I stayed here for several nights when my family came to visit me in Cameroon, and we were quite happy with our experience. The rooms are very nice and clean, the beds are comfortable, and we appreciated the fact that hot water and mosquito nets were provided. The hotel is on a quiet side street, and security is excellent. Yes, you have to leave your key with the receptionist when you go out, but that's fairly common in Cameroon, and trust me, your key is far safer at the front desk than it is with you out in Yaounde (though I should note that Bastos, the neighborhood where Hotel Laginaque is located, is a very posh, expat-y, diplomatic neighborhood, and is generally quite safe anytime before 10-10:30 pm or so [and even then it's not dangerous as long as you exercise a little more caution and don't go out alone]). And yes, there isn't a generator, but that keeps the room prices reasonable, and because it's Bastos, the power is never out for long (and it never went out when we were there, though admittedly that's a rarity for Cameroon [but it's part of the experience!]). The hotel is literally a 2-3 minute walk from some of the best restaurants in Yaounde -- Italian, Turkish, Chinese, pizza, burgers, and, of course, that excellent Cameroonian roasted chicken, fish, and plantains! And on a final note, the hotel's owner, Joseph Mangwa, is truly lovely -- warm, welcoming, helpful, and kind. You won't get a better experience or better value anywhere else in Yaounde.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Laginaque, a large plush and noble mansion, previously the host of several ministers, meaning grandmother in the bamiléké dialect, one of the 258 languages spoken in Cameroon. The name of the Promoter’s late grandmother is Ginac, also the name of the Ndé department in Cameroon, know as the department of 3 letters: N, D, E (initials for Nobility, Dignity and Elegance).Laginaque Hotel was inaugurated on September 1st 1994 by the Minister of Tourism in the hip district of the Yaounde capital city of Cameroon, Carrefour Bastos is known as a calm area normally reserved for non commercial activities, Bastos is also near the Presidential Palace of Unity (residence of the President of the Cameroon republic) and the headquarters of most international embassies, world bank, FMI, and international cooperation organizations.All these institutions are located less than 800 meters away from Laginaque.With :- its massive walls, covered with natural stones.- beautiful green areas in the surrounding neighborhood.- spacious room with luxury accommodations for every wallet. - continental breakfast served with select tropical fruits.- qualified and polite staff members at your service.- the Promoter, previously a Senior Official of the Republic, is willing to assist you in all your administrative and relational requests. ... more less
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