Review: Eko Hotel And Suites
A Lagos landmark that towers over Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Lagos, West Africa, this sleek hotel is a major hot spot within the city. Spread over three building, and overlooking the Eko Atlantic City, the Atlantic Ocean and the Kuramo Lagoon, Eko Hotel and Suites offers sweeping views sophisticated service, a contemporary vibe, superb food, a world-class swimming pool and marvelous art pieces throughout the hotel.
Celebrities – both local and international, socialites, and Business tycoons love Eko Hotel – and why not? From the elegantly designed lobby, with polished marble floors and numerous contemporary works of art, to the 600 rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the city, it somehow manages to channel intimacy and understatement despite its grandeur. Entertainment wise, this state-of-the-art lodge which is a part of the Chagoury Group of companies is most popular for its 7000-seater capacity Eko Convention Centre , the No.1 venue for top-notch events in the country.
Regular guests include a mix of touring musicians, politicians, vacationers, business travellers and food and architecture buffs. The vicinity is secure and safe for visitors to enjoy a safe, comfortable stay after a day out in the town.
The Chagoury Group of companies is a premier hospitality brand and the standard of Eko Hotel’s rooms reflects this. With stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, the 600 rooms and suites have breathtaking views, the higher looking out on the city, all the way across to the Atlantic Ocean. Decor-wise, rooms are beautifully finished and immediately cosseting. Simple clean lines and subtle tones dominate, but with modish touches such as designer rugs and exquisite furnishings. Classically styled without being demure, each room features bedside electronic controls, a sofa and a bespoke mini bar. The Eko Suites feature a King size bed and a kitchenette, a safety deposit box, a hairdryer, a mini bar and a working desk. The bedrooms are mostly interconnected to other rooms. Despite the trendiness, the rooms themselves are actually bigger than average, though lower floors tend to be a bit dark and don’t have great views.
The Eko hotel and suites is located in the elegant side of Lagos, Victoria Island , away from the bustle of Lagos mainland and close to the Eko Atlantic city and Kuramo Lagoon. It is just a 10-minute drive to the City Centre and only 45minutes away from the Airport.The Le Meridien Eko Hotel and Suites’ restaurants and bars is popular with the elite after-work crowd, though later in the evenings both the restaurants and the neighborhood tend to get quiet. Still, during the day, the location can’t be beat, there is no more convenient location in the heart of the city’s island.
With free Wi-Fi throughout, extensive event and meeting space, an enormous swimming pool, and very attentive staff switched on and eager-to-please, there is substance behind the elegance. Highlights are its gymnasium and steam room, lawn tennis court, and multiple restaurants and bars.
There are 8 different restaurants and 7 different bars serving a range of international cuisines and beverages within, offering a far more sophisticated fine-dining experience. The bars lack comparable buzz but its jumble of artworks, well-stocked shelves draw regulars. A satisfactory but fairly uninspired a la carte breakfast menu is served each morning.
The Kuramo sports cafe is ideal for light snacks, while the modish Lagoon breeze does inventive cocktails, but the place to be is sleek Red Chinese restaurant and bar, located at the rooftop Convention Center, where the cityscape views as well as the breath taking view of the Atlantic compete with an exquisitely unique menu. For lodgers who prefer to stay indoors, in-room dining service are available too.
Eko hotel and Suites’ stylish, sophisticated and novel features distinguish it from the competition and the attention to detail goes some way in explaining the premium. You pay for quality and they deliver. It is pricey but worth the experience even if just to have a doorman greet you by name each time you walk in. A hotel imbued with originality.