Lake Hotel

Hotel in Mwanza

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.