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“No room but a mosquito infested shed”
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Le Clos des Limbas
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Le Clos des Limbas
Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Bujumbura
Mechelen, Belgium
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80 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“No room but a mosquito infested shed”
Reviewed 13 November 2009

The room I was given had a clear glass door, next to power supply and sattelite receivers. Hundreds of mosquitoes in the room. Frequent power cuts, the generator did not deliver enough power to make the AC's run.
In a closed dressoir in the room there were other people's clothes, amenities looked like they could fall apart any moment. Shower did not evacuate the water properly
This was a very disappointing experience . To avoid !

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled on business
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Tasmania, Australia
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Reviewed 13 June 2009

The hotel is a converted colonial residence in a relatively safe and quiet area of Bujumbura. Each room is a different design but what they have in common is that they are all huge, and each has its own large outdoor terrace or balcony. I think there are 8 double rooms in all, and in many respects the ambiance is more like a family guest-house. Most guests were typically short-stay visitors to Burundi and working with government and non-government aid agencies, multi-national companies, etc. Burundi is currently emerging from 15 years of civil war and does not have much of a tourist industry.

Room facilities at Clos de Limbas are typical of a guest-house style of accommodation and include a huge and comfortable bed with mosquito net, some colonial-era wooden furniture, small television with English and French feeds (CNN, BBC, etc), refrigerator with complimentary bottled water, en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, wired and wireless broadband. Outside each room is a large private terrace or balcony with lounge and dining furniture.

Laundry is done in-house every day by the very obliging staff. Just drop your used clothes in the laundry basket and it is returned, washed and ironed, a few hours later.

The private grounds are like a beautiful tropical garden, and there is a small, but adequate, swimming pool. Meals are served at discrete tables located in various parts of the garden, but guests tended to get to know each other and eat together. The food is very good and plenty of it. There is no menu but the staff will talk to you in the morning and make some suggestions. The meals are European inspired with some local touches. A typical breakfast in the tropical garden will include some local fruits (mango, paw-paw, banana, etc), eggs done to your liking, fresh warm bread, coffee. Hard to get up and go to work after that :)

The owner is French and speaks almost no English, but several of the staff are ok in English and they made sure that they were on hand when needed. There were mostly only 4 or 5 guests but the staff, in typical Burundian style, is huge - cooks, cleaners, waiters, gate-guards, gardeners, office, etc.

I don't think that Le Clos de Limbas does much advertising and you won't find it on the usual booking websites. My stay was organised by the Burundian NGO that I was visiting, and I think that most arrangements are done locally by negotiation. My team got me a rate of US$80 per night for 10 nights. This included all meals, unlimited daily laundry and high-speed Internet. The hotel is in a quiet residential suburb near the Pont Muha, about 5 minutes drive or 15 minutes walk to the city centre.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Le Clos des Limbas

Property: Le Clos des Limbas
Address: Des Limbas | 4 rue des Limbas, Bujumbura BP2353, Burundi
Region: Burundi > Bujumbura Mairie Province > Bujumbura
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Bujumbura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 21

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