Hotel Africa, Monrovia

There’s not much evidence of the Hotel Africa’s 5-star former glory but it offers some photographic interest to pass away a Sunday afternoon. We talked the guard into showing us around and snapped a few photos as we went. It would be a great place to return to with a tripod and more time. So for a photo safari with a difference, here is a photographic tour inside the ruined hotel.

From what I can understand the Hotel Africa was built (with Libyan investment) for a large Pan-African Conference in the mid-80s. There were separate villas for each head of state (so over 50 villas) and a pool built in the shape of the map of Africa. The hotel continued in service right up to the 1990s but then the war began and eventually the hotel was looted and it has laid in ruins ever since. It must have been beautiful when it opened and it is still a very solid structure. There are rumours that Libya might invest again (and in the Ducor Hotel in Mambo Point) but given the current turn of events, I doubt that will happen any time soon.

It has taken an hour to upload these photos so I don’t want to push my internet luck any further. The final comment is that if you google Hotel Africa Monrovia you will find in Yahoo travel that you can still book rooms at a reasonable rate but the customer’s didn’t rate the service very highly! 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Hotel Africa, Monrovia

  1. I actually worked in the casino of the hotel in the late 80s, it was an amazing place, and although civil unrest was going on, it was still an experience I will never forget, how despite all the hurdles that were thrown in the way of the local people, they all came together in times of trouble, its very sad to see now, I was witness to the opening of Duala, which had seperated families and that was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.

  2. Wow. Living through those experiences and seeing the Hotel at its prime must have been fabulous. I have only seen the ruins and as the photos portray, it is rather a grim sight. At least you have some positive memories.
    Thanks for commenting!

  3. great photos fay. There must be so many buildings like this around africa, beautifully built for special reasons (esp i/n guests) and then desolation.
    What is duala that gillian commented about? Jo

  4. Hi Jo, Duala was an area maybe 10 miles form the hotel, it was where people lived on the streets, the smell was unbearable, yet this was how the locals existed. Faye thanks for bringing back such good memories, I may have some pictures of Liberia and the hotel, if I can find them I will post them on here, I was actually there during the reign of Charles Taylor afetr they had executed all of the government, the previous president was murdered on the jetty of the hotel and then thrown from the third floor his entrails were tied to a jeep and he was dragged through the town, you could actually hire the video from the shop!! so much as it was better than the above pictures show, it was still bad, on saying that, the people I met from there, were the most unselfish and loving people that I have ever met, and I just wish it could retrieve some of the former glory.

  5. I was there as executive chef from 1986 till 1990
    beautifull hotel of 160 room, suites , duplex and 52 villas
    one coffe shop, one fine dining restaurant, one beach restaurant, one casino, one beautifull lobby bar.
    I use to go to douala sometime for shopping in market (very good smell
    it’s very pity to see this picture

  6. Hi. Yes it is a pity to see it in ruins as it was obviously a stunning hotel in its heyday. There was talk of investment from Libya to rebuild it, but those plans have all been put aside now. To me, Duala market is still a smelly chaotic area. They try to clean it up, but the chaos always takes over again 🙂

  7. my group rented two of the villas at hotel africa originally set up for the orginazation of african unity conference to house the dignitaries. I lived there on weekends and during the week I worked in the Lofa Bridge area in a place called “Gold Camp”/ Sad to see what was once a great achievement now ruined.

  8. Yes it is sad to see the place in ruins and I think the chances of any investment for the renovations have faded away. It appears that you had good memories of the hotel in its prime.

  9. Bonjour,je me nomme stéphane Herve,j’étais executive chef pour l’hotel en 1986,et aussi pendant le coup d’état de cette même année,que de souvenirs… Je n’en reviens pas de ce qu’est devenu l’hotel,lui qui était si beau,c’est bien triste.S’il y a des gens qui y étaient à la même année;contact: vlasteph.herve@gmail.com

  10. I worked at the hotel in the late 80’s servicing the slot machines at the casino. It was a beautiful hotel with an excellent pool, nice dining room, disco and small casino. So sad to see the the state of the hotel today.

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