Hotel Ivoire, Abidjan - Stein Travel

    • 16+ years

    • 12-15 years

    • 2-11 years

    • 0-23 months

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Welcome to Hotel Ivoire

Once the picture of innovation and modernity for Abidjan, the Hotel Ivoire is now an empty shell of what was. The hotel complex used to include more than ten tennis courts, a casino, grocery store, curio stalls, a bowling alley, nightclubs, sauna, restaurants and swimming pools. However, Hotel Ivoire as it stands today is testament to the ruins of civil instability in the country. The swimming pools are empty and have weeds growing where the water used to be, restaurants are closed and very few guests choose to stay in this eerie sixties-decorated hotel.

The official language of Ivory Coast is French but more than 60 native dialects are spoken.

The official currency is the CFA Franc (XOF), divided into 100 centimes. The CFA Franc is linked to the Euro. New notes were issued in 2004 and only those issued by the Bank of West African States ( Banque des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest) are valid currency. There are a few ATMs in Abidjan but most will accept only Visa cards. It is unwise to use an ATM that is not guarded. Credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and better restaurants. Most shops require cash. Travellers cheques are accepted in banks, as well as some tourist orientated hotels and restaurants.

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