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Old 25th May 2011, 06:16
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Hotel Reviews in Africa

My company tries to get us into decent accommodations, but sometimes we don't find out the place is a rat trap until we are checked in. I thought to check PPRuNe but did not see a thread dedicated to reviewing hotels. (If I missed it...) Please use this thread to warn your fellow aircrew about the good, the bad, and the ugly hotels in Africa.
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Old 25th May 2011, 06:28
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Thumbs down Monrovia, Liberia- Golden Gate

Pretty Gross. The flight attendants were completely disgusted. The bathrooms were foul. The other pilot was not pleased to find a spider (over 5cm across) on his bed when he went to his room. I had rat poison behind my furniture in the room. Another of our crews actually had rats. Marble slab chairs in the little bar look great but not good for sitting more than 10 minutes. Pool is currently a brown/green pit behind the hotel. Prices were fairly high on beer and such.

On the positive: Beds were comfortable, air conditioning worked well, security was present, the staff was very nice.

This Hotel will work, but I would look for something better.
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Old 25th May 2011, 06:32
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Thumbs up Accra, Ghana- Holiday Inn

Nice Hotel

Clean, friendly. Good bar, restaurant, pool, internet, very close to the airport.
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Old 25th May 2011, 07:35
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I guess South Africa is too Europeanised to be worth reporting on here, you have to pretty unlucky to get a bad hotel in SA.

As for the rest of the continent, elephants in the reception area, pubic hairs in the shower, hookers in the bed (room service), rusty springs poking through mattresses, no water or electricity, vervet monkeys jumping onto your shoulder when you're having an early morning pee, boomslangs on the balcony, transfers to the airport by donkey cart, unvarying diet of green slime, brown slime and grey slime for food, warm beer, cold coffee .......... been there, done that, got the T-shirts (and the shits!)
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Old 25th May 2011, 10:08
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Sheraton Abuja

Nice hotel, obviously they have invested some money in the rooms which are better now. Nice lobby, good food and drinks.

Try the "Elephant bar" - but don't wonder about the majority of female guests ;-)
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Old 25th May 2011, 15:00
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Sheraton in Addis Ababa and the Kempinski in Djibouti are both very good hotels
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Old 26th May 2011, 03:19
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De Skyline Hotel, Lagos Airport

Just stayed here, it's close to the old domestic terminal ( Arik ). Basic, but reasonable price, if you book in advance. Food is edible and internet fairly fast (for this part of the world ). You don't have to leave the airport enviroment if you're nervous about Lagos.
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Old 26th May 2011, 07:29
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Abuja and Lagos

Thanks for recommending the Sheraton in Abuja. I will see if we can get in there. Any recs for Lagos?
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Old 26th May 2011, 08:01
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Lagos, Nigeria: Sheraton
Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Novotel
Dakar, Senegal: Terrou Bi
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Old 26th May 2011, 12:24
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@Capetonian: If that is all your experience, you need to fire whoever has been making your recommendations.

@ELLS: Sheraton, Four Points, Radisson, Oriental, Lagos. If you are looking for multinational brands.
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Old 26th May 2011, 17:48
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Sorry, but I disagree with the assessment of the Abuja Sheraton. Half of the rooms face the highway and are very loud because of traffic and the round-the-clock horn honking at the intersection. Half of the rooms on the other side of the hotel are loud at night and into the early morning due to noise from the club. The only quiet rooms are on high floors overlooking the pool. The fools at the front desk don't even know on which side of the hotel their rooms are located! Less than half of the rooms have been renovated recently and the un-renovated rooms are quite shabby.

Only about 10% of the rooms at the Abuja Sheraton have internet. Those that do (mostly on the club floors) have slow, unreliable connections. The guest use computers in the lobby area are virus-ridden and slow.

The food at the Abuja Sheraton (at Papillion, the main restaurant) is of marginal quality and very expensive. The breakfast buffet is disgusting. The Italian place is okay, but expensive. The steak house is excellent, but very, very expensive.

The Elephant Bar is not the place to go for a quiet drink with your friends! It is full of the same aggressive hookers every night. On most nights Western males get accosted before they even enter the bar. If this is what you're looking for, the Abuja Sheraton is your place!

I highly recommend the Abuja Hilton. It is the only decent place to stay in town. Comfortable, quiet rooms, excellent staff and excellent food. It's more expensive than the Sheraton, but worth every Naira.
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Old 27th May 2011, 01:59
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Southern Sun in Lusaka and Maputo, both really good service, cleanliness and food. Lusaka staff went out of their way to make us welcome.
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Old 27th May 2011, 07:32
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Old 27th May 2011, 13:13
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If you cant peal it or cook it........don't eat it.
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Old 27th May 2011, 16:38
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Le Chalet in Kisangani-DRC is absolutely great if you like dirty sheets, pillows about 2 cm thick, aircon that works on occasion, bed bugs, mossies, roaches and walls so sound proof that you can hear your neighbor fart and burp the whole night long. The internet also works some times but only in the bug infested dining area.

Enjoy!
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Old 27th May 2011, 19:24
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Dar es Salam

Try these best in town;
Kilimanjaro Kempinsk
Movenpick Royal Palm
Holiday Inn
Hilton
Southern Sun
Sea Cliff
Golden Tulip
White Sands
Paradise city

Those are the best in town. U wont be dissapointed
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Old 28th May 2011, 08:17
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Mr Sloth

That would be the dining room in which breakfast consists of a tin of crappy instant coffee dumped on the table along with a bunch of dirty mugs and a flask of lukewarm water. Anything else (usually stale bread and fly riddled jam) has to be badgered out of the chef in the kitchen. Costs around USD15 a head for the brekkie on top of ridiculous room rates.
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Old 28th May 2011, 10:05
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S.R.T.

That would be the one. Took me 2 weeks to recover from the bed bug bites. Awesome place.
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Old 28th May 2011, 21:46
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hotels in africa

Recommend the Protea hotels in Kasombe and Lusaka ,Zambai. It has been over a year since my last trip to the copperbelt region. Very clean, Great food, great golfing regards Mel
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Old 30th May 2011, 11:25
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Cotonou, Benin?

They have us set up for the Novotel. We have not used it before. Anybody stay there recently?
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