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MONOTEL DARE EL BARKA: NOUAKCHOTT LUXURY


I ended up here by accident. Actually I was very ill and had missed my airplane. The Hotel Tfeila
wanted a lot more money and I was able to book in here, using the free lobby Wi-Fi for 33,000 MRO (about 97 Euro, $105). In the long run it was worth it. I was bed-ridden for the next 18 hours. Fortunately the mattress and bedding were comfortable. During bouts of lucidity I actually made it into the nice swimming pool. I am very glad I made it here. The room and bed were very good. My air-conditioning was fully adjustable and my mini-bar kept my water cold. It is a shame I could not experience some of the other features of this nice hotel, but the food I saw others eating looked nice.

The hotel sits inside its own walled compound and gardens. It is completely quiet. It is a modern hotel and everything works. The rooms are on the narrow side and the bathrooms are small. You do however get all the full amenities of a very good 3 star to an average 4 star hotel. It’s one of Mauritania’s best hotels and is superior to the Hotel Tfelia. Like all the hotels in the Nouakchott ‘Luxury’ range of hotels – its overpriced for the market, but it is good value for money vs. local competition. Email them and ask for a discount - it may work.

A great service is the free airport shuttle. They collect you and take you back when you want to go!

MONOTEL DARE EL BARKA



OVERVIEW:
• 59 air-conditioned rooms and suites with new values
• Huge outdoor swimming pool and terrace for sunbathing
• Free Wi-Fi
• Restaurant, Cafe and juice bar
• Full business services and free secure car parking
• Quiet
• Languages spoken - French, Spanish, English, Arabic
• Lots of shopping and restaurants nearby

ROOMS & SUITES:
• 59 rooms and 2 suites in 3 categories: 6 connecting, 10 double and 2 disabled
• Air-conditioning, mini-bar (no alcohol), satellite TV, phone
• Non-smoking rooms available
• Reasonable toiletries, bath/shower, good towels, hairdryer
• Separate toilet room (a real plus)
• Well decorated, modern furniture, desk, places to hang clothes

LEISURE FACILITIES:
• Beautiful outdoor pool and outside ‘bar’
• BBQ facilities, Garden, Terrace, Sun terrace
• Barber/beauty shop, Gift shop

FOOD & DRINK:
• ‘Terrace’ Restaurant – international menu and it opens out onto the pool area (B/L/D)
• Bar - yes it’s a juice (only) bar thanks to the Mauritanian Government. Buy Duty Free before you arrive. Lots of it.

SERVICES:
• FREE Airport shuttle
• Currency exchange, Luggage storage, Private check-in/check-out
• Babysitting/child services
• Laundry, Dry cleaning, Ironing service, Shoeshine, Daily maid service

BUSINESS FACILITIES:
• Meeting/banquet facilities, Business centre, Fax/photocopying
• Business Center: Fax / Copier / Scanner / Printer/ Secretarial Services

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Luxury Travel, Food and Dining
  • Written June 26, 2015
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Hotel Tfeila - Nouakchott: ONE OF THE TOP HOTELS


The Tfeila was originally built as a modern Novotel and – at the time of completion – was the finest hotel in all of Mauritania. That was a few years ago and now they have stiff competition in Nouakchott. This is not the battle of world-class hotels. Just average ones at best that are over-priced. If you keep reading and rate this review – I have included the secret to a 10% discount below. The Hôtel Tfeila is modern, air-conditioned, has good sized rooms and a swimming pool that is immaculate. This includes the crystal clear water. They have a bar – but no alcohol. When the local authorities started their alcohol raids in 2011 – they started here! I wonder how they disposed of the booze they seized.

The staff are efficient and helpful, the beds are good and the facilities are nice enough. If anything the place is a little boring, but it’s quiet. The hotel is well located. They are on the main Rue Charles De Gaulle and opposite the best stocked grocery store in the country – Galerie Tata.

Ok – now the discount trick. Telephone them (they speak English and French) and tell them you will be coming there for business. Just name the business or organisation) must be based in Mauritania) and ask for a 10% discount!

For the record, this is advertised as a 4 or 5 star hotel. It’s an excellent 3 star with a pool in my educated opinion.



