Ouagadougou hotels and hostels
Azalai Hotel Independance
Hôtel Mercure Silmandé
The owners of this former Sofitel have yielded to the inevitable and downgraded the hotel to a more reasonable four stars.
Centre D'accueil Des Soeurs Lauriers
This place, within the cathedral compound, promises the only budget beds that we can safely recommend for lone women travellers.
Hôtel Les Palmiers
This place is something special, an oasis blending the best of understated African style with European levels of comfort.
Whereas most of Ouaga's top-end hotels mimic a European apartment-style aesthetic, La Palmeraie has a more African ambience, with spacious rooms arranged around a shady courtyard.
Hôtel Ok Inn
If you can ignore the truck park through which you have to pass to reach the hotel, you'll quickly discover why this terrific French-run place is so popular.
Le Pavillon Vert
The closest Ouaga comes to a travellers' hang-out, Le Pavillon Vert is laid-back and highly recommended. The rooms (especially those with air-con) are spacious and all the facilities, from the rooms to the shared bathrooms, are spotless.
Hôtel Les Manguiers
Removed from the centre and in a fascinating African quarter, Hôtel les Manguiers, off Ave de la Liberté, is terrific. The clean rooms bear hints of local character, and are set around a large, sheltered and shady courtyard.
In the government's rush to raze southern Ouagadougou, it's a good thing they spared Hôtel Yibi. The carpet may be peeling in the public areas but the rooms (with TV) are lovely, with some attractive decorative touches.
Hôtel Yennenga represents top budget value and gets the thumbs-up from travellers. The rooms are simple, well-maintained and all come with mosquito nets. The location, just south of the city centre, is also a winner.
If you look at the overall package - lovely, leafy and bird-filled grounds, a pleasant pool which you may share with local ducks, a restaurant, disco, quiet location and satellite TV in all rooms - it's not hard to see why the colonial-style Rica.
Hôtel Continental is depressing on the outside and uninspired within, but the rooms are enormous, clean and the most expensive rooms on the third floor (no lift) have good views out over central Ouaga.
Although this hotel still stands in the centre of Ouaga, the energy has moved elsewhere since the Grande Marché (directly opposite) burned down. It's still a reasonable option, with tiled floors and decent bathrooms.
Fondation Charles Dufour
An alternative to your usual budget hotel, this place offers a dark dorm (get there early to snaffle the only standing fan) with mosquito nets, basic doubles, a kitchen for use by guests, and a laid-back ambience.
If you like your rooms carpeted and a good central location, the Relax promises a pleasant stay. The service is good, if a little slow, and the views over central Ouaga from the 3rd floor rooms are among the best in town.
Hôtel Belle Vue
This is your standard midrange African hotel - simple rooms (which are a bit cell-like), friendly staff overflowing from the public spaces, and a good central location.