Anglophone visitors to Francophone Africa have NO WORRIES when coming to Senegal for a visit! SenegalStyle was set up to insure you have a GREAT TIME with KNOWLEGEABLE BILINGUAL GUIDES in an English speaking home environment. (website hidden) us for more info!
Doin' it SenegalStyle! SenegalStyle is a Bed & Breakfast guesthouse located in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. The cost is €25 euro pperson and the price includes BOTH breakfast & dinner!
Hotels here are expensive and when you add the food costs, they are out of most people's budgets. There are alternatives, like SenegalStyle Bed & Breakfast to help backpackers, economy travelers, students and interns live in a clean, comfortable and most importantly, BUG FREE environment, while also assisting with travel and hooking you up with other people for day trips and over nighters to other regions outside of Dakar. We also have free wifi internet access.
Also featured under the 'SenegalStyle' umbrella: two schools and several touring packages as well as SenegalStyle VOLUNTEERS, a (website hidden) group that matches volunteers from all over the world to local projects and individuals here in West Africa.
Our (budget priced) French Language School and African Drum School INCLUDES airport pickup service, room accommodation, laundry service, free internet and long distance (via MagicJack to the US), AND two full meals, breakfast and dinner, for students wanting to learn or perfect their conversational French skills. The monthly price is 1175 euro.
We are TOP RATED on TripAdvisor and have HUNDREDS of customer reviews. Just '(website hidden)' SenegalStyle!
All public areas of the house include a lovely indoor garden area for eating or relaxing and the living/dining room (with satellite tv in French and English). We also have chess boards set up for game enthusiasts and plenty of competition!
Interaction with Guests
Interaction is daily as I do the cooking and cleaning for the guests. We also have a highly rated (Certificate of Excellence winner) touring service on TripAdvisor called SenegalStyle TOURS! I do extensive city tours of Dakar and the surrounding area so guests, particularly solo travelers, won't be alone unless they want to be!
We are also 'highly recommended' on the Lonely Planet for accommodation in Dakar as well as the Certificate of Excellence winner on TripAdvisor.
I work very hard to insure that our guests have good food and are comfortable during their stay but please, keep in mind, it is YOU that is on vacation, I am working! The time between 12 and 5pm is when I need to clean up, go to the market and do whatever I need to do to run tours or get dinner ready. Please understand that and let me do my job to insure you have your meals delivered hot and on time and respect the efforts I make to prepare them (from scratch! ; ) If you are going to eat out, NO PROBLEM - just let me know ahead of time.
Meals are at 10am and 8pm and from 12-5, as this is a B&B and not a 24/7 hotel, please have some activities planned for yourself so I can clean up our public spaces. One of the reasons we started 'Day Trippin' solo travel touring services is so people on a budget can afford a guide to go around with them on public transport. We also have car and driver service to points all around Senegal going to St Louis, Joal, Touba, Lake Rose, Bandia Wildlife Park, etc. These are ALL day trips - you leave in the morning, and are back in the evening by dinner!
This is a solid middle class neighborhood. Most people own the land and homes they are living in so their income is 95% discretionary. You will see high end cars (Mercedes, BMW, etc) and well dressed people and children EVERYWHERE! This is Africa and they love the sounds of children playing - quite frankly, so do I! There is also a football pitch up the streets so you can catch games on the weekends starting at 9am.
We are in a perfect place - located between the two main arteries going into downtown and the airport. Walking distance from the beach (about 12/15 minutes) and surrounded by private hire cars, taxi and bus service. Dakar is on a peninsula so the main highway is basically a big circle. If you keep going straight long enough you will end up back where you started!
Other Things to Note
Senegal does not import meat, poultry or vegetables from the US. We live on locally grown, organic vegetables and meat. No steroids, hormones or genetically modified foods are allowed in unless they are specifically labeled and for high end restaurants (ironic isn't it?!) - I have just noticed an 'American beef' night for (email hidden). Our cows, goats, sheep and chicken are free range and halal. Everything is perfectly safe, including fruit off the streets and water as well. The aquifer is 60km outside of town running underground so there is no chemical run off from the city and it's clean and crystal clear running from the tap. Kirine is the name of the largest bottled water company here and it's all filtered. You can buy it for less than a dollar for 1.5L bottles.
There is a lot of recycling here so we reuse the plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other materials throughout the house and in fact, about 90% of the art in my home is made from recycled products - even the toilet paper holder is made from orange Fanta soda cans! lol!
No smoking inside (we do have a roof area however), no pets. No 'friends' - ie you just stepped off the plane yesterday, a tourist tout comes up to you while visiting Goree Island for example, be'friends' you and now you want to drag them to my house. Uh, no. Meet all outside people, outside, please. I have to live here - you guys are going back home! lol!
This place is a Joke!
When we received the confirmation, SenegalStyle asked for more money ( in a separate mail not by AirB&B) telling us that this was not the price that we should pay. So we receive a separate Paypal invoice!! WEIRD!
