10 hotels in Rwanda: Best hotel deals for 2023

August 11, 2022 Marlin Saiz

Discover the best hotels in Rwanda including The Retreat, Kigali Serena Hotel, Five To Five Hotel, Ubumwe Grande Hotel, Kigali Marriott Hotel, YAMBI Guesthouse, 2000 Hotel, Hotel Des Mille Collines, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge, Gloria Hotel.
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1. The Retreat

No 5 KN 29 Street Kiyovu, Kigali Rwanda
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 271 reviews

The Retreat

The Retreat is a 20-room luxury boutique hotel created by the American owners of Heaven and brought to life by an extraordinary team of Rwandan builders and craftspeople. Heaven has trained over 2,000 Rwandans in hospitality skills since 2008. The Retreat is Kigali’s first eco-friendly resort and features solar electricity and locally-crafted furniture from a Tanzanian sustainable teak farm. Luxury amenities include organic, handmade mattresses from England, expansive custom-built rooms with peaked ceilings, front and rear private patio areas, bathrooms with indoor and outdoor rain showers, a heated saltwater solar powered swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, spa, and fully equipped open-air gym. We are excited to announce that 8 brand new Luxury Pool Villas with private pools, a new wine lounge, an expanded spa, and our private Horizon conference and event space with views of Kigali opened in April 2021. Fusion Restaurant and Bar offers delicious, local farm-to-table cuisine, refreshing cocktails and wellness menus designed by our Mauritian Executive Chef. Through our sister company, Heaven Tours, we offer curated tour services for the gorillas, safari, and unique experiences that highlight the best of Kigali, including our fashion, art & culinary tours as well as urban bush dinners for groups by reservation.

Boutique Perfect

Reviewed By edenrue

A beautiful boutique resort with an amazing team of people working here. They take car of your every need from the moment you arrive. If they don’t have it for you here they’ll make sure to find whatever your needs might be. The resort is a hidden gem with beautiful villas and rooms. The Villas have a private Hot tub with an outdoor shower and my room once I changed from the Villa how to beautiful outdoor shower and indoor shower. You feel as if you’re in the jungle at this beautiful boutique hotel. They are lovely Gym a wonderful bar and a beautiful lounging and grass area. It truly feels like your in the forest. Everything is clean and very comfortable. This will be the resort I will always return to.

2. Kigali Serena Hotel

KN 3 Ave, Kigali Rwanda
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 925 reviews

Kigali Serena Hotel

Situated in Central Kigali, the ambassadorial and commercial heart of Rwanda, and the city's pre-eminent meeting place for diplomats and businessmen. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an executive lounge and Bar and one of the city's most popular venues, the Milimani Restaurant styled to offer a classically elegant interior and a light filled atrium overlooking the verdant tropical gardens.

Excellent, always

Reviewed By CharlieBeau

The Kigali Serena Hotel experience was excellent from start to finish. We had a professional, friendly welcome upon arrival. Registration was swift and I has taken to my room within minutes. It was a real treat to run a hot bath! On the first morning, I had a lazy breakfast in my room while I worked. Internet worked well. I had an early morning swim on my second day, followed by breakfast on the terrace. (It's impossible to not overeat at the Serena's incredible breakfast buffet!) The Maisha Spa offers a variety of massages and facials using the gorgeous Elemis products (the same ones that are provided in the rooms). I regret not making time to use the spa on this occasion... so I mention it as a reminder to future guests to give it a try. I have used Serena's Maisha Spas in Uganda and Kenya and been very impressed. Thanks to everyone at the hotel for another great stay!

3. Five To Five Hotel

KG 213 Street 74, Remera Near Amahoro Stadium, Kigali Rwanda 011 250 788 676 964
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 448 reviews

Five To Five Hotel

Five to Five Hotel is one of the designated quarantine hotels for passengers arriving in Rwanda. Five to Five hotel is the best and cheapest hotel in Kigali – Rwanda, located in the vicinity of Remera Amahoro Stadium, near Kigali International airport. We have the most luxurious services at affordable prices. Whether you are looking forward to a luxurious experience in Rwanda in a high end hotel, or to save on accommodation & enjoy other adventures in Rwanda, we are the only solution for both. Our service: Accommodation, Conference center, Bar, Restaurant, Laundry service, outside catering, cocktail parties, high speed wireless connection, DSTV channels, Air conditional, safe box and hair dryer in each room, telephone in each room, music entertainment.

