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“A very pleasant stay”
Review of Novotel Dakar

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Novotel Dakar
Ranked #9 of 45 Hotels in Dakar
Reviewed December 3, 2010

We stayed for one night and it was our most pleasant of three hotels in Senegal. The room, while small, was spotless, comfortable, and modern to the point of being hip. The lobby and lobby bar are quite nice. The pool is pleasant and a spacious enough place to spend an afternoon, though it nothing special. The hotel is in the heart of downtown, and it is across the street from the ocean. Though we didn't try, it looked like the beach was accessible down a small cliff.

I would recommend this hotel highly to anyone looking to spend a couple days in Dakar.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

We spent 2 nights at the Novotel in Dakar, Nice location and hip decor. Nice pool and excellent breakfast. Rooms were clean and nicely appointed. Quite. Despite the fact that the hotel was empty, and I asked for a room with a view (IN FRENCH), we were given a room overlooking a wall. Mattresses were very narrow. The hotel is strictly for business travelers. Rooms are expensive and all guests are on some program or expense account.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2010

I have travelling to Dakar since 2005 and i checked in this hotel more than once, before 2009 it was awful, but since 2009 they re-innovated this hotel and it was really a big difference, the internet is still very slow but the food is good not huge buffet but its not bad.

One comment about the rooms, its very modern with Orange walls ! staying there for more than 3 days is a pain :)

and the bathroom is a french style where the bathroom parts are distributed into two locations !!! this is a bit not comforting.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

If I'm in Africa I would like to be in a hotel that gives a safe envinroment as if I'm at a western country. Amneties , food , room, pool , lobby , parking area, service : All quite
do thier job at that hotel.
Ther hotel itself is near the sea, sourounded by bussiness buildings.
I took a walking tour around - it's close to the harbour on one side ( industrial dirty area) ,
and the city on the other side. It's not at the heart of action for tourists .
Notes :
1. You walk out the gate and someone will immediattly approach you and act as if he is your travel guide - not neccessary a bad thing !!!
2. You walk out the gate and take the second left and after 100m you'll find a good groccery store (left side of the street) !!!
3. Standard cab there is yellow : mostly old, no AC . You keep window open and all
the poor people of the would come to bag or sell you stuuf ( mostly cellular cards ).
4. I stayed only 3 night at Dakkar , and mostly from hotel to work place a few kilometer drive - this is realy a poor place ( not the hotel).

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 28, 2010

I travel frequently in Africa and am often dismayed to pay top dollar to stay in international chains, only to find that the actual hotels are far from the standard I would expect from those chains elsewhere in the world. Novotel Dakar is the exception to this rule - it is clean, modern, functional, has polite and efficient staff, and no different to any other Novotel. If you are wanting a cultural experience it is probably not the place for you, but if you want the assured standards of the Novotel chain, you will not be disappointed.

One update on some comments posted below - there is fast and free wireless internet throughout the hotel. The one thing missing that I would expect from a 4* hotel is a gym. But there is a very nice outdoor swimming pool.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

Location: This place is okay, but it's not very convenient. It's close to the USAID office and the ferry port to Gore Island, but there's no other reason to be in this part of town. The quality of the neighborhoods can change quickly within a few blocks, so there are better options nearby.

Hotel Quality: The staff tried very hard and this was the hotel's strongest point. The continental breakfast was inedible. The room was on the smaller side, but okay for a short trip. We booked a double, which was supposed to have a bed and a sofa bed. However, the "sofa bed" is just a couch, not a couch that pulls out or anything, just a plain couch. And, it's too small for anyone over 5'6 to find comfortable. There was no WIFI, but the plug in connection did work. It's not high speed, but it wasn't overly slow either.

Shuttle: There's a supposed 24 hotel shuttle to the airport, but this is not nearly as good of a perk as you would think. Two separate round-trips to the airport took us almost an hour and a half away each way! The shuttle runs once every few hours and there's not really a schedule. Fortunately, the front desk will call you if requested when it arrives. Unfortunately, you're going to need to go the airport many hours before your flight (we left 6 hours prior) because you simply don't know when it will come around again.

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Safety: Your first impression will probably horrify you as there is a mob scene at the airport of guys trying to carry your stuff, sell you local currency, or offering you rides. I ignored all these guys. In actuality, Dakar is really safe by day, and with a local by your side, also at night. Use common sense everywhere, but you don't have much to fear.

Where to Stay: Try to stay in the Dakar-Plateau arrondissement (neighborhood). It has the largest concentration of Western hotels which is important for reasons of eating.

Where to Eat: Stick to hotel restaurants and bottled water. I don't say this to be disrespectful of the Senegalese culture, but many foreigners, including myself and my colleague, seriously struggle with the local cuisine, and we became deftly ill from trying it. The way local food is prepared is just different.

How to Shop: Don't get bogged down with the "CFA" (pronounced "sifa") and officially known as the CFA Franc. They're hard to get outside of west Africa, the leftovers can't be exchanged back anywhere, and you flat out don't need them. The CFA is actually pegged to the Euro (1 Euro = 655.957 CFAs), so it's far better to use Euros. You can pay in Euros anywhere. U.S. dollars are often accepted in touristy areas, but they prefer CFAs or Euros.

How to Explore: Use a local. There will be tons of guys hanging out near the front of your hotel. They'll be trying to sell you things, or offering to show you around, or take you to buy things. Pick one that speaks good English. Tell him you want him to work for you for x number of days. Ask him how much a day. He'll give you a price (which will be shockingly low), so then double it (to be ethical). We told out guide that we'd also do a daily bonus if we felt like we were getting good deals.

The loyalty is amazing. Once "hired" our guide went from trying to take us to places that would give him commission to doing the bargain hunting for us. He was waiting in the hotel lobby everyday at 6AM, and stayed with us until we done for the day, typically around 1AM, as he also accompanied us to the late night discos. We didn't ask him for that, but he was insistent. Several times throughout the day, he would leave us doing something for about a 15 minute period so that he could do his prayers (most people are Muslim there), but we had to tell him that we wanted to nap for a few hours to get him to take a real break. We paid his admissions, meals, and gave him cash at the end of each day. Even with the bonus, the total daily sum was about U.S. $60. We threw in another bonus at the very end, because he did such a great job, and it raised the daily average to about $100, still less than you would pay a major tour company.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 19, 2010

This is a good palce in a good location at a reasonable price. Clean rooms, ok breakfast, good service at counter and good room service. But it is a place that could be anywhere in world and has no local flavour at all.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Novotel Dakar

Address: Ave Abdoulaye Fadiga | Bp 2073, Dakar 18524, Senegal
Location: Senegal > Dakar Region > Dakar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Dakar
Price Range: $160 - $266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Dakar 4*
Number of rooms: 241
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Novotel Dakar is located in the central business district, looking across to Goree Island, 5 minutes walk from the Place de l Independence and 15 km from Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport (free shuttle service). The hotel features 241 air conditioned rooms including two suites, a bar, a restaurant, meeting rooms, a swimming pool. ... more   less 
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