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  • Reviews: 18

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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

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Music, Backpacking, Jungle and Rain Forest
  • Written October 22, 2005
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  • Reviews: 131

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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!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written February 12, 2006
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  • Reviews: 1

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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.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Family Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written January 1, 2008

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  • Cabana_Boy profile photo Cabana_Boy
  • Reviews: 610

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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...

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written February 13, 2003
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Le Meridan Douala


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  • Cabana_Boy profile photo Cabana_Boy
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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???

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written February 13, 2003
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  • Reviews: 1

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Bano Palace Douala: Lodging Facilicities in Cameroon

When I arrived the Douala international airport in Cameroon, the tour operator Global Bush picked me up to spend the night at Bano Palace. It was a nice and very neat hotel with high standards though just a three star hotel. At the reception, i gave all my details before checking into the hotel. I equally had a glass of juice too. I was by the hotel concierge with my luggage to my room. The rooms are spacious, air conditioned, good shower with hot and cold water etc. I really enjoyed the place since i did not expect it that way but i was amazed with their excellent services. Their food in the restaurant was cool too, i had cold beer and i enjoyed the Cameroon beer 33 Export. I give a big thank you to Global Bush travels for reccommending this hotel to me and i do recommend it also to others who will visit and spend the night Douala Cameroon because i got more than i expected, it was all fun.

Bano Palace is situated at the center of the city of Douala as i noticed and a good site seeing environment. You can feel and see the night life and day time activities of the civilians just staring from the windows of your hotel room. They have meals of international and national standards, but i preferred trying a Cameroonian African dish "ekwang" and it was nice being the very first time. I saw all i could possibly want on their meal plan and it really impressed me. Their swimming area is located at the top of the hotel where you can relax and freshen up in a airy environment. I loved it too.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Arts and Culture
  • Written May 7, 2014

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