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“Intimate and fun.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bogobiri House Lagos

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Bogobiri House Lagos
9 Maitatma Sule, Lagos, Nigeria   |  
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Ranked #16 of 68 hotels in Lagos
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Intimate and fun.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

In the chaos and bustle of Lagos, this is a tranquil and laid back place to stay. The friendliness of the staff and the service they provide was the best I received in Nigeria. The food was excellent - although the soups are toward the far end end of the blow-your-head-off heat scale. The room was clean, quirky and very comfortable. There was live music the night I stayed and the bar/restaurant quickly filled with smartly dressed locals enjoying the music and the close, intimate vibe.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ottawa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I can't recommend this place more. It is NOT a four star hotel, but it gives you a true Lagos experience. There used to be a really nice restaurant/bar across the street that played brilliant live music, including afrobeat legend Tony Allen.
If this place is still around, that makes Bogobiri worth it, all on its own. Even if it's not, there are good restaurants within easy walking distance on Awolowo Road. Don't bother trying to drive if there's a go-slow (traffic jam) you'll hoof it faster on foot.

Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

I stayed at Bogobiri for 3 weeks and really got to know the place and the staff. By the time I left it really was like a second home.
Its a small place and so its easy to get things done and find people to do them. This is great because while the staff are lovely, things dont run by any set pattern, so its good that everyone is friendly and approachable. My dirty washing was rarely picked up by the cleaner, so I often had to deliver it myself. When I wanted my washing back it was easier to go and get it than to wait for it to come (it never did).
The place is frequented by artists and journalists.. Lots of people with dreadlocks.. and the bar next door (a spin-off from the hotel) hosts spoken word and open mike nights, so its that kind of crowd..
My room was right next to the main bar/restaurant. This was a little annoying on Thurs/Fri/Saturday nights when there are a lot of people coming for evening drinks and a meal. Theyd often try my door thinking it was the toilet. Also there is a band that plays on weekend nights and while they too are lovely and the music is good I found it way too loud (and Im not even old or anything!). You'd do well to make sure you arent in that room.
The restaurant is small and intimate but they take FAR too long to serve any food. The quickest it got was 30 minutes.. But sometimes you have to wait for over an hour to get your food. This is particularly annoying at breakfast time and they really should have a breakfast buffet to save business customers time in the mornings.
The place was generally well looked after, but it could do with more hands-on management style. While I was there the main boss was away and I think it (like many other Nigerian businesses) needs a strong hand to keep an eye on the day-to-day running of the place.
I felt safe and didnt have anything stolen in my time there.
The prices are negotiable - especially if you're in a group or staying a longer period of time.
The wi-fi is very dodgy. Would drop in and out all the time. Sometimes a simple 10 minute skype chat could take 30 minutes and leave you feeling very frustrated.
I am pleased I stayed there and would go back if Im working in this part of Nigeria again.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms on the ground floor.. Can be noisy.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

My third trip to Lagos saw me seeking out this guesthouse which now has a second venue attached - Bogobiri House II. Just as welcoming as the original 10-room boutique Bogobiri hotel, Bogo II has a large live music room, a back terrace, six new guest rooms, plus the upstairs Nimbus Art Centre, which was getting its finishing touches for an end of June opening when I visited. In a nutshell, this place is a real Ikoyi find. Whether they know it or not, the owners have hit on a winning formula, with Nigerian and other African art displayed throughout both venues, live music most nights (from many of Nigeria's lyrical pioneers), an enticing restaurant menu, friendly staff and an international palette of guests from writers, to musicians, artists, business people or just regular Lagosians who are just passing through. Well worth a visit.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

It's tough to find decent - and decently priced - hotels in Lagos, and you could do worse than the Bogobiri. But it's no longer what it's cracked up to be in the guidebooks or on some of the reviews here.

True, Bogobiri goes for African cachet, with art on the walls and a mini restaurant that hosts local musicians. But the rooms are in desperate need of a face-lift, and management no longer seems to care.

In mine, the furniture was worn, the bathroom fixtures were falling apart, the closets looked dirty, and I had to fix the Venetian blinds myself to make them work. Halfway through my stay, the bed literally collapsed; a receptionist said it could not be fixed because it was a weekend. There were no lamps except one very bright, ugly ceiling lamp.

Bogobiri's staff is nice and helpful, and the dining room has a good vibe, with live music on weekends and a nice mix of people. But the food is very average and service is glacial.

Perhaps most shocking are the rates. What you pay at Bogobiri would get you a decent room in cities like Paris or even New York. Except that in those cities, you can use credit cards: At Bogobiri, the machine always appears to be out of order, so you find yourself withdrawing massive stacks of cash at the nearby banks on Awolowo Road.

All in all, it's not terrible, but it has the feel of a budget hotel, which it most definitely is not. Better to spend even a bit more and get a nice hotel.

Finally, a general word of warning: Quite a few reviews about Nigerian hotels - on this site and elsewhere - are quite transparently fraudulent.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2010

My experience at Bogobiri was very nice. I stayed there for four weeks and i must say, it beats the experience I have had in most the hotels in Lagos. So much originality, culture, art and the staff are very helpful. The food is really good. Live music on some days. This one of the hidden gems of Lagos.

I would definitely stay there again on my next visit to Lagos.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

I arrived at Bogobiri House, for what would prove to be an extended working trip to Nigeria. To say that the hotel is a home from home, does not fully reflect the overall experience; what Bogobiri House does so well is give residents African hospitality at its very best.

It does not take long for the friendly and efficient staff to remember your name and particular preferences. My room was clean, always immaculately made up and room service was speedy and where necessary discreet. On a practical level, the hotel did not suffer, by virtue of fully operational back up generators, from lapses of of light and electrical power which is a frequent problem in Lagos.

In terms of decor, all the rooms were beautifully appointed with locally made furniture and the very best contemporary west african art adorned the walls, some of which was for sale. In a city where a plethora of hotels have opened offering an anodyne, not particularly unique and sterile experience, one actually felt that some of the immense heart and soul that makes up Lagos and a larger extent Nigeria was on display in these unique but defining touches.

A number of ex-pat workers took up lengthy residence like myself and many were repeat visitors: a testament to the owners' keeping their eyes focused on ensuring that customer satisfaction is met and that they go above and beyond to exceed expectations. Also of note are the room rates, extremely reasonable given the average prices in the Ikoyi and Victoria Island areas. Other highlights were the lobby bar with band playing afrobeat inspired music, the restaurant that served delicious traditional and continental food, and an ambience that engendered conversation amongst guests and local customers alike. However, if you are in need of quiet the upstairs rooms are preferable to the ones on the ground floor.

I would definitely visit Bogobiri House again, and would recommend it both for business or pleasure. In a city that can be very stressful for a traveller it gets so many things right from an international standard perspective, whilst remaining very much a reflection of its location.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9 Maitatma Sule, Lagos, Nigeria
Location: Nigeria > Lagos State > Lagos
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Ranked #16 of 68 hotels in Lagos

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