OVERVIEW:
• 77 rooms and the whole hotel is air-conditioned (some are non-smoking)
• Nice outdoor Swimming Pool
• Free car parking
• Restaurant (international) and ‘bar’
• Facilities for Disabled
• Babysitting/Child Services
• Business Centre and Meeting/Banquet Facilities
• Excellent location

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Business Travel, Spa and Resort, Luxury Travel
  • Written June 26, 2015
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BAB SAHARA: KING BAB - IN ATAR


Cora and Justus are a Dutch-German couple that open this nice place as a campground in 1999. Today that still have the secure camping facilities, but they also have 2 air-conditioned ‘Tikits’ (furnish stone huts). I stayed and recommend the one closest to where the chickens and ducks sleep. Don’t worry, they are quiet. So are the tikits and the whole area for that matter.

The facilities are excellent. Let’s get the important information out of the way. All the showers and toilets are in a central block, but each shower and toilet is in an individual and clean locked room. Plenty of hot water. They also have a great place to wash clothes. Drying clothes is easy and there are several covered areas to relax in. There is a dedicated shop across the lane from the entrance and they will even run your purchases over to you.

Meals can be arranged in advance (only) or you can walk into the town. It’s a leisurely 10-15 minute stroll. A guard stays in the middle of the compound at night.

I really enjoyed my stay here and would highly recommend it if you can reserve the tikits or if you are camping/overland. They have full garage and repair workshop should you have any problems.



ACCOMMODATION:
• Tikit (stone hut for 2 / 3 pers) 8000/10,000 Ouguiya (21€/26€)
• Add 1,500 for air-conditioning (4`€)
• 2 person room 6,000 (15€)
• Moorish tents (2 - 12 places) 2,000 per person (5€)
• Self camping 2,000 per person (5€)
• campingcars (2 persons + electricity) 5.000 (13€)
• Discount of 25% for students and bikers

FACILITIES:
• Individual lavatories and bathroom units
• 220 volt-connection – 500 per day
• washing machine – 1500 per load
• Wi-fi 500 per day
• Breakfast 1500, lunch 1000 – 2000, dinner 1000 – 4000
• 4WD, with driver 4/5 seats 22,000 (58€) per day plus fuel costs
• Breakdown assistance all over Mauritania
• Workshop with pit, mechanics and welding, ordering /sale of spare parts
• Long term parking
• Trekkings (with and without camels)
• Money exchange, library of books about Mauritania, postcards and maps

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written March 28, 2015
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THE BEST VALUE IN NOUAKCHOTT: RÉSIDENCE LA BIENVENUE


The Maison d'hôtes la Bienvenue seems to have a multitude of names and telephone numbers, but it’s very easy to book like I did – by email. This ‘guesthouse’ is the best accommodation value in Nouakchott. It’s actually a garden restaurant and ‘bar’ with 6 rooms at the back. I stayed in room 3 and enjoyed my stay completely. The bed was very good and I had a good sleep every night. The whole property is surrounded by a large and overgrown wall – so you are in the heart of the city – without any noise.

My room (number 3) was good sized, but basic. The bathroom was more of a large shower room. I had a large closet, although just 1 hanger. They provide towels and large bars of soap. It’s quiet day and night. The rest of the accommodation is a nice restaurant named either ‘Bla Bla Thé cafe’ or La Grillade. The food is excellent, but slightly pricey for Nouakchott. Outside is the best part. They have a massive garden with banana and lemon trees, a ‘bar’ and music played at a low volume. They have free WI-FI throughout the property. They also have a massive guest library covering 2 walls. And the staff are pleasant and helpful. They are also located in the heart of Nouakchott and everything is a 10 minute walk or less.

I really enjoyed my stay and highly recommend that you book in advance. They stay busy.



OVERVIEW
• Quiet air-conditioned rooms with good beds – all are en-suite
• An excellent restaurant and garden bar
• Free Wi-Fi
• Located in the middle of the Rue Charles de Galle
• Free car parking
• Massive guest library

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Adventure Travel
  • Written March 28, 2015
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HÔTEL LE MÉHARISTE: WISH I HAD STAYED HERE IN ATAR


When I returned to Atar for the second time, I took a gamble with an out-of-town budget accommodation that really did not pay off. I wish I had stayed here. This is an excellent modern hotel, with beautiful gardens, its own enclosed area for parking vehicles and it is exceptionally quiet. The buildings and facilities are excellent. The decor of the bedrooms is a bit bizarre, but nice enough. I think they invited someone colour-blind to sort out the bedding and curtains. Oh, well, this is a solid choice. All the rooms are air-conditioned, have free Wi-Fi and the walls are solid.

I was shown around this nice hotel with pride by the staff. Singles are 9000 MRO (about $31) and doubles are 11000 (about $37). I was quoted me about $50. They had no guests at the time, so were probably offering me the biggest room and breakfast (1500) and an evening meal (3500) included.

