Lomé hotels and hostels
Ibis Lome Centre
This hotel is almost Riad-like with its tiled floors, rooftop bar and balconies. The quiet rooms are of a good standard and the restaurant serves up generous helpings of African and European food.
Veronica Guest House
This charming 10-room hotel with a pint-sized pool is a more Togolese alternative to the chain hotels. Although it is on the busy highway, the rooms have thick double-glazing and views across the road to the beach. Meals are available.
Despite its unattractive exterior, the 23-year-old Avenida, a block east of the Nigerian embassy, has good, clean rooms with TV and hot water, and a decent restaurant. Guests are asked to pay in advance.
You'll find quiet, compact rooms with a faint whiff of polish, and an uninspiring restaurant decorated with bad Futurist art, in this anonymous but well-located hotel east of Blvd du 13 Janvier.
L'arbre Des Voyages
Just off Route de Kpalimé, this large, comfortable guesthouse, run by a friendly young French-Togolese couple, has nine rooms with balconies and DVD which are popular with students from IAEC (the international business school next door).
Hôtel 2 Février
Once Lomé's best hotel, the 30-year-old Hôtel 2 Février has some 500 top-notch rooms, but is devoid of guests unless there's a political party meeting or a business conference.
Le Maxime Hôtel
This long-standing place has respectable rooms, only let down by their poor interior bathrooms. There's a terrace restaurant open from 10:00 to 22:00 for lunch and dinner, serving delicious European fish and chicken dishes.
Hôtel Palm Beach
This well-located high-rise hotel is not as smooth as Hôtel 2 Février but has better facilities, which include a rooftop swimming pool, a massage service and a nightclub. Meals are available.
The Mawuli has 25 rooms with fans or air-conditioning. All are grotty but bearable, with the bathrooms veering towards the former.
A good fallback within walking distance of the Ghanaian border, this basic option has a loud and lascivious bar, but the rooms are respectable.
Hôtel Mercure Sarakawa
The 164-room Sarakawa, 3km east of the town centre on the road to Benin, is one of the classiest hotels in West Africa. It has a wonderful Olympic-sized pool, horse riding, tennis courts, a nightclub and a hairdresser.
Hôtel Du Boulevard
The Boulevard is overpriced and run down, but in a great location, with views from the roof - though this noisy roadside position seems less of a boon in the middle of the night.
Hôtel Ibis Le Bénin
Colonised by Ibis in 2003, the independence-era Hôtel le Bénin still represents the best value among the top-end hotels, even if the comfortable rooms now look a little bland.
Hôtel Le Galion
This Swiss-owned hotel near the beach has an excellent restaurant - with fondue on the menu of course. There's a lounge upstairs with relaxing armchairs and shelves full of books, and the bar is popular with locals and travellers.
Hôtel Du Golfe
This comfortable central hotel with a courtyard bar is a little dilapidated, but not unattractively so. It's one of the best-value midrange places.