Best hotels and hostels in Djibouti

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    Le Héron Auberge

    An attractive, secure compound in a residential area, Le Héron is one of Djibouti City’s best-value hotels, with 29 rooms that are well appointed and clean as a whistle. The slightly off-the-beaten-path location on a peaceful street means you can actually get a good night’s sleep here. Credit cards (Visa) are accepted but there's a 3% commission. Book ahead. Nice extra: a shuttle service is available to drive you to the centre (by reservation). Avoid rooms which have only interior windows.

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    Atlantic Hotel

    Opened in 2016, the professionally run Atlantic is a great place to drop anchor in the centre. Expect efficient service, spacious rooms with balcony, excellent bedding, sparkling bathrooms and a good Italian restaurant beside the reception. Its central location is ideal if you want to immerse yourself in Djibouti City. Rooms 401, 403, 405, 407, 409 and 411 are blessed with sea views. Credit cards (Visa only) are accepted but there's a 3% commission.

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    Campement Touristique de la Forêt du Day

    If you like peace, quiet and sigh-inducing views, you’ll have few quibbles with this atmospheric campement in the village of Day, at an altitude of 1500m, close to the Forêt du Day. The traditional huts are welcoming and the toilet blocks are kept clean. Other draws include the host of walking options available and the healthy food, including delicious kemir (pancakes) for breakfast.

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    Royal Plaza Hotel

    This discreet number near the presidential palace is a solid choice, with enticing rooms with all mod-cons and squeaky-clean bathrooms. There are only 12 rooms, which ensures intimacy. Oh, and you can eat well here at the cafeteria.

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    Djibouti Palace Kempinski

    Well-heeled Arabian and Chinese businessmen, Western military officers and soldiers, tourists and African bigwigs – they all end up here. You know exactly what you’ll be getting at the sprawling Kempinski: impersonal yet shiny-clean rooms and a host of top-notch facilities, including three restaurants, two swimming pools, a business centre, a lovely café, an ATM, a gift shop, a spa and a gym. What you won’t be getting is any kind of indication that you are in Djibouti but, as you flake out on the (tiny) beach or do laps in the gleaming pool, you probably won’t be that bothered. Many guests have found the service substandard.

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    Hôtel Horseed

    The Horseed is a reliable choice for unfussy budgeteers, with bare but serviceable rooms and a couple of dorms with mattresses (and air-con) at the back. It all feels very compact, but it's well managed and the shared bathrooms are well scrubbed. The owner, Kadar Ismael, lived in Canada for 10 years and speaks excellent English; he’s a mine of local information. Precious perks include an onsite restaurant serving Djiboutian, Yemeni and Ethiopian dishes as well as a cosy lounge where you can linger over a sheesha (water pipe).

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    Campement Touristique de Dittilou

    This campement has helpful and friendly management offering a series of well designed daboytas (traditional huts) brimful of rustic charm. They are set against a spectacular and peaceful landscape. The laid-back restaurant is chilled and the food is great. The gang of green monkeys that roam around the place is either a nuisance or an attraction, depending on your perspective. The prices quoted include guided walks.

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    Campement Touristique de Bankoualé

    This ecofriendly camp (electricity is solar powered) in a scenic location – it’s perched on a hillside and overlooks a deep valley – is a lovely place to spend a couple of days, particularly if you're keen on hiking. Huts are equipped with traditional Afar beds made of wood, and the views of the valley are sensational. The ablution blocks are rudimentary but well scrubbed, and the food gets good reports.

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    Hotel Alia

    The Alia is a solid middle-of-the-road option with its efficient yet down-to-earth staff and good facilities. Rooms are practical with no flouncy embellishments – just good lighting, strong air-con, back-friendly mattresses and salubrious bathrooms. Some rooms upstairs come with partial sea views. It’s within walking distance of Place du 27 Juin 1977, and there's an excellent Yemeni restaurant next door.

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    Dar Es Salam

    Right in the African Quarter, the Dar Es Salam is a dependable budget choice if you're strapped for cash. Rooms are presentable but vary in size, light and noisiness so ask to see a couple before you settle on one. Facilities include a small restaurant and an internet café. Overall, not a bad deal provided you keep your expectations in check.

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    Sheraton Djibouti Hotel

    Sure, this muscular hotel looks like a common apartment block, the communal parts show signs of wear and tear and service is lackadaisical, but it scores high on its prolific facilities, including two restaurants, a bar, a pool, a gift shop, a fitness centre, a casino, an ATM and a business centre. Be sure to book a room with a sea view.

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    Résidence de l’Europe

    Right on the main square, this venture gets by on its tip-top location, a waddle away from the restaurants, bars and clubs. There’s no great luxury involved and some of the furnishings have seen better days, but the 24 rooms are spacious and kept in reasonable nick. Credit cards (Visa only) are accepted but there's a commission.

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    Auberge Sable Blanc

    Tucked away on a quiet street running parallel to Blvd de la République, this little modern construction is a discreet place with eight clean, if rather unloved, rooms and salubrious bathrooms. Note that the air-con is on from 7pm to noon only and there's a mosque nearby – earplug alert!

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    Menelik Hotel

    It’s hard to top the Menelik’s location, smack-dab in the centre. The rooms, some with good views of the main square, have started to show their age but provide good levels of comfort and hygiene, and there's an on-site restaurant. Cash only.