- Reviews: 811
Grand Hotel: Not so Grand Hotel -but good
The Grand Hotel where this Vter stayed was only one of a very few the embassy would even let me stay in at the time. It was nice enough and was very expensive with good service and friendly staff. Keep in mind this is 5 stars by West African standards and they are trying.
My friends tell me that the Belgium owned and run Hotel Memling which is the other hotel might be nicer now but any way not to much of a selection for sure.
- Reviews: 24
FONTANA: Cheap and correct
The owners are a Indian family present in Congo for years.
I stayed there two or three times for a couple of days, and i was always satisfied
I ll say its a 2 stars (european new norms) hotel
A breakfast with bread eggs and tea for less than 5 USD ; i ll already booked rooms for belgian friends whose were satisfied too
than it's one of my recommandation
- Reviews: 5522
SHANGWE HOTEL BELAKOM: GOOD IN GOMA
This is a reasonable hotel in Goma. It is not cheap by local standards, but it does the job. Almost every room is $40. That’s per room, not per person. This being Africa, you could probably haggle the price down if you speak to them (in French). It is relatively clean, well organised, safe and I had no problems getting to sleep. It is on the outskirts of Goma, but that is one of the reasons it is safe and quiet. It is located in a nice residential neighbourhood and you have views over (very) nearby Lake Kivu from the upper floor.
The hotel is run by several polite men and they are on duty 24 hours a day. In addition the nice garden area out front has a very high fence. Inside you have a fairly open fronted dinning room and a full service bar. The menu is not vast and it’s not cheap, but your don’t have to take a platoon of Army troops with you into town at night. I enjoyed my fresh spaghetti and my cold beer. They do make it up from scratch so it does take a while. The bar is essentially open 24 hours a day. You keep buying and they keep serving. The bartender sleeps behind the bar and I accidentally woke him up once. He did ask if I wanted anything to drink.
My room was small and there wasn’t a lot of room once you accounted for the large bed. It was a reasonable mattress and I slept quietly and soundly. The room did have a closet, TV, table and mosquito net. I don’t remember the room having air-conditioning, but it did have a fan and it was cool.
The bathroom was ok. I had a big tub, shower attachment, modern flush toilet and a reasonable mirror. Worryingly I had a hair brush. I did not take advantage of its use. The water was hot although the water pressure was a little weak.
The remote control TV had some French TV channels including 24 hours news.
Breakfast (included) was a mini - feast. Toast, bread, jams, fruit and even a fried tomato with tea and coffee. They even asked if I wanted more.
If you do want to sit and sip beers on the lake – there is another hotel almost opposite. Best to ask the price of the beers there first. I didn’t and they charged me a lot.
All in all this is a very reasonable mid-price option in Goma. Budget options may involve some very real safety issues.
Welcome to Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Reviews: 1
GRAND HOTEL KINSHASA
You are not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to staying in Kinshasa. Grand Hotel being one of 2 hotels where you can stay safely. I stayed a month in the hotel and found it comfortable. The beds and pillows were excellent and as the air con was fully under your control a good nights sleep was easily had. Look for a room in the new tower as rooms in older part of the hotel are not very nice in comparison. The fridge was working but had to haggle for a key as it was bizzarely locked. Also had to demand a TV remote for which a $100 deposit was taken. Room service was prompt. Would recommend the hot canapes as it is quite plentiful for a cheap price. The beer in the room bar was also not exorbitantly priced. No tea or coffee facilities in the room. The hot water was hit and miss and not available 24 hr which was a big disappointment. Staff pleasant and cleaners not averse to asking for money or relating sob stories to extract cash. The hotel disco and lobby area was patrolled usually by a few prostitutes but the security men usually kept most of them at bay (some slip through). Other residents have had nocturnal knocks on the door from girls but it is a rare event. Having said that the clubs and bars in Kinshasa are full of prostitutes and very good looking ones too so beware. For a relaxing afternoon snack the lady who makes crepes in the atrium (Whopi Glodberg dopple ganger) is recommended. All in all a quality hotel that whilst it does not fit the 5 star rating is very close to it.
- Reviews: 1560
when I arrive at kinshasa...
when I arrived at kinshasa airport,I talked a little with a french boy working in chicago,and who came to zaire for a campaign of vaccination;I asked him to give me some advice about a hotel.
he told me:it depends,do you want to be alive tomorrow morning?
I answered:yes,if possible.
so go to Memling or Intercontinental
150$ if you negociate a little at the reception
memling is ****; and intercontinental is not a hotel,it is a city with swimming-pool,restaurants,shops,travel agencies etc...