Brand Manager

Reviewed By kuriap2022

A good facility and good hospitality. Special thanks to Mr Abasi for his warmth and concerns about my stay for the last 6 days. Restaurant and food was awesome Ang front office was good. Alex Phillip gave me assistance like never begy Much appreciated. A great team. Thanks Peter Kuria +254722798694 [email protected] [email protected]

4. Ubumwe Grande Hotel

KN 67 Street, Kigali Rwanda
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Ubumwe Grande Hotel

Ubumwe Grande Hotel, a superior four-star Hotel to exacting international standards is located in the business hub of Kigali. Enjoy true Rwandan hospitality and the most stunning views of this vibrant African city. A beautiful infinity roof top pool as well our executive gym allow you to stay fit, whilst the roof top terrace, overlooking Kigali, invites you enjoy a meal or one of our refreshing cocktails. Our lounge area offers delectable pastries and snacks throughout the day and our Restaurant Fiesta delights with culinary creations from Africa and beyond. Conferencing and meeting at Ubumwe Grande are a real pleasure. Our experienced team gladly assist in arranging functions from small intimate meetings to cocktails of up to 500 guests. These are accommodated in our three meeting rooms or our sub-divisible Rooms Kivu 1 & 2. We pride ourselves in accommodating any reasonable request to make our guest's stay a memorable one. Make Ubumwe Grande Hotel your preferred "home" in Kigali.

Staff are really friendly and ever smiling

Reviewed By chishalab2022

Room had a beautiful view of the city of Kigali, was very clean. Really comfortable bed, a table to work abd a safe to store valuables. Laundry services are avalaible on request at a fee. Excellent services all round.

5. Kigali Marriott Hotel

KN 3 Avenue Nyarugenge District, Kigali Rwanda
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 561 reviews

Kigali Marriott Hotel

Discover 5-star accommodations at Kigali Marriott Hotel. Situated in the heart of Rwanda's capital city, our sophisticated city center hotel in Kigali offers impeccable service along desirable KN3 Avenue in the city centre, near the financial district and Kigali City Hall.

Poorly furnished rooms- not worthwhile to be called a Marriott

Reviewed By BharatBB

Really badly furnished rooms. No cloth hangers, no bathroom counter. Badly designed bathroom so if you take shower, the whole bathroom is flooded and no place event to stand. Sink is too low . Toilet had no paper when I checked in. It took over an hour to get some toilet paper

6. YAMBI Guesthouse

KK 31 Ave off KK 722 Street, Gikondo Opposite Rujugiro House, Rebero, Kigali Rwanda
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

YAMBI Guesthouse

YAMBI is your tour guide; your mama’s kitchen with chapatis; your research assistant and your Zen rehab; all in one place. We provide modern facilities such as netflix wi-fi, hot showers with good pressure, an open bar; a library with travel guides and large music catalog; the gym, laundry, and a fully stocked kitchen for you to fix your meals. Our breakfast is freshly made, abundant and delicious. No dry toast and margarine here: You’ll feast on rwandan coffee, veg soups, smoothies, healthy bread, cheese, fresh fruits, pancakes, eggs, chocolate cakes etc. We provide tours in Rwanda, Congo, Uganda and Tanzania (safaris, gorilla tracking, volcano climbing, coffee/tea plantations, inter cultural activities) We welcome our guests to our monthly "Umuganda", a great opportunity to join our community in cleaning, building bridges or homes in our village. We are here to make your stay memorable and we don’t rest until our guests say Hakuna Matata.

Great stay at Yambi!

Reviewed By 446arielle

I stayed at Yambi for about 2 weeks during a solo trip to Rwanda. I am so glad I chose to stay with them! The staff was so kind, helpful, and accommodating. Everyone was so knowledgeable about the city and gave me great recommendations as well as taught me how to navigate circulating around Kigali. I stayed in a private room which was spacious and clean. The property is safe/secured a d well situated, not far from the main areas in the city, and easily accessible via moto taxis. They were also able to help me book some excursions including a Gorilla trek and a trip to Kibuye. I would definitely stay here again! Thank you to all the lovely staff at Yambi!!

7. 2000 Hotel

KN 82 St Near Kigali City Tower, Kigali 3153 Rwanda
Excellent
45%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 333 reviews

2000 Hotel

Accomplished in 2015,2000 Hotel is the highest hotel in the centre of Kigali.Just 20-minutes drive from Kigali international airport,it is based in the heart of Kigali city.Entrainment,business and shopping district are all conveniently located within walking distances. The hotel is equipped with 105 comfortable rooms& suites where guests can enjoy the legendary"thousand hill"view of Rwanda from all of its spacious rooms We welcome you to ease yourself at the lobby lounge bar where you can relax with a refreshing drink after your long journey of travel.To satisfy your taste buds, our Bamboo Restaurant offers delicious Chinese and Western cuisines,definitely one of the best in town

Services keep deteriorating

Reviewed By PKM679

I sent my clothes for laundry and did not receive some in-spite following up several times. Two times I found the room had not been cleaned and I had to personally request for it be done. The front office staff were not helpful and even tried to overcharge me on my stay luckily I had kept receipts of all the payments I had made. This reconciliation exercise almost made me get late to the airport. The food in the restaurant is good but staff get overwhelmed when there are many guests.

