This was my first trip back to Africa in 9 years and my first ever visit to Bamako having lived and worked a total of 14 years in West and East Africa in 4 different countries. I was holding a driver safety seminar and stayed 12 days in the Grand Hotel.
The hotel certainly exceeded my (slightly low) expectations. I found the staff to be perfectly pleasant and friendly; the room was large, quiet and cool; the bathroom was adequately clean and decent; there was free, reliable broadband (though rather slow).
The only aspect that was disappointing was the restaurant where the quality of the food was not too good and it was also very overpriced. I had several much better meals at much cheaper prices in eateries in Bamako. The buffet breakfast had an adequate selection; I liked the locally made guava jam.
There were rather a lot of mosquitoes in the room and restaurant so I was glad I had packed a spray can of room insecticide and my DEET lotion. With that I did not get bitten once.
So I have given this hotel a 4 star rating (very good) as it is one of the best business hotels I have used in Africa. I would quite happily stay there again. And I really liked Bamako (not the traffic though) - I found the Malians to be great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Azalaï Grand Hotel, a landmark 4-star property located in the historic heart of Bamako. Built in 1950, the hotel has undergone substantial renovation under the Azalaï Hotels Group and continues to offer a high calibre of comfort, convenience and security in Mali's capital city. Set in a quiet residential neighbourhood, the Azalaï Grand Hotel features 77 spacious guestrooms and a comprehensive selection of supporting services that provides business travellers and long-term residents with all of the amenities they require while spending time in Mali. Whether you're visiting Bamako as part of a quick tour or an extended stay, the Azalaï Grand Hotel offers an oasis of comfort, wellbeing and warm African hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Bamako