There are not many hotels in Bissau - this is a converted army camp. The rooms are small and basic. There is free wifi which works quite well. The food choice is very limited and service is slow. Surprisingly few mosquitos. We arrived late at night after a long flight (free transfer from the airport) with a prior booking - the staff on duty demanded full payment in cash for our whole stay in arrival - They were quite rude. I then said I would pay by credit card, but the phone lines did not work so we paid cash for one night and they allowed us into the room to be sorted out the next day. The next day we went round some other hotels and found them to be much worse and very much more expensive!!! At any rate, we spoke to the management and they told us that the staff on at night were students and did not know the proper procedure.
No safe in the room, and if you pay by cash be very careful -the hotel gives an exchange rate of 400CFA to the USD - when we were there the real exchange rate was 503CFA to the USD! Go to the local bank and change your money into CFA - or make sure your credit card charge is put through in CFA and not USD or Euro. The vehicle to bring us back to the airport broke down twice on the way there and we nearly missed our flight. OF importance - we did not know that the Royal Air Maroc flight check-in desk CLOSES at midnight for a 3am flight and you have to go and book in your luggage and get boarding passes during the evening and then return to the hotel and rest for a while before going back to the airport - nobody tells you this sort of thing at the hotel - but it was easy to negotiate late checkout at no extra cost.
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