The Top Hotels in Cameroon

Hilton Hotel Yaoundé blends local cultural touches and traditional style
Hilton Hotel Yaoundé blends local cultural touches and traditional style | Courtesy of Hilton Hotel Yaoundé / Expedia
Culture Trip Travel Team

Between its epic scenery – crashing Ekon-Nkam Falls, volcanic Mandara Mountains – rich history and wildlife-dense Unesco Biosphere Reserve, home to cheetahs, lions and elephants, Cameroon has a long list of must-sees. And whether you’re visiting for the first time, or drawn back to explore time and again, the right hotel will elevate your experience. When you need a place to unwind after a full-on day of sightseeing, here are the top hotels in Cameroon.

1. ONOMO Hotel Douala

Chain Hotel

Double room at ONOMO Hotel Douala
Courtesy of ONOMO Hotel Douala / Expedia

In coastal Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital and buzzing port city, ONOMO blends trendy urban industrial vibes – exposed brick, natural woods, minimalist lighting – with all the essential mod-cons. There are minibars, shady balconies overlooking the hotel gardens and, in some cases, kitchenettes, but the real draw? That has to be the top floor Tang’O cocktail bar, an open-air space with sofas and city views. Pull up a seat and sink a fruity number along with locally inflected tapas.

2. Hilton Hotel Yaoundé

Chain Hotel, Hotel

Outdoor pool area at Hilton Hotel Yaoundé
Courtesy of Hilton Hotel Yaoundé / Expedia

Whether you’ve come to hilly Yaounde, Cameroon’s political heart, for business or pleasure, the Hilton is an ace pick – from its rambling outdoor pool, lined with loungers, to executive lounge spaces, it’ll suit every kind of traveller. Rooms dressed in crisp whites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city beyond; a covered rooftop dining space doubles as a sports bar with billiards. Check out the African masks decorating the 24-hour La Cascade lobby bar, a subtle nod to local culture.

3. Hotel Zingana

Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel

The architecture is unforgettable: inspired by the designs of the Bamileke people, from the outside, Hotel Zingana is a fortress-esque vision of baked clay hues, triangular windows and ornate frescos. Inside, from the polished wood floors to the golden walls and statement lighting, it channels a glossy, contemporary vibe with splashes of quirky character – think basket-weave light fixtures and rattan-style bistro chairs. It’s a prime pick when you’re in northerly Bafoussam, a city ringed in scenic savannah hills.

4. Hotel Akwa Palace

Hotel

Double room at Hotel Akwa Palace
Courtesy of Hotel Akwa Palace / Expedia

It’s hard to pull yourself away from the pool at this Douala stay – a rambling length of aquamarine, fringed in towering palms and ringed by cushy, sun-drenched loungers, it’s an easy spot to lose an afternoon. Enjoy a buffet breakfast feast on the rooftop, the city sprawled out beneath you, then ask the friendly staff for their top local sightseeing tips. When you return to crash for the night, rooms dressed in warm woods, creamy tones and big windows will be waiting.

5. Star Land Hotel

Hotel

Outdoor dining area at Star Land Hotel
Courtesy of Star Land Hotel / Expedia

Families coming to Douala will love the Star Land, because it’s got everything you need right on site – modern rooms sleeping three, a crowd-pleasing buffet restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool for tuckering out energetic little ones. If you need to sneak away for an adults-only moment, the Sky Bar, a terrace space overlooking the city, mixes up martinis long after kiddie bedtime hour. And if sightseeing is on the agenda? Popular visitor spot Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is just about a mile away.

6. Les Gîtes de Kribi

Hotel

Have you come to Cameroon for a beach breach? This laid-back pad in the resort town of Kribi, rich in golden sands and wind-rustled palms, has a top-notch location right next to the surf. Simple, homely rooms join an outdoor pool and hot tub, plus a shady garden and balconies for sipping morning coffees in view of the waves. Some rooms are built right around a mature mango tree, giving an atmospheric treehouse vibe enhanced by dark wood walls and floors.

7. Hotel La Falaise Bonapriso

Independent Hotel

Double room at Hotel La Falaise Bonapriso
Courtesy of Hotel La Falaise Bonapriso / Expedia

Chic French bistros, trendy coffee shops, cosy pizzerias – with so much top-notch eating on your doorstep at La Falaise, don’t be surprised if you don’t spend much time at the hotel. But this Douala pad has plenty to entice you to stay put, including comfy rooms with crisp white sheets, a ray-sparkled pool and detoxifying ‘ozone therapy’ sessions in a spa space. If you can’t be bothered to head out, an onsite restaurant dishes up everything from light salads to decadent plates of pasta.

8. Douala Design Hotel

Boutique Hotel

This design hotel in Cameroon strikes a just-right balance between fresh, quirky style and comfort. Rooms have judicious splashes of colour – think throw pillows and statement walls flecked with peach, magenta or lime – and sleek mid-century-modern furniture; the bar and restaurant area is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows that let the light pour in. If you’ve come to Douala to work, you can do it here in style; there’s a clutch of large meeting rooms to hire, with one holding up to 300 people.

9. La Vallee de Bana

Boutique Hotel

Outdoor pool area at La Vallee de Bana
Courtesy of La Vallee de Bana / Booking.com

This atmospheric resort, set in lush countryside to the south of Bafoussam, will give you a taste of Cameroon’s rural life. You’re here to unwind – whether that’s over fishing for tilapia in the lake, hitting some balls on the tennis court, or getting your shoulders massaged to doughy smoothness in the rambling spa. The surrounding hills have plenty to explore, so be sure to break up that downtime with local tours, to rushing Ekom-Nkam waterfalls, say, or scenic Mount Manengouba.

10. Saddie Hill Ranch Bafut

Resort, Hotel

Panoramic views of Saddie Hill Ranch Bafut
Courtesy of Saddie Hill Ranch Bafut / Hotels.com

The views from this stay in the remote northwest of Cameroon are second-to-none – overlooking rolling green hills and forest. But that’s not the only reason to come. An indulgent spa, plus a pool, hot tub and classic, comfy rooms, means it’s a great romantic pick for couples looking to escape the city. Busy types will find plenty to keep them entertained, too, with horse riding, golf and tennis all on-site.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Tony Vinyoh.

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