Best hotels and hostels in Cotonou

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    Maison Rouge

    A quiet, sometimes overlooked boutique hotel catering to business travellers in a tranquil location close to the sea. The rooms are generously sized and tastefully designed, and the communal areas are expertly decorated with arts and crafts. Other perks include a soothing plant-filled garden, a gym, a pool and a panoramic terrace with sea views. Evening meals are available by request. Rates include breakfast.

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    Azalai Hotel de la Plage

    Ultramodern rooms meet historic colonial structure at this waterfront hotel. Its rooms are arguably the best in the city – especially those with sea views – with sleek bathrooms and attractive decor. The list of facilities is prolific, with a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool, a private beach, a business centre and tennis courts. Rates include breakfast.

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    Hôtel du Port

    Ignore the slightly surreal surrounding towers of containers at the next-door port. Inside, this hotel encircles a courtyard and features a tasteful mix of West African art, plus a long, oasis-like pool and a garden. The paillote (straw hut) restaurant-bar serves meals (CFA3900 to CFA6500). Rooms are comfortable and the bungalows spacious.

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    La Guesthouse

    This adorable guesthouse, run by a helpful French couple, is one of those whispered secrets that is passed around by word of mouth. The rooms are simple yet impeccably clean and the welcoming lounge area is a good place to meet other travellers. It's brilliant value, and it's tough to find a friendlier place to stay.

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    Hôtel du Lac

    A good-value choice on a breezy spot at the edge of the lagoon. Though the rooms show some signs of wear and tear, they are sunny, spacious and clean, and most have water views. The restaurant has a great panoramic terrace and the large swimming pool is popular at the weekend.

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    Qualimax Hotel

    Drawbacks first: it's a bit out of the way and there's no hot water. Now the good news: it's good value, it's secure, it's quiet and it's clean as all get out. The rooftop restaurant is another plus. Near Stade de l'Amitié.

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    Chez Clarisse

    This charming place has seven immaculate rooms in a villa at the back of the its very popular Chez Clarisse restaurant. It's central yet very quiet.

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    Guesthouse Cocotiers

    A squeaky-clean find in a simple but well-maintained structure with friendly staff. An excellent place to hang your hat for a no-fuss stay.

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    Ancrage de l'Océan

    Don't be put off by the concrete facade; open the door and you're in another reality – a seductive garden, no-frills but spruce rooms, and a relaxing atmosphere. Edouard Coffi, the well-travelled owner and a former theatre actor, is extra nice. Meals can be arranged. It's not far from the Rte des Pêches and the airport.

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    Novotel Orisha

    While it lacks charm, rooms here are spotless and well equipped. It's one of the few places in Benin where the wi-fi is reliable. Water views and a beautiful swimming pool are also great perks.