We stayed here in August 2012 on our tour of the country. Kibuye is a bit of a sleepy town, but that's not a bad thing if it's relaxation you're looking for. This is a church property, but being run as an investment - - so if you're expecting a large religious presence, it's not really evident. We stayed in the "new wing" right on Lake Kivu, close to the restaurant. It was very nice and the rooms were large, with GREAT showers with lots of hot water and good pressure. The rooms were also very clean, with amazing views out over the lake, although they were a bit "characterless." Not like the amazing rooms at the Palm Garden Resort in Gisenyi, for example. But then again after hours on the (dusty and yet-to-be-paved) road from Cyangugu, just having clean, spacious rooms with oodles of hot water was itself a luxury! The food in the restaurant was also fine. Nothing fancy, but good and with reasonably quick service.
We did have a bit of a misunderstanding about the room rate on checkout (room had 2 double-sized beds in it [not at our request], and they tried to charge us extra vs. a standard double bed room, even though only 2 guests stayed in the room), but our guide was able to sort it out to our satisfaction after about a 15 minute, involved discussion with the hotel reception. Left a tad of a bad taste at the end of what was otherwise a pleasant stay in beautiful, lush surroundings.
Given that this is not a true church-run property, but more of a church-owned investment facility, the rates were not amazing like a true church guest house (e.g., Peace Guesthouse in Cyangugu or Our Lady of Fatima in Musanze), so next time we may try a different commercial lodging option.
- Also Known As:
- Centre Bethanie Hotel Kibuye