We arrived at about 5 pm to an empty Motel. We decided to go see one of the other Hotels mentined on the L Planet West Africa Guide. One of the guys at the first location volunteered to take us. On the way I fuigured out something must be wrong with the place were going if they are willing to take us. When we arrived it was obviuos. The Hotel had been out of service for MANY YEARS. Its the one that LP talks about the VOODOO Dolls in each room. The place had an erry feeling. (Yes it was inhabited by a VOODOO W. Doctor, ) We retuned to the Motel. We stayed in the largest room . It had 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom and a large living room .
The room was large with plenty of AC and a TV. The space gave us an oportunity to re-pack our stuff. The restaurant was good. On the way there we purchased a "grass cutter" its like a big roddent or Capovari from Brazil and the cook made it for us. It was good. The staff was friendly and willing to please. I would recomend this place.
Motel Abomey is close to the main road system and just up the hill to the North from the centre of Abomey. It is classed as a 2 star and is at the moment the highest class of hotel in Abomey. It is not luxurious but is perfectly fine, clean and comfortable. The motel is set back from the road and has a nice garden with very tall trees where many fruit bats roost.
My room was a bungalow in the garden which was quite large, a bit old and shabby but tidy and very clean with everything I needed in working order and plenty of hot water. I only stayed 1 night and it was very quiet. Staff were very helpful, although they spoke little English. I was alone but felt quite safe and comfortable.
The food in the restaurant was really quite good. I had chicken curry with rice and the portions were very big. There is a small bar in reception for that very welcome beer at the end of a day’s sightseeing.
Abomey does not have a huge selection of places to stay, but Chez Monique is fairly comfortable and friendly. Don't expect much in the way of accomodation, but there is a large fenced in area full of trees and animals: monkeys, crocodiles, and antelopes. The food was edible, although the kids on the trip didn't think too much of it. There is a large stage on the grounds, and we were able to arrange for a local dance troupe to perform. Great fun!
Running water, "hot" showers, fairly clean, in a secure area.
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