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Okapi Hotel: Okapi Hotel

I got a room for RFr15000 for a double. The room has no TV. The hot water works quite fine though it takes quite a while the first time you use it. The restaurant offers good food and nice view. Lasange there is really good(costed RFr3000). There's an internet too costing RFr500 an hour. The electricity stops every once in a while but I could barely notice it except when I was using their computer. Staff are helpful and friendly.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written December 11, 2004
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  • Maggus profile photo Maggus
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Hotel Regina: Budget alternative in Gisenyi

Situated in the lower part of Gisenyi at the corniche next to all colonial villas one can find this building dating from the belgian period. Constructed and appearing like a hospital at first impression it has obviously seen better times because some parts are in need of reparation. Rooms are quite reasonably priced at about 8-15 EUR. The furniture dates back from the same time as the building , so don't let yourself fall on your bed...A complete travel back in time.

Food is quite good, the attached garden has nice pavillons where to sit and just let time float....

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written September 10, 2004
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  • Maggus profile photo Maggus
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Hotel Ubumwe: Option in Gisenyi

Very nice and inexpensive Hotel in the lower part of Gisenyi, about 200m from the waterfront.

Beautiful terrace to have breakfast, decent rooms, nice and helpful staff

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written June 24, 2004
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  • Maggus profile photo Maggus
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Bethanie Guest House: Even nicer Hotel...

This lodge is situated next to lake Kivu outside of Kibuye. It is a good budget alternative to the overpriced and (as bonobo stated it...) posh Kibuye Guest House. The Rooms are very big and clean.
Only draw-back is that no alcohol is served because it is church-run. But this neglectable....
Prices are around 10 EUR/Room.

Location is almost perfect with the lake nearby.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written June 15, 2004
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  • Maggus profile photo Maggus
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Hotel Okapi: Nice Hotel

A quite nice hotel in central Kigali with two buildings and about 40 rooms. Rooms in the main building are somewhat more expensive the higher the floors get than the smaller rooms in the other house. Price Range: 10-25 EUR.

Pleasant terrace with nice view over the city to sit and have breakfast.
Good value for money.
They have their own internet lounge and transport to the airport.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written June 15, 2004
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Novotel Hotel in Kigali: Rwanda

The Novotel rooms are spacious with a nice marble bathtub, a safe in the room, reliable laundry service, etc. On Sunday afternoons, the pool area fills with expats on their day off. After many busy days, we ordered Sunday's lunch by the pool and spent the whole day soaking in the sun, drinking Coca Cola, and processing the many sights and sounds of Rwanda.

We hated to leave this comfortable spot!

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Women's Travel
  • Written September 1, 2003
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Kibuye Guest House: Playground for the rich

This resort out of Kibuye town right on Lake Kivu has some excellent s/c cottages with satellite TV, an upmarket restaurant and offers boatrides.

There's actually not much more to do than relax, swim and have a talk with yuppie NGO-staff or the local rich that spends their weekends here.

Well, you can use the place if you badly need a treat; otherwise I would not recommend it for ordinary travellers. The location however is almost perfect!!!

There are other places to stay in Kibuye. You can always come here for just a lazy afternoon.

A cottage (huge bed) cost $23 but I negotiated $16. Keep also in mind the high additional cost for food!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written April 2, 2003
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Palm Beach Hotel / Gisenyi: Beaches in Central Africa ?!

Gisenyi, located along Lake Kivu, is divided in a busy upper part, where local life concentrates, and the quiet Lakeside, where huge colonial houses on big compounds are build along an avenue lined by palmtrees.

If you can afford it, you have to stay on the Lakeside, with at least 2 mid range hotels.

The other one is Palm Beach Hotel, more upmarket that has a private beach, canoes, relaxing chairs and windscreens to protect you from too curious eyes.

The rooms are self contained and some have satellite TV and private balconies.

However I took the cheapest room for a night (because I wanted to see Champions League that night) and it's not very good value.

Probably the most expensive offer better value. The restaurant and bar are excellent but very expensive.

Cheapest double room $24, but I bargained down to $12 (low season).

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Spa and Resort
  • Written April 2, 2003
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Regina Hotel / Gisenyi: Amazing views on Lake Kivu

Gisenyi, located along Lake Kivu, is divided in a busy upper part, where local life concentrates, and the quiet Lakeside, where huge colonial houses on big compounds are built along an avenue lined by palmtrees.

If you can afford it, you have to stay on the Lakeside, with at least 2 mid range hotels.

One of them is Regina, with big and very airy rooms but not s/c.

Around the building are very nice and quiet sittingsarea's. You will be served while relaxing at the lake. However, this stretch has NO sandy beach.

The restaurant is quite good, but service erratic and slow (or maybe I should say: not what were used to in the West ?!).

In my opinion better value than Palm Beach Hotel.

Price single $10, double $14.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written April 2, 2003
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My favourite place is the...

My favourite place is the Kibuye guest house, by Lake Kivu.
Pass.

Right on the Lake, with its own diving board into the water. It's a bit pricey, but there is a cheaper gaff round the corner and you can use the Guest Houses'facilities. Has a bar which if it was any closer to the water's edge would, well, be very wet I guess !

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 24, 2002

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