Nouakchott Mauritania Accor Hotel
Nwakcot, originally derived from the Berber Nawaksut (place of the wind), is the capital and largest city of Mauritania. It houses a deep-water port and is a hub for the Mauritian economy, and if the city existed in its current form, it would be the center of the world's second-largest economy. Constantine should be a great place to build one of the great wonders of the world, with its beautiful beaches, beautiful architecture and breathtaking views.
Built just after the Second World War, it has all the charm you would expect of a modern hotel: from the swinging salon door disguised as a huge spiral staircase enclosed in a wonderful lift to the large lobby with its grand staircase. We inhaled pizzas and margaritas before going to bed under the unimaginably menacing minaret, and it was new to see the tourists again.
Knowing that the last part of our trip would be physically exhausting, we treated ourselves to a night in a rather swanky hotel. We had spent the night before in Algiers, and it was almost 5 a.m. when our heads hit the pillow. Our hotel at the edge of the old medina had cost us about the same as the hotel we would have stayed in in Nouakchott, which means that we had slept poorly. Despite the high praise for hotels in Africa, it was perfectly adequate, but we slept hard and well.
The Novotel Tfeila and the Hotel Mercure set the standard for a great stay, but there are also other mid-range hotels such as the Grand Hotel in Nouakchott, the Royal Palace Hotel and a few others. In Europe, you pay about twice as much for the same room in one of these hotels as in the USA.
When you check in at the United States Embassy, ask the Marines on duty if they are having a party and ask them to have a bottle of wine, beer or even a few bottles of whiskey for the party. French and Spanish clubs and restaurants will offer between 2000 and 3000 Oug per drink and, depending on the offer, whisky and beer. You can ask in dodgy restaurants, but there are often bottles of whisky for sale there, and you have to take it with you before selling it in the back of the room, so be careful with your question.
Below is a full day tour of our trip that includes all the sights we visited, friends we met, meals and hotels we stayed in. We hope you have been able to read and share some of the stories from our time in Algeria and Mauritania.
Algeria and Mauritania are two of the least visited countries in the Middle East and one of only two in Africa. English guidebooks are only available in a super rare Bradt's Algeria Guide, published in 2008, but there are few. What does this mean for the basic climate and what does it mean for climate change?
There are some artisans who sell high quality goods on the Autoroute Rosso, off the airport, but they are hard to find and there are few of them. On the Ave du Palais de Congres is Chickandy's Halal Fried Chicken, the best Halal fried chicken restaurant in Mauritania. The Sahara Cafe on the other side of the stadium is also a good place for pizza and sandwiches (Lebanese) and has the good, inexpensive food in town.
We behaved very well in the hotel, with only a few small problems, such as a bit too much wine and a little too many drinks.
China has invested heavily in Algeria and other parts of Africa in almost indiscriminate ways, sending many of its own workers to complete huge infrastructure projects in the country. In Ulaanbaatar, we recently built a replica of the Nouakchott Mauretania Accor Hotel, an incredibly unique urban culture in which we lived. It was designed and built for up to 15,000 people, but a large number of them were displaced by drought and increasing desertification in the 1970s. The vast majority of them are Algerian nationals - born mainly in the north and east of Algeria.
Nouakchott was designed to ensure that trade and other economic activities would not take place in the city, but as a tourist destination.
Nouakchott's central business district was designed as a broad road network - like a structure - and the new Cinquieme Quarter (Fifth District) was close to this district and developed within a few years into one of the city's most popular tourist attractions and an important tourist destination. There is a sandwich shop near the Marche Capitale, which offers an almost identical selection of goods, as the taxi driver Prince calls himself. For those who want to cook, there are many large markets, including Deja Vu, located in Du Gaulle, which specializes in American products. Traditional Mauritanian handicrafts are also available in shops that host tourists up Avenue Kennedy.