There are plenty of nice hotels with good service in Bamako - the Nord-Sud is not one of them. I really like the other Azalai hotels in Bamako (The Grand Hotel and the Hotel Salaam) and thus, when I couldn't get a room at either of those, I booked a room at the Nord-Sud, thinking it would be of comparable quality. It is not. The rooms are shabby and stale-smelling. The carpets are worn and stained. The "double" bed is two twins pushed together with a double-bed sheet on them. Housekeeping delivered wet towels and left dishes from room service behind. There were so many mosquitoes in the room that I couldn't sleep. I called room service to order dinner and was told that they "didn't have time" to prepare a salad. Very few items on the menu were actually available at any given time. The buffet breakfast is fine, but not as nice as that at the Grand Hotel or Hotel Salaam (though, admitedly, it is also less expensive).
On the plus side, the plumbing is good and the water is hot - not always something you can't always count on in Mali. The wireless internet works consistently and is relatively fast. And the staff at the front desk is very friendly.
If you're looking for a hotel that is less expensive than the Grant Hotel or the Hotel Salaam, book a room at the Rabelais (great French restaurant, nice rooms, good wireless and much less expensive than comparable hotels) or at Hotel Mirabeau (basic accommodations, consistent wireless, nice buffet breakfast, great location and good value). Avoid the Nord-Sud.
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