April 21, 2015

REVIEW: The Nordic Residence Hotel, Abuja

Over the weekend, Cakes and I were in Abuja to attend a friend's wedding. The last time I was in Abuja was at the beginning of my NYSC year in 2011, and I stayed in hotels recommended by my former employers. This time around, I perused the couple's wedding website in search of their recommended hotels - it's usually best to do so, so that you can be near family and friends of the couple. Plus you can hitch rides with some of them if you're car-less. Anyways, the first choice was Transcorp Hilton, and the next was The Nordic Villa. Being the kind of person that I am, I immediately went to their websites, while also looking up reviews online. Transcorp seemed like a good option but way beyond my budget, so I looked to The Nordic Villa.

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. 
After the wedding, it was nice coming back to a quiet, cozy room and we quickly knocked off to sleep. I should mention there were 2 separate full size blankets, instead of one big one to share. What if I wanted to cuddle with Cakes?!?!? Fashi, after the wedding, I just wanted an easy sleep and that's exactly what I got - no fighting for blanket! We had ordered our breakfast the night before, and it came right on time in the morning. I was VERY happy that the milk provided was not powdered milk! I don't like it at all, because God created milk as a liquid!!! We were both full after our breakfast and chilled for a little bit, before taking photos as we checked out.
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.

Major thanks to the hotel staff. Y'all are doing a great job!!!

The Nordic Residence Contacts
Website: The Nordic Residence
Phone Number: +234 (0) 817 176 4638
Address: 14 Patrick O. Bokkor Crescent, Jabi, Abuja.


  1. Looks and sounds really lovely, love both your outfits.


  2. Great review. I LOVE Abuja. I go everytime I am home. And I totally agree with you - why do Nigerians love all the hard mattresses??????!!!!!!!!!!

    1. The hard mattresses! It was a big part of my culture shock when I first moved back. I still can't deal with them.

    2. I mentally brace myself for the first few days. Me with my soft-top plush firm mattress. What the heck is plush firm? But I have it, lol. It's a firm (US definition o not Naija rock firm) with a soft top like a comforter layer.

  3. That red cape dress is perfect. Loved your instagram double twirl. Lol

  4. I love this review I enjoyed reading it and salivating at the breakfast. I have to add that tou look super cute in all your outfits my fav is the red cape dress!

  5. Lovely hotel, when I was still in Abuja my office had guests once and they stayed here, I didn't go into the rooms, but it had a nice feeling about it, small, quiet, green and all.
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    1. It's a pretty good place. I daresay your guests were comfortable there.

  6. pretty hair do, lovely champagne dress(colour?). I wish I knew you were in Abuja;would have loved to see you in person! Ah ah, so please what is the essence of fixing a Jacuzzi there? Hian!

    1. Next time I come to Abuja, I'll try to let y'all know.

  7. Though you disappeared almost as soon as u arrived...*still beefing you though* I am glad you enjoyed your stay

  8. When next you come to abuja,please let us know and to think you were just a street away from mine.oh berry berry,am a commited reader but this is my first time commenting,i love you and your blog

  9. Wow!!! Nice..Okay will go for sightseeing whenever I go to abuja.

    favour moyse

  10. seems like a nice serene place.
    Why is the jacuzzi only for showers though, lool.. Nigeria!


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