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Below are this traveler’s top picks for hotels in Douala , Cameroon . Rates are accurate as of July 2009, but please call in advance for latest updates.
Ibis Douala Hotel
Located in the center of the Banajo business center and just 5km from the Akwa theater district, this hotel features 160 A/C rooms with comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. You will also find a restaurant and bar open 24/7, a terrace with a swimming pool, and free secure parking. Free shuttle service between the airport and hotel (7km apart).
Rate: ~$121 USD/night
Le Meridien Douala
Ranked consistently high by travel guides, Le Meridien hotel, overlooking the Wouri River , is located near the main commercial and banking areas of Douala . The hotel features an outdoor pool, hotel casino, meeting rooms, comfortable non-smoking rooms with great views of the city, and a restaurant with a variety of international cuisines. Complimentary newspaper, hair-dryer, in-room safe, kitchenette and mini-bar provided in each room. Twenty-four hour business center and currency exchange available. This hotel is close to the Flour Market, the Municipal Museum , an the Maritime Museum . You can also walk to Limbe beach and Lob Waterfalls.
Rate: ~$150-$200 USD/night
Just ten minutes from the airport (with free shuttle), Hotel Sawa features an impressive 288 rooms and 13 suites. Secured outdoor parking and business center available. Comfortable rooms showcase spacious bathrooms, A/C, internet connection, full mink-bar, telephone, TV, and terraces that offer great views of the city. The hotel also has a game room and excellent on-site restaurant. Breakfast can also be served in the room at no additional cost. Unlike the other hotels, Sawa features an impressive, well-kept tennis court.
Rate: $100-$150 USD/night
Pullman Akwa Palace
Built in 1986 this relatively cheap twelve-story hotel located in the center of Douala business district features 125 rooms with AC, refrigerator, satellite/cable TV, maid service, in-room safe, and a mini-bar. Business, currency, and photocopy services available. A hairstylist is also on call. The on-site first-class restaurant has also received great reviews. Unlike most of the city’s hotels, pets are allowed here!
Rate: ~$75 USD/night
Minotel Vallee Des Princes Hotel Douala
Located in the historical quarter of Akwa and just a stone’s throw away from daytime shopping and nighttime casinos, this hotel is one of the most dynamic in all the city. Features 24 hour reception, A/C, banquet facilities, hot tub, business center, satellite TV, swimming pool, fitness room, mini-bar, safe deposit box, high-speed internet, and a delicious on-site restaurant. The discounted traveler’s best choice in all of Douala !
Rate: ~ $75/night
Douala hotels can be a mixed bag, with some offering excellent value and others, frankly not. This brief guide will inform you about your best options for accommodation in this fascinating African city.
Le Meridien Douala
This is a cheap chain hotel that nonetheless fulfills the basic requirements of most travelers. The staff is renowned for politeness and providing great advice for your stay in this part of the world. There is a swimming pool that is clean and attractive and from this area you can get a great view of the estuary and mountains outside of the city. The rooms may be simple and no-frills but they are of a comfortable quality. Meals are very good, breakfast especially with its wide variety of choices.
Taking a step up the quality ladder, Ibis ranks highly in Douala hotels as achieving the perfect balance between comfort and cost. For $100 a night you'll get a small but adequate room with a low-lying bed which is closer to a mattress on the floor. There are larger, more deluxe suites available for a higher price. The hotel also features a pool, lawn and gift shop but there's not a lot in the locale so don't expect to see much if you take a walk around it. What is extra convenient is that the Ibis is just 15 minutes away from the airport. If possible try to get a ride to the African art market nearby, a truly phenomenal experience.
Hotel Akwa Palace
It sounds like a luxury accommodation and it is. One of the best of Douala hotels, the Hotel Akwa Palace is consistently reported as being great by wave after wave of travelers who stay there. The service is first-class, the rooms spacious and cleaned every day, the food is above average and the entertainment in the lobby and the bar is great. The swimming pool never gets too crowded and you can even get food and bar service there.
Vallee Des Princes Hotel
as the most secure hotel in Douala, this accommodation is protected by a
high wall and 24-hour security guard post. This means that the guests
are defended not only from robbers but also from prostitutes. The food
and room service are reportedly of a very high standard and the TVs in
the room offer both French- and English-speaking channels. The hotel
also has a useful secure room where you can leave your belongings after
you have checked out for no extra charge. This is truly one of the best