HOTEL REVIEW: THE MOORHOUSE HOTEL, IKOYI, LAGOS, NIGERIA
My name is Victoria Nonny Dawodu and I, along with other talented writers and photographers edit NONNY’S LIST.
Earlier this year, I took a short trip to Lagos and stayed at The Moorhouse, which is part of The M Gallery Hotel Collection by Accorhotels. The Moorhouse is located in the heart of Ikoyi, one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Nigeria.
I stayed in a superior room, which had a nice garden view, very fast wifi, a breakfast bar, bathtub and shower, a sitting area and the softest bathrobe and slippers I have ever worn!
Within the hotel is a well equipped gym, where I managed to work out in everyday. Adjacent to the gym are the spa, pool and restaurant. The fact that these three were very close made my stay enjoyable as I could have a swim or go to the spa before lunch or dinner. I highly recommend booking an afternoon at the Body Temple Spa for the Balinese massage. That’s the one I had and it was amazing!
If you are on a business trip, you will also find very nice conference rooms and a business center within the hotel. The reception area is quite unique and interesting because its like a mini-gallery showcasing art from local artists.
As for dining options, I ate at both the restaurant and bar with my two favourite meals being the Tandoori Chicken from the restaurant and what I call the best club sandwich I have ever eaten in my life!
The location of The Moorhouse is actually great because its not too far from Lagos Island where you can find wholesale markets such as Idumota and Balogun markets to buy Nigerian clothes and food stuffs. Also on Lagos Island is the Onikan National Museum, The City Mall, and Freedom Park to name a few.
Keep in mind that The Moorhouse is located in a predominantly residential area, which makes it quite and nice. However, I’d like to point out a hidden gem in the area that is The Omenka Gallery. It’s also a restaurant with panoramic views of the ocean. You can have lunch as well as check out the current exhibition. I will say that the chapman fruit drink on the menu paired with the fries / potato chips and snail stew is delicious!
Another nearby place is Victoria Island which has a lot more restaurants, and fast food places such as Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Ice Cream, and Nigeria restaurant Yellow Chilli. The Didi Museum is also in Victoria Island and has a good collection of Nigerian Contemporary Art.
Further down from Ikoyi and Victoria Island is the residential area of Lekki, where you may encounter a lot of traffic depending on what time you go. In Lekki, at the shopping Center called The Palms, you can find restaurants as well as shops like Mango, Hugo Boss and Etam to name a few.
Overall, I had a great stay and slept exceptionally well because the beds are very comfortable. The staff is very friendly, welcoming and most of all answer requests as timely as they can.
Lastly, the hotel does have a private car hire service that you can subscribe to if you need to get around town. Next time you take a trip to Lagos, do make sure to stop by The Moorhouse Hotel.You will not be disappointed.
You can visit The Moorehouse Hotel’s website here.
*Images courtesy of The Moorhouse Hotel