Prefegitura ya Gisenyi Hotels

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If you are arriving by bus in Gisenyi, the Presbyterian Guest House is 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: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Backpacking
  • Written May 30, 2013
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Jamila Beach Hotel: Paradise

by pure chance I found Jamila Beach Resort.

It's approx 5 mins on a moto/taxi from Gesenyi town but is such a gem you really should check it out.
the Owner Jamila Mahood really looked after my girlfriend and I.
the food really is homemade and the rooms are of a very high standard ! (def designed by a woman)
It even has its own beach on Lake Kivu.
After the stress and strains of climbing mount Kirasimbi this was literally paradise. We were only meant to stay 2 nights but ended up staying 3

The Bungalows are decorated to a high standard with hot running water and beautiful views of lake kivu.
the Food is homemade and very reasonable and the supply of Primus is never ending

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 3, 2009
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Hotel Regina: Lake Kivu hideaway

This place set aside from the shore but very near the water is good value for money. the gardens are tranquil and the patio is regal for coffee or dining. The inner bar is like a set from a Casablanca excerpt and Madame the owner is as erudite as her title.
the rooms are spacious and could do with a buff but are clean. There en-suite and dorm rooms whichever fits your budget.

Food ,garden and the PATIO!!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Food and Dining
  • Written October 13, 2005
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