Arrival Experience: It cannot get any easier than this at Dakar airport. Reception at the Novotel can organize the shuttle for a free transfer from the airport to the hotel, which is a huge bonus for first-time visitors. Upon exiting immigration and customs, a hotel representative is available with a sign to welcome visitors. Once at the hotel, individual reception stands provide a personalized welcome from friendly, courteous staff.
Dining: Most rates include a lovely breakfast buffet that features everything from fruit, cheese, and salads to pasta, egg dishes, and crepes with all the sweet toppings. Hot coffee and tea are especially enjoyed on the café tables overlooking the swimming pool. Lunch and dinner are served a la carte here, and those that are jet-lagged can order from the fairly prized room service menu.
Rooms: The final touches on renovations were under way at inspection with new key card-activated locks being installed. Décor is light and contemporary, in keeping with Novotel’s signature look. Colorful fabrics mark the beds, armchairs, and sofas. Flat-screen cable TVs are mounted on the wall above the large desks, which have plenty of space to work and make use of the free wireless high speed Internet. Refrigerators, laptop-sized safes, and side tables are standard amenities. Bathrooms are bright and feature separate water closets and glass shower stalls with Novotel’s signature toiletry products in small, trendy bottles. Guests with a green thumb might particularly enjoy rooms designed with an eco-friendly focus in mind, which have more energy-efficient electricity systems and ensuite recycling bins.
Amenities: This hotel has excellent security, which it shares with the neighboring Ibis hotel. Also used by guests of both properties is the beautiful swimming pool surrounded by lounge chairs and palm trees. A fitness center provides modern workout equipment, and business functions are popular in the modern meeting rooms that boast the latest in audiovisual technology. Don’t be surprised to find local events being held here, a testament to the friendly service provided by staff. Accor has a stronghold in Dakar also offering its Pullman and Ibis brands, and the Novotel is designed for business travelers focused on a value-oriented rate without sacrificing modern creature comforts.