- Reviews: 12
hotel La Creche: Kinshasa cheap accommodation
this is an oasis in the crazy prices of hotels in Kinshasa
If you come to Kinshasa as a backpacker and you dont want to pay silly prices for the hotels in centre ville, jumb into a taxi (2000fr) to round point Victoire and go to hotel La Creche. Rooms with bathroom cost 7500fr. It is of high standard but it is a heven in the inferno of expencive accommodation that defines Kinshasa. When you feel more comfortable with the city you can take the taxi simle (500fr)or the micro bus (250fr) to go downtown to the embassies and the rest. The full address is A3, av. Badjoko and the managers number is 0997550605
- Reviews: 640
Leon Hotel: A Solid Option in Kinshasa
This is the only place I stayed in Kinshasa. When I was thinking of accommodation in Kinshasa, my mind kept on going back to when I was reading about hotels there many years ago and it sounded like there was only 2 options for Westerners. Now there are many more. The staff here are very friendly (which is what made the place) and the buffet breakfast that is included is quite tasty. The rooms and the rest of the place is kept clean and tidy. There is a swimming pool across the street that guests can use. The offer airport pick up and drop off in a clean vehicle for $50. Security is present both outside and inside the hotel. Location is in a nicer area of town (hard to believe that it is a nicer area of town but that's Kinshasa). The free WiFi is decent though some videos took a while to watch. How the shower is set up in the bathroom is a bit odd to me and being a non Francophone speaker, the TV could use more than just one English speaking channel. My only real complaint is that for my first few nights, I used a third party option to book the hotel and paid them. Even though they made it clear that I paid for the nights, they still were trying to charge me for those nights. It eventually was sorted out but it took more time than it should have. If I'm back in Kinshasa, I'd be a repeat customer.
In the evening, staff come around offering a bottle of water and a snack which is nice. They also have an equivalent hotel in Brazzaville so if you are going to be visiting that city, they can help set things up.
- Reviews: 640
Centre Spirituel De Muanda: If You Want to Stay Close to the Beach in Muanda
I made this Catholic Mission my home while I was Muanda. It offers basic rooms with a fan, bathroom, and mosquito net over the bed. The cost per night is 25,000 Congolese Francs for when I was there. Also breakfast for 2,000 Congolese Francs. The reason I chose this place is simple, it was the closest place to Tonde Beach that you could stay (Hotel La Plage Tonde wasn't/isn't opened yet). Since it is a Catholic Mission, there are many rules to follow. So if you are looking for a place to party it up, this isn't it. I liked the layout of this place. First night was pretty awesome as the shower had good water pressure and room actually came with toilet paper. By the third night though, there was no more water and had to use rainwater from a bucket for my shower. Laundry was quite cheap to get done and they could prepare a large range of meals for you but you have to order the day before.
- Reviews: 640
New Air Brousse Hotel: A Good Choice in Matadi
The rooms are small and the bathroom is cramped but it was clean and the water worked when I was there. The staff is friendly and they have WiFi but it wasn't working when I was there. Standard simple breakfast is included in the price of the room which was/is US$35 a night. The eating area is on a nice patio that gives you great views of the river, unless you have problems with climbing stairs, then it's not so great. Location is good as it's in a decent part of town. AC worked but I didn't attempt the TV.
- Reviews: 3089
Balis Center Hotel: Friendly, safe, wifi, and usually electricity...
This place is popular with the expat businessmen returning from USA and elsewhere. The hotel is owned by Balis who lives in Chicago, and run by his brother-in-law Junior in Kinshasa. Finding a decent place at a good price in Kinshasa is not easy, and it's always an advantage if the hotel staff are able to help you run errands and do other stuff while in the capital.
Their are several types of rooms, but most have a/c. Wifi is available at the hotel, and there's a good restaurant. Water supply for showers is reliable. The rooms are clean and beds comfortable. There are good locks on the doors, and security guards and staff keep trouble away from you.
This is not a resort. There's no swimming pool. The location is good, as banks and breakfast are within easy walking distance, and the neighborhood is safe. This is a reasonably well priced hotel.
What I like about this hotel is that Balis can be relied upon to make things right. A lot of people expect African hotels to be like European or American hotels, and for a number of reasons, this just isn't reasonable. But, ability to get wifi and charge up electronics is really important, and Balis knows this. Also, this isn't a European or American run hotel, and chances are that you will not find too many if any Europeans or Americans at the hotel while you stay. So, I like this because I'm not visiting Africa to pal around with Europeans and Americans.
Contact Balis, who lives in Chicago for more details. He also owns and operates an LTL container transfer business where he mostly transfers expat and missionary boxes by his containers from Chicago to Kinshasa. He's a really good guy.
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