In Freetown, there are a number of high-end hotels and guesthouses, notably the four-star Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko. Other cities’ facilities are very restricted, but progress is being made. There is currently at least one excellent hotel in Makeni. Banana Island and Bonthe Island, in particular, have a few of excellent, modest resort-style retreats.
Overnight stays in Sierra Leone are costly, comparable to those in the United States, but with less facilities. Guesthouses may be found in every major town for $35-$50 per night for a single room, and they nearly always include a common bath/toilet. A single room at an average hotel costs between $100 and $180.
In SL, the cheapest lodging is in the villages—ask for the chief (who should know some Krio, if not English), and then request a guest house (“guest house” is the right term in Krio, so you will be understood). The chief’s hospitality is free, but you should give him $6-8 in the morning to “pay him respects,” and then prepare to be giving over 10,000 leone notes to the guesthouse caretaker, the water-fetcher, and at least one other person for no apparent reason.