- Reviews: 9
Royam Hotel: Perfect place
This is a wonderful place to spend a well deserved vacation. It's a reat place to rest, catch some Sun, bathe in the hot waters of the African coast of the Atlantic, enjoy the amazingly taken care gardens and also eat typical Senegalese food at the restaurant.
My review about the...:
ROOMS: Huge rooms, remembering a big senegalese cottage. We've been in one of the standard rooms and there's nothing to say about it, if you're planning to rest (the down side is that there is no TV or mini-bar). The room has AC and it doesn't makes a lot of noise (it's not silent though). The rooms have two beds together, making a queen sized bed (no problem at all for large people). The bathroom is behind the beds and the toilet in a small closed compartment. The shower is near the entrance and there's no door or curtain - so you will problably wet a little the floor, but don't worry because there's is a specific towel to getting out of the shower :)
CLEANINESS: Super clean. Everyday the cleaning staff washed the floor, the shower and bathroom (and toilet) and sprayed insecticide before closing the rooms (as precaution). Don't forget that this is West Africa and some caution is needed. Nothing to say about the cleaniness of the linen and the towels,has they were clean and smelled nice :)
STAFF: Well, they are all uber-friendly. They all speak french very well (remember the Senegal was a french colony) and there are some that try to speak other languages, like english, spanish and also portuguese. So if you have any question or if you just want to chat, they are always ready for you. But practicing your french is advised :)
EATING: If you plan on eating at the hotel, you will be very well served and you will have the chance to eat typical Senegalese food. We were with Full Pension, so we had lunch and dinner at the hotel. Nothing to say about the food except that it was excellent. We stayed there for a week and we didn't had the same meal once. At the lunch hour, there's always the "dish of the day" which is all a different kind of fish and desert. At the dinner time, you can choose one of two entrances and also one of two main dishes. For desert, always three choises :) Remember that drinks are not included in the Half-Pension or Full Pension (which is different of All Inclusive). If you plan to eat outside the hotel, be careful because in some places there are some issues of lack of hygiene (if you can, have a word with your local travel agent representative in Senegal for advise). The hotel asks everyone not to bring any food or beverages from outside the hotel, as they could no longer garantee the hygiene of the food/drinks.
POOL: Always clean, always hot (around 27º Celsius) and it goes from ankle height to around 1,50 meters depth. There are a lot of chairs and matresses available and the bar is near, so you can get (or ask) for a drink or something ot eat also. Ah, you can do the same at the beach (you just have to have the staff for the list).
LOCATION: 100 Km (more or less) south of th capital city Dakar. The trip is a little bumpy and long. If you don't get traffic leaving Dakar, you can be at Saly in about 1h30. As for our experience, we took about 3h30 to get from the Hotel to Dakar on our last day.
BEACH: One of the best places at that area. There are some sea weed but the staff is always worried in removing it from the beach and protecting the palm trees. The sea temperature was hot (around 28º Celsius) and with almost no waves. Very salty water so you can swim without problems there.
At the beach there are a lot of chairs with beach matresses that the staff gets for you. During the morning is the best time to catch some sun and some shadow. In the afternoon, the sun comes from the sea side and only near the boardwalk you will get some shadow. The sun in the lunch hour is super hot, so be careful and get in the shadow. The average temperature was around 30-33 degrees Celsius (so at noon, it could be a little higher).
OUTSIDE: If you plan to go outside the hotel, you can take the boardwalk and go to Saly center (which is about a 10 minute walk). But this small walk can be "long" as you will definetely find some locals trying to sell you things. Senegal is a VERY POOR country, so the people is therefore very poor too. All the senegalese people are very polite and very helpful. They always ask you your name, where are you from, when did you arrive and where are you staying... but they want you no harm. All they want is to sell you wood craftmanship, shell necklaces and other things. If you plan on buying something, be prepared because you will have to negotiate your price with the vendor (the reasonable price is about 1/4 of the price the vendor says first, so point a little bit less than that and start your negotiation). If you don't want to buy anything, just say no two or three times, saying thank you. They will leave you in peace and will wish you a wonderful stay at Senegal. But if you can, well help the people. The really need it.
