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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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HOTEL ISIMBI: JUST RIGHT


This is my home in Kigali. I stayed with them 3 times and enjoyed a good night’s sleep every time. They are centrally located, have good rooms, a nice restaurant, a bar with sports on the TV, good security and plenty of hot water. The staff are very polite, the food good and the beer cold. It’s not stylish at all, but clean and efficient. I stayed in Room 32 which is on the back side of the hotel in the upper corner. It overlooks a residential area with a small balcony and it’s absolutely quiet at night. I also stayed in a strange double room, number 45, which had the best bed I have slept on in East Africa. It’s an internal room that actually has 2 large bedrooms. It is also quiet, but costs a few dollars more and needs better curtains.

Rooms are about $29 a night, but it is slightly cheaper to pay in Rwandan Francs. I only had a reservation on my last stay, but would recommend you telephone them just to make sure. They speak English.

The staff are very professional and friendly. The night reception and security guard are excellent. The one time someone actually tried to hassle me in Kigali they made the mistake of doing so in front of the hotel. The security guard made them disappear instantly.

You are walking distance to the 24-hour Nakumatt shopping center, busses to all across Rwanda and Burundi, Restaurants, grocery stores plenty of Forex Bureaus. This is also a short walk over to the real Hotel Rwanda (Hôtel des Mille Collines).

They do accept Visa and Mastercard.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Business Travel, Singles
  • Written December 7, 2009
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Hôtel des Milles Collines: REFUGE FROM THE GENOCIDE - HOTEL RWANDA


This hotel is famous because the manager of the hotel in 1994, Paul Rusesabagina, gave shelter to 1000 Tutsis during the Genocide across Rwanda. Built in 1973, it is a world class 4 star hotel renowned for its pool bar and hang-out spot of many ex-pats. When I arrived in Kigali it was closed for complete renovations. When I returned it was partially opened and chaotic. It will be, no doubt, a completely modern wonder when completed. The rest of the narrative of this tip relies upon their website. Please enquire by email or telephone to make sure all is in readiness.

There are 112 rooms and suites in the hotel and conference facilities for any business event. Below I have highlighted some of their key facilities.

Statictics:
Pool side rooms: 50
City side rooms: 54
Suites: 5
Senior Suites: 3
* Every room has a mini bar. Satellite TV, small safe, and laptop cables for internet access. There is wifi in parts of the hotel.

PANAROMA RESTAURANT
On the 4th floor with view over the city. You get a pianist and saxophonist whether you like it or not. French and international cuisine with a smart casual dress code. It is open for breakfast from 06:00 - 10:30 for breakfast and 19:00 - 23:00 for dinner.

POOL BAR
The star of the show. A decidedly casual affair with live music (type varies) on Tues. & Thurs. They have a daily lunch buffet then just snack and of course – drinks. Open from 10:00 - 24:00.

STAN’S BAR
This 4th floor establishment requires smart casual dress and offers live music. They are only open from 19:00 - 02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

LEISURE FACILITIES
* Swimming pool * Gym * Tennis court with lighting * Golf course nearby

ADDITIONAL SERVICES
* Business centre * Tours (including Gorilla Tracking) * Gift shop

You can also pick up a free copy of ‘The Eye’ Magazine with listing of local events and restaurants.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Beer Tasting, Luxury Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written December 18, 2009
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Hôtel Palm Beach - Gisenyi: Closed Forever


The Hôtel Palm Beach was once a very nice hotel on the shores of Lake Kivu. It is not just closed, it has been demolished. Quite a few guidebooks still list this hotel. I asked some local people what happened to it as it looks like it was blown-up. They said the government had ordered it’s demolition in 2008. They did not know the exact reason. When I went back to Kigali I read a newspaper article about a fugitive member of the Interahamwe, the organisation which organised the mass genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Apparently the key meeting of the Interahamwe that finalised the organisation of the genocide occurred at this hotel. I don’t know for sure the exact reason, but you don’t often obliterate a relatively modern hotel and leave the ruins.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Backpacking, Business Travel
  • Written December 7, 2009
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LAKE KIVU SERENA HOTEL: THE BEST HOTEL IN RWANDA


