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Review of Hotel Muhabura

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Hotel Muhabura
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ruhengeri
Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

I really liked this hotel. It is in a good location with a lots of tourists hanging out on the restaurant patio. You can walk to the market (it is a little far) and there is a good restaurant across the street called Volcano Lounge for pizza. The food at Muhabura is adequate. The chicken was not good, but their pasta dishes are fine and I had really good vegetable soup. If you can find Alberto's restaurant downtown for Italian food you should definitely go.

The rooms at Muhabura are very spacious and clean, but not fancy. The "door" to the bathroom is actually a curtain so may not provide the level of privacy most people are used to. The shower is a hand-held shower head attached to the faucet of the bathtub, so washing hair is a little bit difficult. The tub was huge if you want a bath. The bed was okay with a mosquito net, but really creaked every time you moved. There is no fan, but it cools down at night so is not necessary. The best thing about the hotel was it was very quiet and the rooms surround a really pretty garden filled with birds. Even though the hotel is a little "worn" it felt comfortable. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

The accommodation was simple, but very roomy. The rooms are set around a central grass area with the restaurant at the front of the property facing the road. The staff were very helpful in booking transport for the gorilla trekking. Overall, if you are not expecting luxury, but would like a bit of local character this is a good place to stay when visiting the National Park.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

We did not stay at this hotel but only ate at the restaurant. We stopped at this restaurant for lunch and would not recommend it. My husband and our Rwanda driver had the chicken and peanut sauce, and they both described the chicken as inedible. My aunt ordered champignons on toast - the mushrooms were plain and not seasoned in any way and the toast was dry. My uncle ordered the Russian Salad, which he described as tasteless. I ordered the vegetarian pasta, which was adequate. We felt that the restaurant was relying on its Dian Fossey reputation to get customers and not on its quality of food. The service was fine - no complaints. If you are looking for a place to eat, we do not recommend this restaurant.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

Nice, but basic lodging. Good location for being picked up to go on gorilla trecking. Meals rather boring with noting really special. Plus for wifi and a rather nice garden for sitting with an evening beer and summaries your wildlife sightings during the day.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

We stayed here for a night with a larger group of family and friends. My wife and I paid a slight premium for "Room 12" (Dian Fossey's old room), which while it was a bit outdated (by design - they keep it as much the way it was when she stayed there), was a lot of fun.

The best part about staying here is the restaurant, particularly the verandah out front where you can enjoy great "people watching" as you eat your meal, since the main boulevard in Musanze runs right out front. (There is a quieter inside dining room if this is not your thing.) The folks that stayed in the more modern buildings farther out back had no complaints -- good water pressure and clean rooms.

Good wireless internet connectivity too.

We'd stay here again, for sure. Fits nicely between the pure budget places (like Fatima) and the higher-end, more expensive places in town (like Hotel Gorillas across the street). And also has that nice "nostaligic" vibe that comes along with being the oldest hotel in town.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Stayed here for two nights during our stay to see the gorillas. Room was very large, with a sitting area, and room was comfortable. Bathroom wasn't spotless, and whole place a bit run down, but not the worst place I have ever stayed. The shower was a tub with a hand held shower rod, so showering difficult, and hot water sparse. I wish the included breakfast was a bit more substantial as it was very basic, but that was common throughout our time in Rwanda. Felt safe during our stay. Quiet at night.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JenniferChern
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Property: Hotel Muhabura
Address: Avenue Du 5 Juillet, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Region: Rwanda > Northern Province > Musanze District > Ruhengeri
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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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