- Reviews: 358
L´Hotel de la Poste: Following the legend of Mermoz
My review of this place cannot be complete as I only visited bar and restaurant, I was not a hotel resident. The hotelbar was a bit decorated like a safari waterhole. the whole ambience of the hotel fits with the postcolonial style of St Louis. The restaurand overlooks the waterfront, and the location of the hotel is very central. A colleague who stayed at the hotel was very satisfied with his room.
the Hotel de la Poste is just one of these places that are more than a hotel, but a monument and memory of times past. In this case it is a reminder of the early days of aviation when the post pilots connected Africa with Europe and America. One of the legendary pilots who was a regular on the St Louis flights and at the Hotel de la Poste was Jean Mermoz - the souvenir shop has a number of books describing the era and the life of Mermoz
- Reviews: 1
Maye Meye: Best guesthouse in Senegal
Lodge Maye Meye is a wonderful place if you want an exiting holiday. We are over 50 years old now but we like adventurous holidays and this was our first time in Africa. We choose Maye Meye because our friends told us it was a really good place to stay. And they were right. We had an excellent time. Because we were not familiar with Africa and we did not know the specific habits and customs of this continent, we asked on forehand if it was possible to have an accompaniment for the first days. That was immediately arranged (for free) and because of that we saw and experienced amazing things that we wouldn’t have experienced without this extra service.
Because of the direct connections of the guesthouse staff with the locals, we could experience a lot of hidden culture and habits and got to know the different tribes. We were invited by one of the staff members to be present at a tribe wedding, which was really a great experience during three days.
I think that if we were in a “normal” guesthouse this would not have been possible.
Maye Meye has a big choice of activities as well. I followed for one week private djembé lessons and my wife learned how to cook the African food.
Summarizing, we had a wonderful and exiting holiday. This guesthouse is highly recommended by the both of us.
The most characteristics of this guest house are:
A beautiful big garden with many places to relax.
A quite nice site at the border off the village not far from the sea
Very good food.
Hospitable and really helpful staff.
- Reviews: 3
Hotel Mama María: Kafountine great accomodation
The MamáMaría is a small hotel with a nice porch ideal for relaxing. Good rooms with hot and cold water.
The best, friendly staff, peaceful surroundings and excellent cuisine, well above the Standards, Senegal. It has direct access to the beach. A good place to relax and learn about the country and its inhabitants.
- Reviews: 43
Via Via Auberge: Live with locals in Dakar
Tired of the money-based smell of 4-5 stars , i generally prefer local people involved locations.
Via via Dakar si one of them. Real people, real culture and warmness...
Thanx to ; Sherif, Kris, Krista, Fatou, Fatima, Vito, Elimane ( forgive me if i forget to add some names here, too )
No pool, no great view of sea or mountains, but real taste of the city... plane & clean room, delicious grill fish & beaf , a light breakfast... sure smiling faces too...
- Reviews: 358
Calao club: African bungelow at the Atlantic
The hotel/club is close to the airport in the Dakar suburb Ngor. Conveniently located if you want to avoid city traffic. There are a number of nice restaurants as well as the old part of Ngor village in walling distance. The hotel is directly at the Atlantic - you can hear the ocean from most of the bungalows (it also means it can get rather cool at night) free wifi internet in the lounge of the next door hotel which belongs to the same family. The bungalows are not overly luxurious, but clean and pleasant. Not all of them have mozzie nets but I suppose the night air is cold enough to keep the bugs from biting anyhow. There is a bit of a sandy stretch where you can sunbathe (and the pool area, of course), but the oceanfront is covered with rocks
the bungalows have an African theme, each of them painted individually. The club is popular with local visitors as well
- Reviews: 3
Tama Lodge: Mbour paradise
I've spent ten days in this lovely place, you have to go there especially for the food, they have a new chief and the food was very good and creative.
