One won't see a signboard for the Colonades Hotel, located at 21 Kingsway, Ikoyi, Lagos and that is the way the management wants it. This hotel, located in the high brow, tony Ikoyi section of Lagos, across the lagon from Victoria Island and close to the now hip Lekki area, is quiet, secluded, and secure. Well set back from busy Kingsway, one of Ikoyi's main streets, with high walls and massive Royal Palm trees dominating the grounds, the hotel is much more like a private apartment residence than a hotel. Its privately owned, not branded, and does not seek out the casual or holiday tourist. It is targeted at the corporate business market. The guests are there on business for the multinationals, at corporate training seminars, or a contractor or consultant for one of the foreign consulates. A mix of corporate Nigerians and expatriates populate the hotel. The ambience is one of a apartment complex, with a small reception, a small and unassuming upstairs bar, and a cozy multi room dining area. Don't expect alot of socializing with other guests who are either in their rooms working, or resting after a long day and the exhaustion of sitting in Lagos traffic. If one wants entertainment, they have to leave the hotel grounds for it. The hotel includes a large swimming pool adjacent to the main building with a nice evening bar patronized primarily by the hotel guests. The food is surprisingly good and includes continental and Nigerian dishes. The rooms are fairly large, adequately appointed with cable TV, the mini fridge, and tea service. Internet is free but the wireless is spotty in some parts of the hotel with internet cable preferable for many. The staff is pleasant and professional. My room cost was $175 per night with breakfast, internet, and tea service included. That's fairly reasonable by Lagos expatriate business standards. Lagos is not an inexpensive town and as Nigeria benefits from a combination of top dollar prices for its petrol and a renewed international interest in doing business with Nigerian, expect to pay international prices for the better hotels. There are now several new international branded hotels in Lagos, on Victoria Island and Lekki. But for the quiet and comfort of Ikoyi, this is among the best to stay at for the price. Finding it may be the bigger challenge. As an old Nigeria hand, I recommend this hotel.
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