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Villa Soudan
Ranked #4 of 24 Bamako B&B and Inns
Denmark
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Best place in Bamako Ü”
Reviewed August 25, 2010

Super friendly staff, stunning view of the Niger, great pool to cool down after a day in the Malinese sun and a location that is nicely tugged away from the BKO buzz: The only drawback is that it's a bit far from the city center and it's hard to get a taxi in evenings.
We'll recommend it to everyone visiting Mali.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 23, 2010

A great little guest house on a fairly quiet road running alongside the far bank of the River Niger. I like the fact that it was extremely close to where I was working each day (a word to the wise: if there for business be sure to stay on the same side of the Niger as your work venue). Villa Soudan is very clean and well-kept, small, intimate, and with an exceptionally friendly and responsive staff. It has a nice little outdoor restaurant, a small but decent pool, and a nice poolside area to relax with drinks. There is internet in the room, although during the time I was there (over six weeks) the signal strength was highly variable, and some of my colleagues had no signal in their rooms at all. A signal booster might therefore be a good thing to bring along. Bear in mind that like many places in Mali, Villa Soudan is cash only.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed December 15, 2007

My colleagues and I had the pleasure of staying at the recently opened (3 months prior) Villa Soudan during a business trip to Mali. Having traveled to various parts of Mali during this trip I can honestly say that this 12-room hotel was a pleasure to return to following a busy day of navigating the overcrowded streets of Bamako. Villa Soudan is tucked away on a quiet street directly alongside the Niger River so every room features amazing river views. Additionally, every room has cable TV, air-conditioning & ceiling fan(s). We stayed in two “apartments” which are basically suites located on the top floor. They came with 1.5 baths, a refrigerator and sink but no stove or microwave. The hotel will gladly provide dishes and utensils upon request. The small staff is pleasant and accommodating. Our wireless internet didn’t actually work in the room so we often surfed the internet while sitting under the thatched roof cabana, which afforded us the opportunity to also mingle with other guests over drinks. There is African art everywhere you turn and all the rooms are tastefully appointed.

  • Liked — It was Quiet, Quaint & Clean. I also loved the artistic expression.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled on business
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Property: Villa Soudan
Address: Palais De La Culture Road Street 50, Bamako, Mali
Location: Mali > Bamako
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Bamako
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Soudan 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Hotel Arty quiet and relaxing in the center of Bamako, facing the River Niger. ... more   less 

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