I stayed at the Hawthorn Suites twice for several weeks at a time. Once in August 2010 and again in November/December 2010. It is only a 10-15 walk from Treasury House. I stayed at 3 different places in Abuja and this was the best for me.
The hotel is quite newly renovated so everything is clean and in working order. The kitchenette has only a microwave and mini-bar but I made do. The room/suite is spacious and comfortable. The table and chairs serve comfortably as a computer work centre. The beds are comfortable too - not those nasty foam slabs on wooden platforms that seem to be in all the hotels in Nigeria.
I had one incident where a male staff member seemed to be imposing himself into my room but I ejected him and, after speaking to the manager, it did not happen again. When I left the window open, a lizard crawled up the wall and into my room on the 3rd floor - but I knew it would not hurt me - this is Nigeria after all...
My only complaint is about the fitness centre. It is located in a small building in the back garden. The windows do not shut properly and the air conditioner is not adequate, so it is impossible to cool it. The staff do not turn on the air conditioning so even if I went there well after the opening time, the room would be stiffling hot. I even tried calling ahead and asking to have the air conditioning turned on so that it would cool off a bit for me to go down 30 minutes later. They would say they were doing it but no one ever did. I found that in Nigeria people cannot say no. So they say yes whether they are going to follow through or not. It was frustrating but it is their culture and I had to adapt.
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- Excellent full service extended stay hotel in the heart of Abuja. ... more less
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