Stayed only one night on business in this crime ridden, backwater of a city. Was advised repeatedly not to go wandering out on the town by locals so I did not.
Reception was friendly and brisk. The room was small with a firm mattress (supported by wooden boards, not box springs). Shower/bathroom reminded me of those on a cruise ship they were so small but everything was clean and functional. Sleep was occasionally disturbed by poor acoustics in the noisy hallway.
The 1st floor bar was nice with good cold draft beer and the restaurant food was decent quality for Africa. Plenty of TV's playing, of course, soccer (boring!) to appease the largely European clientele. English use and comprehension by staff was pretty good if your Francais is a little rusty (or nonexistant). Breakfast "buffet" was passable with fruit, coldcuts, good juice selections and quality pastries and breads. Service altogether friendly and competent.
The big attratcion to me was the nice leafy outside area with a long pool surrounded by fences and razor wire. Bill for one night was $146 USD- Seems like alot for such a poor country but my company was paying anyway.
Altogether I can recommend the Ibis as a practical, no frills place to eat and sleep in a place with very, very few luxury options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Douala hotel is located in the centre of the Bonanjo business centre and 5 km from the Akwa theatre district. Free shuttle service between the hotel and the airport 7 km away. Offering all the amenities of a higher class of establishment, the hotel has 160 air-conditioned rooms and a meeting room for organising seminars and conferences. You will also find a restaurant, a bar open 24/24, a terrace with a swimming pool and closed parking, free and guarded. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Douala Hotel Douala