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“Good solution for average business trips”
Review of Bab Al Bahr Hotel

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Bab Al Bahr Hotel
Ranked #19 of 27 Hotels in Tripoli
Reviewed September 6, 2012

I spent 3 days in the Bab Al Bahr hotel in Tripoli between September 3-6 2012.
I could recommend the hotel placed on the sea side for business travelers without special expectations.
Compared to the price and other alternatives you can get in Tripoli, Bab Al Bahr is a good solution.

The rooms are acceptably clean and relatively large, half of them facing the sea. 
The hotel was built most probably in the seventies, but it was refurbished in the last 2-3 years.
The bath is acceptable and there is hot water all the time.
Each room has a pleasant balcony where you can have your morning coffee (if you brought some with you). 

There is WiFi coverage in the hotel, but the Internet connection is unreliable. It takes half an hour to connect to the Internet, and you must be lucky to download your mails. You can connect to the Internet with one single device, so switch of the WiFi of your phone if you wish to connect with your PC. My TV was not working but I was not missing it too much. It was a little bit more disturbing that the air condition is also not working.

There is a minibar under the table, but it is empty. If you wish to buy a bottle of water you will find it in the bar in the lobby. You can put your expenses on your room. Regarding dinner I would suggest to find a different place.

The personnel is not outstandingly helpful, the breakfast is at the level 2 in a scale of 10.
Good news for smokers: you are free to smoke without restrictions in all places including the rooms.
The hotel is 30 minutes walk from Tripoli's central square the Martyr's square and 15 minutes walk from the old town.

The hotel looks well protected. There are guards at the gate, and there is a magnetic door at the entrance like in the airports supervised continuously by security guards. The surroundings of the hotel and most of Tripoli is safe.

Don't be surprised, when according to the local habit, the receptionist will take your passport and you will get it back when you leave. Don't forget to ask for it, because you risk toarrive in the airport without your passport. Don't expect that they will, take care of the police stamp. They will advise you to go somewhere in the city and solve it for yourself. Actually I arrived in the airport without the police stamp being prepared to pay penalties. Nobody was interested in the police stamp, so it looks it is not obligatory any more.

Room Tip: Try to take a room facing the see. The rooms in the 13th and 14th floor are quieter.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Szaki
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

The hotel might be good or average but there is no standards at all. I have made my reservation on-line from another third party website, and imagine what, they said that they never book online and I have to pay for my reservation which already paid. I dont have any other solution but to book again and claim my money from the website, till now I didnt get my money back, it is a mess. You have to wait hours to get a room. Receptionist are not professional. Never stay there again

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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Thank MostafaElgindy
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

The location is nice, in front of the seaside (the seaside is terrible btw) between the Corinthia and the JW Marriot. The hotel although has been renovated is not very clean. I asked to change the first room the gave me because there were stains everywhere. The second one was slightly better but still inadequate. The breakfast is very poor and it was an every day struggle to find a spoon or a clean cup for coffee. In the entrance they have for security reasons x-ray machine and metal detector but anyone could go in with a machine gun if it fitted in his jacket as they never searched anyone, it was pointless to have it. The rooms with a view to the sea are very noisy due to a huge power generator (or A/C unit?) located on that side. Prefer a room with a view to the city.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Thank achi_guitar
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

I visited the Bab Al Bahr Hotel yesterday. I heard before that it was quite rundown, but found that they have pretty recently renovated the hotel from the 7th floor up. This hotel has one of the nicest views of any hotel in Tripoli as it sits overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean coastline! It is also not far from downtown Tripoli, so the location is good. The swimming pool is supposed to open again soon, it has a decent fitness room, has a huge conference room as well as other small meeting rooms, it seems to have good security, and there is an ATM machine in the lobby. I only saw the renovated rooms, but they were clean and nicely decorated. The only noticeable downfalls were that the TV in the suites were in an unusual location on a side wall and the sheets looked wrinkled and not well pressed (but they were clean!)...but other than that, it was great, and I would highly recommend it as a good 4 star option in Tripoli!

Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
Thank Libyatravelandtours
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

I stayed in Bab el bahr for a conference for 4 days.
The rooms are spacious, the staff are very friendly.
The buffet is nice, away from strange Libyan food.

You will definitely enjoy the view.
The hotel is not far from shopping mall and historical places.

Dont expect more than nice stay for short time.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank MoustaphaRamadan
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

THIS HOTEL HAS BEEN RENNOVARTED AND IT IS GREAT. i was in Libya for a conference and stayed here for 8 days. I arrived 3 days prior to the start so myself and about 50 of the 300 plus attendees had the hotel to ourselves. i saw the staff when there were just a few of us and when it was packed with people from all over the world. We spoke at least 10 different languages. THE STAFF WAS FABULOUS. We were fed 3 greeat meals a day. It is unfortunate so many travelers believe if one does not speak English there is a problem. My room had a terrace with table and 2 chairs and overlooked the city and the water on each side.

You are within walking distance of the street vendor;s market and across the street from a park with grass. There is a new Marriott at the end of the block but I liked this hotel.

There is free internet in the lobby. What I liked is there is no liquor. Thyere is also no television in the lobby and this was great/ Libya is a very beautfil place. Would I go again. I am looking forward to it.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank Justineisu
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Reviewed December 20, 2009

Description is limited to plain English - true expression would require Anglo Saxon or worse.
Had four attempts to get me a room which was not already occupied! One person (a lady I think) was in the shower!!!
AVOID THIS PLACE!
But your stories would make a good dinner party even better.
VDC

  • Stayed: December 2009
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4  Thank VDCYork
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Additional Information about Bab Al Bahr Hotel

Address: Rte. Al Cornice, Tripoli, Libya
Location: Libya > Tripoli District > Tripoli
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #19 of 27 Hotels in Tripoli
Price Range: $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 119
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