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“Large range of accommodation. Good location and staff. Excellent food.”
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The Sleeping Camel
Ranked #1 of 24 Bamako B&B and Inns
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Velden am Woerthersee, Austria
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“Large range of accommodation. Good location and staff. Excellent food.”
Reviewed 17 August 2012

It seemed like the logical choice since I heard about this place so often along the way. The location is convenient not far from the bridge across the river that takes you right into the city centre. It is a nice area of town. The property is walled and prior to being a hotel was used as an embassy. Accommodation is from camping over dorm and ahred bathroom to en-suite with air condition. I had a simple single room with shared facilities. It was definitely clean and there was a bed with a mosquito net and a fan but otherwise furniture was scarce. I found it overpriced, and it seemed to me that the more or less comfortable rooms were more realistically priced. The outside area is nice and green, with plenty of seating. The bar has cold beer and the restaurant is excellent, even if you don't stay there, try their food. Staff was super friendly although not always helpful. The surrounding area is a nice part of town with some embassies around, predominantly big houses. A restaurant, night club, supermarket, banks and a patisserie are nearby in easy walking distance. Due to the military coup I stayed there for much longer than planned, but I guess if I ever come back to Bamako, I will probably stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

great location, relaxed atmosphere, service personnel is very helpful, meeting point for different kinds of travellers, also quite crazy ones (like a cyclist who rode alone from Germany - Spain - Marocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Mali), you can speak French and English as you like

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

We were on the first day of a two week Malian visit, and needed a good place to get acclimated to the country for a night before heading to our host's house. This was quite perfect - a comfortable, friendly, and clean atmosphere within close distance to downtown Bamako. The staff was very friendly and spoke good English, and gave us a reasonable rate on a nice room with private bath. Breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, and Nescafé was delicious. The hotel grounds were quiet and shaded, for good relaxation opportunity. This is an excellent place to start your Malian trip and get your bearings.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

The Sleeping Camel is so great. The rooms are clean, the staff is super welcoming and the food is outstanding. Matt (the owner) really puts a great deal of effort on making the place as cozy as it can be. My only recommendation would be to bring your own pillow - or roll up a shirt because their pillows are not good.....just like most in Mali :)

  • Stayed December 2011
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Dearborn, mi USA
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

A wonderful place to base your journey to the explore the markets,sights, restaurants of Bamako. Matt and his staff are marvelous. Room 3 has the best shower in all of Mali :-{)). We so enjoyed the fireworks show over the river for New Years Eve. Thanks for a memorable night and stay at both ends of our visit to Mali.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Kedougou, Senegal
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

When we arrived at The Sleeping Camel, we were informed at reception that they never received my online reservation. However, they found us a room for the 4 days we were there. The staff is very helpful and the location is good with an amazing restaurant right down the street. The rooms are simple but clean. at first I was hesitant getting a room with shared bathrooms because I was afraid of hostel horror stories about bathroom. However, to my surprise I found the bathrooms very clean with two separate toilets and two separate showers, with hot water!!! I recommend this place to someone who doesn't need all the frills of a more expensive hotel; however, I suggest calling them to confirm if you book online.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We really liked it here and found the staff to be super accommodating and helpful, whatever our problems were. Our host was welcoming, the beds were comfortable and the food was very good. It was a great platform from which to explore Mali!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The Sleeping Camel
Address: Rue 25, Porte 80 | Badalabougou Est, Bamako 0000, Mali
Region: Mali > Bamako
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Bamako
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a quiet area of Badalabougou close to the Niger River, a short walk to local bars, eating places, banks & shops, and just a 10 minute walk into the heart of Bamako.The owners have spent 10 years travelling & leading tours throughout Africa and using their experience have set up a little oasis in Bamako for travellers to use as a home away from home and as a base for further travel in West Africa.The Sleeping Camel also features its very own well-stocked bar and restaurant, and a peaceful garden to relax in. ... more   less 

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