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“OK for this town, expensive though”
Review of Modern City Lodge

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Modern City Lodge
Ranked #12 of 18 Tamale B&B and Inns
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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“OK for this town, expensive though”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

There was no great expectation of the kind of hotels which would be available at this location, so this was a surprise. The hotel is relatively new, with large rooms (though I had a level higher than a basic room). The hotel has facilities for large meetings and workshops, so this is a definite advantage. Breakfast is very, very basic, food is generally OK. Service is average, with no major reason for complaints. It is quiet, as the work site next door (the hotel is expanding) was not taking place. The price is comparable to large cities, so it is slightly on the expensive side.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Accra, Ghana
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Very poor service for the price, noisy hotel - internet connection did not work for the whole week and no one seems to care much. Breakfast is poor and the attitude of the staff is not very friendly. More importantly - if you are obliged to stay there avoid walking at night in the road leading to the hotel. we were attacked and violently robbed in March 2013.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Abidjan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 December 2012

Very poor price quality deal! Due to minimal information, I was forced to pay for expenses I would have never thought of paying. I had to argue with difficulty whilst the ladies at the counter knew very well that they should have informed me better. If this information was provided, I wouldn't dream of staying at a hotel that is a building site without functional aircon in the room and that charges me 40 cedis extra without reason. The hotel was mostly empty and had a bad vibe. I assure travellers that there are much better options in Tamale. Unless you have to be here for a conference this is a definate NO GO!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2012

Dumb_screen_name said it all: "poor fit and finish" but typical for this part of the world.

On the + side: The best water pressure I experienced in Sub-Saharan Africa (South Africa aside), some very good staff members, very large rooms, quiet overnight, great lunch arrangements.

On the - side: Dusty hotel, much noise through building/expanding the hotel overday, only one towel (if any) provided, some (very) annoyed staff, unreliable internet, bad bed quality, horrendous restaurant for evenings.

On the balance sheet: That's what you might expect in Tamale and some argue it is the best hotel in town. It's definitely ok, but only for conferences or strictly sleep-over base for touristic trips, no fun inside...

If you organise a conference for a large group (50+) this might be the only viable option in town. If you organise a smaller meeting or go for holiday, find another place, though you might not get much better...

Room Tip: Stay close to the reception as it helps get a better internet connection (if that matters to you). I...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2012

I just spent a week as part of a workshop, with 60+ people. A very new hotel, with much building still happening. Nice large rooms, well screened, a/c, hot water; good meeting spaces, very good speed wireless throughout the hotel. I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful; the team as a whole is still learning how to cope with large numbers, provide diverse breakfasts, etc., and keep all the open spaces dust free (with a building site next door!). My bathroom sprang a leak my first day, it was fixed within an hour. Perfectly fine for a few days in Tamale, though I've not stayed anywhere else in Tamale so could not scientifically compare ...

If you need a change of food options ... there is a nice little bar nearby (behind barclay's bank) called Mike's, and we went to dinner one night at the Mariam Hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

My expectations for African hotels outside of capitals is rather low. I don't expect perfect service or the walls to. be unstained. The modern city lodge does not change my expectations. Tiling in the bathroom is missing or kludged together, furniture is old and mismatched. That being said, there is hot water, working AC, and clean enough. It is what it is. Service at the restaurant is slow even by Ghanaian standards. They appear to be adding more rooms in a significant addition but who knows when that will be finished. There are several large meeting rooms so it can work as a conference venue. Flights are now daily from Accra. You can also drive up from Accra in one long day but it is better to break it into two.

  • Stayed January 2012
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New Germany, Canada
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

Visited modern city lodge for two weeks and was very much impressed about the hotel,We had a three day conference there and i must commend staff were on time especially during lunch time.I have been to Mariam but will prefer that to Modern City because i do not really like the rooms in Mariam hotel

Room Tip: Really love the suite i slept in i think it was room 103.
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Modern City Lodge
Address: Tamale, Ghana
Region: Ghana > Northern Region > Tamale
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Ranked #12 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Tamale
Number of rooms: 19

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