On your Next weekend break in Abuja, you should Stay At Atelier Hotel.
A couple of weeks back, Latasha Ngwube , (fondly known as https://www.instagram.com/latashalagos/ on Instagram @ latasha Lagos) and I took a trip to Abuja, and we had a swell time!! Latasha is a journalist, media expert, television presenter and the conveyor of About that curvy life. We were hosted by Atelier hotel, the website of the hotel describes it as “A curated Experience” and it really is!
We almost didn’t make our flight (Story for another day) But a few okada and uber rides later, we were on our way.
Touch Down Abuja, you know pics for the gram are mandatory!! Have we really arrived if we don’t give them. Latasha kept complaining that she was doing a better job at taking my pictures than I was of hers. What’s the verdict? I try abi I no try? We were starving and Latasha had done a fab job by booking lunch for us ahead. So on the car ride, we had yummy chicken salad, (It was so fresh) and freshly squeezed orange juice. Shame I didn’t take pictures, so you guys see we are being short changed here in Lagos in terms of food sizing and freshness!
The hotel was designed by architects Studio Contra Mundum, and it is a blend of existing colonial- style buidling which combines local sensibilities with a global outlook and very cleverly mixes the old world with the new – with an ‘Afro- Minilalist’ aesthetic.
The reception was so warm! It felt like we were home. As we parked up, I actually got a call from the front desk asking if we had arrived in Abuja safely; I promptly told her, we were on the hotel grounds. The hotel is beautiful! A lot of greenery, there’s a lusciously looked after lawn perfect for picnics. The front desk, is actually a gallery, so from the first moment you step in through the front doors you find yourself in an art gallery. An open and welcoming space. Our room were just a flight of steps away. Latasha and I had rooms opposite each-other. The rooms were spacious, and it was clear a lot of work had gone into the layout and that it was carefully and specially decorated. There was greenery in the bedroom room, life sized plants, and there was a lot of light – giving the room a happy vibe, you can’t help to wake up happy in such a room.
I must admit, the design of our rooms was one of the highlights of our trip! The rooms come with seating area, (My room had a sitting room style ajoining the bedroom). The bed it self was very comfortable, and the showers were spacious and well stocked..
There were loads of special touches; a library in each room, which had a diverse range of books for the art lover (From Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ to Chinua Achebe ‘Things Fall apart’. The rooms also came with a vinyl record player, we both though that was super cool! All the records were kept at front desk and you can order you fav genre whenever!
Latasha and I both agreed it was special and perfect for lovers, families, or if you just want to get away from the hustle of bustle of life for a while – it is the perfect haven for a creative getaway! I can imagine taking a week off to finish writing a book at Atelier.
The rooms had all the regular hotel facilities, a desk in case you need to work, well stocked fridge, iron, hairdryers, free toiletries, coffee machine, a funky blue tooth speaker, pretty much everything you would expect or need from a 4 star hotel).
Even though we only spent 2 nights at Atelier, we enjoyed mealtimes, breakfast was a treat in the specially curated dining area Watch video below to give you a feel! We soon got used to the “Turn down service”, every evening, one of the waiters will bring us a dessert, announcing his arrival as “Turn down”.
It was so funny and very thoughtful, and we caught a lot of the moments on our Insta stories. The chef was really pleasant, she had recently relocated from England to set up the kitchen, menu and all, and she took special attention to explain the menu, and ensure mealtime was yummy for us. The menu is continental and offers a lot of variety. The fact that we were surrounded by Art also made it a very instagrammable location.
Really wish the trip had been longer, On day two, we managed to make it to Jabi Lake mall, which was really really hot. I enjoyed outside more than inside – they should do something about the air conditioning.
We had a meal at Argungu, a seafood joint over looking the lake, it was nice.
The hote is about 28KM from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Jabi Lake Mall is 7Km away
Distance From Airport
About a 40 mins uber ride, but you wont notice it, because the drive is so serene and peaceful. (Plus the roads aren’t bumpy!! Lagos Take note!!)
On our final day, we had a quick stop at Play, they were having an event and some of our favourite: Tosin Durotoye and Denola Grey, Uzo and Effy were speakers.
To book a stay at Atelier will set you back around $112 per night, which I think is pretty decent and 100% worth it. Check out their website for their recent rates. http://atelier-hotels.com/