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“On Business but why else here???” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Alvalade
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Av. Comandante Gika, Luanda, Angola   |  
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Ranked #13 of 29 Hotels in Luanda
Manchester, United Kingdom
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67 hotel reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“On Business but why else here???”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

Stayed at the hotel for one night. Close proximity to airport was a plus. Early start and flight the next morning. The feel of the place is more like a gentlemans club, dark and deep woodwork, etc. Tropico has a better feel about it although same hotel chain. Breakfast good, rooms good, no complaints but would rather stay at tropico. More going on around the place.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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13 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

The hotel accommodation is of a high standard, but is let down by the poor service and food, and expensive...albeit all Angolan Hotels and Restaurants are expensive.

Positive - close to Airport, particularly as the traffic in Luanda is very bad.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

This was the third time i had stayed at this hotel and had decided to give it the benefit of the doubt but after three visits, heres a summary. Hotel reception make it more difficult than it should be and although try hard, just not up to stand for a 4 star. Hotel rooms are nice enough but basic and its nice that you get 2 mini-bottles of water each day. The resturant is good, food buffett is average but overly expensive and do not order the wine, average quality and really expensive.
There is a lot of noise from the corridor either music or a repetitive beeping, if you're on the wrong side of the hotel you can get the air-con fans outside which are loud at several floor levels. Room service is awful and even basic items can take 30 minutes+ a meal can take an hour usually. Breakfast delivery to the room was always late with the excuse that i didn't like toast so they had to wait to make changes although i don't know what they were or why i don't like toast anymore!
The gym is very basic and doesn't have working air-con so gets too hot for a full work out. The pool is really small and not worth anymore comment. The staff typically are nice enough but are more efficient at making sure every charge goes on your bill than effective service.
In summary, its not the worst hotel i've been to but minimise any expectations you would expect from a 4 star.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Toulouse, France
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

Good rooms (they look better than on the pictures), good food (but hi prices), good location (10 mn from the airport a major problem in Luanda!)
Good wifi
But..prices just crazy: 10 euros for a bootle of water in room service! Do not forget to make shopping before coming back in the hotel!
Ask a quiet room as many have engines from aircon near the windows, or are on the busy street.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Braga, Portugal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

Considering it is in Africa, and Angola specifically, this hotel was very good. Luanda is the most expensive city in the world and with that in mind, you can expect a very expensive room. Now, if only you could sense that the money spent was for an exceptional hotel.. Sadly it was not. This is a 4 star hotel with nice staff (except for the guy that tried to overcharged me for the room) and I would recommend it to anyone going to Luanda. Being a triky city, I would recommend a place where you can feel safe and this is one.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

Hotel Staff is kind, Room Quality very good for african Standard, Breakfast has wide range of Choices, Good Quality, Pool is good too, nice relaxing area on grasy ground. Just do not try to place a wake up call, would not work, only one thing which bothers, the big construction site just opposite side of street.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Guimaraes, Portugal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2010

I'ts a comfortable hotel with nice bedrooms. Maintenance is not at it's best but it may be the best you can get in Luanda. Everything is quite expensive and the service is slow and not very amicable.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av. Comandante Gika, Luanda, Angola
Location: Angola > Luanda Province > Luanda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 29 Hotels in Luanda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Alvalade 4*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A COMPELLING DESTINATION FOR VISITORS TO LUANDA Hotel Alvalade is an excellent choice for visitors to Luanda, whether for business or leisure. The combination of modern architecture, ease of access, great hospitality and welcoming atmosphere is sure to impress guests. A mere 5 minutes from the “4 de Fevreiro” international airport, this Hotel contains 188 rooms and 14 Junior Suites with Wireless internet, a restaurant, two bars, a Conference Centre and many services to ensure you have a pleasant stay. Comfortable, large and well equipped, here you may easily plan meetings, welcome clients or simply relax after a long work day in the city. Choose a room with Luanda Island views and experience the magnificent Angolan sunset. A truly unique experience. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Alvalade Hotel Hotel Luanda
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