People are very accomodating, food is very good (mostly), not expensive to live and discos rock!!!
unsafe at night
As an American, you are invited to the 230th anniversary of the Marie Corp. The Marines hold this every year and there is a small fee, but party till the cows come home! Great set up. The marines have their ceremony and then the drinking and dancing begins. They have this buffet that is spread out consisting of everything one could hope for! Anyone...more
To those that wish to come here for the music, I have heard that this park is perfect for that! They have people that come there on the weekends that play and dance! I cannot be totally specific because I am not into that kind of thing, but if you are... check it out.It is called Jardin 2 Octobre or 2nd of October Park... not a far stretch!!!more
We went out to some bars in Conakry. The first one I remember was the titanic....!!! :-) It had blue neon lights outside and a sign that said Titanic...it seemed like a shaq. Inside there were some people realy nice. They would not sell us singel drinks only a whole bottle of vodka.....not very nice but we were many together so we bought the...more
BP 2818, Conakry, Guinea
Good for: Business
Since I live in Guinea, I can tell you about some of the nicer areas to stay. The Riveria is a very...more
Did not stay here, but had a few beers at the pool. Have to say that it is really nice! View is...more
The restaurant at the hotel is not in any great decor or anything but it they took good care of us and were realy nice to us. The food was good, I only ate things that are considered "safe" no dairy, and no chicken no fruits that you can´t peel. But what they had in the seafodd pasta was realy nice. There were alot of things that were good. I have...more
As I have said in other reviews, the restaurants here all pretty much serve the same thing, but the chicken brochettes here are great. Start off with a bit of hummus with oil, tomato and onion, then compliment it with a beer or wine, and you have a culinary delight that will last till the food gets there! Hummus, chicken brochettes and some good...more
I have passed by this place once before, and always thought it was just a hotel, but their food was not bad. You need to remember one thing about Guinean-expat restaurants... they all serve pretty much the same thing... BROCHETTES!!! So, it is really just a matter of what else they have that makes it a good or bad experience!Only problem with this...more
This is a nice place to go and shake your booty! Most people that come here are for the music! They usually start off slow (about 10pm) and really pick up at around 1am! The music is good! They play everything from local music, to the stuff you would hear on the radio at home. Although the music is a little older than top 40 stuff by about 5 yrs!...more
I had only hear about this place and visited it on curiosity alone! The rumors were true indeed!This bar is owned and operated by Lebanese people. Not that it is a bad thing at all.... but they are not happy with outsiders there and try to charge you with an outrageous door fee!There are mostly Lebanese people with TOO MANY women there looking...more
I have passed by this bar a hundred times on my way somewhere else. It looks like the little dive/hole in the wall bar you would expect to be running away from, but just the opposite. I walked in there and did not have to pay cover charge... well, not at first. As I make my way in, it is small and very HOT! People are dancing the night away to the...more
Inspired by someone who emailed me, let me spell out for you the HOW to get here options...1. Air France-- Most Expensive, but good movies, nice looking flight attendents and comfy seats.2. SN Brussels-- usually about 300-500 less than AF, but more cramped, food is not that great and to get to the states you MUST pass through NEWARK!3. Air Moroc--...more
If you are of the kind that likes to live on the wild side... you may buy a motor bike here! They are about 500-600 USD and will get you around the town. I have seen people on these weaving in and out of traffic, squeezing into places that people cannot pass, flying past you at incredible speeds and more than 2 people on them... mostly without...more
This vehicle is known to some as a "Mini-bus" but to those of us in Conkary... it is called a "magbana!" This is a rolling death trap that encloses about 15-20 people in it. You can pick one of these up to go from one side of Conakry to the other, but NOT advisable!I personally have never taken one, but then of course when you see arms, legs,...more
Doing your shoping in alternate areas offers you a chance to do some refreshing business in Conakry. In the more crowded places hawkers will flock to you throwing everything from badmitten rackets to evening attire to chinese underwhere in your face. By moving off the expat trails and visiting places like the taxi stand in between Kipe and...more
Downtown is the place to go if you want to get into the food shopping for cheaper than the bigger stores here. You can get anything you need down here, definately cheaper, but my suggestion is that you want to come down here with a local friend (if you have one) or just make sure your French is real good!The thing I like is that you can practice...more
You will see many different things to buy as you drive or walk along the streets here. Everything is for sale!!!Haggling is a national pasttime here and you might even have fun with it! Things are getting a little more expensive here lately, but if you look around and are not in a hurry, you can buy what you need at a decent price! Just remember to...more
I am standing at the bank waiting for my money to be passed through the glass, and a man walks right up and stands about 10 inches from me!
