The Tropico was a surpizingly decent hotel. This was my first trip to Angola staying for approximately 5 days. The rooms are spartan, but very clean. Internet was good. The lounge is a bit small but it was clearly the place to bring your laptop and two cell phones (those who truly know how to do business there, carry two) and to quaff a few beers. Power outages occured a number of times. Tip - get a room on a lower floor if this is troblesome for you. The restaurant was fine. Decent breakfast buffet and a compact menu for lunch and dinner. The bottom line for me was that the hotel was centrally located. Luanda is a city of 5 million that was built to accommdate 500,000. Even the shortest of drives in a car can take hours. The ability to walk to offices (be sure the local company you are visiting meets you at the hotel) or drive a short distance is an absolute must. Safety was not a concern, but that's my perspective as a male and being constantly in the company ofthose who speak Portuguese. And going to and from the airport, use EcoTur. Be sure when you arrive at the airport after a long haul flight to NOT jump into the first taxi you see and leave the airport - that's imperative. Book EcoTur (www.eco-tur.com) in advance or ensure your Angolan host arranges for a driver. Overall, again a pleasant suprise, the hotel and the city. There is no doubt that Luanda is a "happening place" with an amazing amount of infrastructure construction and a government that appears genuinelly putting petrodollars earned from offshore oil and gas into rebuilding the country after a 25+ year civil war ended in 2002. PS Make sure your have your certificate of vaccination for yellow fever with you (keep it in your passport).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Luanda, Hotel Tropico is a prime example of contemporary Africa. It is largely recognized by its quality services by anyone who visits the city. With 280 totally equipped rooms, Health Club, Spa, Swimming Pool, Restaurants, Bar, Hair dresser, Stores, totally equipped Meeting and Conference Rooms with the most advanced technology, it is a choice accommodation for business or leisure travel. Visit us, and discover a large and pleasant space, where you will surely want to return. Enjoy Luanda's charm. ... more less
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