Enugu has over 40 hotels and many more guesthouses within its premises. Though no international hotel chains are represented in this area, most hotels do comply with international standards and are comfortable enough for a pleasant stay. The rates are not expensive compared to the bigger cities, and the proximity to the expressway leading to Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Cameroon etc., makes it a good stopping point for long trips. Arrivals from the airport can find a place in Emene, New Haven or Thinkers Corner layout. The Enugu international trade fair provides a peak for the hotels and reservation during this period is strongly recommended.
Based on the single room rate, the hotels have been classified into five categories:
|Modest-priced hotel or guesthouse with most basic facilities (under $8)|
|Standard hotel with facilities, such as phones, TV and AC in room ($8-$15)|
|Comfortable hotel, mostly with extra facilities ($15-$25)|
|First class hotels generally up to international standards ($25-$32)|
|Luxury hotel, with a price tag attached to it (over $32)|
All hotels levy a 10% service charge and 5% tax on the room rates and a deposit, at least equal to a one-night stay, is required. Also, paying the local residential rates in Naira pays off, as the credit card and foreign currency rates are substantially higher.
Each of the hotels has its range of facilities listed using the following symbols below.
Most of the hotels and some guesthouses have been listed; they are ordered by price class and then by alphabetical order.
Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre
Emene, Enugu PO Box 546 (042-554450/551886).
Located in Emene about 12 km from the town centre. Clean building, nicely furnished rooms, television in the lobbies, and excellent food. Local buses can bring you there and stop in front of the gates, but still you need to walk another 600 metres. Cheap alternative for a stay or organising conferences, if distance to the town is not a problem.
Golden Gate Resort
C4 Presidential Rd., Independence Layout (042-451612).
A bit off the main presidential road close to the Presidential hotel, large restaurant nicely integrated with bar, reasonable and cheap hotel.
Guesty Motel Inter
76 Chime Ave., New Haven (042-255464).
If you are looking for a modest-priced hotel, you are at the right address, though do not expect too much.
8 Nwabueze, Emene (042-552298).
Basic hotel, close to Emene and the airport, but a bit further from the town center.
One Day International Hotel
100 Idaw River Ave., Awkunanaw, PO Box 287 (042-259645).
Quiet 2-storey block with character, located in a more residential area. Sharply priced, though it is around 800 metres off the main road.
Prince Palace Hotels
4 Presidential Rd., Ogui New Layout (042-455443).
Large building, with conference hall facilities, well priced for its class.
Ekulu Guest House
31 Imoke St., GRA (042-251395).
Charming residential building, deep in the GRA district. Does not have many rooms and is a bit remote from the centre and commercial activities. Modest in facilities for the price.
Gannet Hotel Concorde Ltd.
6 Umuezebi St., New Haven (042-256403).
A bit off the main Chime Avenue, attractive and reasonable medium sized hotel in New Haven.
Hotel De Brunt
55 Annang St., Ogui, New Layout (042-456506).
Residential block, with charming roofed bar outside and an okada ride away from the Enugu campus of University of Nigeria.
Hotel Metropole International Ltd.
19 Ogui Road, Asata / 12 Nachi St., Independence Layout (Branch) (042-251971 / 458178 (Branch)).
Stylish 1970’s hotel in the heart of the commercial centre with 2 bars (one in velvet), and a decent restaurant. The hotel is closely located to the railway station and the rooms start with tourist class. The hotel has a branch in Independence Layout with slightly less facilities.
Liberation Hotels Ltd
8/12 Umuaniabor St., Gariki, Awkunanaw, PO Box 2504 (042-451959/459129).
Hotel block right in front of the Gariki motorpark and market.
Melody Hotel and Company Ltd
34 College Rd., Ogui, New Layout (042-250527).
Straight in front of the University of Nigeria campus entrance. Small and reasonable hotel.
5 Hon. Ik. Arum Close, opposite Awkunanaw Police (042-456743/254056).
Impressive 5-storey building with an enchanting tower attached that is used for conferences. The wooden hallways give it an African style, and the rooms look clean and sufficient for a pleasant stay. Economic alternative for the quality.
Rossy Valley International Hotels Complex
35/37 Calabar St., Coal Camp (042-254504/254624).
The only hotel we could find in the Coal Camp district, one of the oldest parts of town. This tall building cannot be missed, as it stands quite well out between the houses. Hotel looks maintained with nice art craft on the building and surrounding wall and is located close to the hills. Hospitable management and sharply priced.
Sooil Plaza Hotel Ltd.
1 Ogbuagu Crescent, opposite St. Joseph Catholic Church, Emene (042-555584).
Excellent and well maintained hotel in the Emene area (12 km from town centre). Very attractive swimming pool with the bar, tennis court and gym facilities for a good price. If you have to be close to the airport or stay in Emene, well worth a try.
The Estate Inn
1 North 2nd Ave., Trans Ekulu (042-550856).
Small, but reasonable hotel in Trans-Ekulu.
Thinkers Guest House
Thinkers Ave., Thinkers Corner Layout (042-253287/553795).
Close to the airport, a guesthouse with basic facilities. Just wished they did something to the road leading to the compound. Its close neighbour, the Joeliz hotel has a large and impressive building, and though fitted with glass, it is not in use at the time of this print (as it has been listed as a hotel for over 10 years, it might still take some more time to get the hotel completed).
Plot SP4, Nike Lake Resort Road, Trans Ekulu (042-558666/558665).
Outside the town centre, not very far from the expressway and Abakpa district. The 3-storey building is attractive and looks well maintained. A large parking place in front.
African Princess Resort
1 Ihuokpara Close, New Haven (042-455667).
The beautiful African style facade of the building cannot be missed driving on the Onitsha- Abakaliki expressway. It is on the edge of New Haven, not very far from the airport.