8. Hotel Des Mille Collines

2 KN 6 Ave, Kigali 1322 Rwanda
Excellent
27%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 923 reviews

Hotel Des Mille Collines

Welcome to Hotel des Mille Collines The legacy of hospitality in Rwanda for more than 45 years Inspired by Rwanda’s unforgettable geographical terrain, the hotel derives its name from its motherland known as the “land of a thousand hills.” Inaugurated in 1973 as the premier grand hotel of the country and becoming a shelter to, a light of hope in the darkness for a terrified crowd of up to 2,000 people who were saved by the hotel opening its doors in 1994 during the Genocide against the Tutsi; Hôtel des Mille Collines is surely the most famous hotel in Rwanda. Located in the central business district, the hotel allows you to enjoy the breathtaking views over the hills of Kigali while indulging in culinary delights from casual to fine dining, international cuisine to local signature dishes!

So-so

Reviewed By Traveler O

Not the best experience. Came here for a day trip to use the pool and have some drinks. It's a site of historical significance, so it was interesting to see. Poolside staff had some odd habits and appeared to hover at times. When one child reached for a towel on separate chair, a staff member borderline barked at the kid for taking a towel saying it wasn't necessary. I did not care for the hovering of pool staff. Leave paying customers alone. It made for an unwelcome atmosphere. Glad to have seen it, but wouldn't come back or stay here. There are nicer spots nearby with much better customer service.

9. Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Kinigi Rwanda
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Da Vinci Gorilla lodge, one of the finest safari lodges offering comfortable accommodation to travelers visiting Volcanoes National Park, northern Rwanda. Da Vinci Gorilla lodge is perfectly positioned in Kinigi, Musanze and offers a prime location to those looking to gorilla tracking and exploratory tours within the Volcanoes National Park. Come and experience the opulence of well designed natural rooms, the exceptional restaurant and lounge, great hospitality service – all designed to meet your every want and need. The lodge lies in the shadows of Karisimbi Mountain, one of the eight Virunga volcanoes. We offer exquisite accommodation to Budget, mid-range and luxury tourists at an affordable rate. We are a quiet friendly safari with a maximum of 5 guest cottages for now and a variety of accommodation options. Our accommodation varies and includes Single Rooms, Double Rooms, Twin Rooms and Triple room . We offer hot water showers, 24hr room service & Wi-Fi Internet access is also available. The lodge is a perfect base for those looking to gorilla trekking, hiking the volcanoes and also those interesting in Biking tours, as well as those looking to explore the Volcanoes National Park area. From the lodge, it is just a 20 minutes drive to the park headquarters where the gorilla trek starts from. Come over and walk with the gorillas while staying at a great place – you’ll love it too! At Da Vinci Gorilla lodge, we have provide comfortable accommodation in varied beautiful rooms.

Wonderful stay at Da Vinci Lodge

Reviewed By ruterd2022

My sister and I had a memorable stay at Da Vinci Lodge. We arrived early in the morning for a quick nap before our gorilla trek. After the gorilla trek, we were pleasantly surprised by a foot massage by Eli and Mogesha. Our room was heated by an in room fire place and our beds had heat packs which made us sleep well. The next day, we went to see golden monkeys and our room was decorated with flowers upon our return as we packed our bags. Our delicious meals had large portions. Thanks to Tony, Eli, Mogesha and the rest of the staff for a great experience at Da Vinci.

10. Gloria Hotel

59 KN 25 Street, Kigali Rwanda
Excellent
34%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 104 reviews

Gloria Hotel

A full-service hotel ideally located in the heart of downtown Kigali. Over the last 34 years, Gloria Hotel has maintained a good reputation towards our guests. Friendly, 24-hour staff go out of their way to make your stay in Kigali perfect. They’ll arrange tours, tickets, dining and more to make your stay memorable.

Good family run Hotel

Reviewed By patricedI2902BN

This is a great local hotel located in the local part of Kigali and therefore you are in the middle of the town with a market just behind the hotel and a lot of local shops around, the service is great, people with a smile and always prepare to help, rooms are ok, a few issues with the shower but the view from the balcony to the Mt Kigali is something - Overall this is a good place to stay if you stop in Kigali for any sort of trip.

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