We arrived at this hotel following two days of trekking The Virunga volcanoe mountains for gorilla and as this was an overnight stop before our morning flight to Kenya, we didn't require whistles and bells. This is a small boutique hotel of only 9 rooms chosen for simplicity and to meet an essential rather than luxurious need. What we found however was an absolute gem. On arrival, our soil sodden hiking boots were taken from us for cleaning with a request they be ready for an early morning departure. They did not disappoint and indeed were retrieved looking fresh and new. Check in was efficient, the staff beguiling and within 10 minutes were shown to our room. All rooms are on a single level that sits elevated from the city providing a fantastic viewpoint both at night and the opportunity to witness a stunning sunrise with a Kigali backdrop. The room was both clean and spacious and whilst showing a degree of modernisation, particularly in the bathroom, managed to keep a traditional and warm feel. Wifi is also present from your room. The pool was not heated but most welcome and soon acclimatised.
The location of the hotel is ideally suited amongst many eateries, a plus side as no evening fayre is offered. There is a nightclub nearby which failed to disturb but I would imagine could if your room is to the far left of the building.
Breakfast is low key with yoghurt, fruit, cereal and toast tea, coffee and juice available. Again enough for our itinerary.
I really could not fault our choice and indeed experienced better than anticipated. I would even return if our stay was for a couple of days as it is a perfect base to relax but within easy reach of the busier and more cultural areas of Kigali. A more extended stay might require further research.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in one most charming neighbourhood of KIYOVU, Inside Afrika is rich in Rwandese and other African culture art. Relaxing and yet authentic, the Boutique Hotel offers 9 exclusive spacious rooms elegantly decorated in African decor. The Boutique Hotel is just 8 km from Kigali International Airport. FACILITIES: 9 Rooms, All with Flat screen and satellite TV, Free Wi-Fi, Swimming pool, Business centre. ... more less
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