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Hotel Meumi Palace
Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in Yaounde
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19 reviews
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“Not my choice”
Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

I was meant to stay here for a week but I found the service and facilities in a pathetic state. They have a new block (I think) but I was offered the old block and so my comments are based on the old. The room space was good but the walls are aged and not attended to. Upon arrival I was given keys to find my one way to my room. At 2230hrs someone just unlocked my door to my shock. I was in room 210 and he apologised that he got lost. I could not understand how that happened. When I raised it with reception they did not seem alarmed and I left the next morning. The breakfast was said to be buffet but you are only allowed one piece if bread. A lot more needs to be done to maintain the potential in this centrally located hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

The first point to make is yes, this is Africa, and sometimes the lack of infrastructure can contribute to a less-than-perfect experience. So when there was no water on the first morning of my visit, it took it in my stride, waited an hour, and when it still did not return asked at reception for a bucket of cold water to wash (I had to go down the four floors to reception as the room telephone did not work). After waiting over an hour the water had not arrived and after a second visit to remind them it finally appeared.

The overall grimy appearance of the hotel does nothing to make it welcoming. The yellow-painted walls in the rooms and the public areas are FILTHY and would only need a good coat of paint to make them more attractive. As I walked down the corridor to my room on arrival, I passed a vacant room with the door open, to see a rodent (small rat or very big mouse) scurrying away. My crummy room had a hose on the wall with a shower attachment, but no shower basin or bath. I asked for a different room, and was given one with a hand-held shower again, but this time over a bath. The room itself was no better though - just generally dingy and with no seat on the toilet. The 'air conditioning' was a proper fitted unit, but operated only as a fan and did not cool the room at all. A colleague had air conditioning, but it was very noisy.

I have to say, though, that the bedding was clean, and despite what other reviewers say, the wifi in the room worked ok, if a bit slow.

The inclusive breakfast was a croissant or bread with jam and coffee. Other items could be ordered at extra cost. I ordered an omelette which was tasty, as was the evening meal I ate there.

I would not recommend this hotel to anyone, and am sure that there are far better places to stay in Yaounde.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Montreal, Canada
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40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2012

I have stayed here on many occasions, the staff is terrible, they lack manners and treat you like garbage. The rooms are in need of renovation and cleaning. Stay elsewhere this place is the worst for the money they are asking.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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133 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2012

First of all its useful to note that Meumi Palace is have a large new wing added at present (passed by August '12), this means there are works, dust and noise during the day. It might also mean it will add new and better rooms to the current crop.
In a way Meumi Palace should be a top place as it is located smack in the middle of the Bastos district near all the embassies and the NGO/UN offices. However the owner seems to have spent his time in hibernation during the last decade as most rooms are in serious need of refurbishing, as does the restaurant, the Wi-Fi and cable TV.
The rooms are of a nice size and reasonably priced (not great value for money though), however most rooms are now mouldy and could seriously do with overhaul not to speak of the bathrooms. The WiFI is unusually erratic in the place and the restaurant and lobby are just plain poor (old and dirty furniture, bad quality food). If the rooms are redone, or the new wing is good (though I fear higher prices) this is a place to check out. Nearby are so many restaurants and a fast internet cafe you don't really need those services anyway. Staff could also do with better service training.
Check the place out to see for yourselves.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Singapore
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2012

The location at the heart of Bastos District is great. Fantastic if you are going to spend a few days in Yaounde applying visas. The rooms are large but aircondition is noisy. The place is also somewhat dusty. The staff appeared uninterested and could not speak English. Breakfast was not value for money at 5,000 FCFA but you could negotiate to have that included for free before you book the place. The WIFI is unstable and only works in the lobby.

At 30,000 FCFA, we felt it wasn't value-for-money and we moved to another hotel nearby.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Arusha, Tanzania
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2012

Fairly centrally located, the rooms are large and airconditioned, and I had a couple of good nights' sleep. The restaurant is not very good (though they have fresh bread at breakfast) but there are a lot of restaurants close by within easy walking distance.

Wifi is available in some of the rooms and in the lobby (free); the networks in the rooms usually don't work well or at all.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Meumi Palace
Address: Carefour Bastos, Yaounde 1225, Cameroon
Location: Cameroon > Centre Region > Yaounde
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in Yaounde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Meumi Palace 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Meumi Palace is a hotel located in Bastos Yaounde Cameroon, professional and warm welcome, luxury, comfort and refinement that you will find participating in your well-being and comfort. The Meumi Palace is 68 rooms "comfort", suites and apartments, conference room and dining areas and distribution of beverages. ... more   less 
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