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- Reviews: 4024
Hotel Colombe: centrally located
There are 3 Hotels Colombe, nr. 1, 2 and 3, all at the same road. I stayed at the first entering Timbuktu from the south. The rooms with bathroom were ok. The hotel has an innercourt with garden and swimmingpool. Here you can also take you breakfast, lunch or dinner. When we came back from three days in the desert, we took our lunch here and could use the warm showers of the pool for refreshing.
At the first floor is also a restaurant. It has a nice terrace overlooking the street and a part of the old city of Timbuktu. In the Colombe 3, almost nextdoor is a cybercafé. When I went there druing lunchtime, nobody was there. They sent me to the library opposite the Grand Mosque nearby.
- Reviews: 4024
Front seat campsite in Essakane
During the Fesitval au Desert in Essakane in 2009 we had our camp at the first seat opposite the mainstage. The camp was just behind the circular dune ridge, used as gallery during the performances at the mainstage (picture 1). At the other side of the camp we had view at the white sanddunes and empty desert (picture 2). There was a lot of space in the dunes, so our neigbours had their bivouac rather far (picture 4).
Our camp, arranged by the Bamako based tour agency Cheche tours, has their own four desert toilets just behind our camp. A basic but perfect solution: oil drums with a hole.
Because there was a lack of small tents, I had the chance to sleep in one of the brown camelskin nomad tents (picture 1, 2 & 5'
During the nights is was chilly in both types of tents. In the burning sun during the day it was too hot to rest in the small tents, but the nomad tents were very comfortable during the day due to the thick camel skin (picture 5).
- Reviews: 147
Hôtel La Colombe: Where to sleep...?
Nothing really special... Large rooms with bathroom and toilets. Old, simple, clean.
Several other hotels in Timbuktu, some of them very expensive.
Well situated in the main street.
Pleasant terrace at first floor.
- Reviews: 1668
Hotel Azalia: A Dusty Cell
There is not much choice in lodging in Timbuktu. There is the dirty little hovel known as Hotel Azalia and there is the other one which is much worse.
You get a bed (of sorts) and a stone floor. A tiny slat of a window in the corner. No chairs, dressers or other comforts of any kind.
And you must pray for a cool night, because even if you happen to get a room with a working air conditioner, it is most likely that the electrical power will not be on.
- Reviews: 198
Campement Hotel Bouctou: Accomodation in Timbuktu
Accomodation in Timbuktu is expensive (the most expensive accomodation in Mali). Probably this hotel is the cheapest option.
In September-2004 an air-con double room cost 22.500 CFAS plus tax (double room with fun 18.000 CFAS plus tax)
the bulding is pretty. The rooms are located around a courtyard. Rooms are very sad and dissapointing. Fortunately air-con worked when I stayed there (Timbuktu is VERY VERY HOT).
The best thing of this hotel is its terrace. Early in the morning you can have a breakfast with good views of the nearby desert.
- Reviews: 3639
Timbuktu hasn't got a lot of hotels to choose, in spite of its legendary name amongst travellers. One of the best medium-range places is the Bouctou Hotel, in the limits of the desert. They have 2 buildings, well decorated tough simple including breakfast, and the staff is really friendly. They can organise trips with the touaregs and trips to the Niger river villages too.
About 20 euros for a room with fan.
- Reviews: 3639
Hotel La Colombe
This is one of the most popular medium range hotels here. Most groups come here and it's got a good reputation. Nevertheless, I didn't sleep here, and my only experience was at the restaurant. I tied to have lunch here once. Came in, it was empty, so I ordered a salade and a couscous. plus a water bottle. The waiter brought me the bottle of water and I kept waiting for the salade about 40-50 minuts. After that, I tried to look for a waiter to complain, but there was no sign of anyone in the restaurant. Fed up of this situation I went downstairs, paid my bottle of water in reception and moved to another restaurant, where I had a normal lunch.
There are 2 buildings, not far from one another, Colombe 1 and Colombe 2.
- Reviews: 1
Sahara Passion: Great Place to get the local feel
Sahara Passion is nothing fancy in the sence of western comforts but it has the most freindly helpfull people of all the hotels in Timbuktu. They do not allow 'guides' husstles etc in to bother you and will give you all the information you could ask for about the town and culture for free. They can arrange authentic trips into the desert and onward travel. They offer breakfast and local style meals and have bottled water avalibale.
They are on the edge of the desert and the view is phenominal. salt caravans arriving, dune just a few steps away sunsets and rises from the terrace are un matched. tell stories around the campfire best budget option in town. and the public transport to go back to mopti will pick up up at the door.
- Reviews: 587
Campement Hotel Bouctou: One of a few
This place has rooms with aircon ( I recomend during the dry season), rooms with fans (cheaper rate) an a camping site (cheapest). You choice of places to stay in Timbuktu is rather limited and this is one place that tends to catch it share of tourists and touts. If you are packing around this is also a good place to find a 4x4 headed back to Mopti or somewhere else. It has a kitchen so if you want to eat you can order in advance and eat outside on the patio which overlooks the dunes. The owners/manager are nice folks and will help you out if you can. I needed breakfast at 05:30 prior to catching a flight to Bamako and they sent a runner out for some fresh bread when I woke up.
There are about 5 aircon rooms in the main building but get one as far away from the bar as possible as the TV in the lounge tends to stay on till late at night. The bar is not much to look at but they do have comfortable sofas to sit in and enjoy a Castle beer or soda after spending the day trecking. The cheaper rooms with shared WC and fans are in a separate two story building to the right of the main hotel. Food is so so...best to head into town for a local meal.
- Reviews: 25
Hotel Hendrina Khan: LP Rated it the best
The LPlanet description was fair. We looked at 2 other Hotels (already Mentioned by others) and decided to stay here. One of the Phd's on the plane with us said he always stays here. It is not within walking distance of anything of interest or usable. The service was good and dinner was ok. The second day we brought back Camel meat and they made it for us. The rooms were small but with AC and TV. The Hotel is made up of 2 buildings. The front is reception, shop and restaurant with some rooms on second level. You exit the restaurant to the rear and there is a small court yard and then another 2 story building with 20 or so rooms.The only other guests were the flight crew from the Airplane and 4 US Special Forces doing who knows what, in 2 Toyota Land Cruisers. We stayed in room 12
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