu, is just fine, and they deliver to your room for no extra charge. The main restaurant is well below par, with a barely passable breakfast and a dinner that should be avoided. Internet is slow, but it works; a new passcode is needed every 10 hours. The main thing here is the ambience: you get a warm welcome, a staff that smile and serve you well. The doorman actually opens the door for you.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Al Jazayer Street, Benghazi, Libya
Location: Libya > Benghazi District > Benghazi
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Benghazi
Number of rooms: 50
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