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Savana Jardin-Hotel Dakar
Ranked #23 of 43 Hotels in Dakar
London
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53 reviews
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“Calm”
Reviewed March 1, 2009

I eat here in February 2009 and thought the Savannah had a lovely atmosphere. Apparently the rooms are not much good but this hotel is much nicer that the Novotel which is being refurbished not very successfully. The slightly out of the city centre location does it for me

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Reviewed October 16, 2008

Same experience as others during same periods: stolen belongings from within the room's safe...

Personel looks nice at first look but you shouldn't trust them. Same for management. Avoid.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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naples
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2008

First nigth arrived hotel was stolen of brifcase, wallet, and mobile phone. While I was sleeping somebody entered in my room. I suspect it was hotel personel. No assistance was provide to me by any of the hotel including director. Instead they investigated me. It was avery nasty experience. I do not suggest to get in it.

  • Liked — Great view
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
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usa
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413 reviews
145 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2008

The hotel is near the water and has wonderful views from many of the rooms. The pool is very long; the beach is non existent. While the rooms are small, they are adequate. Service is excellent, as is the food. It is our impression that Europeans come here for a holiday.

  • Liked — views and service
  • Disliked — size of rooms
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank gsrs
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Brasov, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2007

The hotel has its good parts and bad ones.

The good parts:
- the view - excellent (on the ocean side)
- the gardens inside the hotel perimeter
- close to city center
- the pool is clean and the pool-bar is good
- the personnel is very nice
- there is an exchange office at the reception
- there are always a lot of taxis in front of the hotel

The bad parts
- no breakfast included in the price and if you buy one there is very poor and the price is higher than a very good breakfast meal in a restaurant the center
- the smell inside the rooms is disturbing (sea mud and moist)
- the pool gets very crowded during the weekend (people from the city)
- the furniture and overall aspect of the hotel is very old (room doors, armchairs in the reception, bed, etc.)

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — The cleanness
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
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3 Thank SoBrasov
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Buckinghamshire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2007

We stayed here for three nights to relax after running a workshop at the Novotel in Dakar.
This is a much nicer hotel with character and extremely friendly staff. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
The rooms are small and in need of a lick of paint here and there. Towels are slightly threadbare but clean.
But the main feature is the enormous swimming pool - too cold for me to swim but my husband braved the cold water. Lots of sun beds - ask the friendly pool attendants for mattresses and towels. At this time of year the wind keeps you from overheating in the strong sun – we had to make sure we remembered to put on sun lotion.
There is a tiny sand beach and nice cafe overlooking the sea. Lovely view back at the centre of Dakar and the Isle of Goree across the Bay.
On Sunday the place is full of local families enjoying the facilities - every sunbed is taken - so get down there well before lunch to make yourself comfortable. The restof the week it was virtually empty.
Breakfast is OK - egg chef, fruit and croissants but they run out if you get down too late.
Restaurant overlooks the beach and is sheltered from the wind. The food is excellent at lunch and dinner. Good fish. Only poor dish was fresh crab claws... not fresh enough for my taste. Everything else we had was fantastic.
They have a half hourly shuttle bus into town in the mornings - last one at 9am. Then it comes back in the evening after 4pm - mostly caters for the business trade. The rest of the time there are taxi's waiting outside the door 24/7. (See my review of the Novotel Dakar re local taxi's and how to cope with them!)
We left the window open one night as it was cool outside and got eaten by mozzies as a result. Either use electric mozzie repellent tablets or use the aircon with the window shut.
There are lots of steps at this hotel – good for the leg muscles – as it is built up the side of a small cliff. Gardens are lovely with lots of birds singing and the black kites wheeling overhead.
Next time I go back to Dakar to work this will be my first choice as to where to stay.

  • Liked — Atmosphere, character and outstanding staff
  • Disliked — Steps and mozzies
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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U.S.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2007

We (a married couple) stayed at the Savana in mid-January for two nights. We had been to Dakar before and were in town for work. We know the city pretty well and stayed in several hotels during this trip because of availability issues as it was the time of the Dakar Rally.

The hotel is popular with tourist groups and some business travelers, and it was actually booked solid while we were there because of the arrival of the Dakar Rally, which filled nearly every hotel room in the city. The surge of people into town made hotel rates quite high, so it's fair to say that we would have paid less during another period. Our rate was nearly $300/night. After staying there, it seems like the appropriate rate would be around half that, which is still high for West Africa, but perhaps not for the top tier hotels in Dakar.

The front desk staff are nice and the lobby is pleasant. The pool is huge and great for lap swimmers. It seems well kept, though neither of us used it.

The Savana's rooms look out over the pool onto the ocean, but they are actually quiet dark due to the outdated color scheme on the carpets, bed linens and curtains, and their small size. The walls are done in a sort of cottage-cheese-ceiling stucco style. The beds are comfortable enough and the bathrooms are fine. The rooms could all use makeovers, especially in this price range. There is internet access but you must pay extra - there are different prices depending on how many hours you want to use it.

The restaurant is really quite expensive for Dakar, but the Savana is rather secluded so people who stay there tend to eat there. We didn't find the food to be so tasty, either, and there are better places one can eat in Dakar. The breakfast area is pleasant, though, in the morning.

In Dakar, all taxis have to be negotiated before getting in, and the taxis that wait outside the Savana offer rates that can be three to four times the norm because they know that visitors who don't take them will have to walk about ten minutes out of the Cap Manuel area up towards the Plateau (downtown) area to get another taxi. But they can still be negotiated if you bargain hard.

If the goal is to just spend a day or two in a quiet hotel, away from the crazy city center, and budget isn't a serious question, the Savana is fine. If you're in Dakar for work, visiting people, etc., there are likely better options that cost less.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled on business
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Property: Savana Jardin-Hotel Dakar
Address: Pointe Bernard-Petite Corniche | Dakar senegal, Dakar 6096, Senegal
Location: Senegal > Dakar Region > Dakar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Dakar
#8 Luxury Hotel in Dakar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Savana Jardin-Hotel Dakar 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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