In SenegalStyle you do not feel as if you paid for a room, you are there, as a nonpaying guest and all services look like a favor as you need to thank them for your room, for cooking breakfast and dinner for talking to you for organizing the tours and pickup ( things that you pay for)
Pick up at 3h30 p.m for 23€ for was very expensive knowing that a taxi charge 2000CFA (~3€) from Airport to SenegalStyle
Breakfast and dinner was not GREAT, eating fried bread and cheese with fries with a glass of water is not great food/Dinner according to me!!! or mash potatoes with unknown sauce The only nice dinner (burger) and breakfast (pancakes)was on the first day that’s all.
My friend and I slept on the floor on the first night because the house was full and we booked at least 2 months before. Bad organization??
We had the same sheets we used when we slept on the floor the first day and we slept in the same sheets for 7 days. YES we slept on the floor where everyone in the house could see us as it was in the way to the bathroom and kitchen!!!!!
We put a mango juice, in the freezer that mysteriously disappear and by magic came back in the morning even the son of the owner looked everywhere in the freezer and found nothing!
The owner by time could be nasty and rude to people.
Beware people the tours are very expensive with SenegalStyle. Just go out and ask a yellow cab driver to drive you to where you want to go, it is so much cheaper. There are guides everywhere.
For example we went to Bandia for 35000CFA for both of us instead of 70000 (or more) with SenegalStyle tours, plus, we got a private tour around the park.
The entrance ticket or boat ticket is apart and not in the price you pay for the tours. So the tours are only the price for the driver and guide!
I have been in a lot of guest house around the world this is the worst i got, way worst!!!
We did not tell anything at the time because we wanted to go home safely and not create a big fight.
There are no private bathrooms for each room. No towel. That was not mentioned at all and we got the surprised when we arrive.
Senegalese people are very nice people. But this place is a joke!
The only Thanks went to Ismail (the driver) he is such a lovely man, kind, polite! Unfortunately everyone in the house was not like him!
SenegalStyle is a great option for those hoping to spend some time in Dakar, and even more so for those looking to do a lot of touring during their stay. Sineta's knows almost ever nook and cranny of Dakar and every worthwhile tourist attraction in Senegal. In addition, for the price, breakfast and dinner are always decent.
I had a very pleasant stay at SenegalStyle Bed & Breakfast. Both Sineta and her son are very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. I felt comfortable and felt I could call on Sineta if there was a problem. I would definitely recommend the airport pickup, stress and hassle free—and hooked up so that you can instantly start making calls.
Sineta is very nice. She has lived in Senegal for a long time and has an interesting point of view to share as an ex-pat. her place is a little harder to get to and from than I was expecting, though in Dakar, nothing is too far. Her place is a good starting point if you don't speak French well.
Sineta ha sido una gran Anfitriona, además de una gran cocinera. El cuarto donde estuve muy limpio y acogedor y su sazón al mas puro estilo senegalés. Agradezco que me hizo sentir en casa en África.
Sineta is a great host, she made me feel welcome and her place is nice. She also makes exelent food and gives good information. I would defenetly recomend her
Monthly rate: 670 Euro includes BOTH breakfast & dinner, wifi, satellite tv (ie, ESPN, BET, BBC, Aljazeera, etc, and french & english programming), close to beaches. Weekly laundry service available, along with manicures, pedicures & BUDGET PRICED TOURING PACKAGES!)
Other SenegalStyle features include:
FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL – 5x a week, 2 hrs a day plus 2 hrs a day of homework
= 1175 Euro a month (with full SenegalStyle B&B Accommodation included in the price!)
MOTORSCOOTER & CAR TOURS OF THE CITY: FUN & UNIQUE SenegalStyle EXCLUSIVE comprehensive CITY TOUR of DAKAR featuring ALL THE BEST Art Galleries, Leather Goods, Jewelry & Fashion Markets, Public Areas & Local Beaches (including PANORAMIC VIEWS from the LIGHTHOUSE in Mamelles & the AFRICAN RENAISSANCE STATUE!)
= 23 Euro pperson for the MotorScooter Tour,
= 46 Euro for car tours, (up to 3 people!)
GOREE ISLAND GUIDED TOURS: 23 Euro per person (plus fees)
AFRICAN DRUM SCHOOL - 5x a week, 2 hrs a day one-on-one instruction with Master Percussionist, Ibrahima Sene, then 2 hrs band practice with our band, Africa DjembeFola.
= 1175 euro a month pp(with full SenegalStyle B&B Accommodation included in the price!)
ECONOMY PRICED TOUR PACKAGES: In English, French & Wolof; with car & driver, up to 3 people 4/5 HRS to Lake Rose, Bandia Wildlife Park, Accrobaobab Park, Keur Moussa Monastery, Monday morning Basket Markets in Theiss & the beaches of Toubab Diallo, Popenguine and Saly Portugal!
= starting at 70 Euro, up to 3 people
AIRPORT PICKUP TAXI SERVICE – Any time, day or night to any location within Dakar;
(SenegalStyle Guests, 15 Euro day/19 Euro late night/early morning
CAR & DRIVER SERVICE TO GAMBIA – 122 Euro
CASAMANCE FERRY TICKETS - Authorized Vendor!!
Cabin rooms should be booked at least 3 weeks in advance to INSURE you have a place!
= 61 Euro per ticket
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