When people hear the words ‘Sierra Leone’, it can conjure up images in their minds of some of the past conflicts and problems that the country as well as the region along the western African coast experienced. These days are long past though and today Sierra Leone is a beautiful, vibrant nation with a rich culture and history that’s waiting to be explored.
On my visit there I stayed in Freetown, the capital at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko hotel. I have to say that they really do hotels right and it was just what I was looking for to make my trip to Sierra Leoe extra special. Here’s my own run down of my personal experience with this hotel and why you need to check out Sierra Leone for yourself.
All the rooms at the Mammy Yoko Radisson Blu are ensuite with modern and impressive facilities. The bathrooms are spotless, bright and come with all the high end facilities you’d expect of a Radisson hotel. Towels are provided as is soap and shampoo and other small toiletries.
The rooms all have free WiFi as well as balconies with sea views. Honestly, the view couldn’t be better and is one of the things I love most about this hotel. Room service is available 24 hours a day, an ideal feature for those who want to dine on their balcony and watch the sunset over the bay.
The rooms are all equipped to make coffee or tea right in the room, so you don’t need to worry in the mornings about rushing out to get that cup of coffee first thing when you wake up. The beds are luxurious and fluffy, it was honestly a struggle to get out of them some mornings!
This particular Radisson has a whole host of great facilities on site including an impressive poolside restaurant known as The Deck that serves up a whole array of different types of cuisine. The seafood here is absolutely to die for, coming in fresh daily, so you’re in for a treat if you’re a fish lover. The on site Baw Baw Bar serves both local and international beers, cocktails and spirits and makes for a great after dinner stop for a cool drink as an excellent way to spend an evening just relaxing and people watching.
The pool at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko is clean, large and a welcome respite from the heat after a day of exploring all that Freetown has to offer. The poolside deck is a great place for catching some sun on the comfortable sun loungers available, and drinks can be ordered from the Baw Baw Bar to be enjoyed poolside. The bar also serves up a variety of snacks, so you don’t need to leave that coveted poolside spot to enjoy a bite and a beer.
If you’re into sports, you’re in for a treat at this hotel. With an onsite gym and fitness centre stocked with a variety of weights, treadmills and other workout equipment, you can be sure that you will have no issue keeping up your fitness routine while in Freetown. If you like tennis, be sure to play a round or two on one of two tennis courts – a real treat for those who like to get exercise in other various forms aside from hitting the gym.
Conveniently located right across the bay from the Lungi International Airport, the Radisson Bly Mammy Yoko hotel can be accessed by ferry, water taxi or even private speedboat. The town centre is only a short drive away where you can explore the vibrant city life that Sierra Leone has to offer. With markets, historical buildings and sites as well as West Africa’s oldest university, there’s a lot to see and do in the city itself. Lumley beach is only a five minute walk from the hotel and is a great spot to people watch, laze on the sand and generally enjoy the West African Beach life.
Why I Recommend Staying At The Radisson Blu Freetown
The Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko is a cut above when it comes to hotels. Not only is it ideally located, but the staff go above and beyond to make sure you have the stay of your life when you’re with them. The concierge team can help guide you and give you suggestions about things to do and see in Freetown and further afield throughout Sierra Leone while the rooms provide a comfortable, welcome escape into your own little slice of heaven. The location couldn’t be better between both the airport and the town centre, so I have to say that this hotel ticks literally all the boxes for me and I’d definitely stay there again.
Sierra Leone is a welcoming and friendly nation with people excited to see tourists coming to experience all it has to offer. My personal experience of the country was nothing short of amazing, and I’m sure yours would be too. So give it a go – you’re honestly missing out by not exploring one of West Africa’s hidden gems.