Hotel Des Milles Collines
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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.
Pool side rooms: 50
City side rooms: 54
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.
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.
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.
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.
* Swimming pool * Gym * Tennis court with lighting * Golf course nearby
* 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.
The charm of the hotel personnel is unbeatable, the rooms are clean but are in need of refurbishment.
Excellent cuisine and great view when having dinner at the Panorama rooftop restaurant.
Unique Quality: The hotel became infamous in 1994, when more than a thousand refugees found a relatively safe heaven at the Mille Collines, whilst a genocide was raging throughout the country, leading to more than one million death.
The story of the hotel and its inhabitants during those days should amount to a lesson for mankind and is best captured in the movie "Hotel Rwanda".
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