Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The "grandeur" and "serenity" of the Rixos hotel in Tripoli

It appears that the remnants of madman Gaddafi´s forces use the Rixos hotel as one of their last "strongholds":
A group of journalists are under siege at a five-star hotel in Tripoli where they are being held hostage by soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Mortar attacks and gunfire have been reported in the grounds of the £500-a-night Rixos hotel, where 35 foreigners are being held.
The hostages are unable to leave the hotel compound and armed guards are patrolling the corridors with AK47s.

Read the entire article here

Meanwhile, this is how The Tripoli Post describes the hotel:

Grandeur and Serenity in the Heart of Tripoli

Grand and Serene, these are the two words one would most definitely describe the newly opened Rixos Al Nasr Hotel in Tripoli, Libya. This luxurious hotel which opened its doors mid-March, promises to bring to its guests a taste of Turkish hospitality and its culture of service perfection.

Located in Al Nasr Park in Tripoli, the hotel was built to give an illusion of finding a well preserved forest in the midst of a busy city. It is surrounded by native over eighty years old Ocaliptus trees in Tripoli. This particular area was chosen due to one of the Rixos chain's traits, in which the company acknowledges their success, which is their hotel's strategic locations and fitting a suitable theme to establish its mark in the area.

Dubbed as "The Living Hotel", Rixos Tripoli comprises an area of 20.000m2, the hotel itself is architecturally unique, designed and built without any damage to the environment.

The entire article here

The Turkish owners of the Rixos also seem to have included secret tunnels to the Gaddafi compound in the "arhcitecturally unique" design.

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