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“An oasis of room comfort, excellent connectivity and effectively caring management in a difficult environment” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rouxinol Boutique Hotel
Ranked #2 of 36 Luanda B&B and Inns
Arnside, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“An oasis of room comfort, excellent connectivity and effectively caring management in a difficult environment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2011

I have stayed twice in this small, comfortable English-speaking hotel and have been deeply-impressed by the owning family and management support for the client. They have an empathy lacking in many hotels in the world and from reports, certainly of other larger places in Luanda. Angola is a tough place for the traveller. Luanda is one if not THE world's most expensive cities. You need the kind of help this B&B provides. In my first stay in Oct 2010, the family owners sorted out a local cell phone chip and set the phone up. On both trips toalling around 3 weeks, the broadband connection was never interrupted, nor water. Electricity blinked once. Engineer owner has a belt and braces approach to the country's difficulties, having installed an emergency generator and a state-of-the-art water recycling system. Air con is perfectly quiet. Softly wailing dogs next door may disturb light sleepers. I slept like a log every night.
The rooms are kept spotlessly clean, although some seem not to have much room to swing a cat.
While the management and owners are very helpful and will try and provide the service you ask for, the rest of the staff - cleaners and kitchen workers are not followers of routine so unless managed closely tend to neglect doing things occasionally ie forget to put out all the food at breakfast time, replenish the fridge etc but this is very common in Angola were illiteracy rates are 50% plus and few have the benefit of continuous on-the-job training.
Given what is on offer elsewhere in the city now, the prices at Rouxinol considering the servioe are very good.
If you want any meals apart from breakfast give plenty of warning otherwise you may have to wait a very long time for cooked food. Manager Joao Pedro does a very good baked fish.
Tea-making facilities and fridge available in rooms.
An interesting question is will prices fall for Luanda accommodation as new, large hotels go up. I noticed the 250-room Sana Hotel is now being fitted out. Some think prices will stay high as hotel costs to run are showing no signs of falling.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Barcelona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2010

Small, simple, very basic services. Does not have gym or others and food options are limited.
However, food is reasonable and staff is reliable, place is clean and wifi DOES work all the time.
Very cozy familiar ambience, in any city of Europe this would be a choice, if you like this kind of ambience, but in Luanda it is extraordinary.
Service is better than the competitors by price, and the few hotels which are better are much more expensive.
Location is very central, near Intercontinental which should open (hopefully) in 2011.
I will stay there in my next trip.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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1 Thank toangola4business
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Libreville
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2010

I was in Luanda for a week, and friends had warned me about the hassle of everyday life in the angolan capital. In the Hotel Rouxinol, we found a retreat of comfort and quiet. Breakfast is included, and all rooms have wi-fi access to the internet. Though it seems expensive, I found out that the prices are fair by Luanda standards. One must remember that Luanda is currently considered the most expensive city in the world for expatriates.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gabigg
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Property: Rouxinol Boutique Hotel
Address: 16 Beco de Mocambique | Bairro Cruzeiro, Luanda, Angola
Region: Angola > Luanda Province > Luanda
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Luanda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Rouxinol Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the prominent suburb of Cruzeiro, close to the embassies in Miramar and the business center of town, we are strategically placed for the business-minded and diplomatic traveler. We are also a short distance away from Luanda International Airport. ... more   less 
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