Ok, remember the fact that this is Port Gentil, Gabon. The selection of full service hotels are slim to say the least. It is not Le Meridian global standards, would not even say for Africa, but this isn't the capital; its an oil town. Moving past the obvious, the collection of guests was interesting and have to say the overall experience was bizarre because of the clients; myself included. As with most older hotels in the region, they must have been wonderful when first built some 20+ years ago, but the faded glory still adds something to help one get past what the current state is. Rooms were clean and well kept. Restaurant was fine, if not odd, and that more due to the randomness of the guests. Odd that there were no menus in French and the staff defaulted to English, but a quick bit of French and all was well. The staff was pleasant and courteous. The one annoyance was the lack of hot water for three days, but I had mentally prepared for it beforehand and it could have been worse - no water. The lunch buffet with barbeque was great if for no other reason than the salad area; I really missed fresh vegetables. Overall, yes its expensive for what it is.
However, one can always go down the road to one of three supermarkets to stock up a bit. Also just down the road is Le Bistrot, a wonderful little restaurant that seems rather popular with good reason. Food is fantastic, one of the best meals in the country that I had on this tour round with average pricing. All very walkable, even with 12 liters of water.
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- Port Gentil Le Meridien