Libreville Hotels

by Joanne Thomas

Libreville, the capital and largest city of Gabon, serves as a gateway to the wildlife-rich national parks and reserves of the West African country but is also a tourist destination in its own right. The major hotels of the city generally offer beachfront locations, international-standard luxuries and attentive hospitality with an emphasis on helping you navigate and enjoy the attractions of Libreville.

Hotel Atlantique

The beachfront Hotel Atlantique offers 72 guest rooms and eight suites, as well as two restaurants and a bar. One restaurant, La Goelette, offers buffet-style dining and outdoor barbecues; the other, the Atlantique Pancake Maker, specializes in pancakes, ice cream and burgers. The guest rooms are air conditioned and feature televisions with international channels. Guests enjoy use of a seafront swimming pool. Other on-site facilities include a beauty salon and a gymnasium. The hotel is located five minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the center of Libreville.

Le Meridien Re-Ndama

Le Meridien Re-Ndama sits where the Komo River meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is centrally located, faces the ocean and is within walking distance of beaches, museums and Libreville landmarks like the Presidential Palace and L’Eglise St-Michel. Le Meridien Re-Ndama's guest services include a car rental desk, complimentary airport transfers, porter service, currency exchange and laundry services. The property includes a shopping arcade, as well as an outdoor pool surrounded by sun lounges, tennis courts and fitness center. Wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms and public areas. The guest rooms feature bathrobes, bidet, kitchenette and satellite television channels.

LAICO Okume Palace

Okume Palace, which is located in the heart of Libreville, is owned and operated by LAICO, a luxury chain with hotels in more than 25 countries throughout Africa. Guests are provided with a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and within the local area. Okume Palace offers 300 guest rooms on eight floors, with a choice of single or double guest rooms, suites and upgraded executive club level rooms. All the rooms feature high-speed Internet access, and rates include a daily buffet breakfast. The hotel provides useful travel-related services, including an on-site airline desk, car rental desk and foreign currency exchange bureau.

Residence Maisha

The Maisha Residence on the oceanfront of Libreville was fully renovated in 2009. Special touches include souvenirs from all the regions of Gabon displayed in the guest rooms. The 21 rooms and suites feature classic furnishings and ornate features such as chandeliers, claw-footed vanities and gilded mirrors. The hotel's facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, piano bar and beachfront terrace, where you can sit with a tropical cocktail. Guests enjoy fine dining at the restaurant, which offers immaculately presented entrees and boasts specialist pastry chefs. The hotel also hosts a nightclub on the last Friday of the month.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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