The JW Marriott Tripoli Has Closed Just Weeks After Opening
After learning that the five-star luxe Corinthia Hotel in London had sketchy connections to Libya's dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, we also noticed another problem with a hotel in Libya.
The five-star, 370-room JW Marriott Tripoli and its 9 concierge floors opened on February 15 but it has already shut down due to the political unrest in the country's capital.
A notice on their website says:
Due to the political unrest in Libya, the JW Marriott Hotel Tripoli is not accepting incoming reservations until further notice. The safety and security of our guests and employees is our top priority and we will continue to evaluate the situation.
Bill Marriott himself blogged about the situation giving more details about the evacuation of the guests and personnel.
It was a complicated operation with special bus convoys and a charter Airbus 310 airplane. We all breathed a sigh of relief as they took off from Tripoli airport and landed safely in Jordan, to return to their home countries and their families.
Scary but good to know that Marriott has put safety first. Perhaps they are now rethinking the plans for a Baghdad hotel.
The hotel geeks on Flyertalk also mentioned that the new Four Points by Sheraton and the Radisson Blu hotels in Tripoli has closed as well. We hope peace and stable leadership come soon to Libya.