Plage de N’Gor, Dakar, Sénégal
Air Conditioning, Airport Transportation, Babysitting, Bar/Lounge, Beach, Cable Television, Family Rooms, Fishing, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Hot Tub, In-room safe, Internet, Minibar, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Safety Deposit Boxes, Shops, Shuttle Bus Service, Suites, Swimming Pool, Wifi
Right on the golden sands of Ngor beach and brimming with eccentricity, local art and charm, Maison Abaka is a...
Right on the golden sands of Ngor beach and brimming with eccentricity, local art and charm, Maison Abaka is a favourite mid-range place to stay in Dakar.
The French owner, Isabelle, has lived in Senegal for years and can advise you on the most interesting sites in the capital and beyond. She’s also an animal lover and is particularly fond of exotic feathered friends; last time we stayed there we were greeted by a pet pelican and a flock of green parrots.
The rooms range in size and quality and start at US60 per double. All are brightly-decorated and come with AC, flat-screen televisions, firm beds and Senegalese art and sculptures. The more expensive rooms are beachside, with views out over the Atlantic towards the pretty Ile de Ngor.
Overhanging the beach is a decent little restaurant and bar that serves local fare, French food, beer, wine and spirits. There’s also a small swimming pool. Don’t miss the rooftop terrace, which has a jacuzzi, sofas and tables where you can sit, read (there’s a selection of books and magazines) and sink a beer as the sun goes down.
Downstairs, there’s a well-priced souvenir shop, or you can pop out of the front door and take a stroll along Ngor Beach, with its good restaurants (we recommend the Cabane du Pecheur, a few doors down, and Sao Brasil, behind the Shell gas station) and souvenir stalls.
But the best thing about Maison Abaka is not its proximity to the ocean or the curious menagerie of creatures who live in the building; it’s the fact that the hotel sits on the edge of an ethnic Lebu fishing village, with its warren of sandy streets and traditional way of life. The owner can organise tours of the village and its ancient mosque – which, you’ll be pleased to learn, is remarkably quiet in the early morning.
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