Ducor Hotel

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Ducor Hotel
The swimming pool area of the former Ducor Palace Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia.jpg
Former pool area
Former names Ducor Palace, Ducor Intercontinental Hotel
General information
Type Hotel
Location Liberia
Address Broad Street, Monrovia
Coordinates 6°19′13″N 10°48′49″W / 6.32028°N 10.81361°W / 6.32028; -10.81361
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Current tenants None (formerly numerous squatters)
Completed 1967
Owner formerly Intercontinental Hotels

The Ducor Palace Hotel is a building in Monrovia, Liberia. The building overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Saint Paul River and Monrovia's West Point district.

It is located on Ducor Hill, at the end of Broad Street across from United Nations Boulevard in Monrovia's main business district. Once a luxury hotel, the building has fallen into extensive disrepair.


Operated by the Intercontinental Hotels chain, the Ducor Hotel was the first international-class hotel constructed in Liberia, and was for many years one of the few five-star hotels in all of Africa.[1] [2] The inauguration ceremony of the hotel was an international affair, attended by President Sekou Toure of Guinea, among others.[2] During its years of operation, it continued to host important meetings between African leaders.[3] President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast was so impressed with the hotel during his stay that he commissioned its builder, Moshe Mayer, to erect a 12-story luxury hotel in Abidjan, Hotel Ivoire.[4] Its various amenities, such as its pool, tennis courts, and a French restaurant, made it popular with tourists from the Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, as well as visiting professionals from the US, Europe, and Asia.

With political uncertainty looming, the Ducor Hotel closed in 1989, just before the coup led by Charles Taylor which ousted President Samuel Doe and marked the beginning of the First Liberian Civil War. The building endured much damage during this period, both due to the violence of the war and looting that occurred afterwards. During this time, displaced residents of many of Monrovia's slums began to occupy the hotel's empty rooms.

In 2007, the Liberian Ministry of Justice began to evict the Ducor Hotel's residents.[5] This eviction process is now complete, and the Hotel is free of all squatters.

In 2008, the Government of Liberia signed a lease agreement with the Government of Libya, who began clearing the property of debris in 2010 in preparation for a bidding process to be completed by June 2010.[6] The project was delayed several times before finally being abandoned upon Liberia's severing of diplomatic relations with the Gaddafi government following the outbreak of the 2011 Libyan civil war.[7]



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  2. ^ a b Yitzhak Oron, Ed. Middle East Record Volume 1, 1960. The Moshe Dayan Center. p. 312. GGKEY:3KXGTYPACX2. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Huband, Mark (30 June 1998). The Liberian Civil War. Psychology Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-7146-4785-2. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. December 1970. p. 83. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.micat.gov.lr/press.php?news_id=24
  6. ^ http://www.libyaonline.com/business/details.php?id=14250
  7. ^ Fofana, Fatoumata N. (June 20, 2011). "Libya Defaulted on Projects". Daily Observer.