I've heard so much about this hotel that I decided to give it a go. The hotel location for me was quite good: quiet, country-like surroundings. The view from the hotel rear is great, overlooking the lake and the Calabar river in the yonder. Adequate parking.The room was clean, bathrooms neat and tidy. Towels were fresh. Air conditioning was good but noisy. Had to knock it off to have a noise-free sleep. The meals were quite tasty, but as it is common around here, it takes about 15-30 mins for some meals to get ready. The staff were quite friendly and helpful too. No gym as at when I visited (June) but was assured it was going to be available as soon as upgrades are completed. Only negative I experenced here was the smart-card door lock: the insert-and-remove process was quite tedious that, after several failed attempts, I was denied entry into my room. Could be better if it were a simple insert-and-remove.
I should also include that the hotel apparently was part of a large scale business tourism project in Cross River State of Nigeria that is not thriving as it was originally intended. Massive structures like the Shopping mall are scantily operative. Though the Ebonylife Studios on DSTVs channel165 is utilizing the Studio facilities, it could have been a lot better if other big businesses were actively involved. I would rate this hotel as being one of the best in this city primarily because of its location. Would definitely visit again.
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- Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, formerly Amber Tinapa, is the premium hotel of choice for men and women of distinction. Exquisiteness and Class ooze out of every single one of the Hotel's 242 rooms. The Lakeside Hotel boasts of facilities and services which are nothing short of world class. ... more less
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