Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Tripadvisor (www.tripadvisor.com) reviews are coming in thick and fast, and even yesterday there was a new one, just after my posting the last blog! Considering that we have had many fewer guests than usual because of the recent electricity problems, it would appear that most people who have been here in the last month have written reviews! And they are all giving top marks, so this important part of my life is certainly running successfully even in the face of hardship. Tonight even, still without electricity, there are 4 Spanish couples staying at the hotel. We all had dinner together, although the couple had never met each other before. It was a lovely evening.
Here is the last review from London:
24 août 2009
We stayed in this hotel and very much enjoyed the atmosphere. The hotel was built fairly recently, adopting the style and materials of the traditional local architecture. Sophie, the owner, made us feel comfortable right from our arrival. She showed us two rooms to choose from. Both were charming and very nicely decorated.
The hotel is located just outside Djenne, within 5 minutes of walking distance. This means it is quiet and peaceful, and from the terrace you have amazing views over citadel.

We had dinner at the hotel, and did not regret it. The “menu du jour” was delicious. Tables were laid outside in the courtyard with candles, and Sophie had invited a group of Malian musicians. The setting was very romantic.

In the morning we asked Sophie if she could recommend a knowledgeable and reliable guide for a cultural visit of Djenne. She put us in touch with Tapo. He was the most honest, reliable and interesting guide we could hope for, and our visit of Djenne was fascinating. Tapo is well known so do ask for him at the Djenne Djenno or at Baba Restaurant if you are looking for a knowledgeable and honest guide.

Overall, we felt this hotel offered very good value for money. It is clean, comfortable, quite and well decorated. Sophie and her staff are polite, considerate and helpful. Well worth a stay !


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