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Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Bamako
Reviewed 7 August 2013

This hotel is one of the most sought after hotel in Bamako for Westerns. There are a lot good, some bad but most of it is just Bamako. It is not like the hotels in the US, but you will find the hotel safe, clean and the workers will do their best to resolve any problems. I stay here for over two months on business and started out in a business class room. But was move to a regular room after two weeks. The regular rooms in the new section do not have wifi. After complaining (my tablet cannot plug-in), they moved me back to business class unit three days later. The rooms in the old section or business class section are better. They are well decorated and clean. I never had any problems with room being clean. Wifi is slow. If you are going to be there for extend period of time, buy your own network service otherwise it can be used for checking email, but any surfing will be painful.
Room service was ok, although sometimes slow… but the trick is to go to dining room order your food and have it sent for delivery. It is faster than eating in the dining room. The dining room service could be slow if there are a lot of people. I found the food safe. I almost never got sick when eating in the hotel. The staff does struggle if you are speaking English but if the waiter does not understand ask for floor manager to come over to assist. The bar on the first floor or floor zero was best. My drinks and service always came with a smile and hello.
The gym is by far the best. I talked to other co-workers staying in Bamako at other hotels and they had no gym. The gym was challenged with flooding but the hotel moved equipment to second workout room to ensure guest could get a good workout in.
Make sure you know of any hide fees or service the hotel like to charge. If you are going to be there for some time and don’t want to pay for mim-bar service than have them remove all the items. Beware of guest fees and hotel statements for eating outside food.
Mostly good, some bad but would stay here again. Always ask for Alma at the front desk. She is the best and her English is perfect. Miriam (tall one) in dining room, she is always smiling and Rey at the pool bar his is very helpful. The security guys always greeted me by name. Overall I found all the staff very supportive and like family. But of course I was there more than two months.

Room Tip: Bring your own wifi if you will be there for extend period of time. The business class section is th...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

This hotel has everything Radisson to it but the location as it s still a little hard to locat it a little far from the City Center and the more coveted river bank areas.
The rooms, not very large, are well furnished and decorated.
The main restaurant on the first floor offers a variety of international and local dishes.
Friendly personal provides on time assistance 24/24 everyday.
Excellent massage, spa/sauna facilities and services on site complement this very good property suitable business, leisure and family vacation.

Room Tip: The roomier Business suites, if you can get one, are good value for money and well situated near lif...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

I have not stayed at the Radisson Blu, but I have eaten here several times, used the beautiful pool and the reasonably competent Spa. The food is very good indeed, if sometimes overpriced by Bamako standards. The portions are extremely generous though, in particular the barbeque by the pool (the capitaine comes in two huge skewers, enough for a couple, and the waiter, if you do not beware, complements it with a portion of vegetables and rice sufficient for a whole family!). My favourite is the bar, cozy and elegant atmosphere with relatively light bites, and decent wine by the glass. Service is kind and attentive. Internet access though is capricious and, if you are not staying at the hotel, the wireless connection is ridiculously expensive. All in all though, a nice oasis in Bamako.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

The upgraded wing of the hotel has well designed modern rooms - quite a ramp up!
Menus have been upgraded - quite positive.
Beware of the trinket seller in the reception area - thumbrule - he quotes 5-10 times of what he should depending on your nationality ;)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

I stayed in this hotel for a business trip and was upgraded to the business class room. The room was very modern and spacious. The food is expensive however the quantity is very good. I ordered a soup you will not believe it was enough for 2-3 persons.
Overall this is the best hotel in Bamako to stay...

Room Tip: Choose business class room
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Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
2  Thank yogeshgarg2k
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

A five star hotel!!!with a comedy of errors every day.Staff (not all) who do not care and never do what they say they are going to do.I see a lot of managers,some doing nothing,others trying,but the place is extremely poorly managed!Not expecting perfection, however having to put up with the following every day demonstrates a lack of care to a customer who does spend a lot of money at the hotel.

No Water in the shower every other day
No Hot water for 5 days
TV not working for 3 days
Internet not working.Cannot get it repaired as the technician does not start until...(business hotel!)
Laundry missing for 2 days
wrong laundry arrives.
1.5 hours for a salad
wrong food on many ocassions
Rude staff
Rooms not cleaned properly
The promise of another room due to noise-straight away sir.........3 days later.Still in same room
In restaurant and Breakfast-lots of staff but no action

However on a positive note.....................let me come back to you.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Thank steveBamako
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

This hotel is poorly run by a GM who stays in his office. They have some good staff but they are not being managed.

To many inefficiencies throughout, lost laundry, no television, no phones, phone to reception gets you another room, knocking when do not disturb is shown

Requests for assistance are very rarely dealt with ASAP if at all

Food is poor and expensive with little or no change to the menu

Bathrooms smell like kitchen waste

Room Tip: Rooms on the back of the hotel have a very poor if any view and all balconies are tiny
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Davy27
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Additional Information about Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako

Address: ACI 2000, Hamdallaye, Bamako 2566, Mali (Formerly Radisson SAS)
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Region: Mali > Bamako
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bamako
#2 Business Hotel in Bamako
Price Range: £100 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako 5*
Number of rooms: 190
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