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"Just made "very good""
The previous review about "pizza" is full of good info. My experience was ALL GOOD until that last day. I was so worried about mosquitos because of the "mosquito hell" review that I read before. I don't do well at all with mosquitos. During my stay, there were some mosquitos, but I had no problem whatsoever during my stay and in my room. The facilities were very clean and in good shape. The gym, however, is dark and stuffy: the kind that makes the towels smell not so fresh. Oh well ... it's a gym. Last day: I checked out of my room on time, and returned in the late afternoon since I asked if I could kill time there before my 11pm flight. The receptionist was so kind to direct me to the vestiaire in the basement by the pool (evening flights are the norm here, so you'd expect this kind of hotel to accommodate this reality). The vestiaire smelled like a fish market and looked un inviting. I spent the day inhaling exhaust, so just took a shower. The pool towel had a moldy smell, which I realized only after I began dressing. This is my personal pet peeve. But, I wanted not to ruin an otherwise good stay and was so glad to get a desk in the business center, a.k.a. mosquito central. MANAGEMENT: please put the sticky tape, or some kind of symbolic devices to show that you are doing something about the mosquitos there. While my phone was charging, I fought off the mosquitos. A very sad way to end an otherwise good, solid stay. So, well I was glad with the gesture, it really soured my view of the hotel.
"Good pizzas served until late, otherwise insanely overpriced"
Radisson Blu is omnipresent in Africa and the Middle East, and generally what I always get for my money is top cleanliness, towels in reasonable to great shape, and a decent night's rest. This Radisson Blu is essentially billed as the number one hotel in the nation, so depending on the season and if renovations are ongoing, you could pay anywhere from US$140 to $600++ a night. Big events, political especially, will also dominate occupancy. Airport Shuttle: Email at least a day in advance or hop on a phone (I use Skype and charge up a decent balance of euros that auto refills so I can make a data line call - generally works great even in slower internet, 3G for data type situations. Anyhow, it's free and otherwise you might pay 20-75 euros depending on what picks you up or can negotiate with a decent enough local taxi you'll feel comfortable riding in. Take. The. Shuttle, no tipping needed. Check in: Fast, fine. Service: English was generally well spoken though I had a few misunderstandings as a non-French speaker. Nothing horrible. Outdoor area: No swimmable beach, sadly, nor any sand. Pool kind of awkwardly arranged with a few spots that get great sun continuously but others not so good for spending the whole day out there. On a weekend these were taken from early and held all day with a small beach bag or a hat. Lame. Pool boys seem to need to be approached to get towels / set up umbrellas - be proactive. Gym: Free for use in the Buddhaspa next door. Pretty damn good gym, but ellipticals face very close to mirrors while the four treadmills face the sea. I say if you can't run just do some hills on the treadmill around sunset. Pretty great scenery. Have to pay for use of sauna and steam room (lame and not 5 star!). Rooms: Pretty spacious. Nice TV. Internet mediocre. Lots of pillows but all very poor. Air conditioning was the biggest complaint - Senegal is humid and I found humidity control to be poor and it wasn't cold enough. Efforts to repair this were laughable and unimpressive. Shower is typical half glass, half open air European style. Inevitably leads to flooded bathroom and foyer of the room. Awful and inefficient. Make sure you insist on extra extra towels each day. You'll need them. PRO TIP: There are conveniences like the mall and supposed cinema and arcade center in Sea Plaza next door (I didn't see a movie, but I went to the grocery super market called oddly "Casino"). You can get wines, beers, liquor, mixers, and everything else you would otherwise pay out the wazoo for if on an extended stay at Radisson Blu. I dare say even request an extra fridge if you're staying for 4 nights. I like to have yogurt, fruit, cheese, meat, water, booze, and so forth.
I stayed here four nights for a conference. It is a gorgeous hotel. The pool is amazing, as if you are swimming in the ocean since it sits on a cliff on the edge of the shore. The breakfast was really delicious, so many things to choose from. The bed was really comfortable. I did not notice mosquitoes in the room as others have mentioned. The lunch buffet was good (not amazing like the breakfast). I think there were a few slight things I thought could be improved considering the price, but honestly I can't remember them now two months later. The pizza I ordered wasn't great and I was surprised that regular lettuce was used instead of the arugula mentioned on the menu, I would have chose a different pizza.
The rooms and conference halls are too hot. Not sure if the ACs work or whether they don't want to pay for electricity. But the hotel is terribly expensive so why should guests suffer from the mosquito nuisance'
This hotel trys to establish itself as a business hotel but fails to meet the usual standards for such a hotel. Customer service standards very low despite plenty of staff available. There were swarms of mosquitos in the public areas where guests got bitten to pieces! Rooms however had sprays to keep the mosquitos at bay.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 4:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM