Reception has a modest look, very Nigerian, but in general people is kind and welcoming. Avoid rooms on the main building. they are kind of enclosed, dark and depressing. Showers can be very slippery as in life threatening slippery.
So i moved to one of the chalet looking rooms. They are big enough and get some natural light.You'll have a nice porch where you can read or breath (unless there's a sandy storm). Beware! always check the metal door fully seals - otherwise you'll have a wave of mosquitoes and a carnage at night.
Avoid restaurant at all cost. The first day I kinda tried some of the African cuisine there, but it was always wrong. No toasts with breakfast. actually breakfast is non existent. If you are staying in Katsina for a while, do as I did. Get an electric stove with two burners. Every time I went back home, i brought a case of tune, rice and lentils. This way I survived for about a year.
The dark side of the hotel is that the former pool is more like a lagoon filled with exotic reptiles. Do not attempt to jump in.
The bright side, is that the hotel is located in a nice area. I used to run 5km around the hotel. I felt very safe. This was 2011 and 2012. So not so sure what has happened in tranquil Katsina.More