West Africa Cheap Hotels

West Africa Cheap Hotels
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I got wind of another cheap Auberge or Hotel here in Kpalime, Togo so I went up the hill near the big Saturday - Tuesday market. I looked first at the market, drank an ice cold Citron - Lemonade and went searching for an Auberge, I find the word Auberge here means cheaper and hotel means more money.
I look around, I did not see anything, then I seen some grass type umbrella tops for tables. That looks like a restaurant inside them there wall. It as right on the corner, directly across from a very funny and strange sign with a drawing of a man doing something…not for prime time discussion.
Ok, I went over, yes, there is an Auberge there; I went, found the entrance, and got the tour. Quite a nice places in a way, quiet, lots of shade, and sitting areas, the rooms were 2000 for shared and 2500 CFA for private, sparse, and bare, but really pretty good for 4 or 5 U.S. Dollars and very close to the Gare or Van Depot for transportation and the big market is just across the street.
Boom Boom Hotel
Buvette Bar Hotel
Love Hotel
I have many names for this type of hotel or Auberge as they say here. A man and girl want to find a room, they go to a place and drink, then quietly slip away or not so quietly slip into an ultra cheap room.
As best, I can tell, since there are almost zero traveling salespeople, no tourist, and this city has very little need for tourist hotels. I would say, boom boom is the call of the day in West Africa.
I was having this moral dilemma; do I recommend a person go live in a Love Hotel, a.k.a. boom boom hotel? What about a girl, traveling alone?
The bottom line is nobody wants to be harassed by anybody, so I guess, yes, I would recommend the Cheap Boom Hotels, not the expensive Boom Boom Hotels, as both are drinking and like I said again and again.
West Africa Cheap Hotels
I am not harassed here by poor people, the bigger danger is the totally decked out, in the Africa Pants suit, up and down, looking like a big flower. This is the person to me that is dangerous, there is an elitist, you must listen to me attitude and they are thinking they are King, sometimes Queens.
I walked into this very thrifty and rather nice hotel across from the Saturday Market place, a man shake my hand, and everyone says hello.
Often the poorer the person is in the world, the better their manners, I think of John Steinbeck and the book Cannery Row, were they sinners or saints?
I am going to continue to search for the cheap hotel, I think I have it figured out, although getting a Moto or Taxi to take me to cheap hotel is not what the knob white people do here, so they just cannot believe me when I say,
- Take me to a 2000 CFA Auberge. -
They will still take me to the most expensive hotel they can find, almost no matter what I say, I have to look outside the expensive hotels until they are done, before they finally say, ok. I know of one.

I want to live with them or like them, as normal. I did come to see Africa, not some made up un-authentic Africa.
Fun and game today and the market was fun.


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Auberge, boom boom, or not to boom boom...

So long as the room is in other respects up to par and cheap (2-5 USD), then for me a boom boom room is fine. So long as they don't keep me up all night. Can't speak for female travelers.

Andy, the spot you describe sounds really good considering its so close to transport and especially a large market. Add an internet solution and Kpalime becomes a place for me to consider backpacking through.

Maybe after you move on you can serve up the GPS coords for this location? I'd be curious to see where it is on a satellite image relative to the town core.

This reminds me of when surfers find a nice remote spot, and before it attracts the supporting busy-ness. I'll bet the guidebooks have zip on where your at.

It's fun to read when your having fun.


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