Best hotels and hostels in Lake Victoria

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mwanza

    Isamilo Lodge & Spa

    This hotel has been renovated, and is very good value, especially if you like being away from the town centre. Rooms in the new wing are spacious, and many have wonderful views down to the lake. There's also a spa, large pool and a good Indian restaurant. Travellers usually get the lower resident rates, which makes it much more tempting. It's located high on a hillside in the Isamilo neighbourhood, about 2.5km from the town centre.

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    Wag Hill Lodge

    The intimate and beautiful Wag Hill, on a small wooded peninsula outside Mwanza, is an excellent post-safari cool down. It has bungalows with screened walls and great wooden furniture, luxury tents and villas; almost all have great lake views. Note that some of the rooms require walking up rock stairs. There's even activities for kids and a special playground. Kayaks, fishing gear and guided walks are available, and there are plenty of birds, monkeys and other local wildlife to keep you company.

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    JB Belmont Hotel

    A smart and welcoming city-centre hotel that verges on having business suaveness. The standard rooms are very small but they've made the most of the restricted space. The beds are some of the most comfortable you'll find in western Tanzania. It's quite discreet with just a small entrance in a large mirrored tower block. It can get noisy on Thursday through Sunday nights, as a band plays regularly at the rooftop bar.

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    Midland Hotel

    This eye-catching blue tower is solid all-round with well-equipped rooms (free wi-fi reaches most), good service, a rooftop bar and a proper breakfast buffet. Best of all, it will sometimes discount to a much more reasonable tourist rate. There are no mosquito nets, but the rooms are sprayed daily. Traffic noise drifts up to the rooms, but that's common with all city-centre hotels.

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    Lenana Hotel

    The Lenana Hotel sits about halfway between central Mwanza and the airport, with great hot water, a full breakfast, friendly staff, and clean, spick-and-span rooms. There's also a bar and restaurant, so if you're looking for somewhere outside town (perhaps just after arriving or on your last night before you leave), this is a great option.

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    New Mwanza Hotel

    This centrally located three-star place with five-star pretensions offers a variety of rooms (some with all-glass showers). If you want a one-stop shop this is it, with a long list of extras including a gym, valet parking, a casino and restaurants. Things get loud on weekends, as the attached nightclub plays dance tunes almost until breakfast.

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    Ryan’s Bay

    The flashiest place in Mwanza has lake views and large, well-appointed rooms with acacia-tree murals on the walls. There's a good pool, and one of the best Indian restaurants in town (mains Tsh12,000 to Tsh20,000). Larger groups or families can ask about the adjoining rooms that make suites. Smoking allowed on the balconies only.

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    Hotel Tilapia

    The ever-popular Tilapia, on the city side of Capri Point, has a variety of rooms, most of which are dated but decent and look out at the lake. It also has rooms on a historic boat; though these are smaller and a little off-kilter, their special character makes them fun, and the two end ones have prime lake views.

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    Gold Crest Hotel

    A solid business-class standard in the heart of town with noisy but reasonably comfortable rooms, all with balconies. Some of the upper-floor north-facing rooms have lake views. It’s especially noisy on nights when a band at a neighbouring hotel rocks the city till late.

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    Treehouse

    This homey place with spotless, comfortable rooms has hillside views of the city. It’s in the Isamilo area and though signposted, it’s hard to find, so call ahead. Readers will enjoy the library with local and foreign authors.

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    Isamo Hotel

    There's a lot of street noise seeping into the rooms here but grab a pair of ear plugs and enjoy one of the cheapest and best deals in town. The well-kept rooms are a good size and some have little balconies overlooking the chaos. Cheaper rooms (Tsh10,000 less) are fan only.

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    St Dominic's Pastoral Centre

    This centrally located church-run hostel offers simple rooms plus meals on order (Tsh7000). It’s about five minutes’ walk north of the Clock Tower roundabout, and good value. Despite the church connection, there's also a bar replete with disco ball.

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    Kantima Hotel

    This cheery and friendly place has bright and clean rooms, but the hot-water bathrooms, which are very small and not all that inviting, really let the side down. The hotel has world maps so you can plan your next adventure.

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    Kishamapanda Guesthouse

    This tidy little place down a tiny alley in the town centre offers clean, reliable budget rooms, some with shared bathrooms (Tsh15,000) and most with fans. There is no food.

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    Mwanza Yacht Club

    This is where the big, overland tourist trucks stop. It has a great lakeside location, hot showers and security.

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    Lake Hotel

    This hotel is ageing and very tatty, but its shortcomings are easy to overlook if you've just disembarked from a 24-plus-hour haul on the Central Line train. Upstairs rooms – complete with trickling hot-water shower, fan and mosquito net – are better, and management lets three people sleep in a double for no additional charge. The cheapest rooms don't have hot water.