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New Mwanza Hotel
This three-star place has five-star pretentions, but it’s second-fiddle to the newer Gold Crest across the street...
Gold Crest Hotel
Mwanza’s newest hotel is a solid business-class standard in the heart of town with attractive, comfortable rooms, all with balconies. Those on upper floors facing north have postcard-quality lake views; those on the south face the car park...
This big complex with comfortable rooms is all about the views, though rooms are plenty comfortable...
Christmas Tree Hotel
The best hotel in the city centre in this price range (few others even come close), rooms are small but clean with good beds, TV and hot water. A few even squeeze out a lake view...
The ever-popular Tilapia, on the city side of Capri Point, has a variety of rooms, most of which are dated but decent and look out at the lake...
Less cheery than Christmas Tree, but a good backup should it be full. Rooms are bright and clean and have hot water, fans, and TVs.
This tidy little place down a tiny alley is one of the best cheapies in Mwanza; even the shared bathrooms have ceiling fans and there are Western sit toilets.
This hotel is ageing and very tatty, but its shortcomings are easy to overlook if you've just disembarked from a 24-hour-plus haul on the Central Line train...
This eye-catching blue tower is solid all-round with well-equipped rooms (free wi-fi reaches most), good service, a rooftop bar and a proper breakfast buffet. Best of all, it will sometimes discount...
Mwanza Yacht Club
Mwanza’s stop on the overlander’s trail, this has simple facilities but a great lakeside location and good food.
This new place with lake views has seized much of the holidaying miner and NGO worker business from the Tilapia. Though rooms are undeniably better, it’s lacks the character of its competition.
St Dominic’S Pastoral Centre
A centrally located church-run hostel offering spartan rooms with shared bathroom (no hot water), plus nicer, newer en suite ones with hot water and a canteen (breakfast Tsh1000, lunch/dinner Tsh2000)...
Ideal for socially conscious travellers, this homey place with spotless, comfortable rooms gives much of its earnings to support the affiliated Streetwise Africa charity. It’s in the Isamilo area and though signposted, it’s hard to find, so call ahead.
This spic-and-span guesthouse directly across from Nyegezi bus station is a good choice for the night before a dawn departure.
Wag Hill Lodge
The intimate and beautiful Wag Hill, on a small wooded peninsula outside Mwanza, is an excellent post-safari cool down. It has just five double bungalows with screened walls and great wooden furniture; all but one perched on rocks for lake views...