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“EXCEPT FOR THE CONNECTIVITY” 3 of 5 stars
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Farid Hotel Restaurant Dakar
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   51 rue Vincens, Dakar 99, Senegal   |  
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Ranked #16 of 40 Hotels in Dakar
Nairobi, Kenya
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60 hotel reviews
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“EXCEPT FOR THE CONNECTIVITY”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

This small, 29 room hotel has much to recommend it. The location is central. The restaurant, with a nice Mediterranean ambience and with live music on Thursday and Sunday nights, serves quite decent Lebanese and continental cuisine. The rooms are clean and well appointed; the cable is quite decent for francophones, but has only CNN for the rest of us.

My problem was that I couldn't get steady connectivity for the first 2 days of my 4 day stay. I was invited to try the business center, but it, too, had only sporadic connectivity.
Do not check into this hotel without taking out your laptop at the reception and verifying that the Internet is working.

At $100 per night, B/B, a decent value when the Internet is connected.

Room Tip: Upper stories keep you away from the nocturnal road noise.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Norway
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

A simple choise if you want to stay down town and close to the harbour, and not want to use too much money. Safe also for singel female travellers. Basic, but clean. Good kitchen. Service is slow and not very professional, but not unfriendly. Many good restaurants nearby. I have tried this several times, with and withour family, and feel at home here. Run by lebanese.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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London, England
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The expression 'damning by faint praise' comes to mind with this hotel! Yes it's less expensive than others, yes it's near the market and close enough to the centre, yes the WiFi works in your room, yes the restaurant serves reasonably priced food for dinner and has an edible breakfast, yes the staff speak sufficient english, yes the rooms are clean enough (just) yes, yes, yes, but why not have staff that have some professional attitude towards the guests? Why not have a chef who actually whisks the eggs when he makes an omelet, rather than just crack 2 eggs into a cup, show a fork to them and then dump it in a pool of fat on a frying pan. Am I being too 'picky' here? Probably. It might have helped matters if the front staff hadn't spoken incredibly rudely about my wife in their local language, Wolof, assuming that she didn't understand when in fact she speaks the language fluently. This is a bad attitude and colours my view of the hotel. On a more objective note, I'd not recommend this area for those who don't know Dakar well or who are generally nervous about walking around African cities at night. During the day it's fine but once it's dark, and the market traders are all gone home, it's not really a place most WASP's would walk about in at ease, particularly if you don't speak French, or Wolof! Will I stay there again? No. I'll go back to the area where the IBIS hotel is. It's more expensive, by a small margin really, but is much more pleasant as well as being a better and safer walk back from the centre.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Quite a decent place and can lay claim to having one of the best restaurants in town too. Conveniently located and reasonably priced too. Rooms - neat and clean. friendly staff and multilingual too- english, spanish, French etc. Can organise for late night airport pick ups and other such arrangements.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had an excellent time staying at the Hotel Farid. The staff were very friendly and could not have been more helpful. On arrival our experience of Dakar airport was so painless, contrary to expectations, I'm not sure whether arranging the hotel transit was strictly necessary but it certainly made things more straightforward. The hotel is well situated, has a bureau de change right opposite, and the Lebanese restaurant over the road was superb. We'd certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chennai, India.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

I heard a lot about the reviews & decided to try on night.nthe price is cheap at $60 for dakar but the service is also cheap.
Had a chap at the reception who Seemed the most inhospitable person I have ever seen. Harly any one staying there & I don't wonder why. I hope the owner reads & changes the chap sitting there. I was give a room 10 & the room stinks & the ac does not work called the guy & he said be patient. Requested to chnage my room & he had no answer.
Thank god I am staying here just for the night.
I will never ever come here again & will not recommend this place to anyone.

Stayed November 2012
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14 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We stayed here three times last year, over a two week period. Excellent mid-class option. Lobby staff are really friendly and helpful. We initially arrived late in the night, like 3 or 4 a.m., without incident: after ringing a bell, someone opened the door and checked us in.

Clean rooms, well organized, no complaints.

On our last visit, they were just about fully booked and so we had no choice but to take one of their older rooms. These are definitely to be avoided if possible: ask in advance for one that has been renovated and you’ll be much more comfortable.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Farid Hotel Restaurant Dakar

Address: 51 rue Vincens, Dakar 99, Senegal
Location: Senegal > Dakar Region > Dakar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 40 Hotels in Dakar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Farid Hotel Restaurant Dakar 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel-restaurant in Dakar, Senegal: Business, Downtown, Online booking, free internet access – Wi-Fi access, taxi services (pick up at airport), change office at hotel. ... more   less 
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