This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893. Excerpt: ... BISKRA. HOTELS AND LODGINGS GENERAL DESCRIPTION--CLIMATE AND RAINFALL ATTRACTIONS--RACES--RAMADAN--THE WATERS OP BISKRA--THE OASIS--DISEASES--THE POPULATION--THE EUROPEAN QUARTER--PUBLIC BUILDINGS, SHOPS, GARDENS AND PLACES OF INTEREST--THE NATIVE VILLAGES--EXCURSIONS, GUIDES, ETC. Hotels.--Hôtel Victoria, first-class; Hôtel du Sahara, first-class; Hôtel de l'Oasis; Hôtel de la Gare. There is a new hotel being built, but at present the Hôtel Victoria is the best in Biskra, and the Hôtel du Sahara is the oldest established house, and open all the year round. The Hôtel Victoria, situated on the outskirts of the town near the railway station in an open space with fine views of the mountains, is open from November to May. It is kept by M. Aug. Oser. This hotel has an outward aspect that is not very inviting, nor are its internal arrangements the most convenient, but these defects are made up for by excellent management, comfortable furnishing, and attention to cleanliness and sanitary requirements. The cuisine is as good as the most HOTELS. 23 fastidious can expect in the desert. The terms vary for pension from 12 francs a day to 15 francs, according to rooms and season, and include wine. Trustworthy guides are attached to the hotel, and the landlord will arrange for and provision expeditions, supply carriages, and give any information in his power. English cheques and circular notes can be cashed in the hotel. The Hôtel du Sahara, the oldest hotel in Biskra, is pleasantly situated in the main street, facing the public gardens. It is essentially a comfortable hotel, managed entirely on the French system, and differs in this respect somewhat from the Hôtel Victoria, where some attention is paid to English tastes. Gu...
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