The Hôtel Aristos is listed is several guidebooks as one of the top hotels for comfort and location in Lomé. Unfortunately those guidebooks are now out of date. The hotel, despite still having its name painted faintly on the top of the building, is no more. It has been turned into upscale apartments and a travel agency.
I found the economical oasis of peace after I had paid for inferior accommodation just around the corner. The gardens are dense and shady as you approach. It just seems very lush, tropical and friendly when you enter the courtyard. The thatched roof bar greets you on your left and the very relaxing pool is on your right. The resident parrot next to the pool may – or may not – speak to you. In the courtyard you can have as little or as much sun as you wish with plenty of places to sit, eat, drink and sunbathe. Inside is the well renowned restaurant La Belle Époque. Serving French cuisine inside the hotel dinning room.
The hotel only has 20 rooms, is well presented, well attended and quiet. It really is a small oasis on a sandy lane. With the security for the German Embassy just opposite, you are going to get safety and tranquillity.
With prices starting at 41 Euro ($51) this is a desirable place to stay. I would recommend booking early via their website. I stayed around the corner for 39 Euro (£36) at a vastly inferior hotel. This is a great little hotel.
I did not see the rooms, but they are all en-suite, air-conditioned, have fridges, TV and telephone.
The whole hotel has Wi-Fi which I am guessing was free.
The list their services as (but no prices):
•High speed internet (Wi-Fi)
If you don’t stay here, this is a great place to come for a relaxing drink and maybe use their Wi-Fi.
I found this place to be a bit concerning. When you first find the place you realise it is in a good area of Cotonou. Entering the courtyard you see a lot of French guys whacking away on their laptops making the most of the free wi-fi. Nice enough bar inside and a reasonable restaurant according to reviews. I was shown my room in the adjacent courtyard and entrance. That’s when I started to realise things were not quite right. The room was well worn, sheets stained, bed not so great and the air-conditioning had a nasty high-pitched amazingly loud whine. The bathroom had a boarded up bath, bizarre shower in terms of spurts of hot water) and a toilet. Not much else. I quickly realised that ANYONE could look over the main courtyard and see displays of wealth – expensive laptops. So anyone walking by can see 1-6 months wages on every table and they can spy on the main courtyard without being seen. They could then walk into my area of the hotel, shut the high gate behind them and not be able to be seen or heard by staff should they wish to break into your room. Of course there is no safe in your room. Yes, it’s cheap by European standards – but about average here.
Supposedly it’s Swiss owned. You would think they would have SOME security arrangements. I had to put a security door bar underneath the door (pictured). When I cam back to the room the live band was playing next door. Someone could have kicked the door down in my annex and no one would have heard a thing.
I have rarely been concerned about security in an African hotel. I have had 2-4 people watching my room, guards with guns and even CCTV in cheap hotels. I have even had a guard who slept behind the one entrance door. Intruders would have had to walk on him after battering a steel door to get in. And that was a $6 a night hotel (in Ethiopia)! I have stayed in some ‘interesting’ and even dangerous places in the world – even in the USA. This was just a stupid arrangement and poor quality accommodation.
No, anyone could walk in of the street and lock the high gate behind them here.
So, bad room, bed, air-conditioning and security. Pay an extra 4500 CFA (6€, $8) and you could stay at the fantastically better L'Hôtel Equateur! click here for review
* Anyone can walk into the hotel from the street. Anyone.
I arrived in Lomé in the middle of the hottest month feeling like I was on the Equator. The end of my journey was a warm welcome in a cool reception and an air conditioned room that was heaven. I love this hotel. The staff could not have been nicer. My room - for the price in Lomé - could not have been better. My room had both air conditioning and a large ceiling fan. This is actually amazingly comfortable and helpful with laundry if used correctly! My bed was just right. Goldilocks would like the room as well. My bathroom was large, spartan, and was just fine. I had a TV with a Satellite box. I never plugged either in. Everything was clean, a little warn, but pure luxury at the end of a very hot day.
My day was so long I did something I have never done - I ate in the Hotel Restaurant. Wow.
