Budget hangouts: Tivoli Garden Hotel
Editor’s note: Here’s a Tivoli Garden Hotel Ikoyi review as written by Lekki Republic contributor Tope Omamegbe. Enjoy!
Lagos traffic is usually the reason Tols and I look for where to go hangout. We can’t come and suffer sitting in hold up, hunger pangs and fuel consumption all at once. One suffering at a time please.
So the solution is to find somewhere to hide our heads and stay off the roads till the long hold up ends (although sometimes the traffic spirits are still so strong, we meet them even after staying away. Travails of Lagos life).
On two of such days we found ourselves a new place to go in Ikoyi. Address 1-3 Olokun close, off Ademola street, off Awolowo road. A waterside location with a jetty boutique hotel, dining, gym training and party space, a lot rolled up in one if we can say so ourselves.
ADVICE: It’s a hangout, don’t plan to be filled up and satisfied: Don’t get me wrong, you can decide to go all out and eat to stupor, but we were working with a budget. Do not go out with the intention to fill up, unless it can be comfortably afforded. Hangout with only drinks or with small finger foods makes sense, go home and eat heavy if you want.
Remembering our pockets and cost sharing, on the first day we settled for
- A plate of 4 samosas
- 2 cups of chapman (or is it Chapmen?)
TOTAL COST: N4, 500
The samosas were filled with meaty goodness and were scrumptious to say the least. We didn’t expect it honestly. And the drinks were also just as good and adequately chilled!
On the second day, we went a little further. Determined to try something else on the menu, this time we ordered
- 2 bowls of goat meat pepper soup (served with bread)
- 2 bottles of water
TOTAL COST: N4, 600
Once again, wonderful was the experience. The pepper was highly needed on this second day, the memory of which lingered with us for a few days after (and we are planning a repeat visit). On these two occasions, there was really no need to eat when we got home and despite the fact that we did not go there to fill up.
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We were able to get a little work done, while taking in the relaxed ambience and watching Africa Magic (LOL).
So please, don’t forget that unless it’s a planned full outing aimed at filling your tank for the whole day, just eat lightly and continue at home is you wish.
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Tope Omamegbe loves to chronicle her experiences in the vibrant city of Lagos. She’s also a contributor to http://outandaboutng.com/