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Reviewed 20 April 2016

A party of four met here for dinner, including someone who had been here years ago. The service is attentive. The menu choices are extensive, if not always evenly executed: a friend ordered the steak tartare , which was okay, if not exceptional. Other friends ordered the duck and rabbit main courses, and they were EXTREMELY happy. I ordered the lamb Sri Lankan style - the curry sauce was excellent, but the lamb was so fatty as to make it almost inedible. And the dessert (mousse au chocolat) was a definite disappointment (very grainy). That said, the ambience was charming,and the 400 year old Frenchwoman who greeted the table was delight. I would go back to this restaurant with out of town guests, but perhaps not with others who lived in Bamako...

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Alice W
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Reviewed 27 November 2015 via mobile

On an airplane ferry from South Africa to the USA I got stuck in Bamako for three days and could only find accommodation at this hotel.
For openers the reception is overseen by two rather formidable French speaking ladies who speak no English. In fact no English is spoken at all in the hotel.
The rooms are rather spartan and in need of a good clean and seriously in need of a redecoration to update them from the 1960's, but the bedding is clean.

TV's are small and poor, with little choice in programming, which is all in French.
Internet is free, but horribly slow and the WiFi signal is patchy.
The aircons struggle to overcome the stifling heat (and lose). They tend to drip all over the floor and make a noise through the night.

Laundry is done grudgingly.

The food is good by Mali standards, and so is the service.

All in its fair value for money, and European travellers will be more used to the standards and facilities than Americans will.

Stay at this hotel if nothing more modern is available or if your budget does not allow for a better standard.

Stayed: October 2015, travelled on business
Thank SteveA3287
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Went there for work, and stayed in the hotel for almost a week. did not have anything to complain about. Beds was good, room a little bit noisy when aircon of under neighbour was running. not the best showers i ever had, but good food.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Thank bjda_1
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

I loved my stay at Hotel le Rabelais. The hotel rooms are nice and clean with a mosquito net and functioning air conditioner. Food at the restaurant is amazing, lovely french cuisine with specials everyday. Breakfast is nice, you can order an omelette but there is also good coffee and a selection of breads/cakes. There is a treatment room which I haven't tried yet but nice to have the option!

I would recommend that anyone coming to Bamako stay here, don't listen to the review that mentions the rats - it had made me a bit apprehensive but don't worry, I have only seen one and after all this is Africa!

My flight is leaving early in the morning and it has been very easy to arrange an extremely late check-out, the owners are very kind and happy to please. There is also a shuttle which will take me to the airport.

Room Tip: I stayed in Villandry which has a balcony, any rooms near this one will have a view of outside. It isn't a great view but I guess the balcony is nice. The room is quite light. There isn't really any noise here but did hear the call to prayer a bit - but did come during Ramadan.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank luciebre
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

Diner at the poolside is only for the brave. As soon as darkness sets in, the place is overrun by rats who have clearly lost all fear of people. More than disgusting. Never experienced anything like it in Africa.

The ownership of this place has lost all interest in running a half decent hotel. They got enough feedback from guests to do something about it, but nothing happens.

Remember the old saying: for every rat you see, there are 10 more that you don't ... Better stay away from this place.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Thank VriesRoberts
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