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Guesthouses and B&Bs
Bougain Villa Guesthouse
This South African–run B&B is a real home away from home in L’shi. Secure, comfortable and including the basics like air-con, clean linen and satellite TV. Definitely book ahead.
Esperance Guest House
There are only two rooms at the friendly little Esperance Guest House - and they both share a bathroom, but everything is kept polished and clean and a good dinner is available for US$10 extra. Call ahead.
This fairly new hotel offers the most salubrious lodgings in Matonge. The US$70 rooms, with their flat-screen TVs, hot-water bathrooms and fake-leather furnishings, are probably the pick of the bunch...
Hotel Belle Vue
Set in one of the most striking colonial-era buildings in Lubumbashi, this will be a glamorous boutique hotel when DR Congo is stable, but for now it is affordable and atmospheric, if a little dilapidated.
Hôtel Estoril Sol
Pleasant courtyard gardens and a fading colonial style are the hallmark of this lime-green place on the edge of downtown. You can lounge and dine (Congolese, French and Portuguese cuisine) on the streetside terrace or in the shady backyard.
Hotel Invest De Presse
This resortlike place has small and colourful rooms set in large gardens with a swimming pool (nonguests US$10). Like so many places in town it's somewhat let down by the overly high prices and 'couldn't care less' attitude of the reception staff.
The grubby exterior and screeching of car tyres on the busy road outside would normally be enough to make you turn and run, but in Kinshasa this ageing place, with large and clean rooms, offers really good value – just make sure you don't get a room ...
Hôtel La Crèche
Matonge's best-known hotel is rather rough, very noisy (especially on weekends) and the cheapest rooms are not meant to be occupied all night, if you know what we mean. It's a friendly and safe enough place though.
Hôtel Pacha 786
Across the street from the landmark (and very overpriced) Hôtel Memling, the rooms, set around a triangular terrace, are large and have bold furnishings that distinguish them from the normally staid competition at this price.
Procure Ste Anne
This quiet colonial-era compound offers Kinshasa's best value. Rooms are historic and immaculate and it's safe and quiet. Popular with foreigners looking to adopt a local child.
Guest House Saint Charles
Orchids Safari Club
Stella Matutina Lodge