I spent four days at this hotel in Nov. 2007 over a weekend and week days. Admittedly being here over the weekend must be factored in because I was quite bored yet it also gave me plenty of time to come to know the property's virtues and lack thereof. First my opinion was colored by the fact that the rooms are over $300 a night; it is simply way too overpriced, it in no way belongs in the category to charge this much. I am American but travel all over the world and have quite a bit of experience in different African countries, so I'm not holding my punches out of any sense of pc, etc. Also I just came from Senegal where the experience was great for two thirds the price. But for this price you get a barely adequate room, although clean. The bathroom is technically clean but again reminded me of some places I've used when in a camp lodge setting. A bit worn and the tile and grout need a good power cleaning.An example, the shampoo and shower gel (at least they had) really look like they are in reusable little bottles that the staff fill up at night with some homemade brew. I mean the cap on one was rusty and sort of askew. OK, it's environmental -good, but for this price I think they can afford some shampoo from the Body Shop. As for services, these really aren't that great either. First, they only take one type of credit card, that being Visa. OK, but in the room they say they take only MC, and the central reservations desk in S. Africa took my Amex number and assured me that it was acceptable at the hotel. So I changed some Euros at the front desk. He took my fifty Euros and handed me a wad of bills, like that, not how much I was receiving, but just here you go, here's some naira for you. I asked him what the hotel exchange rate was, and he had to then go and look it up. When I told him a needed a receipt, he wrote one out by hand. Second, they made me pay for the stay in advance - plus charged me for an extra night because I came in early and wanted to go to bed. Next, room service was awful and food not much better. I had several meals here; the service is friendly but really enjoys it when you learn how to do everything for yourself. No need to bring me any more coffee, mam, I now know where to go to find the pot myself. Maybe tomorrow I could cook my own food. Last night I ordered room service at around seven-thirty pm. Going on nine pm I called about it; then they called back, hey, can you take something else instead, we forgot your order. Then they brought, half of the original order - and this is maybe just me - but they brought the whole bottle of used ketchup - and it sat in my room until they cleaned it the next afternoon. So then it dawned on me when I was using the ketchup again in the restaurant - it seemed rather clumpy, probably spent more nights in people's rooms than in the fridge. I know that Lagos probably does not even have one truly acceptable hotel for the money they charge - even the larger chain hotels go lacking for the money. All this said, the hotel is OK, but has problems - the biggest being the price. If it were $100 less, perhaps the feeling would be one of a fair deal instead of that of a rip-off. On the plus side, it gets great cable tv reception with BBC channels; it has wifi but really only works in the lobby and is no faster ever than 54 Mbps, and power goes out frequently for a few seconds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stunning boutique hotel arguably offers the finest accommodation in downtown Lagos. Conveniently situated right in the heart of Victoria Island's hotel district, everything is near at hand, with Kuramo Waters and the Atlantic Ocean being in easy reach of the hotel. Designed for the discerning traveller, the hotel offers fine dining in elegant surroundings while the secure location ensures peace and quiet from the surrounding hustle and bustle of the city. In the normal Protea Hotels tradition, nothing is ever too much trouble to ensure our GUESTS enjoy all the facilities needed by today's traveller. If you use a little bit of street savvy, Lagos can offer you a number of unique experiences. It has more night clubs and live music than just about any other West African city and is chiefly known for its music. The late Fela Kuti came from an outer suburb of Lagos. Sunny Ade, king of juju music, still calls it home as does the Afro-reggae specialist Sonny Okosun. Sunny Ade's club,Ariya Night Club, is in Yaba and is worth a visit - as is the open-air Jazz 38 where, if you've had the foresight to bring your own musical instrument with you, you might score an invitation to jam with the band. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Protea Hotel Lagos