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“High standard business hotel in Bamako”

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Bamako
Reviewed May 3, 2011

Very impressed by staff, standards of room and overall amenities. Pretty high-tech. This is certainly a good choice for a business traveller coming to Bamako. Internet works well and there is also a pool for relaxation at the end of the day.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 23, 2011

Best Hotel in Bamako !!
The rooms are very clean and spacious restaurant, simple but very pleasant, attentive staff, friendly and always smiling.
A very quiet hotel compared to the city center, noisy and dusty...

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 21, 2011

Following all my previous stay in Bamako, I can now compare the 3 main hotels, Salam, Amitié and Radisson. And definitively, Radisson is the best in town and best value for money! Not perfect for European standard, but above my (high) expectation even for Africa.

Ideally located in a quiet and safe area but not far from city center, I have always received a very good service from the staff (cleaning staff are so polite and respectful, front desk and doorman so helpful). Bedrooms are big, very clean and well furnished. Meal at the restaurant was always good, fresh and of high quality, very good value for money comparing with hotels in Bamako. Radisson is the only hotel providing free WIFI internet. There is a free, clean and SAFE (which is not the case for the others) shuttle bus service from and to the airport.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 3, 2011

I am an American living in Dakar, Senegal. I travel throughout West Africa for my job and for vacation and have stayed in many hotels in many countries in the region. This was my second visit to the Radisson Blu Bamako. The first was for two weeks and this was for three weeks.

In short, I would say if you get a subsidized (e.g. embassy) rate, I would recommend the hotel. If not, look elsewhere. The shower water switches uncontrollably between scalding and icy, the internet is hit and miss, the food is very expensive, there are some problems with credit card payments, but the staff is very nice, the rooms are well-designed, clean, and comfortable, and things usually work. The gym is nice.

In more detail, here's the ugly, the bad, and the good (in that order):

The Ugly:

I think the most annoying part about my stay here is that it's been 3 weeks since I've had a comfortable shower. The hotel's standard rooms have a bath tub and a shower. The shower has a complex system that includes a regular shower head, a hand-held nozzle, or a six-spout back massage thing. The bathtub has a regular spigot and a hand held shower head that hangs up. In either place, the water constantly alternates between scalding hot and freezing cold, no matter where you set the temperature, what time of day you shower, or how you set the water pressure. The alternations are generally every 5 to 10 seconds. It was like this during my entire three week stay, and my colleagues experienced the same problem.

The Bad:

The hotel advertises free high speed internet. It IS free, but high speed is a bit of an exaggeration, and it isn't all that reliable. If you are at the hotel during the daytime, the internet is VERY slow. During the evenings it is moderately slow, and later in the evening it is a little faster. It is sometimes fast enough for skype calls but not always. For some reason there are two wireless networks that seem to dual with each other (both are usually the same speed) or you have the option to plug in you computer.

Another problem was what seemed like outrageously expensive prices in the hotel's new menu (as of 2/15/11). The restaurant menu is the same as the room service menu, and it includes a 7,000 CFA (more than $14.00 US) hot dog. One night I ordered the 7,500 CFA cheeseburger and thank goodness it came with fries because the burger itself was tiny, dry, strangely colored, and covered in a weird unidentifiable cheese. A few nights later I gave the spaghetti carbonara (5,500 CFA) a try, and it was actually pretty good (unfortunately it's one of the only things on the menu in that price range). This is especially a problem because there are few (if any) good restaurants near the hotel.

If you prefer the mini bar you can forget about that as well unless you enjoy paying more than $5 for a can of coke, $6 for a candy bar, or $8 for a mini can of pringles. Any of these can be bought at shops within walking distance of the hotel for about 1/6th of the price.

The next problem with this hotel is that, if you pay with a credit card, you can expect to wait anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months before they actually charge it to your card. I asked why it's like this and was told they would get back to me (I've found in West Africa that generally means they don't know and you never will either). The problem is that they charge your card in the local currency, and I suspect they may wait until the rate is favorable for them to charge the cards (raising the cost that you pay in dollars or euros).

Last problem - this will only affect some people - If you use the pool, good luck getting a chair. There are only five. This makes it tough, especially on weekends. They are usually all full.

The Good:

Unfortunately this is the only hotel I've stayed in in Bamako. I've talked with others who have stayed in Hotel Salam and it sounds like the Radisson is more modern and possibly more comfortable (except the shower!). However, I can say that by West African standards the newness of this hotel, the quality of the bedding, and the fact that stuff usually is functional has to make it one of the best around. It is definitely clean, the staff are very polite, and it's normally dark, cool, and quiet at night (although some rooms have louder A/C units than others).

Another great feature of the hotel, in my opinion, is the gym. By West African standards, it's really nice. It is clean, has a couple treadmills, rowing machines, an elliptical, dumbbells up to 50 pounds, and a multi-function machine for legs and upper body. In the evenings there is a very nice and knowledgeable gym expert ready to assist anyone who has a question.

The last good quality here is the standard room design. You get a lot of space with a big desk, a futon, coffee table, bar with two chairs, separate bedroom, two closets, nice sized bathroom, and a separate half bath with toilet.

If you are able to get a subsidized rate (e.g. from an embassy) I would say this is a good place to stay. However, for what they charge at regular rates, I would say to definitely consider looking elsewhere.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 2, 2011

Jazzy, unattractive decor, weird little rooms and slow, slow service. Find another hotel!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Nannysuef
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

My partner and I stayed at the Radisson Blu in Bamako. The hotel is clean, modern, and inviting, The rooms are excellent. Furnished like little studio apartments with a powder room, kitchenette, living room and a wonderful king size bed with a pillow top mattress. The bathroom is clean and all in granite. The shower is small and the spa shower is inappropriate for the small space. The flat screen TV tilts from the living room into the bedroom. Complimentary water was provided including coffee and tea. The service was nice. The hotel breakfast is outrageously expensive at almost $20 per person. Most guests are affiliated with an embassy or an NGO and are on expense accounts. We stayed in the hotel during the Muslim holiday of Tabaski and we were given cookies. A nice gesture.
The hotel is located in a new neighborhood without any services.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2010

Driving through the city i was a bit nervous about what kind of hotel we would find ourselves in, the hotel is in a very quiet part of town. It is very secure, absolutely amazing customer service, the restaurant downstairs has great music but slow service, and of course the same for room service. The Radisson Blu Bamako is really the best in town.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako

Address: ACI 2000, Hamdallaye, Bamako 2566, Mali (Formerly Radisson SAS)
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Location: Mali > Bamako
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bamako
#2 Business Hotel in Bamako
Price Range: $126 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako 5*
Number of rooms: 190
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