This review is based on several stays at the Alvalade. The Alvalade was once the best hotel in Luanda, but other newer hotels have robbed its business. All air crews used to stay at the Alvalade, but most have now moved to the Talatona closer to the airport. Check in can be an ordeal, as staff speaks only Portuguese and credit cards are a mystery. Maintenance & cleanliness can be an issue as some rooms smell moldy. Air conditioning doesn’t always work. Beds are rock-hard, pillows are flat and sheets can be scratchy. Hot water is usually an issue in the morning. Cable TV has limited non-Portuguese stations and is sometimes out of service. For dinner, the only option is a $75 buffet.On the plus side, the breakfast buffet is excellent and the hotel is safe and in a good area of Luanda. On weekends, the Alvalade often hosts weddings & other gatherings so can be quite noisy. It can take 45 minutes to reach the Alvalade from the airport in morning rush hour traffic, a distance of only a few miles (hotel is visible from the airport). There are newer options in Luanda, so shop around. For what you will be paying, you can find better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A COMPELLING DESTINATION FOR VISITORS TO LUANDA Hotel Alvalade is an excellent choice for visitors to Luanda, whether for business or leisure. The combination of modern architecture, ease of access, great hospitality and welcoming atmosphere is sure to impress guests. A mere 5 minutes from the “4 de Fevreiro” international airport, this Hotel contains 188 rooms and 14 Junior Suites with Wireless internet, a restaurant, two bars, a Conference Centre and many services to ensure you have a pleasant stay. Comfortable, large and well equipped, here you may easily plan meetings, welcome clients or simply relax after a long work day in the city. Choose a room with Luanda Island views and experience the magnificent Angolan sunset. A truly unique experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alvalade Hotel Hotel Luanda
- Alvalade Hotel Luanda