Best hotels and hostels in Sudan

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Begrawiya (Meroe)

    Meroe Lodge

    If you want to catch the sunset over the Meroe pyramids, you can splash out at this characterful Italian-run venture set on a sandy ridge about 2km away from the pyramids. Digs are in comfy walk-in safari-style tents with exterior bathrooms. They were in the process of being replaced by 24 luxurious stone-and-thatch lodges when we visited.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khartoum

    Bougainvilla Guesthouse

    This oasis of low-key luxury and tranquillity in the upscale Riyadh neighbourhood is the perfect soft landing into Khartoum. Featuring plush bedding, gleaming bathrooms and tiled floors, the 26 rooms exemplify functional simplicity. Added bonuses include free laundry, an excellent restaurant, a small indoor pool and a gym. Staff can also help organise visas. A fab choice.

  • Lodging in Khartoum


    A class act all around, this pear-shaped hotel is about as far away from the hubbub as you can get without leaving Khartoum. It has an indoor pool, a gym, squash courts and 230 spacious rooms daubed in chocolate and yellow. Naturally, rooms are outfitted with all requisite mod-cons and come with awesome views. A great selection of restaurants makes for content tummies.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Karima

    Nubian Rest-House

    Such charm! Privacy, luxury and service are hallmarks of this lovely mudbrick Nubian-style structure built around flowering gardens with Jebel Barkal as a backdrop. It shelters 22 rooms that are elegantly furnished and decorated. Another draw is the superb restaurant (open to nonguests by reservation; set meals S£300), with refined Italian and Sudanese specialities.

  • Lodging in Khartoum

    Assaha Village

    City explorers with a romantic streak will be utterly enchanted by this luxe blend of old-world class and Arabic aesthetics. Retire to chic and understated rooms styled in soothing earth tones and rich fabrics, and enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the on-site restaurant, which specialises in Lebanese cuisine.

  • Lodging in Port Sudan

    Sudan Red Sea Resort

    Friendly, low-key and peaceful are good descriptions of the day-to-day atmosphere that prevails in this compact resort perched only a metre or so from the sea. Don’t get too excited, though: swimming is not that tempting here due to shallow (and sometimes murky) waters. The attached restaurant (mains S£50 to S£80) is a winner. The resort is in a secluded spot about 20km north of Port Sudan.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Port Sudan

    Baasher Palace Hotel

    Even if you're on a tight budget, consider spending a little more to enjoy the comforts of this well organised midrange venture. By far Port Sudan's sweetest deal, the Baasher Palace shelters spotless, quiet rooms complete with fresh linen and functional bathrooms. Pluses include a neatly manicured garden, a coffee shop, a sleek restaurant (mains S£35 to S£80) and a tough-to-beat location.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Abri

    Magzoub Nubian Guesthouse

    Perched on the riverbank with lovely views of the Nile, position alone would make this a good choice, but it's also an opportunity to stay in a simple yet beautiful Nubian home, with an English-speaking host. Magzoub is also an excellent cook and can prepare tasty meals. The eight no-frills rooms are clean and the ablution block is in good shape.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khartoum

    Acropole Hotel

    This family-run hotel in Khartoum, the first choice of archaeologists, reeks of history and atmosphere. The Greek owners are very friendly and helpful. The 35 rooms are without frills but exceedingly clean and tidy; rooms 18 and 26 to 29 have a big terrace. Can help organise visas and all kinds of tours.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dongola

    Charles Bonnet Nubian Village

    A touch of originality in Dongola? Yes, it's possible at this secluded property opening onto the eastern bank of the Nile (it's actually in Es Seleim, just across the river from Dongola). It features seven well designed Nubian-style bungalows brimful of local charm, and 10 well organised adjoining rooms with good bedding and large bathrooms. Pity about the impersonal dining room, though.

  • Lodging in Port Sudan

    Coral Port Sudan

    This reassuring choice gives off a serious hotel vibe, with professional staff and an impressive lobby. The motel-like rooms are lacking in charm and some bathrooms are on the small side, but the full array of amenities, including small pool, cafe, gym and well-regarded restaurant, offers ample compensation. Book online to get the best deals.

  • Lodging in Khartoum

    Regency Hotel

    Bathrooms here are spotless and beds have crisp, clean linen, but rooms are unlikely to inspire prose on your Facebook page and the overwhelming feel is slightly old-fashioned (think a four-star motel circa 1990). Its main selling points are its ace location, professional service and wide array of facilities, including a restaurant and a well-tended swimming pool at the back.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Wawa

    Abdu Rabbo Guesthouse

    This brightly painted Nubian house is real eye candy. Besides being a charmingly decorated place, this guesthouse has unadorned but clean rooms. It's super traditional, but the welcome is warm and the shared bathrooms are kept in good nick. The owner has a boat and can take you to Soleb. It's about 4km south of Wawa.

  • Lodging in Wadi Medani

    Imperial Hotel

    Set beside the Nile south of the bridge, the Imperial is a touch overpriced, but it's still not a bad deal for Wadi Medani, where good hotels are definitely a rare breed. The rooms are clean, and we like the brightly painted walls that bring a touch of cheer to this institutional-looking venture. There's strong wi-fi and a good restaurant.

  • Lodging in Dongola

    Qasr Diyafa

    A good bang-for-your-buck choice, the Qasr has large rooms that are thoroughly sanitised, with bathrooms you won't dread using. It's on a peaceful stretch of Hosbitalia St, a mere five minutes' stroll south of Dongola's market. The property opens onto the Nile; unfortunately, the rooms don't face the river – please fire the architect!

  • Lodging in Kassala

    Saray Timintay Resort Tourist

    Saray Timintay’s top selling points are its attractive gardens and relaxing setting. It features 16 sparse yet cleanish chalet-like rooms that are tightly packed together. Maintenance may not be the hotel’s strong point, and there's no hot water, but what you want is the location and friendly service. There's an on-site restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khartoum

    Khartoum Plaza Hotel

    Deservedly popular with tour operators, the Plaza has a central location, large rooms with pleasant bathrooms, efficient wi-fi, a decent restaurant and a couple of sinkworthy sofas in the vast lobby. It won’t win any style awards but it makes for a cost-effective base from which to explore Khartoum. Excellent breakfast buffet.

  • Lodging in Karima

    Ahmed Mousa Homestay

    Ahmed has a couple of spartan but clean rooms with fans set around a sandy courtyard, not far from the museum and the temple. The communal bathrooms are spotless. You can normally find Ahmed at the ticket office for the museum, where he works, otherwise call ahead for directions.

  • Lodging in Port Sudan

    Basiri Plaza

    Sure, the exterior of the Basiri looks like a common apartment block, but once you enter the lobby things get much better, with nicely laid-out rooms (some with sweeping city–sea views), enticing bathrooms and a restaurant. It's right in the thick of things, a shwarma's throw from the market and restaurants.

  • Lodging in Wadi Halfa

    Cleopatra Hotel

    The Cleopatra (pronounced 'Kilopatra') is a commendable haunt located behind the Agricultural Bank of Sudan. A recent coat of orange paint has spruced up the rooms, which are well equipped and serviceable. No meals are served but you're in spitting distance of the market and restaurants.