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Big Faim Hotel

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Av Leopold Sedar, Thies Senegal
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Alexander W wrote a review Aug 2017
London, United Kingdom139 contributions28 helpful votes
I very much enjoyed my stay at the Big Faim Hotel. I had decided to break up the long sept-place journey from Saint-Louis to Dakar by stopping overnight in Thies, and was so very glad that I did. Not only is the city worth an overnight stop, the Big Faim Hotel was one of the most comfortable and affordable hotels I stayed at during my travels around West Africa. The staff and service are both highly professional, and the building is sparklingly clean and presentable. The thing that stood out for me the most though was the room - it was huge, very clean, quiet, extremely comfortable, and very tastefully decorated. The bed overflowed with fluffy pillows, duvet and white sheets, and proved most comfortable. The only small issue I had was that the room door was quite thin, making conversations in the corridor and nearby door slammings a little too audible - perhaps just a recommendation for some sound-proof door fittings... The attached restaurant downstairs was also a welcome bonus, serving a delicious buffet breakfast in the morning, and excellent meals at all other times. Thank you for a very comfortable stay.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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SuhailMuhammad wrote a review Feb 2016
Dakar, Senegal9 contributions12 helpful votes
This is a nice little pace to stay. Rooms are clean and well arranged. little bit darker though. Decoration is good. Swimming pool is useless. Restaurant is fine including the Breakfast menu. Room service from restaurant is not available which is a bit disappointing. Internet dint work properly in the rooms.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Rooms towards service road are a little bit quite compared to rooms on main road side.
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dakar34 wrote a review Jan 2016
Dakar, Senegal37 contributions7 helpful votes
The room was clean but very dark. You have to turn on the water heater yourself and wait for two hours before hot water becomes available. Opening the windows is a bad idea: lots of cars and trucks outside, noise and smoke come in. Noise doesn't stop during night. The is a swimming pool but it's behind the kitchen amid a lot of rubbish. The restaurant is also very dark, lots of fried things and they tend to reuse oil many times. Maybe it was a nice hotel few years ago.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: rooms in front of the main street are extremely noisy
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notpassive wrote a review Sep 2014
California221 contributions111 helpful votes
While most hotels in Senegal would rate poorly in western countries, we found this hotel to be just fine for a Senegal accommodation. The air conditioning worked well, staff was very friendly and helpful (especially if you spoke a little Wolof) and even in a driving rainstorm the room was watertight and we only lost power for a little while. The large bed was firm and comfortable. The breakfast includes some eggs along with bread and jams (and real coffee au lait! - a pleasure after many days in the interior) and juice. The hotel is walking distance from a very nice tapestry exhibition hall (about 2 km away) and a clean park area about 1 km away. The area of the city is swept and kept relatively clean compared to other cities and villages we visited. The pool was empty, a disappointment in very hot weather. Big Faim compared well with the best accommodation our daughter had enjoyed doing business in Thies - she says Massa Massa was a better hotel and restaurant but it was closed for our stay.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: We were in rooms 110 and 105 and they were fine, clean and quiet enough.. Our colleague was in...
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oneyearoff wrote a review Aug 2014
San Jose, CA255 contributions107 helpful votes
We were delighted to find this clean and stylish hotel on the main street in tree-lined Thies. We had two rooms, and both were pristine clean and well maintained. The beds are a bit hard, but the sheets and towels are high quality. Nice artwork in the rooms and in the halls. The room comes with a buffet breakfast that includes omelets, fruit, pastries, etc. Downstairs is the Big Faim restaurant (indoors and outdoors) with a big selection of decent food (I've had the pasta and now I'm eating a jambon crepe, both good). They have ice cream and a large assortment of french pastries. Behind the hotel/restaurant is a small swimming pool, but unfortunately for us, it was drained for repairs during our stay. The hotel staff is efficient, although not particularly warm or friendly. There's not much English spoken here, but luckily our daughter (traveling with us) is fluent in French so we had no issues when she is with us. The woman in charge of the breakfast room is very nice, trying to help us pronounce Woolof words. Free wifi is strong both in the rooms and the restaurant, although it does go down occasionally and comes back a few hours later. Thies itself is delightful, especially the downtown, with its paved streets and mature trees lining the boulevards. There seems to be an obsession with washing cars, as we saw many late model cars being washed everywhere we went on the main street (Av Leopold Sedar). Merchants are also constantly sweeping and washing their storefronts, which makes it the cleanest city we've seen so far in Senegal. We were seldom approached by people trying to sell us things. Even the kids holding out their hands for money quickly left us alone with just a simple "no." Wander up the street for about 15 minutes and you come to the bustling market area. Even here, at the shops that line Av Charles de Gaulle, people were washing and sweeping their shops. Behind the street was an enormous market, packed with people, taxis, donkey carts and motoscooters. A highlight has been a visit to the Manufacturers Senegaliaisses des Arts Decoratifs. Wow! Spectacular, tapestries, made on the sprawling and leafy grounds, are displayed in a soaring exhibit hall. All around are buildings where we were able to watch the tapestries being made by hand, with friendly staff trying to explain the workings to us. Don't miss this.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Room Tip: Our room faced the street (with a balcony) but they've done a good job soundproofing so we...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Faim Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Big Faim Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Village Artisanal de Thies (0.9 miles).
What food & drink options are available at Big Faim Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Big Faim Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Massa Massa, Le Pamanda, and Le Croissant Magique.