Why the best in Rwanda? Well this is a luxury 4-5 star hotel with its own white sand beach on the massive Lake Kivu. On a clear day or hour you can see the rolling green Rwandan Hills, the colossal mountains across the water in DRC and the Virunga Volcano National Park on the same side of the lake just a few kilometres a way. They have a large swimming pool, lush green gardens, the great looking Kivu Sands Restaurant and first rate rooms. In fact all meals are served in the partially open-air dinning room that overlooks the lake. In the evening you can have a few sundowners at the Lake View Bar & Terrace. You pay the price for what you get and I could not afford to stay here. I did heave a leisurely stroll around and did relax for a bit in their beach front gardens.

The hotel sometimes hosts the Kwita Izna- Gorilla naming ceremony when the president of Rwanda invites famous people to name gorillas and make donations to the preservation of these rare animals. .

So if you want the only beach in Rwanda and the best hotel on the beach – this is the hotel for you. Its not only UN types around the pool. You can also meet some of the Rwandan rich and famous at play.

All rooms are air-conditioned and they have several luxury suites and family rooms.



* New water sports facility with canoeing and excursion boat rides to Umucyo Island
* Full Spa services and packages
* Outdoor swimming pool, 2 tennis courts and indoor gym
* Full conference facilities and a boardroom
* All rooms with full amenities including satellite TV, A/C, Mini-bar, nice bathrooms
* Organised tours of the local area and over the border into DRC
* Less than 3 kilometres from the famous Primus Brewery

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Work Abroad, Luxury Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written January 4, 2010
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PRESBYTERIAN GUEST HOUSE: SUPER BUDGET IN GISENYI


If you are arriving by bus in Gisenyi, the Presbyterian Guest House virtually in front of you. They offer some nice gardens and budget accommodation. They have dorms with individual mosquito nets for $4. If you want a room in the lower gardens with shared bathroom then its about $7. They actually have a nice little restaurant in the grounds with a cheap buffet at night and a reasonable breakfast at a low price. Just don’t expect any alcohol and you will hear choir singing in the late morning in the near distance. The receptionist, Innocent, was a cracking guy who let me charge up my batteries and cell phone in his office. Security is on the gate 24 hours a day.

My room has a comfy enough bed(s), mosquito nets and screens on the windows. It is set under lots of trees and the rooms stay cool during the day. Hot water is not an issue. The lower rooms are actually near the main road, but traffic virtually stops at nightfall and the town is quiet at night.

I stayed here twice and was made to feel very welcome. My room was inside a locked building and I only shared the bathroom with 3 other rooms – mostly unoccupied. If its clean, cheap and well located accommodation you want – this is it. If you need a drink, the bars are 50 meters away. The beach area is a healthy 15 minute walk or cheap moto-taxi ride away. The market is 75 meters and the bus station on your doorstep.

Please note - it is called the Centre d'Accueil de l'Église Presbytérienne - in French

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written December 15, 2009
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Hotel Golf Eden Rock - Kibuye

I didn't stay in this hotel but I visited and this is the information I got from the stuff and the guests. It looks a little boring to me but maybe I am wrong. It has a little beach and looks well organized. The rooms are comfortable and have bathrooms and hot water of course. The rooms with the views to the beautiful lake are nicer but pricier. They cost 25euros/40US$, while the no-view rooms cost a few dollars less.
The first person in a double room has free breakfast while the second one pays 3euros/5dollars for breakfast. ( this I have never heard before...)
Anyway it looks neat and tidy and the stuff look efficient.