The place is amazing, this is a small hotel directly on the beach, the room was confortable and you are under the palmtrees, feet in the sand and you have all around you african art (furniture and statues).
It was quiet and protected but you can also at the daylight see senegalese people training and playing football, doing "lutte senegalaise" playing music.
- Reviews: 2
Residences les Alizes: «Les Alizés», suppliers of dreams and emotions
A few weeks at Residences les Alizes with great service, many facilities such as a panoramic overflow swimming pool, a beautiful exotic garden, a wonderful and comfortable beach.
You will certainly love the great villas you will stay in, they are so huge and they have all you need during a good holiday, TV, DVD, Stereo, Full equiped Kitchen, Terrasse, sea view, private garden, safe..., as i said, 'ALL YOU NEED'.
Private beach with fine sand, with comfortable deckchairs and hammocks.
Panoramic solarium with 2-level beach.
Panoramic solarium with 2-level swimming pool.
Panoramic overflow swimming pool, with spa bath therapy jets and bubble baths.
Swimming pool and beach towels always at your disposal.
Complete hotel service throughout all of your stay. Laundry and exchange service.
With financial participation: right at the centre of the hotel residence, the dynamic and skilled team of masseuses - chiropodists will take care of the wellbeing of your body and will do everything to satisfy you (massages, manicures, pedicures, depilation, aesthetic care,…).
Baby sitting service on request.
Cyber Spaces equipped with 2 DELL portable computers and 1 printer (*);
Exclusively for Cape Skirring, the Wifi access terminal installed in our reception enables you to connect to the Internet 24/24 via ADSL (reading e-mail and access to Internet sites) everywhere on the property (villas, restaurants, swimming pool, beach, cocoteraie,…), at a real speed of 1024 kbits/s.
4X4 rentals, with or without driver
Guided excursions in 4X4
Walks in the dugout in the bolongs (mangrove formed by the many meanderings of the delta of the Casamance river)
Fishing “with a palangrotte” or “drag” fishing in the bolongs (fishing rods provided)
“Surf casting” fishing alongside the sea (fishing rods provided)
Everything is done to enable you to enjoy a balneal stay with “every comfort” characterised by luxury, sensual pleasure and serenity.
- Reviews: 1435
Le Relais de Kaolack
Located southwest of downtown Kaolack on the banks of the Saloum River, Le Relais de Kaolack is one of the newest and best hotels in the city. It is popular with the many tourists who use Kaolack as a transition point between Dakar and northern Senegal, and countries to the east and south.
The hotel is on the outskirts of Kaolack, and to get there, visitors must pass through run-down industrial areas and neighborhoods that do not look very safe. Fortunately, there is a large police station right at the entrance to the hotel.
Le Relais de Kaolack has 30 air-conditioned rooms in detached one- and two-story bungalows situated on landscaped grounds. The rooms are basic but clean, but lack such amenities as televisions and telephones.
Because the hotel is right on the Saloum River, it can be overrun with mosquitos at night. Hotel employees offer to spray the rooms in the evening, and mosquito nets are definitely recommended here.
For its guests' entertainment, the hotel has billiards, tennis, and a swimming pool. There is also an outdoor bar next to the pool, and a restaurant which offers decent food, especially the local fish.
- Reviews: 1435
The Hôtel du Djoudj
The Hôtel du Djoudj is the only hotel located at the headquarters for Djoudj National Park. All other hotels and hostels in the area are a few miles away. Travelers planning on visiting Djoudj National Park will find the hotel conveniently located, and a pleasant place to stay.
My only complaint with this hotel was that there was no hot water in the shower. This was only a problem with my particular room, however, as others in my group did have hot water.
