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Elion House Hotel
Ranked #39 of 135 Hotels in Lagos
Reviewed 14 December 2011

The biggest concern for me travelling to Lagos was security and I felt secure in this hotel.

The room was nice: very large and had everything I needed. The shower was a little unpredictable - cold one day, scolding another and one day it didn't work at all.

The food was varied in quality - the breakfast was quite poor but the food in the bar was pretty good.

There were some issues with paying in advance of my stay but everything got ironed out when I arrived and they were apologetic about the issues.

I would stay here again and I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying and working in Lagos.

Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

I have been 45 times and many different places in Nigeria in last 6 years.
This hotel has different feelings for me. After long hours of work, hotel gives you peacefull times. It has much above qualit levels than other hotels in Lagos. Althouge it is in bit remote area but gives you time to relax. Also the staff is quite friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Thank anaydin
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Reviewed 24 June 2010

Very bad location - recommended only if you want to avoid traffic of VI & Ikoyi . Rooms are small and charges very high.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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1  Thank Uday27
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Reviewed 25 December 2009

Decent rooms in this Victoria Island hotel and modern, well kept bar/lobby areas.

Massive disappointment as usual in Nigeria is the service. Absolutely diabolical - horrendous waits for anything you ask for even if you're the only guest there. And, as usual everything is exceptionally overpriced so it receives a very low value rating. I'd accept higher prices for imported goods but even a local bottle of water was near enough US$10.

Checking out is also a bit of a hassle. Give yourself at least 30 minutes, again, even if you're the only guest.

Dont leave your luggage in their secure storage, last time it took quite a while to retrieve it and caused almighty delays with forward transport. The place gets a recommendation purely because you need to stay here, and the management know it.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled on business
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Thank Ortuther
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Reviewed 24 June 2009

i visited this hotel that is located at a very isolated part of lagos, 5 minutes away from Victoria Island, where you get peace of mind away from the hectic environment...

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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Thank Breeze231
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Reviewed 30 May 2009

Stayed at Elion House for 8 days. Location: Lagos is a city of corrugated iron shacks mainly. This is not a disrespectful statement, but it is the truth - go and check if you do not believe me. Elion is in an area called Dolphin extension. It is in a compound, and the compound is on par with the poorer residential areas in any western country. Elion is owned by a Lebanese man who was born in Nigeria. Service; The staff are the most polite that I have encountered in all my travels. Room service average wait time is close to an hour. The hotel will sell you Naira currency for for N120 to the US dollar. Room pricing: most hotels in Lagos are more pricey than London, New York or Paris. At Elion, expect anything from $ 250 per room onward (corporate rate, that is!). Honestly, Elion is actually clean and visually quite nice. Rooms are clean and in a very good state of repair. I mean Western hotel standards. No complaints there. Rooms have DSTV satellite TV (Discovery; Nat Geo; MTV; MBC 2 and 4; Supersport -etc); a kettle, clean and attractive beds and bedding (again, Western standard); nice drapes -etc. No balconies for the rooms - at least, not for mine. Elion has very attractive outdoor lighting and shrubbery - well maintained too. The areas where they can improve are: bathtubs are a grimey- they need a scrubbing. The free wireless internet is slowwww.... The hotel has no icebuckets!!! You need to call roomservice each time you want to pour a Jack Daniels for yourself in your room, and they bring you a glass full of ice that melts in ten minutes! The bar fridges are old and do not seal well - not like the new silent evaporation-type models that many hotels have. The breakfast is not good at all. You get the same thing every darn day: boiled eggs; something that resembles Arabic 'harees'; weak coffee; rubbery pancakes; Nigerian food swimming in oil; white toast; mini-croissants; baked bean sludge and other stuff. There is no good old fashioned hash browns; bacon; mushrooms; sausages -etc. Granted, they do have healthy fruit salad. The juice is bloody terrible and bitter. It would seem that the breakfast setup is permanently situated outside near the little swimming pool (the pool is clean and about the size of a townhouse pool) so you need to sit and sweat it out in Nigerian humidity whilst eating - and let me tell you that the humidity is something to be experienced!! Elion staff do not replenish shampoo in the rooms - you end up using the bath gel for your hair. They do however have cleanish bathrobes and slippers for you to wear whilst chugging your Jack Daniels in your room. Towels are provided and are clean and in good repair (Western standard).Security is very good indeed - do not even worry about that. There is also a restaurant called Bistro, but no smoking inside. Roomservice portions are gigantic, and the food quality is acceptable. Typical items: Steak sandwich (excellent); Hammour fish (full of bones - skip it); Club Sandwich (very nice); pasta (not that great); Arabic mixed grill (they cook the meat too tough - ask me - I am an expat in Arabia; Salmon steak -etc). Roomservice items range in price from N 3500 to N 6000 ($29 onward). Even a simple cheeseburger will set you back close to US$29!!!!! The thing is that Elion House KNOWS that there are not many good hotels in Lagos, so they exploit this and charge absurd prices for food. There is also a little pub called Sherlocks. Many 50-something local Wesern expats who live in this area converge here, and drink themselves silly. There is a constant stream of football on the pub TV (not interested though, as I'm not Briish) Beers are huge - 500 ml, and cost N 750 (about $4 to 5) for the 'Star' brand. There is also an OK little gym, and a small conference centre. Wake-up calls are ok, but they missed one for me out of eight requests. The entire hotel looks no more than perhaps 5 to 7 years old, and it is clean indeed. Would I take my wife here? Yeah, ok, I would. Kids? No - there are no facilities for them, and Lagos is no place for kids anyway. I had an ok time at this hotel, and as a Westerner, I felt fine and ok here. Not great, but fine. I reckon it makes it as a 3 star hotel if it were in the West (UK; US; Europe). In terms of tipping: the staff do not try to solicit tips at all: they are a LOT less subtle than even Western hotel staff. A last point: no women come knocking on your door late at night. You be the judge of whether that sucks or rules. And speaking of women, I saw many Western women staying quite happily in Elion House. PS: just stay in the hotel - don't go out, and have a stiff drink before you go to the airport for your flight back.. Ahh yes, the good old Lagos airport....

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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2  Thank Lawrence_in_Arabia
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Reviewed 18 December 2007

This hotel is very clean and rooms are reasonably well appointed, but I really struggle to terms with the price which is expensive.
Although often billed as a 5 star, it would probably only get a 3 start rating in Europe or the US.
At around 270USD a night for the most basic room, it really is frightfully expensive and I did not get the impression at any time that it was good value for money.
That said, the room (room 311) was clean ( albeit with a badly tiled shower and a shower curtain pole that kept falling down) and it had a safe and satellite tv.
Security guards on the perimeter check all cars before entry (and this is a normal occurence in many hotels in Lagos).
The block I stayed was in a separate block from the main hotel and so would entail a short walk without overhead protection if it rained... And it can rain quite heavily in Lagos.
Meals are well presented and there is an attractive looking swimming pool where you can eat breakfast, though I did not try the swimming.
There is Internet access in the bar and rooms and the staff were attentive.
The hotel is situated down a cul de sac with views of flats to the outside of its walled compound.
Overall, an ok experience. Definitely wouldnt stay here again as it is not good value for money.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled on business
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Address: Plot 7/8 Agbeke Rotinwa Street | Dolphin Extension, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Region: Nigeria > Lagos State > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Ranked #39 of 135 Hotels in Lagos
Price Range: £73 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Elion House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 154
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