This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Eko Hotel's Attraction

Distinct for having no doors leading into the lobby, staying at the majestic 12-storey (main building) Eko Hotel & Suites is unique experience. If you value both space and lots of activity around you, you need look no further in Lagos. Covering a large expanse of land next to the Atlantic Ocean, the 651 room "resort" boasts the biggest event centre in Lagos which ensures a steady stream of customer's coming through its...doors.

It's reassuring to know that despite being 36-years-old, the hotel has a "gadgety" feel; the superfast elevator, the hallway lights that come on and go off in response to movement; the air conditioning in the room that does the same when the door to the balcony (in the rooms that overlook the Atlantic) swing open. It's surprising however that the TV sets are still the boxy "old school" types.

There is the option of a smoking or non-smoking room.

The Sky Restaurant at the top floor of the hotel is a big draw for high rollers who prefer exclusivity and class. For those who would rather mingle in open space, the Calabash Bar and the Lagoon Breeze restaurant on the ground floor are would do, complete with yes, you guessed, Lagoon Breeze.

In this same section is the Kuramo Sports Café, the main restaurant at Eko. The buffet is worth trying out, and is especially popular on Sundays when brunch is served with a complimentary glass of wine.

No 1 Pool

Eko Hotel has put a lot of effort in making its swimming pool is aesthetic and extends its functionality beyond swimming. It's impressive from the ground floor but can only be fully appreciated from a height. It's from up above that you can see it's shaped like the figure "1". The hotels logo is painted on the floor of the pool, just so there's no confusion where this it.

There are sprinklers surrounding the pool and they are put on occasionally to excite. The pool also changes colour - blue, green, specs of red...similar to the lights at a discotheque. It is beautiful and gazing down on it from say - the 10th floor - with the sound of pounding waves in the background is hypnotic.

The pool also has its own bar complete with about half a dozen barstools built inside. You can be seated in the pool, half submerged, cocktail in hand...better experienced than imagined.

LOCATION: Adetokunbo Ademola, Victoria Island

FLOORS: 12 (Main building)

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 651

FACILITIES: Swimming pool; 2 Floodlit tennis courts; Volleyball pitch; Fitness centre; Jogging track; Convention Centre hosting up to 6000; Meeting and conference rooms; Grand Ballroom sitting up to 350; Parking for over 1000 cars

RESTAURANT AND BARS

Sky restaurant; Steakhouse restaurant & bar (Eko Suites), Kuramo Sports café,

Casa Chianti restaurant & bar (Italian), Lagoon Breeze restaurant, Calabash bar, Oceanview restaurant.

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