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“clean but nothing is included in the very expensive rate”
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Prince Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kano
drmikey
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“clean but nothing is included in the very expensive rate”
Reviewed 12 August 2010

The best thing about this place is the restaurant, a great respite from the food we'd been eating in northern nigeria. There are NINE different room rates. The standard is 18500N which is clean but very average. My colleagues shared a villa suite for 32000N which was far better so go for that if there is two of you and you don't mind sharing a room. Everything is extra- wifi, no kettle or tea/coffee and the restaurant though v good(lebanese chef) isn't cheap. eg 2 courses for 4700N

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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South Carolina
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Reviewed 23 February 2010

The Prince Hotel is my favorite of the several Nigerian hotels I have stayed in. The staff was quite nice and helpful. The rooms were clean. The restaurant was nothing special but the food was good and reasonably priced.

I stayed in a small room in the main building adjacent to reception. It was clean and comfortable. The pesticide smell was strong but I quickly became accustomed to it and did not realize it was present unless I left and then returned to the room and went through the adjustment process again. I was at least grateful that the bugs and mosquitoes were not a problem. The electricity knocked off several times but a hotel generator quickly started up each time to provide power. My bathroom was small but nice. The air-conditioning worked well.

My colleague stayed in a very large and nice room, with shimmering tiles and space to spare, in one of the newer villas. It was probably the nicest room I have seen in my limited experience with Nigerian hotels, nicer than those at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

The gardens and walking paths out toward the villas are beautiful. After all the hustle and bustle of Nigerian cities, traffic and streetlife, they were a welcomed and aesthetically pleasing reprieve.

There is only one restaurant on the property and no nightlife. Most of the guests were foreign males on business of one sort or another. There is apparently a swimming pool, although I did not see it. I do not believe there is any spa or other such amenities.

I rate this hotel high for a Nigerian hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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MO
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2010

Shared a spacious villa room with a colleague, 9 day stay. Need to put green card outside room to have it cleaned. Towels were fine. Power off several times a day, for a few minutes each time. Beds very hard. Odor in rooms from insecticide - spray, can have it skipped if you ask, tho there are mosquitos. AC worked fine, quiet, and we set the thermostat. Stilletos in Africa?? Stay on walkways and use caution in the parking lot and you won't ruin them. Staff seemed to struggle to understand our food orders, at times. Opened the restaurant a half hour early to accommodate our schedule, with only "continental". This included oatmeal / porridge, fruit, croissants, toast, coffee/tea.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Kent
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Reviewed 4 February 2010

Having arrived in Kano after a day-long journey from London via Amsterdam and having had 'customs officials' at Kano airport claim my suitcase was still in Amsterdam (requiring $100 to have it 'expressed') before I spotted it being loaded into the back of a pick-up truck outside the airport, I was hoping for a bit of solace. No such luck. It took 30 minutes to get a much-needed beer (warm and hideously expensive) before bed. Driven crazy by a rattly and inefficient air conditioner I eventually opened the window. Big mistake. There was a power-cut in the night and the hotel's generator fired-up - filling the room with diesel smoke and a noise like an earthquake. The reviewer who praised the restaurant and its Lbanese staff must have been very hungry. The food is awful, the service insulting, and the ambience akin to a Lebanese prison. But a team of European aircraft engineers unlucky enough to be stuck there for a month assured me the alternatives in Kano are even worse. Pay extra for one of the 'villas' in the garden, bring a stash of duty frees and a sense of humour.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled on business
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Germany
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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Reviewed 30 December 2009

Hard to imagine saying too many things bad about this place. I've stayed here quite a few times over the years, and besides the Tahir Palace, this place is one of two places to stay in Kano. What I like: there are no surprises, clean, staff willing to meet your needs, nice bar area, pool, room spacious. Run by Lebanese, so a great restaurant with fair prices. Away from the hustle and bustle, yet an easy drive to the old city. Enjoy Kano, and stay here.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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Lagos
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151 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2009

I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. It is acclaimed to be the best hotel in Kano. My original booking was a standard room but the room was horrible and below the standard of an average guest house in every way. I had to upgraded to an executive room (a detached chalet styled room, very expensive for the quality)

Pros: -The executive room was ok, better finished than the standard room. Comparable to what obtains in a 2 star hotel. The diner was ok. I never had breakfast.
-Good location, one of safer parts of town
-Television was clear with multiple cable channels

Cons: -Food was very expensive
-My room was not cleaned, no toiletries and PLEASE take your towels with you if you are finicky about cleanliness
-The floors had a strong smell of chemicals
-My bathroom had an odor, I had to use my perfume as air freshener
-It took a while to put on the generator when NEPA took power. (3-4mins can feel like forever especially at night when you need to go to the bathroom!) They need a standby generator
-The hotel ground is covered with gravel, so ladies be careful with your stilettos, I got mine damaged
Surprisingly, I would still recommend this hotel because you may not get anything better in Kano!!!!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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washington dc
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 January 2009

Kano is hot, dry, and not very friendly. As Nigeria goes, there's little to do here, and the taxis and hotels are a ripoff. DO NOT stay at the Prince Hotel - there is intermittant hot water, the water is brown and unclean, and the rooms reek of pesticide. The staff are unhelpful and rude. The breakfast is overpriced. If you ahve to come to Kano stay at the Tahir - at least they're human there!

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Property: Prince Hotel
Address: Tamandu Road, off Audu Bako Way | Nassarawa GRA, Kano, Nigeria
Region: Nigeria > Kano State > Kano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 295
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