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Review of Foyer du Marin

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Foyer du Marin
Ranked #4 of 64 Douala B&B and Inns
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best value for money in Douala”
Reviewed 18 January 2013

I've stayed in the Foyer more times then I can remember. For the price (around 20.000 CFA, or €30) it is the best value in town. Especially concerning the terrace and the food. A real nice place to relax before you go to the bush or get back. Expect nothing luxurious, just decent and clean rooms, friendly staff, a refreshing pool and a great terrace. The food (German inspired) is really nice and from the grill.

Unfortunately the Foyer has become really populair so they are often fully booked.

This is my favorite place in Douala, by far.

Room Tip: I like the rooms on the lower level, next to the reception. But all rooms on the 'reception side...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Hermanus, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2012

We have had the opportunity to stay at the Foyer du Marin, in Akwa Douala, the apartment 217 have been recently renovated and is the nicest place I have seen in Douala, everything is new, the apartment is very spacious, two great bedrooms and a very well fitted kitchen. The choice at the restaurant is limited but the food is very good. The single rooms is also good and the Foyer is very well priced.

Room Tip: Choose the apartment 217
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Nothing luxurious. But great value for money. Most of the staff are friendly. Slightly small menu but overall very nice. Will stay there again on any return business trips.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2012

In contrary to the experience other travellers seam to have had I really enjoyed me stay at the Foyer du marin. In the centre of Akwa tucked away from the busy main road it offers simple, air-conditioned and very clean rooms with adjacent bathrooms. I slept extremely well on a good mattress.
The garden around the pool is inviting, even more so the wooden terrace under a roof from which you overlook the port. Food is very good and for moderate prices.
You do need a car to get there and away though since the area in front of the hotel is dark and dodgy.
But they offer secure parking.
Even late at night when I came home the guard on my request served me a beer as a nightcap on the quiet terrace. I can't confirm a rude service.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Yaounde, Cameroon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2011

The owner is extremely rude; she is the most obnoxious person I have ever met. She is very prejudiced. I complained about my room not having hot water and they offered me a bucket of hot water. My daughter requested a plain omelet at breakfast and it was given to another child in our party. Then waitress took the half eaten omelet from the other child and gave it to my daughter to eat. The rooms don't have phones, peep holes or double locks. The air conditioner works at times. The walls are so thin that you can hear everything going on next door and the wedding going on across the street until 6am. The beds and pillows are hard.

Room Tip: don't stay at this hotel unless you are asking for punishment!!!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Clean toilets as would be expected from a German-run establishment, OK rooms, nice staff, excellent food from the grill, fresh beer on tap.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

In contrary to some other reviews we (Family of 4) enjoyed staying at Foyer du Marin (twice in 3 weeks).
We booked the only studio -room 24 - which is a completely redecorated two floor studio, incl. living room, diningroom, kitchen, two bath rooms, two big bedrooms and a wassingmachine! The room is well conditioned (3 air conditions), firm but good beds (1 double and 2 singles) and very clean.
The staff (especially Goergina at reception) is very freindly (speak perfect english and french) and they gave us excellent advise and a good agent in the North of Cameroon.
The restaurant is pleasant (outside in the green garden + good swimmingpool) and the food is good (not very cheap).
We would definitey recommend (especially families) to check out room 24, as a welcome change to the otherwise low comfort hotels in most of Cameroon.
Rick

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Foyer du Marin
Address: Rue Gallieni, Douala, Cameroon
Region: Cameroon > Littoral Region > Douala
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Ranked #4 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Douala
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Foyer Du Marin Hotel Douala

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