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“3 Nights at the King Fahd Palace” 4 of 5 stars
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King Fahd Palace
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Route des Almadies, Dakar NA, Senegal (Formerly Le Meridien President)   |  
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Ranked #22 of 41 Hotels in Dakar
Stirling, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“3 Nights at the King Fahd Palace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Hotel was good,rooms were very large but probably a bit tired and needing refurbishment. A/C system needs updating. Security was good and staff very pleasant in all areas. Very good pool and pool bar area.
Breakfast very varied and alot of choice.
Hotel shops very over priced.

Room Tip: Front of hotel, great ocean views.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Burlington, Vermont
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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355 helpful votes 355 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Stayed here for business in April 2013.

For the first few nights, I was in a room on the first floor facing the parking lot. I quietly and nicely asked for an upgrade each day. They kept telling me that they were full and to keep asking. On the 3rd day, they promptly moved me to the 6th floor facing the ocean. INCREDIBLE!

Yes, the rooms are dated a bit but with the environment surrounding the King Fahd and the pool area, and the golf course which parts of stick right out into the ocean, who needs to be in their room that much! The internet is spotty but during the worst times, i would bring my laptop to the lobby area and wifi was always available. I would say in the room, I had acess about 75 % of the time so be aware it is spotty at times. My shower was always hot and with good pressure.

BIG cost savings tip: upon my movement to a higher floor brought a stocked minibar with VERY HIGH prices. I asked the front desk to take the minibar away (I did not trust myself!) and in 10 minutes, they sent someone to my room and they cleaned out the minibar. I then used the fridge to stock fruit and yogurt etc. from the breakfast buffet. Breakfast is an add on of about $20 US funds but well worth it as they make eggs to order and omelettes. Tons of fruit, fresh crepes, bacon, bread, and everything else you can imagine.

Another cost savings tip, if you drink soda or water from the bar or pool area, they will cost you about $4 to $5 US funds each. I started visiting the local stand RIGHT across the street with the Coca Cola signs all over it. Sodas were 80cents and waters were 60c each!!!!!!! This hotel was a great place to walk from (the surrounding neighborhood is part mansions and part dirt poor shacks) but SAFE always during the day. At night, you need to either take a taxi or stay on hotel grounds. Just a tip. All in all, we had 1 pickpocket attempt but foiled due to us keeping our wallets in front pockets, and we had a few guys approach us very friendly like and try to say their wife had just given birth or they had just gotten married and that we should help them out. Just be polite or try to ignore these folks and they peel away from you qucikly if you are firm. If you show interest or curiosity or hold an item they hand you, you are in for some pestering. All in all, very walk friendly area if in group of 2 or more and very safe (even though it may not look it!).

Hotel has a great walking loop of 2 km that brings you around the ocean and to the sides of hotel and around the front. Bring walking shoes or sneakers! AWESOME stay! Management, security, staff, and front desk were wonderful!

Room Tip: if you are 1st floor or have a parking lot view then just keep politely asking for an upgrade to oce...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Hotel was OK - a bit second hand and needs some attention to bathrooms, lighting in rooms etc but generally nothing really to complain about - it is simply a bit tired. Did not use public areas much as was in the neighbouring conference venue which is reached by a complex set of lifts and corridors. Again, no real complaints.

The public areas were generally clean and the restaurants and bars had a decent range of options and not too expensive. Sea food, not surprisingly, was good.

staff helpful, polite and right level of attentiveness.

calling this average seems a bit harsh but overall fair, I would say that if you are going here on business and not for a holiday you will be fine, but as a holiday destination, it is a no. there is no beach - the coast is rocky - and the pool area is not conducive to spending a lot of time there.

Room Tip: on each floor the rooms from 17 to I guess about 27 have sea views - others may too,
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Food in amazing and hotel staff very friendly but the hotel beds needs changing as they are not very soft, and the security at the entrance were very rude n racist towards me because I was black n had to stop me anytime I m getting into the hotel, I complained and got no feedback.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HAWAII
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82 reviews 82 reviews
46 hotel reviews
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

It used to be the Meridien. It had noisy air cons, mosquitoes and a nice beach. Nothing has changed in 30 years. Beach is still nice, the air cons are still noisy and don't work well, and the mosquitoes are getting bigger. The room rates have sure gone up! The wifi is dial up speed. A joke. If you have to be in Dakar, this is an okay place to stay. I try to be a loyal customer, but I think it's time to move on and try someplace else. Had dinner at the Novotel and that place looked nice and smelled good. Next time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lagos
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111 reviews 111 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This hotel scores a poor mark from me due to one singular reason. Poor internet access in the rooms!
I stayed at the hotel in November with my husband. It was my first time in Dakar. Beautiful city.
Our room was a suite. Well appointed, a bit dated in the design but very comfortable. The hotel food was good and i enjoyed the buffets by the pool side.
My main disappointment was with the internet access. Even when we complained and someone finally came to check the room. It was still very poor.
Many times i had to go out of my room into the lobby area to use my laptop at odd hours of the day. For a business hotel, this is totally unacceptable. How did they expect the guests to complete important email related transactions when lodged at the hotel.
But for this, the hotel would have scored 4/5.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, England
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I spent five nights here on business. There is good and bad. Bad was the internet connection, which was irritatingly inconsistent. Worse were the mosquitoes in the room; despite all precautions I was bitten every night. The room was large but in need of a revamp. The a/c was noisy and didn't work properly. For those attending conferences, note that you need a map and guide to reach the conference centre from the lobby area.

Very good were the staff, who tried hard and mostly succeeded. Outstanding was the pool area and sea view. Try to get a room with a view of the pool/sea. The restaurant next to the pool is recommended, particularly at lunchtime. The fish is excellent, but I would avoid ordering red wine as it seems to be stored in a refrigerator from the day it is bought until the day it is served, and doesn't enjoy a happy life.

The hotel is about 25 minutes from the harbour in Dakar, but only 10-15 minutes from the airport. There is a shuttle to the airport. Taxis are ancient death traps but there isn't much option.

Room Tip: Ask for a view over the pool or the tennis courts.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about King Fahd Palace

Address: Route des Almadies, Dakar NA, Senegal (Formerly Le Meridien President)
Location: Senegal > Dakar Region > Dakar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Dakar
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Dakar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — King Fahd Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 374
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Also Known As:
King Fahd Palace Hotel Dakar
Le Meridien Hotel Dakar
Dakar Le Meridien
Le Meridien Dakar

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