London, United Kingdom
September 30, 2003
Physically, the small hotel is a rather ordinary example of the region's modern day architecture, whilst inside the décor and furnishings are based on local styles in a simple and by no means plush manner. Nevertheless, the average sized rooms are cosy, and each has its own bathroom, a television, and a quite old, but fairly effective, air-conditioning unit.
Although there is a lack of high-end facilities such as a pool, the restaurant and bar on the premises are rather good. On offer are very palatable set breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, whilst the usual selection of drinks is constantly available. However, it is the setting on the first floor roof terrace that is the real draw, because the scenes of everyday life occurring below on Rue Askia Mohammed, the main thoroughfare through the centre, rarely fail to be engaging. Finally, one other attractive feature is that the members of staff are genuinely friendly and always do their utmost to make the guests feel welcome.
From journal Timbuktu - The mysterious city on the edge of the Sahara