This was my first trip to Abuja & I stayed here with my Nigerian partner for 5 nights. The hotel is gorgeous & very elegant. Security is good & there are guards on each floor of the hotel. The location is okay. There is a market near by & I'm a white female & felt safe walking around the streets on my own. The bedroom was beautiful & spacious with very high ceilings. The bathroom could do with upgrading but it was fine. The pool area was a bit disappointing, there were only 2 sunloungers & both were broken. We wanted to have lunch by the pool one day & it was reserved for a Nigerian function, we hadn't been told about this & no section was reserved for hotel guests which seeems ridiculous. We used the gym & it needs maintaining as the equipment needed to be oiled before we used them & my partner ended up with oil on his tracksuit but we still enjoyed it. The only main disaster I had with this hotel was with the restaurant. I'm European & struggled with the food in Nigeria; however Hotel De Bently do a buffet dinner & lunch which is fabulous. The food is of good quality & there is a good choice so it's worth paying the extra money for it. The first night we had the buffet dinner we were told to help ourselves & as there was fruit juice on display with the food we had some. I paid the bill at the end & then the waiter told my partner the juice was 500 Naira a glass and he expected us to pay for 4 glasses as we drank 2 each! I refused as it was the hotel's mistake for not putting a price on the juice or covering it. We didn't even go up for food seconds & we could have eaten twice or three times the amount of food & staff wouldn't have minded but it was a problem taking juice which was on display! On our last day I decided I didn't want the buffet breakfast, just cornflakes, so I asked the same waiter should I help myself & he told me to go ahead & take the cornflakes. Then 2 minutes later he came over to me & told me the chef said I had to pay the full buffet price as I took the cornflakes from the buffet section! There is obviously a lack of management in the restaurant & no apology was given until we asked for one! When we were leaving, I pointed out a few cockroaches on the floor of the restauarnt to the waiter & he said he would sort it, so hopefully he has. The hotel has drivers who can take you on sightseeing trips, we did a lovely trip around Abuja & then decided to pay extra money (expensive!) to go to a waterfall. We drove for hours up the mountains & when we finally arrived, it was the wrong place (the driver didn't know the way) & security said "no whites" were allowed beyond the gate. This was very disappointing & the hotel should ensure all drivers know the way to attractions they advertise. The stairwell badly needs painting. The hotel is expensive & we only stayed here because they had a half price Easter offer. For the half price offer, I'd definitely stay here again but the full price would be a bit much for more than 1 or 2 nights. All in all, we enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel De Bently is a contemporary, fashionable hotel – the absolute choice for the style-conscious guest. Inspired by cutting edge design, the hotel captures the imagination with its vibrant and creative environment. A unique hotel experience, from the designer bedrooms, sumptuous Fine Dining Restaurant, to the industrial-chic destination bar, Hotel de Bentley sets out to be very different whilst at the same time, offering exceptional quality and service throughout every aspect. Hotel De Bently is a spectacular luxury 5 star hotel. Superbly located with unique panoramic views over the new Abuja City of Utako and just a gemstone's throw away from the central district of Abuja, Hotel De Bently represents a first for a hotel of this standard in the City. ... more less
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