Best hotels and hostels in Eritrea

  • Lodging in Massawa

    Grand Hotel Dahlak

    This faded-beauty anchor of Taulud Island's waterfront is the top choice in town, with a colonial-era vibe, but at Western prices. Usually referred to locally as the 'Dahlak Hotel', it's also the site of the only wi-fi on the islands, where each night locals gather just outside to try to pick up the weak signal.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Africa Pension Hotel

    A good place to bunk down if you're after style without breaking the bank. This mellow pension from the early 1900s is set in a converted villa and features generous-sized rooms overlooking a pleasantly manicured garden. It's in a residential neighbourhood, a jaunt from Harnet Ave. A tad overpriced, but the historic aura that shrouds the place sweetens the deal.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Asmara

    Albergo Italia

    A lovely boutique-ish hotel housed in an Italian villa constructed in 1899, with cushy rooms decorated with period furniture and communal areas awash with heritage aesthetics. You won't have to go far for nosh, either, as the in-house restaurant serves up a decent pizza and coffee.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Khartoum Hotel

    One block south of Harnet Ave, the Khartoum offers super-clean rooms, and the shared bathrooms are probably the cleanest-smelling bathrooms this side of the Rift Valley. Friendly owner Yamani can arrange drivers for trips to explore outside of Asmara, and the on-site restaurant whips up tasty local dishes and coffees.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Pensione Pisa

    This simple but welcoming pension is housed on the 3rd floor of an apartment just opposite the Catholic cathedral. The uncluttered rooms are kept in good nick, as are the diminutive shared bathrooms. It's basic and there's no hot water, but it's great value for what you get.

  • Lodging in Adi Keih

    Central Hotel

    With air-con and 24-hour hot water, this is probably the most luxurious option south of Dekemhare. The friendly staff and full-service bar-restaurant certainly don't hurt either. It's uphill from the main highway, just before you reach the Garden Hotel on the way into town.

  • Lodging in Massawa

    Red Sea Hotel

    This Italian-designed hotel is well arranged and has 50 tidy rooms with big bathrooms, air-con, satellite TV, balcony and sea views. Facilities include an on-site restaurant, and well-tended gardens in which to curl up with a book.

  • Lodging in Keren

    Costina Hotel

    This upmarket hotel near the centre claims to offer all modern comforts, though wi-fi isn’t included and the hot water wasn’t working when we visited. On the upside, all rates do include breakfast.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Crystal Hotel

    This professionally run outfit is kept in top nick, featuring a fine selection of cheerful rooms with all the creature comforts (including hard-to-find wi-fi). There's an on-site bar and restaurant.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Hotel Asmara Palace

    On the airport road about halfway into town, this upscale hotel is both the city's nicest and most expensive, with facilities to match. Discounts are available for long-term stays.

  • Lodging in Keren

    Eritrea Hotel

    The rooms are small but clean, the bar is lively, and the ladies that run the place are some of the most charismatic around. It's located just off the Jirafuri roundabout.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Concord Pension

    Tucked back slightly from the road, this discreet pension is a serene oasis in the heart of town. It's cosy, with a plant-filled courtyard and sweet-as-sugar staff.

  • Lodging in Massawa

    Luna Hotel

    While the unexceptional rooms don't set hearts aflutter, the Luna is a serviceable option if the bottom line counts. There's a good restaurant on the ground floor.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Sunshine Hotel

    A reliable middle-of-the-road option, with smallish rooms and a greenery-filled garden at the back. Wi-fi is available, but sluggish at times.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Asmara Central Hotel

    Right in the heart of town, the friendly staff and modern rooms make this a comfortable launching point from which to explore Asmara.

  • Lodging in Asmara

    Top Five Hotel

    A great-value option not far from the centre, with well-scrubbed rooms and a quality on-site bar and restaurant.

  • Lodging in Massawa

    Gurgussum Beach Hotel

    On the mainland, 12km from Massawa on a moderate stretch of beach, this sprawling venue is the closest thing Massawa has to a resort, though 'resort' is a generous description. It's very popular with Eritrean families at the weekend and the beach is usually crowded at that time (and almost empty during the week). The rooms vary in size, shape and atmosphere, but overall it's clean.

  • Lodging in Massawa

    Central Hotel

    Soothingly positioned by the shore, the well-managed Central Hotel won't be the highlight of your trip, but it offers three kinds of well-kept rooms with air-conditioning and TV. The more expensive ones face the sea and are more spacious. If your wallet is plump, upgrade to a suite. There's a restaurant on-site.

  • Lodging in Adi Keih

    Garden Hotel

    This worn-down but clean hotel isn't winning any awards, but it does the trick for a night. The sign is mostly in Tigrinya, but look for ‘Hotel’ in English on the right as you enter the main stretch of town. The hotel restaurant serves pretty good mains (nfa100 to nfa200), and cold Asmara Lager for nfa30.

  • Lodging in Keren

    Sicilia Pension

    The pleasant courtyard and simple rooms are welcoming, though the addition of hot water would make the giant bathrooms a little more so. At these prices, though, it's hard to be too picky. It's off the Jirafuri roundabout, just past the Eritrea Hotel.