If first impressions counted for everything we probably wouldn’t have stayed at Coca Beach. Arriving from Ghana you drive through Lome to the port and through a succession of dusty, pot holed roads and through some rubbish strewn shanty towns. The hotel is literally in the shadow of the port but the beach is kept remarkably clean in front of the hotel. I wouldn’t have been too happy about swallowing the sea water though. We arrived on a Sunday and the place was buzzing with daytime visitors, mostly French and Lebanese ex-pats soaking up the beach front atmosphere. Our room was a large double overlooking the beach (none have a balcony). The room was clean and simply decorated. It had A/C but no fridge. Unfortunatley there were two power cuts on the day we stayed which meant the A/C was off for much of the time but a sea breeze kept the climate manageable. The staff spoke little English apart from the Head Chef, Dennis, who was very helpful to 2 English folk with only schoolboy French! We ate at the hotel at night and the food was Ok if a little expensive- theres nowhere really nearby you can go without a taxi so if you stay you should bank on eating here. The restaurant was quiet at night and the hotel next door was even quieter- we walked along the beach to it and it all seemed closed at 9.30. Coco Beach is a good choice if you want to be near Lome but not stay in the City - a taxi into town cost around $5 and took about 20 minutes.