Tel 0252568524
email:golfedenhotel@yahoo.fr

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip
  • Written May 1, 2012
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Grand hotel - Kigali

Grand hotel is next to the central station. As I had a very early bus to catch I slept in Grand Hotel for one night. It is very cheap and just perfect for the early wake up. There is nothing special about it except that the building although old is really atmospheric and it has a “local color” although in the heart of a big city. It is next to Nyakabogo bus station. I think I payed about 4 euros. The rooms are very basic but pleasant.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written May 1, 2012
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ONE LOVE CLUB: CAMPING FOR A GOOD CAUSE - KIGALI


One Love Club is the only place you can camp in Kigali. They have showers and toilets - but you must have your own tent. They also offer basic rooms with en-suit bathrooms, balconies and some cooking facilities. One Love Club is set in some very nice gardens and they have a bar and Rwandan/European restaurant as well. You stay supports an NGO called the Mulindi Japan One Love Project helping disabled people in Rwanda. So it’s for a good cause. They offer 24-hour security, car parking and you can even stay for a month at a time.

(The big signs outside say One Love Heritage Gallery & Library)

You can make donations on their website!


EVERY PENNY YOU SPEND WITH THEM GOES TO CHARITY! YOU CAN:
* Eat in the restaurant
* Camp or stay in the guesthouse
* Book a tour (including Gorilla Trekking) or rent a car
* Book flight in the region/worldwide
* Book other hotels
* Donate at the facility
* Donate on line
* Buy souvenirs

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written January 23, 2010
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St. Jean Hotel - Kibuye

As you are approaching Kibuye, just before entering the city you can see this impressive building standing proudly at the very top of a hill. It promises amazing views and a relaxing stay just by its location. And indeed ….It offers stunning views of the verdant hilly coast of the wonderful lake Kivu and the surrounding countryside. I chose the room with the best views and payed only 10 euros .Breakfast on the small balcony in front of the restaurant is an unforgettable experience. The room was very clean with mosquito net, bathroom and hot water. There are also rooms sharing common bathrooms at half the price. The restaurant has acceptable food and helpful, polite stuff.
Tel 252 568526 / mob 0784725107
email: homesaintjean@ymail.com

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip
  • Written May 1, 2012
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Glory Guest House - Kigali

Not far from the city center this hotel is relaxing and comfortable. There is a buffet restaurant during the morning and breakfast is included in the price of the room. The staff is efficient and very polite. You can also relax in the balcony with nice views of the hills in front or in the small garden. The rooms with private bathroom and hot water cost about 25-30 euros but prices are negotiable.
The city center is only a 15 minute walk from the hotel.

Tel : +250 (0)788867863 / 250 (0) 788735341.
It is located near Serena Hotel, on Avenue de l'Hopital (CHUK)
email: mbetty982000@yahoo.ca

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 1, 2012
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New Motel Gratia - Butare

This pleasant hotel is suitable for low-budget travelers. The rooms are set around a small but colorful garden, they are spacious and have bathrooms. Cold and hot water are available in buckets. They charge 6 euros per person.
There is a local restaurant attached offering a buffet until 3.00 pm with quite tasty local dishes, costing about 2 euros. You can order your food after that. Dishes served with salad and rice cost about 1.5 euros or less.
The staff is friendly and efficient.

Tel: 0784692454 / 0724692454

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written May 1, 2012
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Hotel Ibis - Butare

Ibis is one of the best hotels in Butare. There are different kinds of rooms at different prices. They cost from 35-38 for singles and 19 - 21 euros for each person in a double room. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious…..
There is a restaurant and a bar. Breakfast is included in the price.

tel 252 530335 / 0788985562
email: campionibis@hotmail.com

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 1, 2012
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Hotel Faucon-Butare

Rooms are spacious and comfortable and come at a good price including breakfast, which makes it a good option. They cost from 19 to 35 euro for singles and almost half for two people in a double room. There is a restaurant.

tel: 0788301227

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 1, 2012
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Isimbi hotel - Kigali center

Located in the center of Kigali this hotel is very convenient and also logically priced for the standard of the city. Double rooms cost about 30 US$ including breakfast from a tasty buffet. You can also have lunch between 12.00 and 14.00 paying only 3US$.
The rooms are comfortable and very clean with bathroom and hot water, and the stuff are nice and efficient.

It is on Kalisimbi street
tel & fax 250-252572578 / 252572581 / 252572793 fax 250 252575109

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 1, 2012
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