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A good place to bunk down in if you're after some style without breaking the bank. This mellow pension is set in a converted villa and features generous-sized rooms overlooking a neatly manicured garden...
A lovely boutique-ish hotel housed in an old Italian villa, with cushy rooms decorated with period furniture and communal areas awash with heritage aesthetics.
After a ruthless inspection of all accommodation options on Massawa Island, we were left with this unpretentious guesthouse, a short bag-haul from the port entrance...
In the heart of town. After a much-needed face-lift, the rooms and communal areas now feature modern fixtures, sleek bathrooms, new tiles and carpeting.
Soothingly positioned by the shore, the well-managed Central Hotel won't start a revolution but it offers three kinds of well-kept rooms, with air-con and TV...
Tucked back slightly from the road, this discreet pension is a serene oasis in the heart of town. It feels like a cosy doll's house, with comfy rooms, an agreeable plant-filled courtyard and sweet-as-sugar staff.
A good safe bet well worth bookmarking, with a ramshackle charm. There are three kinds of rooms to suit most budgets. Though very simple, the cheaper rooms are good value...
This professionally run outfit is kept in top nick, featuring a fine selection of cheerful rooms with all the creature comforts. There's an on-site bar and restaurant.
The Dahlak was undergoing a major revamp and extension at the time of writing but construction works were progressing slowly because of the economic slump...
On the mainland, 12km from Massawa on a moderate stretch of beach. This sprawling venue is the closest thing Massawa has to a resort, though 'resort' is an optimistic description...
Lying 4km from town centre on the airport road, this five-star bigwig has all the bells and whistles your platinum card will allow for.
One block south of Harnet Ave, the Khartoum offers superclean rooms and the shared bathrooms are probably the cleanest-smelling this side of the Rift Valley.
While the unexceptional rooms don't set hearts aflutter, the Luna is a decent option if the bottom line counts. There's a good restaurant on the premises.
This welcoming pension is housed in an apartment, just opposite the Catholic Cathedral. The uncluttered rooms are kept in good nick, as are the diminutive shared bathrooms. Location is ace...
This Italian-designed hotel is regarded as one of the best options in Massawa. It is well arranged and has 50 tidy rooms with air-con, satellite TV, balcony and sea views...
A reliable middle-of-the-road option, with smallish rooms and a green-filled garden at the back.
A great-value option not far from the centre, with well-scrubbed rooms and an attached quality restaurant.
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