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Hotel Muhabura
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ruhengeri
Centurion, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good place, good price”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

I stayed there for two nights when in Rwanda for Gorilla tracking. The room 15 was spacious and clean, the back of the hotel had a nice view of the volcanoes.

Breakfast was decent, with bread, butter, jam, eggs and a plate of fruits. Dinner was good, plentiful and cheap, the plate of the day was about US$4. There was probably about 1 kg of food in the plate, you could easily share between two. They also had a really good ice cold beer called Mutzig, and very cheap as well! Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2013

I'm writing this review on behalf of my wife who stayed at Hotel Muhabura for 3 nights in mid June 2013.

Being on a fairly tight budget, Muhabura offered great service, good location and by all accounts great food for a reasonable cost.

The room was clean and comfortable, however as mentioned by previous reviewers, the shower tends to flood the bathroom and the hot water runs out fairly quickly.
Wifi connection was patchy but usable.
The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times.
The attached restaurant served a wonderful vegetable soup (among other options) and the portions were extremely generous.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2013

This is a place to get a clean bed for max 1 night on your day before trekking if you are on a budget. Pay more if you can. Location is great and WiFi which is slow but work at times! Stay away from room # 2. Some rooms are nice and have a seating area. Even the room where Diane Fossey used to stay # 12 seems pleasant. Breakfast fruit plate and coffee acceptable but their meals were terrible and very slow, so order dinner and you will have time to have your shower and take your time, service is slow and nothing in the room seem to work properly. Electric outlets are scary and shower door and faucets dont seem to work properly. TV is decoration but on the other hand you really dont go there to watch TV. Its just a waste of space. Staff is pleasant and Noel is helpful but very motivated he will arrange all for you but it will cost you which its expected.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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San Francisco
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2013

The good: room was clean and well-lit; location was convenient to gorilla trekking's starting point; attached restaurant's food was of standard quality; staff cleaned our muddy boots and gaiters after our hike

The bad: shower door did not close tightly resulting in mini floods after each use; bath towels were the poorest that I've used in all the hotels - shaggy and old looking; mattress was uneven

Due to rain, the road from Kigali to Ruhengeri was blocked by mudslide. On return, a section of it was flooded. I was glad I hired someone to drive us in a 4x4 and didn't have to worry about it.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kigali
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2013

We stayed here one night before trekking the Gorillas. We paid 30,000 RwF which seemed like a fare offseason price for a clean room with a TV (we didn't use) with two reasonably comfy beds with mosquito nets. The bathroom was clean and functional and the shower head was the best I've used in Rwanda and there was plenty of hot water. We ate dinner and breakfast at the attached restaurant which was adequate food (pretty good by Rwandan hotel standards). The included breakfast was was the standard: powdered coffee, juice, fruit plate, toast, omelet. The staff at the restaurant were very friendly.

Room Tip: I was in room 16 which was fine, but didn't see any other rooms. The whole place seems quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed two nights here before and after the gorillas. We drove ourselves rather than hiring a driving from Kigali and as the roads are so good and its not too far, would recommend this.
The hotel itself is nice, spacious, quiet rooms and although electricity is a bit sporadic in the evenings, we liked it. As others have said its right in town and the local open air market is worth checking out, lots of african fabrics there from congo but much more expensive than in congo!

The food at the restaurant is hearty with great portions - our tip is to order the chicken hotpot and can serve at least 4 people probably 8. We asked them to keep it for the next day for our lunch!!

Good service and Noel in reception was very helpful at all times . Overall good value for what it costs, $50 for a double with breakfast included!

Final tip is to drive up to virunga lodge , see how the other half live and have a $5 coke on their veranda, views are amazing!!!!

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Long Beach, NY
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45 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

We stayed here in 1992 and on our trip back last week, searched it out for lunchs. Unfortunately our operator put us out of town at the mountain view lodge instead of here. this place is in town, so you get a real feel of the local flavor. our local driver said it was the best restaurant in town. the barbequed chicke was a bit "free range" tough. The opposite of the $4.99 costco chickens, but it was OK. the chips were excellent as was the soup and other items. they have wifi (which our MUCH more expensive lodge did not). allowing us to send iPhone gorilla pix back home by email the same day.
I wish we stayed back here. both from nostalgia sake as well as the central location and friendly staff

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Muhabura
Address: Avenue Du 5 Juillet, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Region: Rwanda > Northern Province > Musanze District > Ruhengeri
Amenities:
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ruhengeri
Number of rooms: 127
Also Known As:
Hotel Muhabura Rwanda/Ruhengeri

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