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Le Jardin Secret

Ouidah, Ouidah, Benin
Le Jardin Secret
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Washington, DC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Pascal, the owner, has established a haven very close to the center of Ouidah, a must-see for anyone interested in Benin culture and in the slave history of W. Africa. The rooms are simple, but clean. No A/C and no wifi, so important to know that. Also, no hot water, but you really don't need it. And at about US$20,... More 

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Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Le jardin Secret is a very nice place to stay. Good accomodation, good food, friendly staff (including hangover advice if needed). Definitely worth a visit is the neighbour Arisitide's Wine bar, where you can drink his selfmade Ashanti wine while playing a game of '10,000'. Or maybe a trip in his rubber boat on the Lac Ahémé. Best location on... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
54 hotel reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I honestly l loved this place. It is very simple but beautifully decorated. I read some reviews about the owner not being friendly. I got the complete opposite experience. I was a solo traveler and he was super friendly with me! We had a really long conversation that I really enjoyed. We explained to me lot of things about the... More 

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Binfield, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
51 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We have not stayed there, but we have visited Secret Jardin two or three times for a meal - and we must admit this was the best food we tried in Benin. The food there is rather simple, but it is really mouth watering with all the spices and other stuff they cook it with. Every time we visited them... More 

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Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Ouidah is very far from both Cotonou and Porto-Novo. The road leading there was a long stretch of untarred road full of gully erosion and broken down, over-loaded vehicles. It took almost 2 hours before arriving at our destination which was very difficult to find. The only 2 cars we took to and from Ouidah were extremely rickety. On arrival,... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Eating in Benin can be very stressful. I lived 1 year in Ouidah before eating at Pascal's le Jardin Secret. That was a big mistake. This is hands down the best food in Ouidah, and probably better than anything you'll find on Ouidah Plage. The hotel rooms are average, dark and austere, but priced very low. What sells here is... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights over Narional Voodoo Day. The place was fantastic, decorated amazingly, and clean. The food was also great- however it took ages once you ordered. Waited over 2 hours for lunch. Ordered a bottle of wine 3 times and gave up after 45 minutes. If you have the time, the food is great, but its... More 

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