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I found this place quite basic. My room was basic, dark and honestly a bit depressing to be in. Bed sheets were not the right size for the mattress and you’d find that the bedsheets roll out at night. Breakfast was pretty basic... They did have free wifi which was a good speed.
La Residence is ideal for a stay in Dakar. Removed from the choking traffic of the city center, in a safe neighborhood for walking, easy access to atmospheric beach restaurants. The hotel itself is charming, with comfortable rooms (not five-star amenities, but you aren't paying for them either), a beautiful pool area and a very accommodating staff. I don't understand some of the complaints about the staff, they were as friendly and helpful as could be. Breakfast is not an endless buffet like you would get at an international chain, but it was certainly good (you can get eggs and an array of juices and pastry and yogurt) and was always ready when advertised, with prompt service as well. We don't have a single complaint, and we would happily stay here again if we find ourselves back in Dakar.
An excellent hotel, quiet, and within easy walking distance of the beach and good restaurants. The room (on the second floor overlooking the pool) was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Food and service (including the arrangement of airport transfers) were very good; particularly liked the three cats whose presence added to the ambience.
The hotel is clean and the décor is lovely, fresh, modern. And the cats are a wonderfully sweet addition! If you’re only staying a night or two, La Residence is perfect; if you’re staying longer and service is important to you, you will be frustrated. There are a couple of staff who are polite and friendly but, in general, the B&B has not prioritized customer service. Breakfast is allegedly served from 7am during the week and 7:30am on Sunday. This would be fine if you could have a kettle in your room for tea or coffee. Or even if you could actually get a cup of coffee from the kitchen at 7am. Not possible. That time frame merely means that kitchen staff arrive to work around around 7am, not when anything is actually available. Even this minor frustration would be tolerable if the staff weren’t visibly annoyed with you for bothering them. No greeting, no speaking, just a glare and heavy sigh when I would ask for coffee or hot water. Over a week’s time, this left me dreading interaction with kitchen staff. One day I sat on the steps awaiting my ride. A few minutes later a cleaning lady came outside and began mopping the threshold and steps. I began to stand to leave, but she indicated I could stay. Nevertheless, as she cleaned she pushed her mop directly on my backside. It seemed deliberate, though I expect it was just careless, albeit entirely in line with the general attitude toward guests. I’ve stayed at other hotels in Senegal. This is not a cultural issue.
I stayed here in December and February. All lovely. Best part is being a stone’s throw from beach where there are super beach restaurants (low key nothing swanky). Owned by a French couple who have businesses in Senegal and who obviously visit regularly. Lots of lovely artifacts from the region and relaxed atmosphere. Nice garden and pool area. Taxi into Dakar about 5k (20 mins drive) but interesting drive along the coast - well worth being outside the centre.
I booked two rooms through Expedia. We arrived late at 12:30 am after traveling from the US. They said they had no reservation for me. I showed them the email from expedia on my phone and the print out. They had two rooms for two nights but did not even honor the price that I had reserved it for. We had to move the second two nights to King Fahd hotel where the conference was and it was very expensive, outdated molded and not great. La Residence is a nice property but they made no effort in customer service to try to resolve this. That was very unfortunate.
I have stayed in many hotels in Dakar and this is by far the top in my experience. This is a small-ish guest-house so if you're looking for a high-rise with a gym and elevators, don't stay here. But if you're looking for quiet understated luxury in a great area which is safe to walk around in day or night, and if you're looking for an oasis of calm in a very noisy city, then chose this hotel. I will stay here again.
Due to a "computer error" of some kind, they managed to lose my Hotels.com reservation (guess I should've emailed them directly to confirm!) Since they were fully booked, they offered to put me in one of the "apartments" - which was promised to be "better". For a solo traveler, this was NOT a good option - I felt unsafe in the ground-floor accommodation, and the walls were paper-thin! A neighbor returning to their unit after midnight sounded like someone breaking in to my room! After a poor night's sleep, I decided to check out first thing. To make matters worse, I asked them to call me a taxi, and they just hailed one off the street, and it was falling apart and the driver overcharged me for the trip! Other complaints: the common areas were full of mosquitoes (I can't imagine sitting by the pool!); the towels were small, thin and scratchy; and the staff thought breakfast was a good time to mop the floor next to the eating area! Clearly management needs to make improvements in several areas.
I had a fantastic time at La Residence. I had to book a last minute trip for work and was very grateful I booked my stay at La Residence. I ended up getting my dates mixed up, which La Residence caught when I sent them my flight itinerary to arrange an airport pick me up. La résidence was able to still accommodate me and pick me up promptly at the airport. La résidence is in a quiet location nestled in with the embassies. Just a few meters away is the ocean with great ocean view restaurants. I ate out the first two nights, but ate in the hotel the last two nights. The food at the hotel was superb. While you don’t have the ocean view, the food was of a much higher quality than the restaurants nearby. 25,000 CFA pick up from the hotel (about an hour away from the new airport), 3,000 CFA taxi to the downtown area. There’s an American grocery store around the corner, an artisan market near the US Embassy and plenty of restaurants. Important to note there is no refrigerator in the rooms, but I didn’t find it necessary. Cold drinks are reasonably priced through the hotel bar.
I stayed here with my boyfriend on vacation for 6 days....We both enjoyed the hotel and Dakar,Senegal...I would visit a second time..... We ate at a different restaurant at all the nearby restaurants and all of them had great food and entertainment. The hotel was clean, friendly and the location was great. It was in a walk-able neighborhood with plenty of restaurants, beach and entertainment....... Also plenty of taxi's for the tourist attractions requiring transportation.....I would definitely stay at this hotel again ;)
Located 1.2 mi (2 km) from Village des Arts, Ba Residence is within a 10-minute drive of other popular attractions like Sandaga Market. Each of the 9 rooms at this 3-star aparthotel includes a kitchen, a refrigerator, and a microwave.
For your convenience, a continental breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.
Each apartment is air-conditioned and features a kitchen with a refrigerator and a microwave. A flat-screen TV comes with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Select Comfort beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menus, and the bathroom offers a soaking tub and free toiletries. Each apartment also includes an electric kettle.
Guests of Ba Residence enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and laundry facilities. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for XOF 25000 per vehicle one-way. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with luggage storage and dry cleaning/laundry. Other amenities at this beach aparthotel include a picnic area and a TV in a common area.