I begin to think there is something going on here, so I ask him to stand in the line! Well, there are really no such things as that for the "next in line."
As the man starts to push the American Dollars through, I get really paranoid and start to block the man from putting his own slip through the slot. We argue about space for a couple of seconds to find out that it is perfectly normal! I took my bills and took off!
Honestly took me awhile to be able to stand there and count my money while someone else is right there, but when in Rome...
There are many issues Guineans and others that live here need to be aware of, the president (Lansana Conte) is dying. This has brought out people from hiding! The political parties out here are just waiting for him to die. He has had diabities for years now and it has gotten so bad lately that he needs someone (if not many) around him all the time!...more
Well, this is not exactly a warning or danger, but lately the government has refused to pay the street vendors their subsidies. This has increased the price of everything! An example of this is how a bag of rice would cost about $7 and now it costs $14. To you and me, that is already too much rice, but to those that live off a fixed income of about...more
When we were there we got stoped maybe 2-5 times on our trip from the airport to the hotel. These are check points and one can not tell who it is stopping you, you don´t know if tis army, police or rebels...so be carefull when traveling because these people are armed and could take your pasport, credit cards and money. Also be very careful that the...more
When you are doing anything from shopping at the local markets for veggies, to getting a taxi, remember the rule of 3! Always go 3000 francs lower than what they say and you will have the correct price. Usually I give them 1000 out of the 3000, but it will help you to do this to gain their respect.
Unique Suggestions: Usually you will not be that hassled anywhere you go, but I always keep the politeness aparent and just say no thanks! It works 99% of the time!
Luggage and bags:
Bags WILL be checked by the guards when you arrive, so be prepared!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: walking shoes or sandles
boots for hiking in some regions
loose fitting shirts and pants
Be prepared to have everything dirty because we have tons of dirt and dust here!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I stopped taking malaria pills a year ago, but if you are visiting, it is a good idea to start a good 2 weeks prior. Also, there are about 4-5 shots/pills you will need to be given and present the card at the airport.
We have many pharmacies here that have everything you will need, but I prefer Advil to the local stuff!
Photo Equipment: Be careful with cameras here because sometimes they dont care... and sometimes it could cost you the camera!
My practice is just to ask... sometimes it costs nothin, sometimes a few cents and sometimes... just walk away smilin!!!
Miscellaneous: Hat to cover your precious head!!!
If you are here for awhile... buy an iron there and bring here. We have C$%p irons!!!
This is the Mangrove Hotel, in Dabompa, outside of Conakry. It is close to the ocean. Took about 2 hrs to get there, but worth it! It is nice to get out of the city where the air is a little cleaner! This hotel is so hidden, I had to stop 4 times on the road to ask. Well, now I know why... this is the local watering hole of the wealthy of Guinea to bring their "FRIENDS!" The pool was big and the service was nice! The food was very good and they actually bring out the food with plastic covering so no bugs can take what you paid for!!! As you can see, the view is nice, but takes a litlle bit of negotiating to get there. But you want privacy... you got it!
In Guinea, they play football (or soccer to the US people) ALL DAY!!! It is almost a religion to the people here! They have games everywhere and anywhere at the same time. Ok, remember when we would take the nets out and put them in the middle of the street or block and play... well they stop traffic!!! Seriously... the teams pay little kids to...more
18 Reviews and Opinions
This Turtle was found on the shores of Conakry 2 days ago. You will not believe the size of it! People actually started trying to cook it!!! Seriously! People came by and cut pieces off and took it back to their houses to eat! No idea what it tastes like... and don't want to know, but it is not good!No news from BBC or Reuters yet, but this is...more
If you are in need of calling around town, and you don't want a cell phone... there are these little boutiques all over!!! They really aren't bad and only cost about 500GNF or $0.15 per min. Sometimes the networks are down here and you still need to get ahold of people... try these out! I have seen only 3 "house" phones here! They just really don't...more