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“Reasonable base in central Dakar”

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Farid Hotel Restaurant Dakar
Ranked #18 of 43 Hotels in Dakar
Reviewed September 2, 2012

I recently spent nine nights with a couple friends at this hotel while on an extended stay in Dakar. Overall, a fine affordable option in a solid location...

- Convenient location in the heart of the city: Walking distance from many restaurants and cafes as well as the shore. Conveniences on the block such as a small supermarket and dry-cleaning services (albeit a bit aggressively priced)
- Quality restaurant with great outdoor terrace: Enjoyed the hotel's Lebanese restaurant across the street from the hotel itself. Good food in a great setting to sit outside in the evening.
- Great internet: Quite fast, dependable, free wi-fi connection
- Interesting clientele: A mix of middle-age plus European tourists as well as some other guests who appeared to have a significant number of female visitors...
- Friendly service: Staff at reception was always quite friendly (especially in French)
- Unexceptional rooms: Rooms were clean but nothing to get excited about. Probably comparable to private rooms in many better-quality hostels: reasonable beds and linens, functional shower & bath....nothing to get excited about, but also nothing to inconvenience you

If you are looking for a "reasonable base" at a reasonable price in Dakar, this place works just fine. It's not a destination in itself - simply does the job and allows you to enjoy the rest of your trip in this fascinating city. There are cheaper options as well as more expensive options....this middle of the road one is likely "just right" if you know what you are looking for.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

I stayed at the Hotel Farid for four nights, but not consecutively. I returned. The desk staff remembered me and were friendly as puppies. They helped me out of some difficult situations (getting a cab, finding my way around town, getting rid of pesky vendors), and were always ready with a chat or advise.

Yes, the "basic" rooms could use a paint job. Yes, they lacked screens. (This seems to be a problem all over the country! This is mosquito land! Yet screens are universally unknown.) But even the basic rooms have hot water, air conditioning and a balcony. The hotel is centrally located, and known to many (but not all!) taxi drivers.

I recommend it to mid-budget travelers, who want a good night's sleep, and a helpful staff. I did have to fiddle with the room lock a bit, but it worked.

Room Tip: If you ask for the BUDGET rooms, you get the ones like I had. The more expensive ones have been rece...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Our four night stay in the Hotel Farid was marred by, bizarrely, issues with the lock on our door. Firstly, the cleaners perpetually forgot to lock our door, despite numerous reminders, which is hardly good security. Secondly, our lock (on one of the faded 'classic' rooms) broke, which was hardly our fault, but was dealt with as if it was.

The management hardly covered themselves in glory. We had to wait whilst they endlessly fiddled around with the lock to no avail. We asked if we could be moved to another ('classic') room whilst it was fixed, but there were none available. We eventually moved to one of the superior rooms (which were not full), but not before the management had asked us to pay the difference (which we flatly refused). They are more interested in money than customer service at the Farid.

The location is good and, as mentioned before, the Lebanese restaurant over the road is a real tasty oasis. Dakar is a lively city with a breezy climate and is well worth a visit. I'm not sure the Farid is the best option though.

Room Tip: There is a vast difference in quality between the 'classic' and superior rooms
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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

Expensive hotel at £40 a night, great location, safe (someone on desk 24/7), rooms was not serviced at all during my 3 night stay (went while on holiday in the gambia) and while I am glad of the experience of travelling from Gambia to Senegal I hated Dakar, dirty, uncomfortably aggresive people following me around the streets and dead rats on the street really did for me, glad of the experience but never again.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

Senegal is not as cheap as other African nations, and Dakar is an expensive city in Senegal, so all things considered this centrally-located hotel is good value. The rooms were large, clean, with hot water, the reception staff were friendly and helpful. If you want downtown accomodation which doesn't cost the earth then I'd recommend the Farid.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

Hotel Farid is located right in the center of the Plateu (downtown) Dakar, within walking distance from Place de l'Independance, the ferry to Ile de Goree, downtown markets and shopping avenues. The room are clean and ok for a stay in the city. The staff is helpful and the people at the reception usually speak other languages besides French (at least English, and possibly some Italian/Spanish). The lebanese restaurant of the hotel, located cross the street, is a nice place with great food.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

We booked Hotel Farid as it was the best hotel we could see with our budget and were pleasantly surprised about the quality of the hotel and friendlyness of the staff.

the hotel was clean and well designed and had good access to the internet. the restaurant was very pleasant and secluded and gave a feel that we were not in senegal at all.

the staff were very friendly and helpful and should I need to visit Senegal again I will definately book this hotel

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Farid Hotel Restaurant Dakar

Address: 51 Rue Vincens, Dakar 99, Senegal
Location: Senegal > Dakar Region > Dakar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 43 Hotels in Dakar
Price Range: $70 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Farid Hotel Restaurant Dakar 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel-restaurant in Dakar, Senegal: Business, Downtown, Online booking, free internet access - Wi-Fi access, Airport shuttle, currency exchange at hotel. ... more   less 
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