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Bolingo Hotel and Towers
Ranked #32 of 82 Hotels in Abuja
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“Complete Opposite”
Reviewed 20 November 2005

I was on business in Abuja for the month of November, and through my visit i stayed at 3 different hotels, The Hilton, Le Meridian and Bolingo Hotel And towers.
I must say that of all my nights in Abuja, I had the best sleep and felt more at home at Bolingo.
The Hotel is Under excellent Swiss Management, the food was excellent, and the service was great. The facilities for business were readily available, 24hr intrnet access in the rooms and a good business centre.
The tranquil location of this hotel is enhanced by the wonderful landscaping and the view of the city from the rooms especially at night is priceless.
For anyone who likes to relax on business trips or holidays, this is the hotel to stay. Keep your worries at bay and enjoy your visit, at least that is how i felt during my visit.

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Reviewed 20 December 2004

Protea, the South African hotel chain, ran this place for over a year. The hotel's name is now the Bolingo, its old name before Protea management came and left. As for the South Africans, same old same old in Nigeria. Their joint partner was holding back payments and giving Protea a difficult time, wanted more money. So Protea cut and ran to better management opportunities. A major hinderance to foreign investment in Nigeria is that a large percentage of any hotel or venture has to be in Nigerian hands. That means you can easily get cheated or have to wait to get paid, like most who deal in Nigeria.

The hotel is on the main road in from the airport, really close to the business and government area. The new US Embassy, yet to be completed, is basically across the busy highway. Not a bad location, and nice building, but the property has fallen into typically poor management.

The grounds are secure, the lobby is nice with a so-so restaurant. The service and rooms under Protea's management were fair, now under new Nigerian management the hotel is on the decline. Not sure what it is with Nigeria, hotels are overpriced, service is usally poor, nothing stays clean for long, every wall and window seems to have fingerprints or filth on it. The government owned hotels, Bolingo is not, are some of the worst in the world. I've been to some rat holes, but hotels like the Lake Chad in Maiduguri and the Central Hotel in Kano could not be more dirty or unwelcoming. Even the airport Shearton in Lagos is a study in filth, though the restaurant is ok, and service tends to be better in Lagos.

So the Bolingo, no longer Protea, is still newer, the elevators still work, towels still resemble towel not dish rags. It is an ok choice, but for the money go to the Rockview, near the Hilton, the Mediterrean near ECOWAS. Or just pay more and stay at Hilton or Sheraton.

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Property: Bolingo Hotel and Towers
Address: Independent Avenue, Phase 2, Abuja, Nigeria (Formerly Protea Hotel Abuja)
Region: Nigeria > Abuja State > Abuja
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Ranked #32 of 82 Hotels in Abuja
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Number of rooms: 312
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