The center of Luanda is full of surprises for you to discover. But it is always good to come back to a clean high standard hotel where you can connect online with the world or refresh in the swimming pool
During my last visit to Luanda, all the hotels where booked and my company booked me into a guest house which was recommended to them ran by a company called B Home. I did a little search on them and found their webpage under www.gobhome.com and realized that they had offices in Houston which made me a little more at ease.
I called the Houston office and spoke with the B Home department who let me know what to expect when arriving in Luanda. Most of what they said I already knew from past experience but was nice to know that someone was making sure I was prepared.
The guest house is a 3 story home in the vila Alice part of the city close to the island, and downtown. The rooms where clean and had all your basic ammenities such as a mini fridge a desk, bathroom / shower and air conditioner. I stayed in room 4 which seem to be a pretty large and had a full bathroom with tub. The internet is wi/fi around the building and is not bad, I was able to make skype calls without much of a problem depending on the time of the day. My only complain is that the cafeteria is limitted and unless you specifically let someone know what you would like to eat they go off a set menu.
Location is close to downtown and the island restaurants.
Luanda has a big gap in accommodation standards , theres the lower end , thats where I stayed and then theres the U$ 400 a night , where I did not stay. However Pension Fatima was an experience ! Well located and the restaurant is fantastic , however not run by the Hotel. Expect to pay around U$ 70.00 a night for a basic room , bathroom en suite or at least I thought it was the bathroom ..... I give it a 4/10.
Hotel Panorama was a beautiful beach hotel, inaugurated in the early 70's, right before Angola independece and long civil war.
Now is a devastated building with old beds and bathrooms, where electric light, air con and hot water works seldom.
Some low budget expatriates live there, with open doors, loud music and hanging clothes.
The view of Luanda town at night from Hotel Panorama rooms is superb. Besides that, the Hotel is a nightmare. Nothing works, there is not room service, and the restaurant is very, very plain.
Finding an Hotel room in Luanda can be a nightmare, specially in December, January and July.
Hotels are constantly overbooked, and charge maximum rates, above 250 usd$.
This Hotel is a bit out of the beaten path of business executives, and you can find a big, clean hotel room for a reasonnable price (120-150 usd$)
It is a small Hotel (50 rooms?) at Ilha, in front of Luanda downtown. A car is necessary, here, and everywhere in Luanda. The hotel has very plain decor, a there is a small gambling casino on the groundfloor. But it is quiet and clean. Home for many chinese expatriate engineers.
I spent a week end at Onjango resort last February 2006. It is a nice beach hotel with individual bungalows built as traditional huts with thatch roofs. Rooms have air con and fan.
Getting a reservation was difficult. Just a few bungalows and many expatriates in Angola¡¡¡
It is authentic, and much more pleasant for a week end than staying in town. Onjango is on a sand island, 30 minutes from dowtown Luanda.
It is quiet and comfortable, and has a good restaurant. Manager is Portuguese.
Best thing: you can walk (20 minutes) to the Ocean side, and spend hours walking on a wild desert beach. Or you can stay on the Bay side, and play with your children...
Foz do Kwanza is a string of rooms right in the mouth of Kwanza River entering the Atlantic Ocean, It has good restaurant, and very quiet. Good for relax during weekend. There is also fishing boat available. Most of people here staying during weekend and relax on the beach, sunbathing.
You can enjoy the river with fresh water in front of the hostel, or enjoy the Atlantic Ocean on the back. It is really nice for both beach, only the ocean beach is quite dirty.
It has about 10 rooms, all rooms facing the river beach with small verandah.
The cost is USD150/per person including one night stay, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The place is quite and peaceful and great view of Kwanza River and Atlantic Ocean. Good spot for fishing also.
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