Barry Gold Hotel
6 Amawbia St., off Upper Chime Ave., New Haven (042-457945).
Bit off the main road, but quite reasonable hotel in New Haven.
5 Ihiala Ave., City Layout, New Haven (042-451550).
New appealing hotel right on the Upper Chime Avenue, with airport and centre in its proximity.
1 North 8th Ave., Trans Ekulu (042-555221).
Clean and cozy guesthouse in the residential area of Trans-Ekulu.
Hotel Codial Ltd.
151 Chime Ave., New Haven (042-256969).
Nice, clean and well maintained hotel with banquet hall ideal for parties. Right on Upper Chime Avenue.
17/19 Annang St., Ogui New Layout (042-250301/257221/339752).
Basic hotel with University of Nigeria campus of Enugu in its proximity, and very modest in facilities for its price.
Macdavos Hotels & Tourism Ltd.
2 Akwuke Rd., Gariki, Awkunanaw (042-450085/450092/ 450093).
A brilliant resort close to the Port Harcourt expressway with stylish bar and restaurant. The garden is pleasantly laid out with swimming pool, bird cage , tennis court and barbecue. The very first hotel on the Agbani Road from the expressway, close to Gariki motorpark.
Naomi’s Guest House
49 State Ave., Trans Ekulu (042-553867).
Nicely maintained building with art craft on its walls in a relaxed residential area. You cannot miss the big signboards leading you to this hotel.
6 Kingsway/ Murtala Muhammed Way, GRA, PO Box 1814 (042-255248/256089).
Elegant garden with 2-storey block buildings that look quite appealing and well maintained. Many government departments in its vicinity.
Placia Guest House
25 Edinborough Rd., Ogui, New Layout (042-255851).
The 2-storey building blocks look clean and reasonable, with pleasant restaurant and bar in a separate block. Reception may need some more space.
Royal Palace Hotel
301/303 Agbani Rd., Awkunanaw (042-254082/257492).
If you are looking for conference halls, this is your best bet, and not too small for venues with even up to a thousand people. Most of the expected facilities are available, including tennis court.
The Safari Gardens
6 Ridgeway Rd., GRA (042-253745).
Right in the middle of the administrative district with a nice layout of blocks and garden. The restaurant and bar outside under a roof give it a nice charm, but it could use some paint.
3 Edem Close, Upper Chime Ave., New Haven, PO Box 2557 (042-454234; E-mail email@example.com).
Attractive hotel with well maintained 2-storey blocks, close to the Expressway, airport and commercial centre.
4 River Lane, GRA (042-251188/251300).
Nice hotel in the middle of mansions mostly built during the colonial rule. It has a separate video room and business center.
Jook Hotel & Tower
146 Upper Chime Ave., New Haven (042-455190).
Brilliant luxury hotel with a large tower, which has definitely become a landmark in Enugu city landscape. Reception area is remarkable and appealing and that is not only because of the helpful staff. Reasonably priced for its luxury.
2 Club Rd., GRA (042-258000/258868).
A 6-storey building, well established in the town. Has a cosmopolitan character and is in front of the Enugu Sports club that provides swimming pool and tennis courts. Close to the administrative district and the International Trade fair grounds.
81 Ogui Rd., Asata (042-258761/254645; E-mail Quixotel@infoweb.abs.net).
Very pleasant hotel with good facilities, close to the railway station, sport stadium and commercial centre.
7 John Nwodo Close, GRA (042-255484/255429).
Right in front of the British Council building and close to commercial center. The 2-storey hotel block provides sufficient facilities - some are even kitchen equipped - to have an enjoyable stay in Enugu, though at a price.
1 Mount St., GRA (042-250770/258522).
Beautiful and impressive building architecture with pillars and front balcony. The surrounding wall is attractive with many pieces of art craft and very nice panoramic views on residential Trans-Ekulu area. Close to the International Trade Fair grounds.
5/7 Rangers Ave., Independence Layout, PO Box 671 (042-457900/457911).
Excellent hotel with pleasant and peaceful layout of 2-storey hotel blocks in an attractive park with palm trees and swimming pool. Could be a nice alternative for staying in town and want to enjoy some rest. The bar is appealing and the spot to be during the weekend.
Brown & Brown Centre
Ezillo Ave., Independence Layout (042-458993; FAX 042-455287).
Beautiful luxury hotel, from the outside as well as inside. Helpful staff and well worth mentioning the charming garden with sculptures. Located in the more exclusive and quiet residential area of Enugu.
2 Mount St., GRA (042-257891/ 256682).
Brilliant hotel built next to the golf course offering spectacular views of the golf course as well as the stretched out hills. Facade of the building is impressive with its pillars as well as its internal layout. The rooms are excellent and well furnished, including the classic style bathrooms. The International Trade Fair Grounds are in its proximity.
Presidential Road, Independence Layout (042-458933-6; E-mail Preshotel.firstname.lastname@example.org).
International, cosmopolitan hotel with all bits and pieces available; Nightclub on the back is quiet good for parties with the swimming-pool in its reach. Has also a better bookshop and some art sculptures in its premises.
Nike Lake Resort Hotel
Nike Lake Road, PO Box 01193 (042-557000; FAX 042-557679).
The 2 tennis courts (tennis rackets and balls are available), 25 m swimming pool, basket ball court, football field, the lake and forest, park with playground facilities and benches ideal for picnic turn the hotel into a complete resort. Top floor rooms provide a view of the natural surroundings and the suites are equipped with a kitchen. The night club interior is quite nice, but unfortunately not in use anymore. You can also ask the cook to make a barbecue next to the pool. Expensive, but a very nice resort outside the town if you are looking for attractive settings, and if not already used for venues. This hotel has apparently a similar sister branch close to Nsukka.