The Hôtel du Djoudj has rooms that are very basic, but clean and comfortable. Although the rooms have air conditioning, it cannot be used for much of the day. The hotel relies on a generator for electricity, and it is turned off during the day until about 5:00 p.m., and is turned off again between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. Therefore, the air conditioning cannot be run throughout the night either, but nights are generally comfortable in the Sahel. In addition, anyone who has to get up during the night will need a flashlight or candle.
Guests can relax by the hotel's swimming pool and enjoy the landscaped gardens. For those wishing to explore the national park, the hotel has six pirogues that can be hired for rides to the pelican colony. Guests can also hire the hotel's mountain bicycles, or even its vehicle for longer rides deep into the park.
- Reviews: 1435
Le Gîte d'Étape
Le Gîte d'Étape is a small hotel run by a French woman who moved to Senegal many years ago to open a hotel. It is one of the few good hotels in the small town of Richard Toll, and in my opinion, its most appealing feature is its location right on the south bank of the Senegal River. During afternoon siestas after birdwatching all morning in the heat, I relaxed in a lounge chair in the shade of a large tree and watched the river flow by.
Le Gîte d'Étape is one of the most expensive hotels in Richard Toll, but the rooms are very basic (but clean), and lack such amenities as telephones and televisions. The air conditioning can be unpredictable at times as well. Despite these minor inconveniences, I found Le Gîte d'Étape to be a good hotel and I enjoyed my stay there.
The restaurant specializes in French and local cuisine, and I thought the food, especially the fish, was excellent.
In addition to relaxing on the bank of the river, guests can swim in or sunbathe next to the swimming pool, stroll the landscaped grounds, or arrange a boat ride on the river.
- Reviews: 1435
Hôtel La Résidence
Hôtel La Résidence is a 1950s colonial hotel that looks as if it were the set of a Humphrey Bogart movie. The common areas have slow-moving ceiling fans, the floors are tiled in black and white, African artifacts are scattered throughout, potted palm trees give a tropical air, and the walls are covered with period photographs depicting local events and visiting dignitaries from the 1950s and earlier.
The bar, which resembles that in the movie Casablanca, has a vintage zinc bar, a billiard table, and a piano. Its most distinctive feature, however, is the outdoor seating area in the hotel's central courtyard which contains a full-grown palm tree and is surrounded by two stories of wrought-iron balconies
Hôtel La Résidence has 32 rooms, each equipped with air conditioning, television, direct-dial international telephone service, and individual bathroom. Three suites have internet access in addition to their other amenities. All rooms and suites open onto one of two central courtyards that overlook either the reception area or bar area below.
- Reviews: 3
HOTEL TERANGA ****: A very nice hotel to relax
Is a very beatiful area withaprox. 30 two floors bungalows, in a "tropical HOBBITS style"
The gardens and the grass are in very good conditions and the rooms are always very clean.
Don`t drink nothing with ice. don`t drink water from the tap.
The hotel area is very secure, but , if you take a walk outside, and if you are a girl, be carefull with the locals. They are very poor and they follow you all the time, they touch you and asking for money. They never leave you alone.
The best thing is asking for help in the front desk of the hotel, and they send someone with you.
They have pool, a bar/ restaurant in the beach, a restaurant near the pool, telephone in the room, colour tv.
The people from the hotel are very nice.
- Reviews: 650
Hotel Simenti - NIOKOLO KOBA N.P.
The hotel is located inside the Niokolo Koba National Park near the Gambia River and has several rooms, with and without air conditioning.
There is a hide out overlooking the river where you can see the animals drinking and playing.
There’s a swimming pool where you can take a refreshing dip.
- Reviews: 650
Domaine les Paletuviers - TOUBACOUTA
In the middle of a large park with gigantic trees, flowers and plants and situated between the bush and the Sine-Saloum mangrove delta, you will find the DOMAINE LES PALETUVIERS, a Belgian - Senegalese Hotel
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