24 August 2011

Thinking Paper #68 – Exploring the Rixos Hotel

By Tim Massingberd-James


The journalists in Tripoli are under siege at the Rixos Al Nasr Tripoli, a luxury hotel facing onto the Meditteranean. The only one who isn't is Alex Crawford, who is staying on the front line huddled under an old army jacket in the arms of a roguish rebel freedom fighter for warmth because she is double hard. But before the siege, was the Rixos luxurious enough for our other friends in the media?

Exploring the Rixos Hotel

The Rixos Al Nasr Tripoli is a brand new hotel on the Tripoli seafront, offering a large and certified Spa and Wellness Center, an indoor swimming pool, a modernised Fitness Center, some splendid A'la carte restaurants and a shopping center with famous brands.

Whilst now the Rixos is 'under siege', until recently it has been jolly pleasant. The media understandably often plays down quite how luxurious the settings in which its precious journalists are held during wars, and this hotel sounds jolly nice. In Evelyn Waugh's Scoop, the war correspondents gather for drinks and live a mundane existence whilst nothing really happens, and the same has happened in Tripoli until recent events took over, except modern journalists live in upmarket luxury.


The Rixos looks jolly nice, though as Ron Ford-Golightly recently spent most of the IIPBA's Autumn budget on magic beans, the IIPBA team will probably be staying in Grandma George's Pension Berber on our next trip. Grandma G does make a lovely Libyan bazin with fish & potatoes though.

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