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“If you don't mind the rats ......” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Le Rabelais
Ranked #9 of 38 Hotels in Bamako
Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“If you don't mind the rats ......”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

Diner at the poolside is only for the brave. As soon as darkness sets in, the place is overrun by rats who have clearly lost all fear of people. More than disgusting. Never experienced anything like it in Africa.

The ownership of this place has lost all interest in running a half decent hotel. They got enough feedback from guests to do something about it, but nothing happens.

Remember the old saying: for every rat you see, there are 10 more that you don't ... Better stay away from this place.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2011

This hotel, despite the reviews is not a very pleasant place. The rooms here are very dingy and dark- atleast the one I got in the main/old house. Perhaps the new clock is a bit better.
My room had no view whatsoever except a dirty shed and rotting mangoes. The bathroom is also very outdated. But I guess this is what you get for the price. Breakfast is a strange affair- waiters running around everywhere but not a single one to assist you or ask you if you need anything.
In short this is NOT a business class hotel or a place you can stay for a long duration... It is frequented a lot by the EU crowd.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank shreyashah
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2011

Nice hotel, very friendly staff (also madam is very friendly!), good place to relax. Although the building looks a little bit 'old and colonial' the rooms are good, quiet and the menu in the restaurant is very good. good icecream! Massage and pedicure available! If you expect luxury, go elsewhere, if you want good value, and nice atmosphere: choose le Rabelais.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank macha336
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UK
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2010

Room was okay for price. Breakfast was very poor. Do not exchange money here. Was given 25,000 CFA for 70 USD.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Thank AK1974
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Ireland
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17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2010

The Rabelais looks very basic from the outside - but has a great pool, a very good restaurant , and clean quiet rooms. The real plus is the staff's willingness to please, which cannot be found in other more expensive hotels in Bamako.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Privatedancer
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Milwaukee, WI
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2010

Stayed for three nights. Rooms were small and simple but the airconditioning worked well and the wifi was functional, though the speed was variable.

The proprietress is a cranky french woman (Madam Martin, I believe), but everybody else was friendly and helpful. The price was about 36,000 cfa or $80 US a night. Also, there is an excellent french restaurant on the premises.

There is also a lovely pool and sunning area.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Amstelveen
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2010

Pleasant hotel with two good restaurants, a nice pool and excellent (homemade) icecream. Two elderly french ladies run the hotel and the reception. Hotel has its own "patisserie". Experienced personnel. There's even a beauty parlour.
Most rooms are near the pool and restaurant. They are clean, light, carefully decorated in european style. Things (taps, lights, airconditioning, television, roomservice) actually work here. They have a meeting room. Wifi in the rooms (slow though). Good value for money.
However, a limited number of rooms upstairs from the reception are to be avoided: neighbouring La Chaumière is a better option indeed.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KarenAmstelveen
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Property: Hotel Le Rabelais
Address: Quinzanbougou | Route de Sotuba, Bamako BP 2126, Mali
Region: Mali > Bamako
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 38 Hotels in Bamako
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Le Rabelais 3*
Number of rooms: 40

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