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“Ibis Douala : budget formula at its best!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ibis Douala
Ranked #1 of 31 Hotels in Douala
Espoo, Finland
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85 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Ibis Douala : budget formula at its best!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

The Ibis Douala is simply put a very nice, low budget hotel. Friendly service, minimalistic but efficient rooms. Clean and simple.

I enjoyed the daily live music and Live showing of the EURO football games in the main bar. Nice athmosphere that welcomed interaction with other guests.

The restaurant is simple but good. The variety of food and daily specials are of the normal Ibis standards.

I really enjoyed my stay at the hotel and apart from the non functioning safe and the perculiar free condoms I have nothing to complain about.

Most defenatly the best budget option in Douala.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Frederic V
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Banjul, Gambia
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119 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012 via mobile

Was on a business trip. Arrived to find the receptionist complaining that she was hungry and tired and overworked. It was nt personal, but we faced the brunt of her complaints. The bar and television room reeked of smoke - stale smoke. Yet everyone else was friendly. And for some reason, we felt safe.
From stories we have heard of the insecurity to be out on the streets alone in Douala, we felt quite safe in the IBIS.
Would I stay there again, I guess so.
I must admit on the following day, thogh the receptionist was still matronly, she was much friendlier.
But the Accor groups adverts within the hotel suggesting that they have prompt and top service response falls way below expectations.

Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Ram M
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Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
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148 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 520 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

Stayed only one night on business in this crime ridden, backwater of a city. Was advised repeatedly not to go wandering out on the town by locals so I did not.

Reception was friendly and brisk. The room was small with a firm mattress (supported by wooden boards, not box springs). Shower/bathroom reminded me of those on a cruise ship they were so small but everything was clean and functional. Sleep was occasionally disturbed by poor acoustics in the noisy hallway.

The 1st floor bar was nice with good cold draft beer and the restaurant food was decent quality for Africa. Plenty of TV's playing, of course, soccer (boring!) to appease the largely European clientele. English use and comprehension by staff was pretty good if your Francais is a little rusty (or nonexistant). Breakfast "buffet" was passable with fruit, coldcuts, good juice selections and quality pastries and breads. Service altogether friendly and competent.

The big attratcion to me was the nice leafy outside area with a long pool surrounded by fences and razor wire. Bill for one night was $146 USD- Seems like alot for such a poor country but my company was paying anyway.

Altogether I can recommend the Ibis as a practical, no frills place to eat and sleep in a place with very, very few luxury options.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CaptainAmerica
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Toronto
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

The breakfast buffet is delicious...can't say enough about the tasty beans.

Rooms were clean with fast internet and AC. We booked here because of the free airport pickup. If they aren't there when you arrive go to the tourist office in the Douala airport and they are extremely helpful...they called the Ibis to remind them to pick us up and exchanged money for us. There are no ATMs in the entire country of Cameroon...unless you have a Visa card with a chip so plan ahead.
Good location as well, near downtown.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PSFToronto
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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143 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

This place was al right for the purpose of sleep. It was located in central Douala from what I remember. I remember our rooms were not that clean so we spent a few mins every night cleaning after the cleaning staff. I remember their pool was good. There is a lift in the hotel. It was cheaper than other hotels in the city. but I would advise against this hotel and to look at other options. I believe that the room sizes are good. Any ways the last time I stayed here was in 2009 so better to check at other reviews.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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1 Thank youngSaudiTraveller
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Property: Ibis Douala
Address: Rue Pierre Loti, Bonanjo 184, Douala BP 12086, Cameroon
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Location: Cameroon > Littoral Region > Douala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 31 Hotels in Douala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Douala 3*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ibis Douala hotel is located in the centre of the Bonanjo business centre and 5 km from the Akwa theatre district. Free shuttle service between the hotel and the airport 7 km away. Offering all the amenities of a higher class of establishment, the hotel has 160 air-conditioned rooms and a meeting room for organising seminars and conferences. You will also find a restaurant, a bar open 24/24, a terrace with a swimming pool and closed parking, free and guarded. ... more   less 
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