WHERE TO STAY, EAT & DRINK
There is no shortage of accommodation in Burao but with the notable exception of the suburban City Plaza, it is all rather bland and functional.
A City Plaza Hotel (38 rooms): Telefone: 718000; Mobile: 063 4674175; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Though it’s looking a bit more rundown nowadays, the City Plaza remains the nicest hotel in the vicinity of Burao, set in small but green grounds 3.5km east of the town center along the main road to Erigavo. The rooms have comfortable beds & a piping hot en-suite shower, & some come with AC &/or satellite TV. It’s also far enough from the nearest mosque that you can contemplate a proper lie-in. There is a very pleasant outdoor seating area, as well as an indoor restaurant & free Wi-Fi throughout. The varied menu caters to Western palates; most main dishes are in the US$5–6 range (including soup) & the fruit juices are excellent. The only real downer for those using public transport is the distance from town, but Tuc Tucs are available to take you out there cheaply. After a few days in the wilds around Erigavo, this place seems truly luxurious. US$26/42 sgl/dbl, b/fast costs an additional US$4pp.
Hotel Barwaaqo (56 rooms): Telefone: 715700; Email: email@example.com. This multi-story hotel stands in the market area about 5mins’ walk southeast of the main circle & taxi park. Clean, tiled sgl rooms come with a three-quarter bed, TV, telephone & en-suite cold shower, while the spacious doubles have 1 ¾ & 2 sgl beds. The 1st-ﬂoor restaurant doesn’t look very appealing. Decent value. US$10/15 sgl/dbl.
Hotel Liban (20 rooms): Telephone: 711110; Mobile: 063 4437605; Email firstname.lastname@example.org. This central medium-rise has spacious & pleasantly furnished rooms with a queen-size bed, fan, TV, hot water & writing desk. Good value. US$14/20/25 sgl/dbl/ suite.
Ruwais Hotel (18 rooms): Mobile: 063 4306396. Entered via a lower staircase (tall travelers should watch their heads), this above- par cheapie has sgl rooms with TV (but no fan) using common showers & en-suite dbls with fan, TV & neat bathrooms with cold water only. US$7/12 sgl/dbl.
Abco Palace Hotel (48 rooms): Telephone: 712557; Mobile: 063 4441612; Email: email@example.com; Facebook: @abcoh0tel.712577. Though less than palatial, this is one of the better central cheapies, oﬀering accommodation in reasonably spacious en-suite dbls with fan & cold shower. US$10 dbl.
Oogle Hotel (12 rooms): Mobile: 063 4911430. Situated close to the market, this adequate cheapie has sgl rooms using common showers & en-suite doubles, all with fan & cold water only. US$6/12 sgl/dbl.
Togdheer Hotel (23 rooms): Mobile: 063 4109289. One of a few rock-bottom cheapies scattered around the town centre, this is very close to the taxi park. The cell-like sgls come with a net. US$5 sgl.