Last week, I went on a 10 day trip to Dakar for the 12th edition of the senegalese capital’s Bienniale, a major event on the continent. I took to Instagram to help me with my hotel selection. The Radisson Blu, as seen beautifully pictured notably on this account, has always been a dream destination of mine. While it might not be within everyone’s means, it’s definitely is worth the trip.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar is nestled in the hills of the western cornice of Dakar, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean (see photos). This is an ideal spot as it’s quite close to the city center (6km) and Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (13 km). But you know Dakar and its traffic jams… don’t hold your breath. In my opinion, the highlight of the hotel has to be its olympic sized infinity pool by the ocean. I have never seen such a beautiful pool.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar has about 240 rooms, combining contemporary style with African sensibilities. Seen as my pockets aren’t that deep, I took a standard room with an ocean view. Those aren’t exactly easy to get as everyone is always gunning for them. I had to wait two days to get one. To give you a bigger picture, the hotel includes Standard Rooms, Business Class rooms, Presidential Suites, Junior Suites, Luxury Equipped Apartments and a 260 m2 Royal Suite. Personally, as long as I have a nice bed and a decent internet connection, I’m not complaining.
The hotel offers a wide array of services. As soon as you set foot in it, you could literally spend your whole stay there. I think their main clientele target are business people and seen as they usually have little time to spare they need to have everything on site. They have two awesome restaurants: the Little Buddha if you like Japanese food (it turns into a lounge bar perfect for dancing later in the evening) or l’Avenue for international gastronomy. When I dined there, I had a lamb shank dish.
I loved trying out the Buddhattitude Spa. It’s a ritual really: every time I touch african soil, I hit up a spa or even a hammam (steam room) for some relaxing me-time. On top of it all, the staff makes themselves super available. I always take the time to talk with them. Shout out to chill Mona at the reception.
The (one) Con:
As per the feedback I got from our users on Instagram, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar is seen as a very expensive hotel. I shelled out 250 euros for my room.