We had searched for somewhere to stay in Brazzaville before arrival, and seen only bad reviews of the city's other "5-star" hotel, the Laica Maica, and so had braced ourselves for the worst. With a 2-year old in tow, a couple of painful weeks in Brazzaville (for work reasons) in bad or limited accommodation was transformed into an enjoyable and relaxed stay in the Olympic Palace Hotel.
The pool was very nice, shallow end for kids and just about big enough for exercise. The garden was a decent size and well laid out, with the odd water feature making for a calm atmosphere. A domesticated fish eagle wanders around the pool and terrace area.....
The restaurant had a limited but good quality menu, and also did pretty good breakfasts - not the fastest service but decent French-style cooking. Good bar as well with decent selection of whisky and frequented by the Air France crews who use the hotel. The restaurant opposite the hotel is also meant to be good, though we never got a chance to try it.
The room was a slightly run-down but clean and with a comfortable bed and a balcony overlooking the pool and garden. No problem with hot water and aircon, though we needed to put up our own mosquito net (which was essential!)
The Lebanese owners have been refurbishing the rooms and the hotel, and they looked very nice although were not ready when we were there.
I am pretty sure that this is the best hotel in in Brazzaville, and it certainly made a potentially difficult couple of weeks into a pretty straightforward and relaxing stay while my partner was at work.
I guess the only frustrating thing was the wifi internet, which was pretty slow, although worked better in the bar area. And on paying, change money at a bank and pay in CFA - paying in dollars/euros at the hotel will cost you as they use a lower exchange rate. But overall this hotel was a bit of a life-saver, and I will always think fondly of the Olympic Palace!!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia and Booking.com so you can book your Hotel Olympic Palace reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.