The Federal Palace would hold its own in London or Paris in terms of decor and service. It's extremely expensive, but in return you have none of the hassles that await you in other hotels in the region.
Well located for business and set inside a large set of grounds with an excellent swimming pool, gym, modern rooms and even a casino, the Federal Palace really is top quality. You can understand why it's so expensive - doing this sort of things can't be cheap in Nigeria.
Smoking colleagues complain that you can't smoke in any of the rooms. I can see why this is annoying, given that guests at the FP are more likely to be smokers than those in, say, a business hotel in LA. Each floor does have a balcony area with chairs and an ashtray though. The bar has a lovely long outside terrace if it's not too hot.
There is only one option for food - an international style buffet each night, or bar snacks. Both are good options. Nice burgers (and drinks) in the bar and the buffet is perfectly ok. Get Benjamin to make you a mojito, or my favourite that we asked him to make, a whisky mojito with JD instead of rum - this guy could happily work in a good cocktail bar anywhere in the world. Breakfast is also good.
The empty looking concrete block next to the hotel is apparently being renovated. Currently it adds a bit of weird African incongruous charm - I think it looks rather like an abandoned prison. My room had a lovely view of the sea, along with a half sunken container ship to entertain.
There are no 'friendly ladies' at the bar, or at least none that I noticed, which is a welcome change for this part of the world.
Power cuts were regular, as expected in Lagos, but the hotel generators were always quick to spring into action and get the excellent AC going again.
The FP can be boring - there's really no entertainment and you get tired of either the bar or the restaurant. All the better - go to the gym and get an early night to fortify you for the next day's traffic jams and business discussions. You're probably not paying the bill yourself, after all...
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
13 February 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at Federal Palace. Your positive comments are welcome!
Report response as inappropriate
We have currently introduced three theme evenings in the restaurant on Monday (African), Wednesday (Italian) and Friday (Asian). As part of our on-going evolvement in the Hotel, we have also introduced a limited a la carte menu in the Ancestors bar with a state of the art sound system from the bar through to the Pool area. So wherever you walk you may listen to your favourite jenre of music.
As part of our staff recognition program we will be sure to acknowledge Benjamin for his service.
Once again we thank you for your comments and trust you will visit us again on your next trip to Nigeria.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC