Ongoing art exhibitions, delicious food, and calming views are a few of the layers guests at the Wheatbaker Hotel can savor in one visit. Gone are the days when businesses attract customers for their core offerings only. For example, it is for more than two scoops of sorbet that I can risk the tricky turns of Ozumba and parking at Radisson to get to Hans and Rene.
I have always liked this Ikoyi luxury hotel for its ambiance. The staff are courteous and attentive. The buffet at the restaurant is pretty popular and the buzz from the non-stop mini meetings and business chats replenish creative juices.
On this particular visit, I opted for the spicy wings and chili potato wedges as lunch. I must say early enough that I don’t eat large portions, but this meal was filling. Both in deliciousness and quantity, the wings hit all the right spots. The sauce was spicy and tasty and not in a tomato stew way. Like with most potato and chicken pairings, I ran out of the wedges in no time.
Art adorns the walls and Standing Out II was on exhibition when I visited. Curated by SMO Contemporary, this was an introduction to artists new to me such as Omo Udenta. Marcellina Akpojotor’s colorful Ankara collage portraits were easily identifiable and I was elated to see Ozoz Sokoh’s Lagos inspired photographs.
Being able to view all of the works on display calls for you to explore the ground floor space at the hotel. A waltz of some sorts has to be performed from the Grill Room to the space adjacent to the swimming pool, then swing back along the edges of the Seraya Deli, ending (or beginning) at the reception.
Wanderlust is the next art exhibition that will be on display at The Wheatbaker starting from July 8 through September. Its theme blends perfectly with Summer and Travel. I find the common threads of identity and migration with a German-Nigerian fusion appealing in Wanderlust. Going solely by aesthetics, an early favorite is Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko’s photographs. Their vibrancy pops out immediately in the catalogue. Still, I can’t wait to interact intimately with the pieces and accompanying stories once the exhibition opens.
I love the fact that you can enter a space such as The Wheatbaker with a one track mind, and exit with an exotic bouquet of encounters. What about you? Will you be visiting anytime soon for art, a delicious bite, or to discuss that promising deal?