I came to M'Rode rather by chance during a four day business trip to Lome in late November 2011.
Before departing I called the Mercure, which was full, and eventually ended up at the Foyer des Marins after reading several complimentary reviews on Trip Adviser.
Don't be fooled. Foyer des Marins is very basic and - despite a nice pool and friendly staff - is not really suitable for business travellers.
Thankfully I was directed to M'Rode and was promptly and competently welcomed by several of the handsome, young Togolese staff.
My stay was lovely, not least because of the hotel's excellent location in a quiet residential neighbourhood, its great bar and several excellent (preominantly French) restaurants within walking distance. The service also proved to be good throughout my stay.
Moreover the management - charmingly - did not charge me for a half-day spent in my room before catching a flight back to Paris. That would never happen at the souless Mercure, whose principal attribute is its Olympic size pool.
I hope to visit Lome again and will definitely be coming back to M'Rode.