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Hotel Presidente Luanda
Ranked #4 of 39 Hotels in Luanda
Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
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“I stayed at the Hotel Presidente and was pleasantly surprised”
Reviewed 7 August 2011

I had not been to Luanda since 2002 and I was surprised with all the construction going on and the traffic jams that got so much worse.
I stayed again at the Hotel Presidente and was pleasantly surprised with the renovated lobby area, rooms and the lifts which are now modern and fast.
The restaurant area has not changed and the décor is a bit dated.
The food , as in my last stay, was very good and the staff very friendly troughout the hotel.
The Internet is free, both in the rooms and in the bar area. The speed is reasonable.
I stayed on the 25th floor and the views to the bay of Luanda are great.
Pity I was not able to do my jogging on the promenade along the bay as the access was restricted due to the construction to upgrade the “Marginal” into a modern and large boulevard.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

Worst reception staff I have ever dealt with.. room was 2 star at best... upside was the bar and restaraunt staff were great guys.
Lots of reports about the smell in the rooms, its just the air-con on 24/7. Stayed on the 26th floor and it was like looking down at Hades..! My first time in Angola since 1975 and what a change.

Room Tip: See the manager on arrival... the staff are a joke.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Island of Malta, Malta
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2011

Great hotel pity it not have a pool.Food is great esp the buffet.Beware the front of the hotel is getting a facelift by putting an glass front and the noise during the day if they near your room is unbearable.Staff seemed friendly enough havent found them to be rude as others have said.Very expensive as you are around $90 for the buffet but this is angola where bread is around $2.Not in the best of areas as a lot of street people hang around the hotel outside and security dont do anything that i see to move them on

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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48 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2011

Presidente has been renovated a bit. The reception area is looking tres moderne, but the rooms are still 1970s looking. The dinning area and bar are a bit retro as well. The place is expensive for what you get, but this is Luanda we are talking about. The real downer is how rude and unhelpful the staff are. I consistently have problems checking in. I was yelled at by the restaurant manager for walking into the dining area 10 minutes early for their $80 buffet. The service in the bar area is non-existent. I had to yell into the kitchen area to find someone to get me a beer. On check-out I ended up getting into a heated arguement with reception as to whether my CC had a pin. Finally he wrote out a paper CC receipt. On return home I was phoned by my CC company to say that unauthorized charges had been made. Thanks Presidente! Can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Parede, Portugal
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2010

The hotel has a great location in the center/Baixa and overlooking the Bay of Luanda.The hotel rooms have been renovated.The buffet and the food is one os the best in town.There is no swimming pool but you can get towels to the "ilha" beaches 10 minutes by car if there is no traffic jam. The hotel staff is very frendly.The hotel has quick access 5/10 minutes to the main restaurants and bars of the city.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2010

The staff are rude... I nearly always have problems at check in... there is always a strange smell in the rooms... the decor is straight from 1973.

However this is Luanda, and all in all the Hotel isn't too bad. The food is surprisingly good, the bar is an OK place to spend an evening (WIFI works 75% of the time). The rooms are kept very clean, and you get used to the musty smell. The location on the Marginal is one of the 'better' parts of the City near the Ihla and it doesn't feel too claustrophobic.

All in all, if the hotel was anywhere else in the World, it would get slated, however this is Angola, and it meets African 3 star standard - and i'd rather sacrifice decor & service for decent food & cleanliness.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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49 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2010

In 2002 I used to stay in Presidente. The restaurant was ok but the acomodation was poor ( I changed to Alvalade).

Today it is better and much more confortable. Tha restaurant still the same: very good for the Luanda standards.

Presidente is a very good option for business but the price is still high.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Presidente Luanda
Address: Largo 4 de Fevereiro, Luanda, Angola (Formerly Le Presidente Meridien)
Region: Angola > Luanda Province > Luanda
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 39 Hotels in Luanda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Presidente Luanda 4*
Number of rooms: 194
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Constructed in the late 60’s, renovated in 1983 and most recently in 2010, the Hotel Presidente has hosted many remarkable personalities over the years and the Meeting rooms have been the venue for different important events in the recent history of Angola. The hotel offers 194 rooms, including 1 Presidencial Suite and 2 Diplomatic Suites. 90% of the rooms have sea view. All room include:• Air conditioning• Television with international channels in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish including sports channels and 24 hour movie channels• Telephone with a direct international line• Internet access free of charge• Minibar• In room Safe• Hairdryer• Special 110/120 W sockets for electric shavers• Smoke detectors. ... more   less 
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