The best hotel on our trip followed the worst

1032 Reviews

Star Travel Rating

4/5

Review type

Accommodation

Location

Date of travel

January, 2024

Product name

The Hôtel Parc Residence

Product country

Togo

Product city

Kpalimé

Travelled with

Couple

Reasons for trip

Culture/Sightseeing

Somewhat ironically the worst hotel of our five-week tour of West Africa, was followed by the best, and both were in Togo.

Kpalimé, one of the most visited places in Togo due to its climate and unspoilt landscapes, is only a two-hour drive from the capital Lome. We stayed for one night at The Hôtel Parc Residence on the city’s outskirts.

Room 4 was large, spacious, and simply furnished with a huge wardrobe, table and two chairs, desk and chair, TV and shelving. There were bedside tables, but if you wanted to charge phones overnight, the bedside lights had to be unplugged. The bed was too singles pushed together with rather jazzy blue and white Je t’alme (sic) bedding but there was only one sheet and one pillow each and the mattress was a little hard for our liking. There was an unplugged fridge, but no fripperies such as a hairdryer, safe, bottled water, or complimentary toiletries apart from a bar of soap.

The huge bathroom had a large walk-in shower, loo, and basin with lots of space for toiletries. The powerful hot water was the best we’d had for several days.

We were on the ground floor and near reception, so thought we’d have to keep the shutters closed, until we realised the windows were mirrored, so passersby couldn’t see in. Our large terrace had a comfortable sofa for relaxing.

All meals were included, and we ate on a patio overlooking beautiful, peaceful gardens.
On arrival, we enjoyed a salad nicoise and Greek salad served with a basket of sliced baguette, and jug of French dressing.

We were looking forward to a pre-dinner G&T but found there was no tonic, and, although we’d got used to having Sprite, there was only a tropical orange drink or Coke. However, having discovered the chilled French Sauvignon Blanc was 12,000 CFA or £15, all was well.

This was probably one of the only hotels on our trip which appreciated the simple concept of three individual courses served on time. The friendly waiter tempted us with an off-menu starter of avocado with shrimps, accompanied by more of the delicious baguette. We followed with a pork chop in a dijonnaise sauce and beef filet au poivre with a portion of shared French fries and petit pois. Finally, it was hard to resist the suggestion of fresh mango – a huge plate of delicious, ripe, juicy fruit.

From the a la carte breakfast menu we opted for freshly squeezed pineapple juice, a plate of watermelon, pineapple and mango, and cheese and ham omelettes, with more French bread. Everything was beautifully presented and served with individual pots of fresh coffee and a jug of hot milk which made a huge change from sachets of Nescafe, a flask of hot water and evaporated milk.

The inviting looking swimming pool was surrounded by loungers, but sadly we had no time for lounging and would like to have stayed longer.

PS – the worse hotel was the Amazone Hotel in Bohicon

Helen Jackson

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.