I stayed at the Okapi for one night only having arrived without prior reservation on a weeknight and was quoted 59 USD bed & breakfast for the 'Category 1' room for one night. I eventually bartered it down to 50 USD without breakfast (it took a while to shave just 9 dollars off) and including tax having seen the terrible Category 2 & 3 rooms in the lower parts of this sprawling complex (those Cats 2 & 3 really do look horrible: flies, filthy toilets, no toilet seats, broken furniture and disgusting linen though they are only 10/20USD a night).
Much cleaner in the Cat 1 rooms up the stairs from reception but the decor looks dated. There's free wifi (not sure what the VIP one stands for but my normal one worked perfectly fine in Room 106 on the first floor which faced the city landscape with a balcony. The view may be nice, but the noise from the late-night bar below is quite bad as it goes into the wee-small hours of the night (it was a weeknight!). If you take the rooms facing the other way (the front entrance side) - the side street - then you risk getting woken up by cars and hooters. Either way, it can be quite annoying.
Otherwise, there's cable TV, 24-hour-ish hot water (water was a bit lukewarm in the morning though the shower was pretty decent). The mosquito net was quite dusty though that seems to be the case in most hotels.
To put things into perspective: Hotel Insimbi charges 35 USD a night for one person though at the time of enquiry, the hotel had no water supply. Saint Paul Church down the road at the roundabout does a twin-room for 10-15USD though with shared bathroom facilities, whilst Dream Apple down the slope from the Okapi is only 40 USD and is better value than the Okapi. No air-con at Dream Apple, Okapi or Saint Paul.
A final word of warning, someone I know stayed at the Okapi for one night and had 300 USD stolen from his hotel room. He suspects the work of the chambermaids so be careful with your valuables.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Okapi Hotel is the ideal base to explore the natural beauty of the City of Thousand Hills. Located in the heart of the central business district at just a 20-minutes drive from Kigali International Airport, Okapi Hotel offers the best panoramic views in town and is renowned for being “the place to be”. The hotel is 850 meters from the Kigali City Tower and 15 minutes’ walk from the Union Trade Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Okapi Hotel Kigali