Best hotels and hostels in Nigeria

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Oshogbo

    Nike Ambassador Guest House

    It's essential to book ahead to stay in this wonderfully tasteful home, decorated with artworks inside and out. It's centred around an internal courtyard, where you can read at low sofas beneath the paintings. Vivid sculptures made from recycled metal dot the garden. You eat breakfast out here with the peacock, and the in-house team can arrange trips and meals.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lagos

    Bogobiri House

    This charming boutique hotel, beautifully decorated with paintings and sculptures by local artists, serves as the hub of the vibrant art and cultural scene. The rooms are decorated by different local artists, all featuring funky decor and good showers. The restaurant has some of the best Nigerian favourites in the city, and there is often excellent live music.

  • Lodging in Lagos

    Wheatbaker

    A luxury boutique hotel, the Wheatbaker ranks at the absolute top. Experience the secluded grounds and gorgeous pool at Sunday brunch to get a taste of the elite Lagos lifestyle.

  • Lodging in Benin City

    Hexagon

    Owned by a prince of the Benin royal family, Hexagon has a gallery which displays ancient artworks as well as contemporary pieces; the outdoor Coconut Bar, which serves grilled grub and beer; a nightclub; and 19 rooms. These are spacious, with extremely comfortable beds and good bathrooms. The highlight of a stay here, though, is the excellent live bands at the Coconut Bar.

  • Lodging in Calabar

    Jacaranda Suites

    Lovely suites, a lively outdoor thatch-roof bar with secluded cabanas, and a restaurant serving Cross River specialities and grilled fish, Jacaranda is an easy choice for high-end sleeping and eating. It was being restored at the time of writing.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Abuja

    Nordic Villa

    The Nordic Villa is a modern Scandinavian-style guesthouse that feels more like a home, with helpful staff, a calm atmosphere and good internet access. A lovely breakfast is included. It's located near Jabi Lake.

  • Lodging in Calabar

    Marian Hotel

    The Marian features spacious, tidy and comfortable rooms. It's a little on the dingy side, but the welcome is great and the location ideal.

  • Lodging in Abeokuta

    Quarry Imperial Hotel

    A grandly named place, built on a weirdly large scale. It's often almost empty, and staff will be delighted to see you. Rooms are large and fairly comfortable, the restaurant is decent and there's even a pool. The electricity and water supplies come and go. Take a motorbike or taxi to the rock.

  • Lodging in Lagos

    Michael's

    This hotel has two blocks – one overlooking a small pool (rooms are rather less generously proportioned than the mermaids on the pool mural), and slightly plusher rooms in the block with the hotel reception. With good and friendly service, it's a neat little choice.

  • Lodging in Benin City

    Lixborr Hotel

    A popular, well-run place with comfortable rooms though a slightly subterranean murky feel. It's opposite Brass Casters St: look for the giant statue of the Benin woman. The in-house gallery is impressive.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lagos

    Purple at the Blowfish

    Not only a great boutique hotel with classy and comfortable rooms, the Blowfish's restaurant Purple offers nice dining by the pool with Indian, Italian Thai, Lebanese and continental menus.

  • Lodging in Calabar

    Nelbee Executive Guesthouse

    Close to Watt Market is this handy budget option. Rooms are comfortable, the management is friendly, and there's a terrifically formal dining room.

  • Lodging in Ibadan

    Kakanfo Inn

    A decent choice, with a pool, a good Indian restaurant and friendly staff. The wi-fi may be theoretical though.

  • Lodging in Lagos

    Hotel Victoria Palace

    Basic rooms and friendly staff; a good budget-ish choice on Victoria Island.

  • Lodging in Calabar

    Nsikak Sea Side Hotel

    Over 60 years old, this hotel in the middle of colonial Old Calabar is a throwback to a different era. It's very basic with tubs of water for washing, but staff will be pleased to host you. There's no air-con, and electricity is sporadic, but get the top room with a balcony overlooking the sea and you'll find yourself transported.

  • Lodging in Lagos

    Ritz Hotel

    The name's a bit of a misnomer, but this hotel is a reasonably decent budget option. Rooms are fine in a grubby 'by the hour' sort of way, but they're secure and management is friendly.

  • Lodging in Lagos

    Peerage Retreat

    The best option for the money on the island, this family-run hotel is clean, friendly and well run. Given the deal, it fills up fast. Just make sure the electricity is working.

  • Lodging in Kano

    Prince Hotel

    Professionally understated with a posh restaurant and bar, 24-hour power, wi-fi and a swimming pool, the Prince is a classy operation in a quiet part of town. Rooms are modern and exceedingly comfortable. The Calypso Restaurant is a popular meeting place for expats and journalists.

  • Lodging in Jos

    Les Rosiers

    This bungalow B&B is a delightfully unexpected find with a couple of chalets amid pleasant gardens. The French-Nigerian hosts are a good source of information and can help organise hiking trips and further travel. Entrance is opposite the Plateau Hotel.