November 5, 2003
It’s no great shakes on bedroom décor or breakfast but it’s clean and tidy and the staff are utterly charming and helpful. At 30LD per night, you can't really complain -- the rooms have en suite shower and loo (make sure you have a towel and loo paper with you) and small balcony, and efficient A/C. The beds are most definitely singles and placed at extreme ends of the room! The chambermaid/cleaning woman is the most thorough I have ever encountered, doubling, unasked, as a butler, putting away your clothes in the wardrobe and your toothbrush in the bathroom!
Breakfast is served downstairs at heavy, solid marble tables. It consists of milky coffee (presumably the last remnant of Italian influence) and a solid croissant-shaped roll with jam which you may or may not want to miss. We were in Libya in Ramadan so dinner wasn't being served but apparently there's dinner in the evenings normally. For lunch, you may want to take a picnic into the site with you (there is a cafe in there which was closed for Ramadan) and there are numerous little shops selling fruit, biscuits, water, bread, glorious Mediterranean tomatoes, tins of tuna etc for a seaside luncheon . . .
Incidentally, if you’re looking for somewhere decent for swimming/access to the beach, try the Asfar Tourist Village (c800m from the Funduq Lebda) -- walk towards town (ie away from Leptis entrance) and turn right (towards the sea) at a shop displaying hideous sofas/beds on the pavement.
From journal Let loose in Libya