The rating is 4/5, but that is not the same as a 4/5 in Maui, for example. It is a 4/5 for Abuja, Nigeria. If you're going to Abuja in search of a pristine, 5-star resort with excellent service and fun in the sun, you're going to the wrong spot. If your travels take you to Abuja for business and you need a reasonable place to stay, this one is fine.
The staff are friendly and accommodating. The decor of the rooms is tired and old. The A/C in the room is either "on" or "off" with no other adjustments to be made. When on, it cooled my room to approximately 66 degrees (f), which was like an ice box (I liked it). When off, it was not tolerable. For those who complain about not having hot water, make sure you turn the switch near your bed to the "on" position. One is for the A/C, one is for the water heater. My water was scalding hot as I left the heater on the whole time.
The bed was very hard, which I also like, though some people may complain about it. I used my own router on the ethernet cable in the room, and my internet speeds were in the 5-7 mb range.
The gym was average, at best. It was dingy and had antiquated all-in-one machines, a treadmill or two, perhaps a bike or stair machine as well.
The free breakfast in the hotel was decent, but nothing exceptional. There were several western options and quite a bit of local flavor on the hot buffet. I ate dinner in there one night as well with a similar experience - decent but not great, mostly local flavor.
TIP: Carry a room key from a different hotel everywhere you go (Or ask for an extra at the desk when you check in). Insert it in the device in your room that keeps the power on while you're gone. That keeps the A/C running and allows you to come back to a cool room.
If I return to Abuja, I wouldn't mind staying here, but check out the Transcorp Hilton if it is available. It was a little nicer but wasn't available when I was in town.
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- Chelsea Hotel Central Area-Promoting the essence of exquisite style in the capital of Nigeria. Located 40 mins from the Airport in the Central Business District of Abuja. It offers a touch of African style to its already celebrated International appeal. Its facilities include - kitchenettes, suites, swimming pool, gym, 400-person conference hall, free wireless and many more.Chelsea Hotel Wuse 2 - New boutique hotel for business travelers located in the city center. It's facilities are limited but it compensates for this with its higher service standard and cheaper rates. ... more less
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