Best hotels and hostels in Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Parc National Des Virunga

    Mikeno Lodge

    Easily the most luxurious and beautifully designed hotel in DRC, Mikeno Lodge is a pampering slice of bliss in the wilds of the Congo jungle. Each of the 12 vast bungalows is made of dark volcanic stone, rich mahogany and beautifully crafted thatched roofs. Inside they boast a cosy lounge, open fire and a bathroom with a stone-lined shower.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kisangani

    Les Chalets

    This much-loved oasis in the dusty heart of Kisangani offers spotless and charmingly decorated rooms in two courtyards that overflow with tropical greenery. There's a pool, a popular restaurant and a very friendly and welcoming staff, which combine to make it by far the town's best accommodation option.

  • Lodging in Parc National Des Virunga

    Tchegera Island Tented Camp

    Miles from the volcanic landscapes of Virunga proper, horseshoe-shaped Tchegera Island is in Lake Kivu, but officially also part of the national park. It's an absolutely gorgeous place for kayaking, birdwatching and relaxing after climbing Nyiragongo, and the comfortable tents have their own hot-water bathrooms. A park permit and return boat transfer from Goma costs an additional US$100.

  • Lodging in Kinshasa

    Elais Hotel

    This superb place feels like a social club in the heart of downtown Kinshasa. It's an excellent choice for business travellers, who will love their two-room suites that include a minikitchen. A gym, tennis courts, a huge pool and a popular restaurant complete the scene, and it's unsurprising that it's often a long-term accommodation choice for visitors.

  • Lodging in Bukavu

    Lodge Co-Co

    This Swiss-run guesthouse is the baby of Carlos, who has been tracking gorillas in the national park for decades. His love for the creatures shines through: each room features his gorilla photographs and the corridors are stuffed with local arts and crafts. It's an excellent base for anyone wanting to visit the gorillas with a true expert.

  • Lodging in Goma

    Lake Kivu Lodge

    Goma's best hotel is some way out of the city centre, but makes the most of its gorgeous views over the lake. The cheapest rooms are on the small side and the bathrooms are in need of some work, but the standard-plus rooms come with some great extras including espresso machines, private gated terraces and four poster beds.

  • Lodging in Parc National Des Virunga

    Bukima Camp

    This magical spot is also the departure point for many of Virunga's gorilla-tracking excursions, which means you’ll be able to sleep later by staying here. The campsite consists of eight luxurious tents with their own bathrooms, a large communal dining shelter and some stunning views towards the mountains.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kinshasa

    Hotel Sunnyday

    This friendly and spotless oasis in Gombe is a great little in-the-know bolthole. Accommodation is divided into rooms, studios (with kitchens) and larger two-room apartments, all arranged around a beautifully kept courtyard and a swimming pool, which make it perfect for kids. There's no restaurant, however.

  • Lodging in Goma

    Ihusi Hotel

    Offering smart rooms across eight price categories and an open-air restaurant with sweeping views of Lake Kivu, the Ihusi is set in beautifully kept premises and is generally considered to be the place to stay in Goma. There's a large pool, tennis courts and gym.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bukavu

    Orchids Safari Club

    This impressive hotel has gorgeous gardens overlooking the lake and the feel of a colonial-era country club. The rooms are spacious and very well appointed, with private terraces, smart furnishings, comfortable beds and large bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kinshasa

    Procure Ste Anne

    This quiet colonial-era mansion within a large Catholic compound offers Kinshasa's best value accommodation. Rooms are historic and immaculate with high ceilings and clean bathrooms, and it's safe, central and quiet.

  • Lodging in Kinshasa

    Léon Hôtel

    Central, smart and modern, the Léon is super clean and has welcoming staff. The rooms are spacious, have flat-screeen TVs, fridges, desks and rain showers in the bathrooms. There's also a decent fitness studio.

  • Lodging in Goma

    Caritas Guesthouse

    You've got a prime lakeside location here, including some lovely gardens, rooms with balconies and great views and a secure setting. The downside is the rather basic bathrooms and very unmemorable restaurant.

  • Lodging in Kinshasa

    Hôtel Estoril Sol

    Pleasant courtyard gardens and a fading colonial style are the hallmark of this lime-green place on the edge of downtown Kinshasa. You can lounge and dine (Congolese, French and Portuguese cuisine) on the street-side terrace, in the shady backyard or the rather formal dining room. The rooms themselves have some truly ancient furnishings, including TVs that are most definitely antique.

  • Lodging in Kinshasa

    HG Hotel

    This decent and good-value hotel offers the most salubrious lodgings in Matonge. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, hot-water bathrooms and fake-leather furnishings, though take a look at several before you check in. As with all the hotels around here, night-time noise and security can be an issue. There's a popular restaurant on the premises.

  • Lodging in Kinshasa

    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 Kinshasa, it's somewhat let down by the overly high prices and 'couldn't care less' attitude of the reception staff, but it's otherwise a reliable and secure option.

  • Lodging in Goma

    Linda Hotel

    It's hard to miss this pink-painted lakeside compound, where a selection of seemingly randomly priced rooms is available. Despite a few eyebrow-raising art choices, rooms are exactly what you need in this price range and include mosquito nets, fridges, balconies and electric fans.

  • Lodging in Bukavu

    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. Taxi drivers will know the nearby Hotel Horizon.

  • Lodging in Kisangani

    Centre d'Accueil Rwenzori

    This smart complex in Kisangani has spacious and well-maintained rooms inside a compound that contains a manicured garden and a good restaurant. It's not the most characterful place to stay, but is a good business choice.

  • Lodging in Goma

    Hotel des Grands Lacs

    Once Goma’s grandest hotel, this colonial relic's grandeur has certainly failed, but its rooms are a great deal given their central location. The apartments have air-con, while wi-fi is only in the restaurant.