In the heart of Saly, this small family hotel revolves around several adjacent buildings, in the middle of which you can enjoy the company of the very welcoming French owners. Surprisingly, various unsuspected areas unfold within this small and compact maze. It has possess some very simple but decent amenities, although they are often a little outdated. Note that the beach is remote.
The hotel is surrounded by craftspeople, particularly present along the main road of the sea resort of Saly, located approximately 50 miles south from Dakar.
The entire hotel has free wireless access. Every week, the hotel organises a jazz night and another called "îles" ("islands") with Cape Verde music for example. In the high season, the piano bar or Senegalese bands play every evening.
The closest beach to the hotel is approximately 984 ft away, between the private ones of hotels Teranga and Royal Saly.
Favour the rooms on the first floor so that you can benefit from a maximum of natural light!
In regards to the different buildings of this hotel, they are 'convivial and over-ornate'. Conceived in 2000, this small one-storey establishment debuted in that same year with the opening of a restaurant and a billiards room. Then, the hotel opened its doors with 35 bedrooms. Overlooking both Saly's main road and the open-air restaurant within the estate, the (outdated) bar contrasts markedly by its large size with the other confined areas of the hotel, which are often particularly dark on the ground floor due to the proximity of the buildings. Once passed the small old-fashioned reception, holiday makers will discover as they walk on, various areas which are concealed and unsuspected from the outside. As far as possible, the buildings which have been progressively bought have gradually been connected to the main building. This explains why there are so many little paths leading from one area to another; the pleasant garden areas; the long and narrow swimming pool (25x3 metres) and the other semi-circlular one, to which a children's pool has just been added (40m²). Parents will be able to benefit from the peace and quiet and calmly leave their children to play in the sand at one of the extremities protected by walls. The very outdated look of the well-being centre, located underground, might easily turn you off from wanting to have a massage, treatments, etc.
Corridors lead to the bedrooms with small, very simple lounge areas on the way. Basic, the 35 pastel bedrooms are all designed differently due to of the structure of the place. Without any real character, the clean rooms have a surface area ranging between 20 to 25 m². The 8 triples and 27 doubles have only worn bedding, a small TV with 8 channels and individual air-conditioning. It is shame that there is little natural lighting and no mini-bar. The telephone and safe can be found at the reception. The bathrooms are so small that they are not very practical and have the strict minimum in terms of facilities, with no storage space (basic hospitality products). When we stayed in May 2008, the owners were hoping to have mosquito nets fitted to the windows. Room service is available until midnight.
Whether staying at the Flamboyants or just passing by, holiday makers can settle in the small open-air garden, under the awning (or not, as you wish) for breakfast from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, for lunch from 12.30 pm to 3:00 pm and for dinner from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Although the tables are close to one another, the setting is pleasant thanks to the green vegetation. The rather varied menu offers European cuisine with many different sorts of fish and local products. Half-boarders have the choice between the chef's special for CFA 7500 (a starter, a meat or fish dish, then a dessert) or a credit of the same amount to choose from the a la carte menu (this option is not necessarily favourable!).
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