Saint-Louis, part 2

Saint-Louis, part 2

Saint-Louis is becoming more of a tourist city, and this post is dedicated to several of the hotels that you can find there today.

First up is the Hotel Jamm, which is where we stayed. (Jamm means "peace" in Wolof.) The proprietor and owner is a French man named Yves. The building where it is located had been falling into disrepair for some time, before Yves redid the building between approximately 2004 and 2008. Today it has a beautiful interior and - rare for Senegal - a house cat that likes people.

The Hotel Jamm

Just down the street from the Hotel Jamm is the Hotel la Residence. This is where Yves said he sends guests when his place is occupied. We visited only the restaurant, which was reasonably priced and sported nice decor. The clientele appeared to be mostly European families and young people visiting Senegal for vacation. For example, I spotted a group of 6 young people at a nearby table who sounded Irish.

Hotel de la Residence

The most historic hotel in town may be the Hotel de la Poste. Some of its fame comes from its patronage by the French aviator Jean Mermoz, who helped establish air mail operations from Europe to Africa to South America. He was also friends with author and fellow pilate Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The hotel is located right across from Saint-Louis' main post office, which is still in operation. Like most buildings in Saint-Louis, the hotel features an interior courtyard, pictured below.

Hotel de la Poste

On the far southern end of the island of Saint-Louis sits the Hotel Pointe Sud, a hotel of approximately 5 stories, with a few cafe tables up top and a view of the river, the fishing island to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. We stopped in for a quick view from the cafe's windows.

View from the Hotel Pointe Sud

These are just four of the hotels at Saint-Louis. There are others also, elsewhere on the island. It is also worth mentioning that there may be more in the future, perhaps in colonial-era buildings that are wearing down but still have good "bones" to them, much like lots of industrial-era buildings in the United States' Rust Belt. One such building is a former hospital that features an amazing double staircase.

Double staircase in Saint-Louis

None of these are recommendations because we are all different in what we look for in hotels. That said, if you want to talk about hotels in Saint-Louis, please let me know.