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“Outstanding boutique guesthouse” 4 of 5 stars
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La Demeure
Route de ngor | Almadies, Dakar 30000, Senegal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 39 hotels in Dakar
London, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding boutique guesthouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The service at La Demeure, and the rooms were excellent. The roof terrace was a real treat, and the honesty bar is a nice touch. There's a lovely room of 'objets' for sale, the staff are super friendly and the breakfast was delicious. There are LOTS of mosquitoes, but the rooms come with mosquito nets and room spray. Very convenient for the airport, Almadies, the surf beaches.

Room Tip: I suspect the ground floor rooms have worse mozzies than the rooms higher up.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Abuja, Nigeria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

All I can say is: Le Demeure is Excellent on every count! Madam Fanta , she really knows what the art is all about and what the hospitality is all about. We are a family of mom, dad and 2 kids and stayed for 5 nights for vacation. Other guests seemed to be there for business so we were worried if our small girl would disturb the quiet environment but the staff were all very helpful, kind and friendly. The decor, furnitures of every corner in the house is just breathtaking and easy access to the main road and beaches. As much as I want to keep this beautiful petit palace secret, I want all the good people to experience Senegal with them. Superb!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

La Demeure feels like staying at the home of your most stylish, hospitable friend. The owners have furnished and decorated it in an a quirky, modern, African style. I was in Dakar as a tourist, but could have happily spent lots of time just relaxing around the various spaces, whether in my airy, spacious room (Casablanca) or by the small pool courtyard, the ground floor lounge area or the roof terrace - all of which had their own distinct look and feel. Alot of my fellow guests seemed to be in Dakar for business - and as someone who often travels for business myself I would definitely recommend for such travellers, as there was excellent wifi and some quiet areas to work if necessary.

The owners and staff were all extremely helpful - advising on finding ATMs, taxis and also alternative accomodation for my final night (unfortunately La Demeure was fully booked then). The breakfast was a typical french-style affair of coffee, croissants, bread and eggs and I liked that they would serve it up to midday - a definite plus in a city where the nightlife usually goes into the wee small hours. Dinner could be prepared if pre-ordered in the morning - I didn't get a chance to try it, but I did hear good reports.

I agree with one of the recent reviews which highlights that the rooms cannot be classed as 'luxury' - if you want complementary toiletries, dressing gowns, hair-dryer, mini-bar, an iron, trouser press etc then probably should look elsewhere - such as the new Raddison Blu - but of course expect to pay a whole lot more. But rest assured that the rooms are beautifully and individually decorated, comfortable, spotlessly clean and well maintained, and come with all the key elements that matter (to me): constant hot water, safe, TV, a fridge and mosquito nets.

The location is another thing to consider carefully. It is in the upmarket Almadies part of Dakar - which is where alot of the city's hippest bars, clubs and restaurants are. There are also some beautiful beaches around Ngor and great sea front seafood restaurants at Point de Almadies - all within walking distance or a short taxi ride away. If you are into surfing or fishing - this is also a good place to be. However, it is a good 20 minutes taxi journey which will cost you at least 3000-3500 CFA per journey, and probably more at night - so if you want to be closer to central Dakar, then again might want to choose somewhere in another district. But taxis are plentiful and I was advised fairly safe - I took several late at night and never had any problems.

Overall, the four days I spent in La Demeure were key to the great time I spent in Dakar - I didn't want to leave, and I'd certainly return next time I'm in town - which I hope will not be too far away.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FANTA T, Propriétaire at La Demeure, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Google Translation
un grand merci pour tout ces compliments et votre descrition complète de l endroit nous sommes tres heureux de savoir que vous avez passé un excellent sejour chez nous
et nous sommes aussi très impatient de vous revoir et de partager un verre avec vous
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My son and I stayed in the Casablanca suite with a king bed and two twins. The staff are fantastic and the breakfast on the terrace is great. The hotel is well decorated. Note that this is not a "modern" facility - there are no windows, just shutters over screens, no shampoo in the bathroom, and the finishes aren't luxury. I found it to be great but am stating this as others may differ.The hotel is set back from the main street on a dirt road in a residential neighborhood near a mosque that is under construction. There are plenty of restaurants and such to walk to, I recommend Restaurant N'gor about 1.5km away. Central Dakar is a 20 minute cab ride away that costs about $6. The owner Fanta is amazing and even drove us to an ATM and then the airport when our US credit card didn't work (no chip & pin!).

Room Tip: Casablanca suite is great.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed for 15 days and enjoyed it very much. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff is friendly and service very nice. The breakfasts are copious and delicious. The facilities are very much geared to a relaxing and comfortable stay whether for business or vacation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dakar
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I have stayed for several nights at this Chambre d'hote à Ngor/Almadies in Dakar. It is perfect if you want a calm place while discovering the city. I specially enjoy the amazing terrace with sea view and self-service bar. The rooms are clean, spacious and very nicely decorated. The breakfast is also great: fresh fruit salad, omelette by order, freshly baked bread... Very nice and friendly staff. The area is nice - very close to some cool night clubs, but with some distance from the sea and the city center. There are always taxis around, so I still prefer this thanks to the great terrace and nice pool. Also possible to get a bigger room (apartment with living room) including kitchen. Great for a family!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I stayed for a few days at La Demeure in June 2012 and truly enjoyed it. The staff is helpful, the rooftop terrasse is a great place to work, read, eat breakfast and watch the ocean. The room are spacious and well decorated. Taxis are easy to find at the nearby roundabout.
The only downside were the mosquitoes in the room, which made the bednet invaluable.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Route de ngor | Almadies, Dakar 30000, Senegal
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Location: Senegal > Dakar Region > Dakar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 39 hotels in Dakar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nested in the heart of the Almadies in Dakar, Senegal, an up-scale and quiet neighbourhood where life is enjoyable, this charming bed & breakfast offers an intimate and warm surrounding and a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. La Demeure is the ideal solution to those who look for a breath of authenticity associated with a flawless comfort, far from the standardized hotel business. ... more   less 
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