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“Seems nice, but it isn't”
Review of Hotel Tata Somba

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Hotel Tata Somba
Reviewed January 5, 2014

My husband stayed at this hotel in 2 opportunities during december 2013. We came from very basic hotels in small cities and villages around Benin and we were very happy when we first saw the hotel (relatively big, swiming pool):
What a disapointment when we entered the rooms. They asigned us a room with a double bed and a single bedm which was not really a bed (the matress was directly on the floor). All the shutters were closed and could not be opened, so the room was very dark. Half of the lamps were broken and didn't work, which made the darkness worse. No water came from the hand basin. I asked for another room and it was almost the same, but had al least water to wash your hands.
The second time we came I asked for a room with more light. The gave us one with one shutteer opened, but all you could see behind the glass of the window was dirt, dead insects, etc.
None of the rooms was clean or had all the lights functioning OK. I asked for a light bulb to be replaced and they said they didn't have one and it was normaly sent from Cotonou!
At the restaurant they only had 2 or 3 choises for the whole menu.
The only reason I give 2 stars to this hotel is because it had hot water, a real luxury in Benin

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank kokacha
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We had a reservation, but when we arrived neither of our rooms had water. Did they forget to turn it on? When it came, the water was brown...hadn't been used for a while. For two of us, we had one towel. (Forget bathmat or hand towel, and if you like washcloths, bring your own - not seen in W. Africa) We asked for another tower and had to show the guy that really, we only had one. Our bed lamps didn't work. Finally, by taking from another room and moving another lamp in our room we got bedside lamps. The room looked okay, w/some W Africa decoration. AC worked. The hotel felt kind of creepy, well past its glory days and now empty and in decline. The second night another family showed up, and it felt a little better to be there. In their favor, the pool was clean and a staff were out blowing fallen leaves away in the mornings. The area around the pool was nicely landscaped, and there were some really attractive trees. Dining was outside, which is fine for daytime, but at night the mosquitos pose too great a threat. The indoor dining room was terrible. There were two large air conditioners, but we were told that neither of them work. (Could it be they didn't want to turn them on for just the 3 of us?) The fish we were served was the worst we had during our month in W Africa, tasting dry, fishy and oily all at once, and with bones to spare! We had protein bars in our room later. There was a wood carving seller across the drive, with some very nice older items. We bought stools. There were masks and wood statues as well as other items. If you are shopping, check it out!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank lsmkw
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

The room we stayed in was large and clean. The bathroom was adequate with warm and cold water. Service seems OK, however, we were not explained that we needed to turn our boiler on, so we only had cold water. The hotel has a pool and is relatively luxurious. The biggest disadvantage was the bed; it was stone-hard. Not good for a night's sleep.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Ruud F
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is supposed to be the best hotel in town. This is probably true as far as the rooms are concerned, because rooms in other hotels are smaller and still les well equiped. Apart from that, you immediately feel that you are in a stateowned hotel. Given this situation, the staff is not so bad at all, but the atmosphere still made us decide to have dinner somewhere else in Natitingo

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
Thank JosvanA
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is supposed to be the best hotel in town, but there was no water nor electricity in the afternoon - evidently they do not use a backup generator. The a la carte dinners were very overpriced (maybe the set menu is better), the drinks expensive, and the service slow even by local standards. However, the swimming pool was OK and the breakfast buffet quite good.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 7, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled with family
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Thank Carlos O
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Reviewed April 18, 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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Thank Jose Mariano A
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Additional Information about Hotel Tata Somba

Address: Quartier Tchirinmina, Natitingou, Benin
Location: Benin > Atakora Department > Natitingou
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Natitingou
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Hotel Tata Somba Benin/Natitingou

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