Best hotels and hostels in Dakar

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    Malika Surf Camp

    This small, Italian-run place on Yoff beach has a bohemian vibe that draws a mix of surfers, aspiring surfers and those just wanting to enjoy the beach. Rooms are basic, but there's a small courtyard strung with hammocks, and a roof deck where you can sit on a bamboo chair, cold drink in hand, and watch the waves roll in.

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    Quicksilver Boardriders Dakar

    Tucked behind the Quicksilver shop is this appealing guesthouse, which has the hip-but-laid-back surfer vibe you'd expect from the well-known clothing brand. Rooms are clean and well-kept, if minimally furnished, and overlook a lovely patio with a pool and outdoor bar that's a great place to meet other travellers.

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    Via Via

    Offers clean, simple rooms with fan and mosquito nets set around a courtyard. The welcoming staff is great here, and in season (November to March) they whip up tasty traditional meals, serve cocktails (a rarity in Yoff) and host monthly events, such as live music and film screenings.

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    Keur Diame

    On a peaceful street by the beach, this friendly, Swiss-owned guesthouse offers attractively furnished rooms decorated with touches of African textiles. Three of the seven rooms have ocean views. There's ample space to relax with a roof deck, a courtyard and an indoor dining area with a small lending library.

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    Le Lagon II

    Tucked along waterfront Corniche Est, this place feels like a nautical hideway, with modern, nicely set rooms, all with balconies perched right over the ocean. After dining next door at the good seafood restaurant Le Lagon I, you can drift off to sleep to the sound of waves lapping at the shore.

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    La Demeure

    Oozing laid-back elegance, this little guesthouse offers pleasant rooms (all with balconies) in a rambling, well-maintained house filled with a clutch of tasteful art collected by its engaging owner. It boasts a fantastic terrace with views over the greenery and out to the ocean – the perfect spot for a sunset drink from the bar.

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    La Maison d'Italie

    A charming guesthouse with five bright, cheerfully painted rooms and a terrace with sea views. The restaurant is also a draw, with a deck perched out over the water and good seafood and Italian plates (mains CFA6000 to CFA9500).

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    Hôtel du Phare

    This attractive and welcoming guesthouse has 10 cheerfully painted rooms, a book-filled lounge, and a restaurant with seats in a small courtyard. The rooftop deck, though, is the best feature, and a fine spot for tapas and sunset cocktails – plus occasional events like film screenings and music jams.

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    Fleur de Lys

    A fairly new addition to the Plateau, this 12-storey hotel offers well-designed rooms and suites with all the essentials, plus extras like rain showers and balconies with views in the pricier chambers. There's a gym, an 11th-floor restaurant with views and a rooftop pool overlooking the city centre.

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    Maison Abaka

    This handsomely designed guesthouse has airy and lovingly decorated rooms located right behind the beach. The patio is the highlight, with a tiny bar on hand (also good food in the evenings) and small tables that give breezy views over the shore.

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    N'Gor Island Surf Camp

    This welcoming and convivial spot is a great base for those wanting to learn a bit of surfing (or simply enjoy the easy access to fabled nearby breaks). Rooms are simple but clean, the pool and roof terrace are great hangout spots, and it's easy to make friends with communal meals (breakfast and dinner) included in the lodging prices.

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    Kakatar Residence

    A peaceful option tucked on a sandy backstreet in Yoff, Kakatar is a four-storey building topped by a lovely roof terrace with sea views. It has well-equipped apartments with one or two bedrooms, each with a terrace (or two), a kitchen and decent furnishings. There are also smaller studios, which are fine for a shorter stay.

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    Hôtel Farid

    This 30-room hotel is by no means luxurious but it's a safe and comfortable option in the city centre. Rooms are modern and well-equipped, and there's an excellent Lebanese restaurant run by the same owners across the street.

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    La Brazzérade

    Known for its fabulous grill, this place has a hotel floor perched above the restaurant like a half-forgotten afterthought (or your little hideaway). The more expensive rooms have a small balcony and views over Île de N'Gor – an investment you should make.

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    Océanium

    This little-known spot has simple, fan-cooled rooms opening onto a shared balcony, and a restaurant-bar on the shaded grounds overlooking the waterfront.

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    Le Djoloff

    Designed to make you feel like Malian royalty, this place comes with lavishly appointed rooms, a wide, wonderful roof terrace and a solid restaurant.

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    Ambre

    Green, art-adorned and beautifully designed, this small guesthouse is as friendly as a smile. A unique gem close to the city's best hotels and bars.

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    SenegalStyle Bed & Breakfast

    The American expat owner can arrange tours, ferry tickets, excursions, drumming lessons and more. The Africa-themed rooms are comfortable enough, but it's not a convenient location, and the obligatory meals don't add to the value.

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    Hôtel Cap Ouest

    The big draw to the Cap Ouest is the beach right outside your door – it's worth shelling out for an upstairs room with an ocean view. Convenient access to the airport nearby, and a good stop if you need to grab a bite before flying out, too.

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    Radisson Blu

    As one of Dakar's most luxurious hotels, with a contemporary, business feel, this plush spot is a decadent place to enjoy all the standard upmarket trimmings.