From the former Le Meridien Hotel you would expect nice clean luxury rooms. But no, dont expect that in Dakar! Rooms are old, furniture and restrooms as well and you dont even want to walk barefoot on the carpet. During your stay in a room, you can 'enjoy' gross damp smell. The only good thing about this hotel is swimming pool, good area and restaurants next to the pool. Its located 30min drive from the airport.
Unique Quality: Old TV in room, old blankets, low budget toiletries and hair dryer which wasnt working.
I spent 2 weeks at the Meridien several years ago and was overall quite pleased. Not to be prejudiced, as the same could be said about some cities in North America; but Africa is not known for it's hotels, at least from my travels to date. The Meridien though is an exception. The hotel is located waterfront within a semi-residential neighborhood, and is a gated and guarded complex.
The room was spacious and comfortable and reasonable clean but not spotless. It had a large king size bed, desk for working, dresser and fairly large bathroom with a tub/shower combo.
I shared the room with a few small critters but would not consider this uncommon in a humid environment. The room smelled musty due to the air conditioner's attempts to keep up with outside temps and most hotels in Africa share this. The bed and bedding was comfortable, the bathroom clean, and furnishings adequate although somewhat dated. There did not appear to be any modem hook-up although I rarely look too far as phone costs in Africa are prohibitive. The TV was modern with about 12 stations one of which was trusty CNN
The front desk staff were slow in response to many requests and somewhat indifferent to attempts to get their attention. Checking out was quite painful, and I would recommend clearing off minor charges as you go if you are there for any length of time.
The remainder of the staff, however, were very friendly and gracious in all their dealings. Take some time to chat with them as they are nice people and love to talk.
As mentioned the hotel is within a gated compound and was perfect for running/walking. The grounds are large enough that you can simply run circuits within and get a good workout.
The room service food was excellent and very inexpensive. I suffered no major intestinal ill-effects and the flavour was all in all very good. The local beer I'd recommend is Flag.
Unique Quality: The pool area is definitely the main attraction and not unlike many resorts in the Caribbean. It features a very large pool area overlooking the ocean complete with a small water-fall in the middle. Other amenities outdoors include a restaurant and bar, tennis courts, lawn bowling and ping-pong. We had one funny chap on staff who insisted on playing tennis with us, and of course at the end of the game (he was no pro...) he waited for the requisite tip for his services
There are markets and a few restaurants in the area which are definitely worth a visit to appreciate the culture, but peddlers will eventually convince you to stay inside the very large grounds the hotel provides.
Directions: Waterfront, gated and guarded from nearby local population.
International class hotel the closest to the airport.
Le Méridien is probably the best and most recent hotel in town.
It is five minutes driving from the airport (they have a free shuttle). Rooms are spacious, however not always very clean.
Unique Quality: Beach restaurant, the large pool, the shopping area, the bar.
The beach is not so great, for instance, they are too many black rocks.
Directions: Airport area
We stayed at the Hotel owned by Air France. I don't remember the name of it, but it was fabulous! Check out this oceanfront patio!
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