First: the gorilla-region is very expensive. too expensive! This hotel has the same problems: if you pay 250$ for a room/night one can expect something.... The entrance is very dark, there is no light, old furniture, the hotel looks 25 years old from the inside.
the staff runs the place like a governmenthotel. if you enter the garden, this is reaaly nice: big views on the vulcanoes and garden. The biggest part of the rooms are quite far away (if it is raining). The rooms are big, there's a fireplace and again old-fashioned furniture. Outside you can sit (2 chairs, but again very dark and unatractive); The bathroom is very big, soo big but there is nothing in !! Not even a chair or a table. We wanted to wash the hair and there was almost no water, just a small stream of water. In the mornig there was no electricity (generator only works copule of hours a day) and the bathroom has a very small window, so everything was dark (again!). Also the sanitary cleanness.... (see picture of the bath) Not a very attractive place (again: for the price of 250$ !! );
Food was buffet , ok but nothing more. Really nice were the small fireplates around the tables, cosy.
In the bar: if you ask a gin tonc: you get only the gin, no ice, no lemon. After asking, we get. Only one cold beer, the rest was out of the fridge and warm!
No wifi, only 1 old (!) computer in the bar, and, with the generator off...no computer....
So this was really not a nice, cosy place to stay . Also; when booking: they automatically put full board, we wanted to change it (on arrival) and they did it but...not amused.... No, not for us agian!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mountain Gorilla View Lodge stands amidst real wilderness with panoramic views of Rwanda’s volcano mountains and located just 1km away from the Volcano National Park, making it the desired location for Gorilla Trekking enthusiastic guests. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is surrounded by an exciting and rich biodiversity of shrubs, trees and various bird species among them the Grey Crowned Cranes or Balearica regulorum. The Hotel has an eco-tourist approach whereas Natural Conservation is a priority and the local community is empowered. The Intore (local Cultural dancers) will spice your stay and your days at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge will always be memorable. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain Gorilla View Hotel Ruhengeri
- Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Rwanda/Ruhengeri