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Hotel Bahia Malabo
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Hotel Bahia Malabo
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Malabo
Reviewed 24 March 2012

After 30 hours of travelling I arrived at the hotel exhausted and eager to have and a shower. The first room I was shown was right at the end of the corridor on the first floor.... this was strange in itself as the hotel was almost empty... why put people as far from the lift/stairs as possible?

Then the door lock would not work and while the staff were fiddling with that I was waiting for the a/c to start cooling the room which was pretty hot. However the units louvre would not move to the fully open position so the cold air was not be directed across the room/ Also the a/c units are tiny. They might be half ton units for a fair sized room.

Eventually they gave up on the door lock and the A/C didn't seem to be cooling the room so we moved to another room.

The other room was pretty much the same but I did manage to lock the door. All night the A/c was set on an optimistic 18 degrees celsius but it never got below 24. When I got to the bathroom I found there was a bath tub with a shower unit but no shower curtain or shower curtain rail.... is this a new concept of "wet floor" bathroom?

The TV channels do not include any English channel news which is pathetic for a business hotel. The quality of everything was very average... sorry not very good way to describe the place but you would understand if you experienced it.

The staff were ok. Polite and reasonably efficient. The wifi was not working when I arrived but when they got it started it was ok and complimentary which it needed to be as it was very slow as it is in most places in EG.

In the morning I about to leave the room for breakfast but I couldn't lock the door. So again we had a farcical attempt to lock the door.... I gave up, took my valuables and computer down to the restaurant and had a .....very average breakfast.

So if you are on a budget and don't mind a no frills stay then this is your place. I think $180 for this place is about twice as much as it should cost but then this is Africa and you can't expect good value for money.

Room Tip: All the rooms are pretty much the same..
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

Seated between the city and the airport, my office was on the Carretera del Aeropuerto, the place is very convenient. The room was very clean, A/C and TV were OK. There is a free wi-fi access in the room if you ask for a day-ticket at the desk.
The restaurant is OK, food quite good, unless the breakfast which is always the same. Nice employees, dedicated to your service, although with the african style...
This is not the best hotel in Malabo, but this one is really confortable, simple and full of oil companies employees.

Room Tip: The rooms with a balcony are noisy.
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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank karen_schmutz
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Reviewed 14 March 2010

I stayed in Bahia II, so they must be a success, setting up a chain?!
Rooms are clean-ish (you can't expect much from a west african hotel) and I usually travel with a sheet sleeping bag just in case.
Air conditioning worked, there was an english channel on TV (well, CNN) and a remote for the TV. The toilet flushed, and the bathroom was clean.
The food in the restaurant is actually pretty good
Location is a bit hit & miss, but EG is a reasonably safe place as long as you take the usual precautions.
Usually full of Oil industry expats on rotation.
You can get wireless 'broadband' (extremely slow) in reception.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank ScotlandTyke
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Reviewed 23 January 2008

Have spent so far 6 days in the hotel (of a 10-day stay).
Rating of above average = above average when compared to other local hotels.
When compared to your "average" hotel in the third world, it can be said that rooms are cleaner than average.
Spartan conditions: one TV with one (TVE) channel, functioning A/C, some wood furniture and creaking beds, nothing else.
About 12 hotel rooms. If you show up last, you get the worse room available. Had to move from first assigned room because a bar next to the hotel had very loud prostitutes and clients (non-locals working in the oil and associated service industries) exchanging "pleasantries" from midnight to 0600 hrs. No place to hang clothes. Moved to an ocean view room as soon as onen was available and was able to sleep. After 6 days and 5 nights, I have yet to see a maid (luckily, we brought our own towels). Location: beautiful view of Malabo Bay and "port" and is close to a very nice town park (Spanish colonial style). Safest place of 25 African, Latin American, Caribbean and European coluntries visited in my lifetime. Daily cost is CFA57,000 (about USD$140, at current exchange rate of 423 CFA per USD). Restaurant has very nice view of the ocean and is slightly more expensive than equivalent facilities. Hotel reservations? If someone living in the island will do you the favor, he/she goes to hotel counter and asks to reserve you a room about 10 days in advance, then shows up again 2-3 days before arrival to verbally "reconfirm" the reservation. Your part? Pray that there's a room available when you arrive. I don't know how reservations work for someone with no contacts on the island. No need for credit cards (none is accepted). Hotel wants CFAS, will accept Euros, may accept US dollars. Strictly a cash economy; banks don't "work" well here, so don't think about going to a banking facility because they don't exchange currency. Buy local, bottled water to brush teeth, etc. Frequent, extended blackouts, island wide, but hotel has working power generator (good, good thing to have, : - )
Bioko Island is for monkey lovers, people who want to get away from civilization, want to go way out of the trodden path or are making big money from oil industry.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Deiburria
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Reviewed 16 August 2006

Hotel Bahia, is one of the best hotels in Malabo. I also tried Ureka which was equally good, but less expensive. Hotel Stella was more expensive but less good. Bahia rooms are clean, have nice balconies overlooking ocean and have tv with CNN.
The restaurant is expensive but good and the waiters are very nice.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled solo
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14  Thank zgt
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Reviewed 23 April 2006

Unless you work for a U.S. multi-national oil company, Malabo is well off your beaten path. The Bahia is one of about four hotels in Malabo, but is clearly the best, although "best" is a dubious distinction. The rooms are pure central africa...questionable locks and only marginally clean, but most times the air conditioner and TV works. Relative to your other choices, however, the Bahia is great. The restaurant is fairly good, with a nice patio that overlooks the harbor. The restaurant staff usually speaks some english, but the desk staff and maids usually only speak spanish. The other good restaurant in Malabo is a french restaurant at the Hotel Tropicana. Beyond that, don't drink anything but bottled water, watch what you eat and wash your hands a lot. Except for the expatriot westerners and the ruling class, most residents of Malabo live a mean existance and sanitary conditions there are abysmal. Unlike most of the rest of Central Africa, Equatorial Guinea is fairly safe in terms of crime and you can walk the streets without too much fear of being rolled, but use good sense and don't let your guard down. There is no tourist industry on Bioko Island, so unless you're simply trying to visit remote corners of the earth, I can't think of a good non-business reason to go there.

70  Thank Tvlweary1
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Reviewed 19 April 2016
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Malabo, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea
Region: Equatorial Guinea > Bioko Island > Malabo
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Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Malabo
Price Range: £67 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16

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