I normally only post reviews of my holiday hotels, but this time i decided also to share my experience in Nigeria.
Arrived in Lagos and had to stay one night at the Intercontinental hotel. As per my business partners the new and long awaited addition to Lagos hotels market. Overall architecture is modern but hotel is poorly finished, it seems it is already falling apart. Hotel is located on victoria island which is cbd, but access is a challenge, long traffic jam to enter the hotel. overall i had good service, friendly staff. Food quality was rather average. buffet is uninspiring. i tried the chinese restaurant at night. Not really chinese but portions are large. Overall pricing is not cheap 460 us$ for standard room. Restaurants very expensive 60 us $ for starter and main course including water and a juice.
Second day on my way to Abuja, I was positively surprised by the domestic airport after having gone through hell at the lagos international airport the day before.
Abuja here we go, my local contacts had booked me at the sheraton, I arrived mid day and rooms were quick check in, but then the dissapointment started, i moved through 3 rooms to find one with a well closing door, a not too noisy ac and a functional bathroom. I quickly took a shower and then going for meetings at the hilton lobby. Do not ask why, i did not understand either why my contacts would book me in one hotel and organise meetings at another.
Security is attentive and a scanning van at the entrance screens every vehicle. Lobby is air conditionned and the lounge seems to be the meet and greet place of Abuja. We had lunch at the Bukka restaurant, very bussling restaurant, need to call a bit for service attention but the food variety is definitely worth the price. i paid 7000 naira per head for full buffet including soft drink, not cheap but worth the money when for several days you have not had a great meal. By comparison you pay 6000 naira at the airport lounge sds in Lagos airport for dried bread and staff watching TV.
As i had some spare time in between meetings i asked to see a bedroom to compare with sheraton. Well clearly there is no comparison, Mrs Mary the guest relation employee made quickly two room types available and a bell boy showed me the way, whilst explaining all hotel facilities which was great as you get the side stories for free. Rooms are dated and need some upgrade there is no doubt but all is working well. I thus went back to the sheraton to check out and book myself into the hilton. i went online to check pricing which was 420 us$ when at the reception the receptionist proposed me an uprgade to royal room, which is a double sized room with a very 70 ies style. i really loved it i also got a bottle of wine to go with the room and some nibbles. Rooms was clean although furniture is scratched. Aircon was working well, corridors I agree with other reviews there is less AC but in Sheraton there is no ac at all.
In the evening we met up with local partners, drinks at the lobby lounge, much less noisy then the capital bar ( which is too much of a local flair to me) afterwards we had dinner at Zuma grill, probably the best meal in nigeria for continental cuisine. I had balik salmon starter followed by an unbelievable rib eye beef cut grilled perfectly. They also have a mustard and chili trolley, quite nice although the chili is really hot and for me beyond my tolerance level. Alexander was our waiter and he did impeccable service, all with some good french wines at affordable pricing even our local Nigerian partners were positively surprised by the quality of this meal.
Had a good night sleep, tip for room make up always hang your tag make up room, otherwise they slide your room at the end of the day, my room attendant gave me the tip.
Breakfast buffet has all you can desire but indeed pricey, i stayed 3 nights and from second day went for the pastry corner in the shopping alley, there you pay as you go so 2 croissants and a coffee would set you back 12 us$ which is more reasonable and the croissants are good quality.
Check out was almost smooth, they had to try my credit card on several machines, finally went through, i panicked thinking i would receive multiple debits but after checking with my accounts all was fine.
I would definitely return and stay again, hotels in nigeria are not cheap but better stick to the proven track record. i have seen a lot of comments on wifi internet, glad to confirm it is working at good speed but unfortunately still to be paid.
My tip, indulge yourself to a retro royal room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Nigeria's capital city in close proximity to government offices, business and diplomatic districts, Transcorp Hilton offers 670 art-deco style rooms and suites for the comfort of discernible travellers. The spacious, bright and airy rooms are complete with original artwork and have large windows with stunning city views. Catch up with work at the desk, check your emails with high-speed internet (fees apply), recline on the mini chaise lounge or simply re-energise in the marble bathroom. From local Nigerian and continental cuisines to themed international buffets, Transcorp Hilton offers a delightful culinary experience with 4 restaurants and 4 bars. The hotel boasts a hi-tech, 1200-persons capacity Congress Hall and 24 meeting rooms. All benefit from natural daylight and individually controlled air conditioning, creating an ideal location for board meetings, press conferences, receptions or private dining parties. The mezzanine and foyer areas surrounding the Congress Hall enjoy natural daylight and provide an ideal location for registration, exhibition or display area, refreshment, breakfast or pre dinner cocktails. For the fitness enthusiast, the hotel boasts a well-equipped fitness center including saunas, a large hexagonal outdoor swimming pool and children's wading pool, 3 tennis courts, 3 squash courts, volleyball and basketball courts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Transcorp Hilton Abuja Hotel Abuja
- Hilton International Abuja
- Hilton Abuja
- Abuja Hilton