We stayed at Home Saint Jean for two nights in August 2013. We agree with previous reviewers that the spectacular views of the lake make this a very unique place well worth visiting, even for a beer when you stay elsewhere in Kibuye. The standard of the accommodation is good considering the price (RFW 15,000 for a double room with lake view per night). Especially the cleanliness of the bathroom was commendable. Nevertheless, it is a low budget accommodation with its limits. The room was very small, the bed sags and the constant smell of insecticide tells you that they are fighting a (loosing?) battle against cockroaches and the like. Moreover, there are not many comfortable chairs or benches on the compound to sit down and enjoy the views. There is definitely room for improvement there. The menu in the restaurant is pretty adventurous at times (gouda and sausage cubes covered in mustard), but we enjoyed the Lake Kivu fish very much and the prices are more than reasonable. We found the vegetarian options quite disappointing (especially the green potatoes, which came neither with spinach nor with garlic as announced in the menu). But this was one of the very few places, which served Virunga Mist beer. For a really good culinary experience on the island, we recommend the Moriah Hills resort (also for renting Kayaks). What spoilt our experience of this otherwise exceptionally friendly pension, was the crowd it tends to attract. Because it offers dorm beds, many young American and European backpackers go there and monopolize the small outdoor dining area with extremely loud conversations. The lack of other seating of the compound means that there is no way to escape or find a quiet place for reading or a private conversation at normal volume. But, I would really like to end on a positive note. All the staff was extraordinarily attentive and friendly, which is another big draw of this place.
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