BP 104, Bamako, 104, Mali
Friendly and Safe
I have stayed several times at the Salam. It is conveniently located just into the city across the bridge from the airport. The rooms are large, fairly basic and the beds are hard, but this is Mali .. just look out of the wondow to see another world. The staff are friendly and accomodating and the food is good. Of course it is all based around French cuisine and the buffet breakfast is pure French, including wonderfully strong coffee. Don't miss eating the local fish - le Capitaine - absolutely the best dish in Mali !
Unique Quality: Good pool. Can get busy at weekends with expats and can be all yours during the week.
We stayed in this Hotel upon arrival in Bamako. (june 16/09) It is on the road in from the airport just over the river.There was a African Union Summit taking place at the time, so many Vip's, etc. The service was superior and the staff was very friendly. This is a big Hotel with the convention center next to it. No I would not recommend just because there are other hotels at half the price with much better food and more centrally located.
Unique Quality: Nothing realy stands out about this place, except that they were very friendly. The Hotel has a nice pool but nothing outstanding.
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Hotel Salam Chefchaouene Morocco
Very nice. Cosy and cheap. The price is about the same as other hotels near by. I didnt pick this one for any particular reason. Just the first I looked. rooms dont have private WC, but seems clean, not perfect but its ok. Price is 120 dirhams for 2 people. 12 euros for the room.
"Baobab famous drink"
few new drinks that i came across
"Kora musical instrument"
Kora music with African drums being played in Hotel Salam
"On the banks of Niger river"
Shaun Kerry's Mali Page
Mali is a facinating Place to visit. Bamako is the capitol, and the most likely place that your plane will land. We made no arrangements in advance, except hotel reservations for the first night. We gave them instructions in advance to meet us at the airport with a big sign with our name on it. That was no problem. My personal experience is that you can get a better deal on tours if you make the arrangements locally. The first night we stayed at the Hotel Salam, which is the best hotel in Bamako, because they would be more likely to speak English and help us with arrangements. A few extra bucks for one night's stay at a classy hotel is well worth it to allow you the facilities, support, and peace of mind - even if you are on a tight budget. When we were riding back to the hotel, one man was driving, and the other, who spoke perfect English, explained the guide and tour choices, which were privately conducted. We didn't ask for that - it just happened. I guess they figured if we were flying in from another country to a high class hotel, we would be in the market for their services. A Lonely Planet guidebook is a must, but there are things they don't tell you. I'll try to make it easy and unconfusing.
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