If you are on the road and really want everything nice and easy – this is your hotel in Atar. It’s a 6-10 minute easy stroll into everything Atar has to offer. If you want to wash your clothes, they will be dry in the gardens in 1 hour. The whole complex is set on a single level and the rooms are set well away from the road. This is an oasis within Atar. For some reason this hotel is in the French edition, but not the English, of a very well known guidebook. I am guessing they want to keep this little gem to themselves.

And you can even pick your own room!


• Modern, air-conditioned, secure (including vehicles), quiet
• A huge secure compound and lovely gardens
• Breakfast, dinner and meeting facilities
• On the main road and an easy walk to the stores/market

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Road Trip, Family Travel
  • Written March 28, 2015
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AUBERGE ZARGA: PROUDLY BAD - CHINGUETTI

AUBERGE ZARGA


This place is not only bad – its proudly bad. Of all the accommodations I visited in Chinguetti, this ranks bottom. Unfortunately, like a lot of bad places in Mauritania, they have discovered Booking.Com. This website takes 15% from the hotel or guesthouse and they seem to list any old place. This has resulted in the Zarga charging a lot more than they did before and a lot more than it’s worth. This place is run-down, dirty, in complete need of renovation and is overpriced for the basic mattress on a floor you get. Its grounds are also now overrun with the sand that now plagues the center of Chinguetti.



OVERVIEW:
• 6 basic rooms with a mattress on the floor and air-conditioning
• WiFi costs 3 EUR per 24 hours
• Advertised prices do not include 14 % Tax (extra)
• Free parking
• Terrace, bar and restaurant
• They speak Japanese, French, English and Arabic

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Motorcycle, Road Trip, Adventure Travel
  • Written March 28, 2015
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AUBERGE ET CAMPING INIMI: CLEAN AND BASIC


SidI Ahmed is a nice man and his family are very polite. However, this is not really a B&B. It’s a small secure campground with 2 air-conditioned rooms. It is about a 15-20 minute walk into town. My room was basic, but spotlessly clean and had air-conditioning. And without any bugs either. Mr. Ahmed and his family actually live in the compound. Breakfast is bread roll and coffee (thank the French for that). There are plenty of places to dry your clothes on the lines provided. There are 2 combination toilet/shower rooms.

This has been rated at the number 1 of 2 B&B’s in Atar. There are no true B&B’s in Atar. You either have a campground with some rooms like this or a few hotels.



• Enclosed campground with 2 toilet/shower rooms
• 2 air-conditioned rooms with a bed and cushions on the floor
• Free Wi-Fi
• A 15-20 minute (easy) walk to town
• Free secure vehicle parking
• Full kitchen with a refrigerator and a dining table
• They speak French and Arabic

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Road Trip, Motorcycle
  • Written March 28, 2015
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AUBERGE DES CARAVANES DU DÉSERT: THE BEST IN TERJIT


This is the only truly full functioning accommodation in the small oasis of Terjit, but it gets great reviews. I saw it from the road and the compound looked nice. For less than $10 you can have your own room in a self-contained tikits (stone huts). You can also sleep in a tent. You can push the boat out and stay half-board for around $15 and full board for $20. Given that there are no restaurants or stores – this would be your best option. Having said that, even the food here is highly rated. The khaimas (tents), rooms and tikits al have mosquito nets. Lighting is provided by kerosene lamp for that sort of campy feel. They offer 6 separate toilet/shower blocks for some privacy. The accommodation is virtually at the ‘gates’ of the oasis. It looks very nice.

They rent camels so you can really explore the area.

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• 6 rooms for 1 to 3 people
• 3 tikits for 1 to 2 people
• 1 Central tent for up to 10 people
• Full kitchen, bar, souvenir shop and grocery store
• Free secure vehicle parking

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written March 28, 2015
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Le Phare du Desert.: Kiffa - Better than some.

I couldn't really recommend this place to anyone, but the trouble is there's nothing else for a couple of hundred kms. and I've already tried that!!! Another place where bathroom appliances have a life of their own. At least the water was warm. I have to admit that the camel couscous was very good and filling.

Cost was 8000 UM (approx 23 euros) for a double room. Dinner was 2000 UM (under 6 euros.) All very expensive for what it is. Negotiate for what you can, 2 women that had the same type of bedroom as us paid 10000 UM because they didn't bother asking for a lower price!!! These same 2 women had been to the Auberge Saada in the afternoon, run by a women's coop and refused the room they were shown as "I wouldn't let my dog sleep in there". So, perhaps the Phare du Desert is not so bad.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written February 13, 2009
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Auberge Jeloua.: Nouakchott - Olivia's 2nd place.

