- Reviews: 1
Sawa Hotel Bonanjo Douala: The place to stay
This hotel use to be and still is the gem of Hotel Accomodation in Douala. It is still the place to be seen. During my recent stay at Sawa, there was a reception hosted by the Prime Minister of the Republic. I also shared a drink with the venerated Saxophonist Manu Dibango. The grounds are fantastic and my children enjoyed breakfast by the pool.
The rooms are furnished to a high standard but need updating particularly the bathroom and toilet. The restaurant needs upgrading and the menu expanded.
The grounds are fantastic and facilities including a swimming pool and child play area makes this hotel suitable for families. Hotel prices are per room rather than per person, therefore the holiday money goes a long way.
- Reviews: 131
Jet Hotel: Near the airport
After disembarking the airplane, we were ushered to the nearest hotel from the airport that wouldnt cost a ton. This place was not bad concidering its location. You had to drive off the main road to get here. Inside it was not bad at all. Had some American tv and football, but the funniest part was after I came back from drinking... accidents happen dont they? Well, I laid down on the remote and on the tv pops porn!!! No kidding! Kind of scared me cause at 3am this loud extacy bellows out of my room and I was alone! Channel one in case some of you were wondering! HA HA HA!
The hotel has a decent restaurant downstairs as you enter. Prices are ok considering what you would have to do to go into town and brave the cops. Upstairs is a nice area for drinking and a good cigar with friends you meet along the way.
I do have to say that the breakfast that they offer is not worth the price, so unless you are starving for cereal, fruit and old meat... wait till you get home!
They also have a shuttle that will take you to and from the airport if you ask. Don't trust taxis here cause they will rob you blind!!!
Oh yeah, there were a couple of "nighttime" entertainers that come into the bar. Not bad to practice your french with, but no thanks for me.
I was able to enjoy my cigar (cuban) on the roof while staring out towards Mt. Cameroon. This of course was during the day, unless the dust or smog covered up your view!
- Reviews: 18
Seemanns Mission: Cheap and good
Very nice and clean place - Rooms with A/C - save place in downtown Douala - people from all over the world -
excellent and cheap food - try a Steak with the local Beer 33
- Reviews: 610
Hotel Sawa: Hotel Sawa
I stayed at the Sawa for the majority of my stay in Douala and must say that it was an experience. The elevators (when working) were small and had that funky smell that can only be obtained by people who do not bath on a regular basis. And that goes for the rooms as well, but there was an added element in that the carpeting, drapes, and bed sheet had a foul mildewed odor…I guess it could have had something to do with the fungus growing up the wall as well. I must admit that the air conditioning did work, but could never muster that artic breeze that I am fond so of when staying in hotels…finally, the bathrooms were fair and I only had to engage in hand-to-hand combat with a few roaches during the three weeks I was there…the pool was altogether RIGHT OUT…
The Sawa’s redeeming quality was the bar, well, actually that sucked too, but we had a lot of fun at the Sawa bar. It’s an open-air facility serving up cold 33 and orange Fantas and buzzing with mosquitoes, nightfighters, expats and dignitaries from other African nations…with that kind of diversity who couldn’t have fun???
- Reviews: 610
Le Meridien: Le Meridien
As one might expect the Le Meridien is a nice hotel. But with all things considered regarding Douala, Cameroon, staying at the Douala Le Meridien could be easily compared to staying at the bloody Plaza Hotel in Central Park….The rooms were well air-conditioned, clean, didn’t smell (probably because the floor is tiled instead of carpeted) and had excellent bathroom facilities. I should also add that there was no mold growing on my walls, which was not the case for the majority of my stay, which was at the Hotel Sawa across the street.
The bar is nice and includes both indoor and outdoor seating (again, unlike the Sawa) and the swimming pool looked clean enough to swim in (you guessed it again, unlike the Sawa)…bottom line, I would venture to say that the Douala Le Meridien is the nicest hotel in the city.
Oh, I also ate at the Le Meridien's restaurant several times and always had a good meal...and you guessed it, that's something I wouldn't try at the Sawa...
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