Bamako Mali Accor Hotel
Marriott International has announced the opening of Sheraton Bamako, the second major hotel opening in Mali's capital in less than a year. Sofitel, a prestigious brand of Accor Hotels, has opened the Sofitsel lAmitie Bamoko in the historic Lipotvaros district, which borders the historic city centre. The hotel is located in the heart of a shopping and restaurant district with a variety of restaurants, bars and shops in Vaciutca, the commercial center of lipotVaros. It is the first of its kind in Africa and one of only a handful of such hotels in Europe.
Bamako, Mali's administrative and commercial capital, is located in the north of the country and has an estimated population of 2 million. International visitors usually stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, one of the two major hotels in Bamako, known for its high quality of service and amenities. The hotel also houses a variety of restaurants, bars and shops in LipotVaros, a neighborhood with a number of shopping and restaurant districts, all part of Bamoko. As Mali's administrative and commercial capital, it has a high hotel density and demand, which makes the opening of the Sheraton Bamko an exciting prospect.
The hotel bar, the Sixties, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink - revellers can dance on the bar's dance floor to the music of local artists and musicians.
Other leisure facilities at Sofitel lAmitie Bamako include a nine-hole golf course in the hotel park. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool where you can relax and recharge during the day, as well as a spa and fitness centre. The hotel's secluded Spa Villas with private pool and spa appeal to both leisure and business travelers. French style, with modern cutting equipment and a personalized 24-hour butler service.
With spectacular views of the glittering Ozama River, Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando offers French and Mediterranean cuisine. African cuisine is served in the poolside restaurant and bar, surrounded by gardens with coconut palms and tropical flowers. French cuisine is served by La Table du Chef, and light meals are available in the café. The over 200 spacious and well-equipped rooms offer a variety of dining options, from traditional dishes to modern dishes, sofas and suites.
The Sheraton Bamako will offer some of the brand's most distinctive experiences, including the Linked to the Sun and Shining Stars events. The hotel has a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as a spa and fitness centre. Sofitel Bamko features a poolside restaurant, bar and spa, as well as an outdoor pool overlooking the Ozama River and the city.
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The Dakar - Bamako Express (formerly called Mali Express and sometimes also Mistral International) has two coach sets, one for each of Mali's four major cities. Originally bought second-hand by the French railways, they are now offered by the Malian railways, except twice a week when the service is twice a week.
This is the first Sofitel hotel to open in Mali, joining 14 other Sofitels in nine African countries. It is one of the most popular hotels in Bamako and the second largest in the country.
The Sheraton Bamako Hotel marks our entry into a new country and is a great example of the transformation efforts of our brand. We are pleased to build on our proud heritage in Africa, dating back to 1971, "said John O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Sheratons Africa. He continues: "We were delighted with the response of the people of Mali and the local community to our first hotel in the country.
The Sofitel de la Ligue de Bamako, formerly Hotel de lAmitie, is located in the heart of Mali, the capital, just north-east of Dakar. The 104-room hotel was originally part of a complex in a small village in the southwestern region of Kidal in Mali.
You usually see that when you enter the hotel, but it was less than four weeks earlier when the 190-room property was the scene of a bloody hostage-taking that killed 22 people, including three hotel employees and two terrorists. The hotel was operated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the European Union.
Islamist militants who attacked a luxury hotel in Mali in November were hailed as a triumph of terrorism when it opened last month. The Islamic militants and their imminent attack on the former French colony, according to a New York Times report.
The hotel, which is currently operating as Anshen International Hotel, was due to open as Sofitel Anshan in early 2004 and will be closed shortly after its complete renovation. Many public areas have been renovated, including the reception area on the ground floor, which is now reflected in a new glass and steel façade with glass walls and glass windows.