The 2nd time I passed through Nouakchott, the Menata was full, so Olivia, the French owner suggested her other place, the Auberge Jeloua. Although quite a bit more expensive than the Menata (12000 UM, about 34.5 euros for a double room) the rooms are a lot bigger, you have hot water plus it is a lot quieter than the Menata, in a very quiet area. Well worth the extra money, and you can also use the unlimited Internet connection (please ask permission first) for free.

The legendary "niceness" of Olivia. Everone that has ever been on a road-trip through Mauritania in the last five years will vouch for this. Nothing is a problem for her, full of info and help for anything you need.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written February 13, 2009
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Auberge Lebjawi.: Boulanoir - Another "best of a bad lot"

One of the big problems with crossing the Morocco/Mauritanian border is the fact that on the Moroccan side the post closes between 13.00h - 15.00h. As it takes over 3 hours to complete all formalities on both sides, if you miss the 13.00 deadline then it is practically dark when you leave the Mauritanian post. Choices are a 90 kms round trip to Nouadhibou or 40 kms to Boulanoir which is in the right direction for Nouakchott.
The welcome at the auberge is more than friendly enough and the food is not bad but this is one of those places that you cannot help but wish it was 7 o'clock in the morning so you can get up for breakfast, the beds and rooms are that bad!!!!The carpet seems to stick to your feet, the water is almost non-existant, all bathroom appliances have a life of their own. And all this cost 20 euros for the double room!!!!
Mind you, the other place we looked at had no electricity and water was turned off at 20.00h.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written February 11, 2009
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Hotel El'Ayoun.: Ayoun el Atrous Not really a recommendation but...

I could never class this as recommended, but in this part of Mauritania between Nouakchott and Mali it's the only place where we found a clean sheet. The big problem is it's almost 800 km from Nouakchott and another 400-odd to Nioro in Mali, so you have to stop somewhere !!!
On top of that, in November 2007 when we passed there was construction work going on, and that started at 7 in the morning. Not really a problem as you need an early start to be sure of getting through all the formalities at the border and making it to Bamako before it gets too late.
This is also the only place you'll find to get a meal.
Rooms were at around 20 euros for 2, horribly expensive for what it is, and meals were 6.5 euros.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written December 26, 2007
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Campement d'Iwik.: Banc dArguin - Very basic but delicious food.

The lodging here is very basic but enough for a weary head. Thin mattress on a blanket spread directly on the sand under a khaima.. No need for a mozzie net as the ocean breezes keep them away. Mattress is 1500 UM (less than 5 euros) pp. Seems a bit expensive but the next nearest 4* hotel is 270 kms away. Tea was offered on arrival, then the owner was dispatched to Iwik village to order some fish for the evening meal. The w.c. is a hole in a small outhouse 50 metres from the tents (don't forget a torch).

The two women who came up from the village to cook for us came up with a superb meal with just a few herbs and green beans, the fish being cooked in "papillote" on an open charcoal fire. Delicious.....

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written December 19, 2007
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Auberge Menata.: Nouakchott - A haven for travellers.

This is one of those places which people always give as a meeting point, whether backpackers on foot or have your own transport, just passing through or part of a rally, everyone is welcome. Olivia, the French owner is a hive of information and can help you organise anything you want to do with the help of her partner.
You have the choice of 6 bedrooms at 2000 UM (about 6 euros) or to sleep in a "khaima" a traditionnal mauritanian tent on the roof for 1500 UM (under 5 euros). Showers and w.c's are shared and there is a kitchen where you can cook your own food although the meals here are very good and cost 1000 UM, breakfast is 500 UM.
Parking in the courtyard is free.

The quality of the welcome whether staying a week or just overnight. A nice tree covered garden in the back or the moorish tent in the front for breakfast or just to sit and have a drink.
Always people to discuss "what you've done or where you've been" with, a terrific atmosphere to be sampled.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written December 18, 2007
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I think it's referred to as Shenkers: For the most fun

I didn't stay here, but visited for a party thrown by an oil company. In fact, the entire hotel may exist just to house this company's employees, but if not get a room there. It has a fantastic pool and outdoor bar. More importanly, there seems to be a lot of nightlife there, which is rare in Nouakchott. If that's what you want.

Great pool and outdoor bar. Nice new building. Good location.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written October 17, 2006

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