Best hotels and hostels in Lake Victoria

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mbita & Rusinga Island

    Wayando Beach Club Eco Lodge

    Four kilometres from the causeway (turn right at the junction) is this large American-owned grassy compound with easy lake access, loads of birds in the gardens, campsites under the acacia trees and a couple of very comfortable and colourful stone bandas. There's also a cool bar-restaurant (dinner KSh850). The staff can sort out good guides and arrange boat hire. The owner is involved in all manner of ecoprojects on the island.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mbita & Rusinga Island

    Rusinga Island Lodge

    One of the finest places to stay in Kenya's corner of Lake Victoria, Rusinga Island is an exclusive lakeside lodge with its own private air strip. The seven thatched-roof bungalows have their own private terraces overlooking the lake and the atmosphere is one of a quiet, high-end retreat. Birdwatching is a highlight, with 369 species recorded on the property.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kisumu

    Kiboko Bay Resort

    At last, a top-end hotel with Lake Victoria frontage. Rooms here have some lovely hardwood furnishings in the safari tents, while the artful use of driftwood brings personality to the deluxe rooms. There's a well-stocked bar (even a sommelier for wine buffs) where you can watch the sunset, a fine restaurant and a classy and sophisticated atmosphere.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kisumu

    Vittoria Suites

    It may be a touch removed from the centre, but this wonderful place has appealing, brightly painted rooms that are among the best in urban western Kenya. Some have balconies, all have flat-screen TVs and there's a really professional air to the whole place – it wouldn't look out of place in Nairobi.

  • Lodging in Kisumu

    Imperial Hotel Express

    Minimalist decor, flat-screen TVs and an overall cool and contemporary look – we very much hope that the Imperial Hotel Express, which opened in 2015, catches on and causes a revolution in urban Kenyan hotels. Pitched at the lower midrange market but with standards that put to shame many much pricier establishments, it's as popular with tourists as with business travellers.

  • Lodging in Mbita & Rusinga Island

    Rusinga Guesthouse

    Far enough from the bars to offer a quiet night’s sleep, this guesthouse sets a bar of its own in terms of value for money. The rooms are clean and the mosquito nets are yet to acquire holes. The staff is endearingly shy and the restaurant can sort you out with standard chicken or fish options (mains KSh250 to KSh300).

  • Lodging in Kisumu

    Le Savanna Country Lodge & Hotel

    This delightfully calm place is where everyone who's anyone likes to stay when in town. The large, well-dressed rooms have good bathrooms, fast in-room wi-fi and no exterior noise or disturbance. There's also a reasonable in-house restaurant and a quiet bar.

  • Lodging in Kisumu

    Sooper Guest House

    Sooper has become the de facto backpackers in town and you have a good chance of meeting other travellers here. The rooms, which come in a dizzying array of styles, are immaculately well kept and have hot showers, though those facing the road are very noisy. It has helpful staff and good security. Breakfast is not included in the price.

  • Lodging in Kisumu

    New East View Hotel

    The town's standout budget option is one of many family homes in the area that have been converted into small hotels. Splashed in bright colours, the rooms have a homely, preloved feel and the welcome is, even for Kenya, unusually warm. Good hot showers with decent water pressure are another plus. Security is also tight.

  • Lodging in Kisumu

    New Victoria Hotel

    This Yemeni-run hotel has character in abundance and is something of a focal point for the town’s small Arab population. Rooms have fans, mosquito nets and comfy foam mattresses. The next-door mosque will rouse you at 5am, whether you want to be roused or not. Breakfast is not included.

  • Lodging in Kisumu

    Scottish Tartan Hotel

    The oddly named Scottish Tartan used to be the best hotel in town. Although it has been overtaken in recent years by some fine new offerings, its large rooms and furnishings carved from tree trunks remain a great deal. Be aware that some rooms get noise from the next-door nightclub.

  • Lodging in Mbita & Rusinga Island

    Amazon Guesthouse

    The pick of the cheapies in Mbita town, Amazon (where do they get these names?) is a friendly place with basic rooms. It's the bolthole of choice for budget travellers passing through town, so it can be a good place to hook up with others.