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.
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