On TripAdvisor (which I highly recommend for travel planning) the Nordic Villa is currently rated #2 out of 60 hotels in Abuja! I was already excited!!! The reviews were mostly good, and so I called them. Unfortunately, their standard rooms were all booked for my dates, but the person on the phone suggested I try their sister hotel, The Nordic Residence (which is #3 on the list on Trip Advisor). I asked about the location and was informed that they were just a street apart. I went to their website, read their reviews on Trip Advisor, and gave them a call to make inquiries. Before I go on, let me just say this: "GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE IN NIGERIA EXISTS!!!"
The gentleman I spoke to said their standard rooms were sold out for my dates. I was crushed, and said I would call him back. I decided to ask a few contacts about the hotel, but none of them had heard of it. While I tried to find somewhere else, the guy from The Nordic Residence called me back! He said that since I had called earlier, he wanted to confirm if I wanted to book a room. I told him a standard room was what I really wanted, and he said that since it wasn't available, I could try their other options. He mentioned the prices of the Deluxe Room, and a Deluxe Balcony Room. I casually said, "Ah ah now, I like balconies... can't you give me a discount for the balcony room?" To my surprise, he said he would ask his manager and call me back. Less than 5 minutes later, I had my room booked! They sent a confirmation email and I looked forward to seeing the hotel.
Cakes and I decided to arrange for one of their cars to pick us up at the airport, but the driver had a flat tire by the time we landed, and we chose to take an airport taxi service to the hotel (that one is even another story - the girl at the counter said it would cost N5000, and when we got in the car, the driver said it was N6000 - that "Am I not the one driving?" Luckily for him, we were already moving, otherwise I would have asked him not to bother anymore). Anyways, when we got to the hotel, it was just so serene and calm (just like Abuja in a nutshell). The compound is very secure and quiet.
We walked in, and the man at the reception (he was the one I spoke to) was warm and welcoming. We were given water and orange juice, and shown to our room. One of my biggest fears was having a hard mattress, because in Nigeria, these rock-hard orthowhatever mattresses are all over the place. But the bed was soft and cushy. The balcony ended up being a shared one, but there was nobody in the opposite room, so we had it to ourselves.
|It's a lot bigger than it looks. My camera was simply being uncooperative.|
|Lol, mistake on their breakfast menu options.|
|This breakfast was good enough for me to burst out in song - see my Instagram page :p|
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at The Nordic Residence. My only gripe would be that there's no pool or restaurant - however, they can take you to a nearby spot to swim and use the gym; plus they order food for you if you want it. We got a sandwich and fries. Also, it would be nice if the jacuzzi bathtub worked properly - we could use only the shower option.
Other than that, I would 100% stay here again - no questions asked.
The Nordic Residence Contacts
Website: The Nordic Residence
Phone Number: +234 (0) 817 176 4638
Address: 14 Patrick O. Bokkor Crescent, Jabi, Abuja.