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Reviewed 13 May 2016

We stayed (2 females business travellers from Europe) at this hotel for three weeks in May 2016. If you liek the fncy western style hoels this is definitedly not the place to be. However, for safety reasons, you might wnat to avoid exactly these places in Bamako. Thsi hotel is a good choice. Safe, relatively clean (for western standards), and the staff is very friendly and helpful. They hardly speak English, so if you can express yourself in French, this surely helps. You can change money in the gift shop of the hotel, and dinner and breakfast can be eaten outside. In the weekend the clean pool (!!) is full wih Malian kids that can buy a tocket for just using the pool. The pool is open for public from 8am to 5pm. On the negative side, the restaurant of the hoitel has only three choices: chicken, steak, and fish (together with only one type of sauce - which is never the same as the day before). Of course, rice and chips are also available. There are two ways of having breakfast: (1) a la carte or (2) the full menu. The full menu is really expensive, do not do this! Order instead of the card. They only have omelette and sometimes croissants (and of course coffee and tea).
The good thing of this hotel is tat you can get easily a taxi outside the gate. Moreover, many taxi drivers know where to fine Olympe hotel. To the city is cost you around 2000 cfa (to the market) and for 1000 cfa you can go to some restaurants cose by (south of the river).

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled on business
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Thank Roosei
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Reviewed 27 April 2015

Mali is the third poorest country in the world, which puts a natural limit to what one can expect from a hotel - even with four stars in the capital Bamako. The Olympe International is a strange place - a blend of western, however forlorn luxury and a spooky kind of atmosphere cause by dim lighting and from the fact that not many people stay at hotels in Bamako these days. The other guests were primarily UN soldiers on a mission, so eating in the restaurant pavillion - whether for breakfast or dinner - was like being an invisible guest in a military camp. The rooms are OK - clean by their standars, I guess, filthy by ours. The garden with a swimming pool is very comfortable at night, and the restaurant a pavillion serving chicken, pasta and steaks - none of it what you would consider a great culinary experience. But people are nice and Bamako is a fantastic experience, however chaotic, so go with someone who knows it...

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled on business
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2  Thank Steinar V
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Some of Olympe's staff are extremely courteous and kind and they have some delicious African dishes in the nicely run restaurant. The pool is beautiful and the grounds are nice, but all of this can't make up for the terrible rooms and service. The management was incredibly rude to me as was one of the front desk staff. The rooms have ancient air conditioning units that spew cigarette smoke infused air into the room and the showers are treacherous - crawl over a 2.5 foot bathtub into a shower with a immovable glass door - yikes. All this topped off by no functional WIFI in the rooms and no hot water. Better to go with one of the boutique hotels of Bamako though they're usually full.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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2  Thank wodaabe
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

I stayed 4 nights at this hotel during my business trip to Bamako.
The hotel, build in 2002 , is a badly managed and dirty hotel. (see picture of bathroom)
The only positive things were the clean sheets and towels and a working WIFI connection.
For the rest, no hot water, the airco wasn't able to cool the room, very poor breakfast ( extra charge) , Only 1 dish of the menu was available.
The swimming pool looked nice ( I didn't use it).
When returning at night the window was open ( closed in the morning) and the room was filled with mosquitos and flies.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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4  Thank BDP_001
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Reviewed 22 May 2010

If your looking for a place it is that, some the staff was plesent prices were bad for the quility.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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