Best hotels and hostels in Gabon

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Loango National Park

    Loango Lodge

    This impressively remote and high-end lodge operated by the National Parks Board is a wonderful option if you want to visit the northern end of the Loango National Park. Comfortable wooden chalets are dotted around a beautiful garden along the lagoon. The central bar and dining room open out onto a wooden deck that stretches into the water and has great views across to the park. The food here is excellent. The lodge offers various excursions, all including a pirogue ride across the lagoon. The lodge keeps a vehicle there, inside the park, for wildlife watching. Visiting the gorillas is a very special opportunity; there are also half-day safaris, hikes in the forest, whale-watching trips, night excursions to see crocodiles, and game fishing. Satellite camps of Loango Lodge are the Akaka Forest camp in the south (one hour by boat, then on foot), in a forest and swamp area where animals roam and elephants swim in the river; and Tassi in the savannah (2½ hours by road) which is best from November to April. These two camps can be visited for a day, or you can stay overnight for the same price as the lodge. Note that on top of the daily rate, there's a charge of €230 per person for the return journey from Port-Gentil (three hours by boat and two hours by 4WD), or €90 to and from Omboué.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Libreville

    Le Leet Dorian

    Definitely the pick of Libreville's hotels, this gorgeous, design-conscious place has individually decorated rooms with Gabonese art on the walls, stylish touches and surprisingly colourful bathrooms. There are also delicious breakfasts (CFA6000), and a restaurant (mains from CFA8500). The price tag isn't small, but it's still far cheaper and more charming than the city's large five-star hotels. There are more rooms next door, but they're in the basement so are much darker.

  • Lodging in Libreville

    Le Meridien Re-Ndama

    A full-service hotel with a health club, a beauty salon, a tennis court and a gorgeous pool with an ocean view. It's not particularly central, however, but if you can afford to stay here then the cost of a taxi into town isn't going to worry you. There are two ATMs in the foyer.

  • Lodging in Libreville

    Tropicana

    Just across from the airport, all visitors to Libreville are likely to pass through this old favourite set right on the beautiful beach. Rooms are pleasant enough, though quite dark with lots of wood panelling. There are smaller, cheaper rooms next to the car park (twin/double CFA25,000/30,000). Book ahead as many expats from outside Libreville like to stay here. On Sundays there's a large buffet (CFA15,000) and the beach is packed. Be sure to book to secure the best tables on the beach. In the restaurant, mains start at CFA5000.

  • Lodging in Libreville

    Hôtel Le Patio

    This hotel is easily the best-value comfortable option in town: its rooms are spotless, its location is great and there's a charming courtyard that's a joy to relax in. Prices come down if you stay a few days. There's a bar and lounge, and the continental breakfast is substantial. Meals can be ordered in advance. Management responds to emails, accepts the first night's payment via Paypal, and will send you an official confirmation for your visa application.

  • Lodging in Libreville

    Hôtel Hibiscus

    This is a very good midrange option set on a hill above the buzz of Quartier Louis. The rooms are comfortable and have a balcony. The hotel won't win any decor prizes but it's good value. Breakfast is CFA5000. Note that there's another branch of Hôtel Louis on Boulevard Triomphal.

  • Lodging in Libreville

    Le Lotus Bleu

    This spotless place has a great location, plainly furnished but comfortable rooms, gleaming bathrooms and friendly service. The larger the room, the more expensive it is. Breakfast is CFA5000.

  • Lodging in Loango National Park

    Gavilo Lodge

    The accent here is on fishing: big-game fishing in the estuary and at sea. The lodge has simply furnished chalets set in a garden, and 4WD vehicles for safaris in the park and for transfers.

  • Lodging in Libreville

    Somotel

    From the French sommeil (to sleep), Somotel is just that – a clean and relatively cheap place to crash. Views are of a shanty town and it's a bit of a dodgy area, but it's a good-value budget option not far from the centre of town. There are cheaper rooms with noisy, old air-con (CFA22,000 and CFA24,000). There's no wi-fi. The dining room serves a set menu with three choices from CFA3500 and is open from 7am to 10pm.