The expression 'damning by faint praise' comes to mind with this hotel! Yes it's less expensive than others, yes it's near the market and close enough to the centre, yes the WiFi works in your room, yes the restaurant serves reasonably priced food for dinner and has an edible breakfast, yes the staff speak sufficient english, yes the rooms are clean enough (just) yes, yes, yes, but why not have staff that have some professional attitude towards the guests? Why not have a chef who actually whisks the eggs when he makes an omelet, rather than just crack 2 eggs into a cup, show a fork to them and then dump it in a pool of fat on a frying pan. Am I being too 'picky' here? Probably. It might have helped matters if the front staff hadn't spoken incredibly rudely about my wife in their local language, Wolof, assuming that she didn't understand when in fact she speaks the language fluently. This is a bad attitude and colours my view of the hotel. On a more objective note, I'd not recommend this area for those who don't know Dakar well or who are generally nervous about walking around African cities at night. During the day it's fine but once it's dark, and the market traders are all gone home, it's not really a place most WASP's would walk about in at ease, particularly if you don't speak French, or Wolof! Will I stay there again? No. I'll go back to the area where the IBIS hotel is. It's more expensive, by a small margin really, but is much more pleasant as well as being a better and safer walk back from the centre.
- 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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- Farid Hotel Dakar