The Grand Hotel Kinshasa is a faded beauty with a remarkable history, thanks to two men and a boxing ring. In 1974, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman both rumbled in the jungle - making history in the process.
Then, the Grand Hotel was in her prime – as was a recently independent Congo. Sadly, the money ran out when the boxers left and the country has spiraled into decline, dictatorship, and anarchy.
Today, the signs are a little brighter in this strife-torn country. The Grand Hotel has recently been renovated and is still in business. Inside the hotel, a modest casino keeps gamblers entertained throughout the night. There’s a good chance Hunter S. Thompson played a hand of blackjack at these tables.
There are eight gaming tables. Games in play, include blackjack, roulette, and poker. Slots fans are well catered for with more than 100 to play.
There are three restaurants to choose from, as well as three bars. Kinshasa is the second largest French speaking city in the world and its Gallic credentials extend to cuisine. You will find pastries here good enough to rival Paris.
Billed as a five-star destination, Trip Advisor reviews warn visitors not to set expectations too high. There is still work to be done here.
However, if you want to tread in the footsteps of ‘The Greatest’, enjoy a stunning view of the Congo - the river that led Conrad to his heart of darkness, or simply soak up the very beating soul of deepest Africa, Congo promises to be an unforgettable experience. All this and you can find a game of blackjack,
The N’Djili Airport is a 45-minute drive away from the hotel. Contact reception to arrange a pick up. Taxis and public transport are available.
|Address:||4 Avenue Batetela, 9535, KINSHASA|
|Telephone:||+243 815 553 001|