Built in the 1950's and renovated many times, La Residence hotel blends in with Saint Louis' history through multiple decorative elements. But to fully appreciate this place, you must enter this three-storey narrow-looking building. On the ground floor, the most part of the common areas is shared out by the small reception, the restaurant, the bar and the long patio, giving the narrow building a breath of fresh air. If you haven't yet met the owners of the hotel, take a look at one of the patio walls next to the hotel's large palm tree. The caricature of the couple drawn by an artist friend will give you a friendly idea of them. The pool table is not the only asset of the richly decorated bar. Large posters of French films will remind you that "Le coup de torchon" and "Les caprices d'un fleuve" were shot in Saint Louis and its surroundings. Portraits, most of them black and white, show the numerous unavoidable personalities of Saint Louis and those who remained for a certain amount of time in this place: Pierre Lotti, Jean Mermoz, Serge Moati, Jacques Higelin, Richard Bohringer? and the jazz stars present for Saint Louis' international jazz festival. Navy related objects come and complement the hotel and restaurant, adorned with furniture made by local artists. The outdoor staircase on the patio leads to the several floors where the bedrooms are distributed. Upstairs, a terrace gives you the opportunity to admire the roofs of the city while having a meal or relaxing. La Résidence's guests have free access to Hôtel de la Poste's swimming pool (roughly 650 ft). It is Saint Louis' largest, the only one open to the public and it lines the Senegal river.