The restaurant is a wonderful dinning option in Lomé all by itself. A wonderful open air - thatched rooftop experience. It is also a very chilled out bar and you can relax on one of the lounge chairs on the sun terrace. I had an excellent Salade du Chef and the Antelope. As you do. Delicious. And the friendliest service. This was absolutely affordable heaven a healthy walk into the middle of a very hot and busy city. Yet just far enough away to be quiet, peaceful, secure and one for the best hotels for the money in any African capital city.
If I ever go back to Lomé I will stay here.
Just a few notes:
* Not all motorcycle taxis know the place - make sure they do first
* Its 250-300 CFA from the border on a Taxi Moto
* The road is sand, but that's Lomé! This is actually an upscale neighborhood
* They are not good with answering emails. They speak enough English - telephone ahead
* They only have 11 rooms - telephone ahead!
* They have cheaper rooms - I paid extra for air-conditioning and paid about 22,000 CFA
* If you don't have it - just ask! They forgot soap - not a problem!
* Be nice and patient with these folks and they can do anything including car rental and tours.
* A great nights sleep
* Great value
* Great restaurant
Rooms from 4000 CFA, the better room are in the annex witch is a bit of a walk, good swiss and local food in the restaurant, cheap wifi owned by a nice swiss lady. Unfortunal the beach there is not good. Safe parking and camping possible.
Coco Beach Plage was earlier a very popular beach resort. It still has the charm and the nice beach, but it lacks the tourists. Prices from 30000 CFA.
La version togolaise d’une plage de St.Tropez avec un restaurant agréable à midi ou le soir.
Hotel Residence Oceane is owned by a french expat. The hotel itself is nice, but the area around is dilapidated.
It has a good restaurant in the ground floor. The disreputable nightclub Le Domino is next door.
Hôtel le Relais Ahodikpe is located in one of the best places in lomè. The best part of Boulevard du 13 Janvier is right outside, and the beach is only some hundred metres away. Ghana border is 2km away.
Rooms cost between 25 and 30 € incl. breakfast.
Close to the Fifty-Fifty restaurants
City Hotel is located in the eastern side of Boulevard du 13 Janvier in Lomè, close to some bars and nightclubs. Prices from 19000 CFA (20 USD) for a single room, to 55000 CFA for a superior dbl. room. The Class bar is located in the same place.
The reception clerk is sitting behind a glass window with a small hole, just big enough to deliver the room keys... wonder what they are afraid of. The reception and the facilities did not invite me to stay here.
Hotel Ariana is a budget hotel, Chambre, bar and restaurant, two blocks behind Boulevard du 13 Janvier. The rooms are small and not luxerious. Friendly staff.
Price for a dbl. room is 12000 CFA (17 USD) a night.
Breakfast is not incl. in the price.
Hotel Palm Beach is a top end hotel in the downtown of Lome, not far from Grand Marche (The big Market). The beach is just across the street, and the largest nightclub in Togo, Le Privilige, is located in the same building.
Close to the beach, Grand Marche. Le Privilige nightclub is located in the same building.
Paradise Hotel is located in the north end of Boulevard du 13 Janvier. The discoteque Calens is only 100 metres away. The manager of the hotel is french.
42 rooms with aircondition
Hotel le Galion is a good budget hotel on the western side of Lome, owned by a swiss expat and his Togolese girlfriend. It is a good starting point for tourists or backbackers coming from Ghana. First of all because all moto-taxi drivers know where it is, but also because you will meet other backpackers or expats here who can advice you. I had no reservation when I came, and got a small room with fan. Mosquito net in the window and terrible hot. The price was 8000 CFA (13 USD) a night. Make sure to book an aircondition room, which are bigger and better (14000 CFA).
The restaurant at Le Galion is very good. Friendly staff.
Hotel Equateur is a comfortable, reasonably priced place near the action in Lome. There is a pleasant top floor restaurant where birds fly through as you eat. Rooms are quite nice, with tasteful decorations, air conditioning, and TV. A good choice.
Nicely decorated rooms, good restaurant with breezy patio.
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