I arrived on 18 March 2014 and checked out on 22 March 2014. This was my first trip to Africa and I was quite anxious of what to expect in Libreville, a town that I had not heard of until my company started a venture over there.
The hotel is a small luxury boutique hotel. The hotel has recently been renovated so everything looks and feels fresh. I did not speak any French and based on the feedback that I had read about Libreville, I was very nervous as to how I would go. I was put at complete ease by the hotel staff who spoke extremely fluent english. They treated me with respect and as I was travelling alone, made conversation with me at every turn and made me most welcomed.
The rooms are just the right size for business, not overly large and not pokey. Sufficient room to leave all your luggage and comfortable to work from your room. The bathrooms are clean and fresh and had ample toiletries to get you by. The hotel has a pool (although at the time was under maintenance) and a well equipped gym. There is a small bar just outside the hotel restaurant which is great to have a pre-dinner drink.
As I was not game to adventure out too far from the hotel, I ate most of my meals at the hotel restaurant. The restaurant serves high quality french cuisine with an emphasis on sea food. The restaurant staff were extremely friendly (especially Juares) that looked after my bottle of wine over the few nights I was there with extreme care. There is a good variety of choice and I did not eat the same item twice while I was there.
The hotel is centrally located to most businesses (i.e. BICIG, Stock Exchange, Ernst & Young). The staff at Le Cristal made my stay in Libreville enjoyable and I will definitely be coming back and recommending this hotel to my work colleagues.
PS - the free WiFi is an absolute gem. I was able to get most of my news and entertainment on my apple devices as the TV and newspapers were all predominantly in French.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel le Cristal - Libreville at its finest, Hotel Le Cristal, Libreville’s newly refurbished luxury hotel, is located in the business center of Libreville, Gabon. Located in downtown Libreville, Hotel Le Cristal offers the corporate traveller all the comfort and convenience of a luxury boutique hotel, about 15 minutes from Leon Mba International Airport. Hotel Le Cristal is destined to become Libreville’s top lifestyle and exclusive address. ... more less
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