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No 5, KN 29 Street Kiyovu, Kigali Rwanda
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#1 of 106 hotels in Kigali
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The Retreat is a 20-room luxury boutique hotel created by the American owners of Heaven and brought to life by an extraordinary team of Rwandan builders and craftspeople. The Retreat is Kigali’s first eco-friendly resort and features solar electricity and locally-crafted furniture from a Tanzanian sustainable teak farm. Luxury amenities include organic, handmade mattresses from England, expansive custom-built rooms with peaked ceilings, front and rear private patio areas, bathrooms with indoor and outdoor rain showers, a heated saltwater solar powered swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, spa, and fully equipped open-air gym. 8 brand new Luxury Pool Villas with private pools, a new wine lounge and elevated conference and private event space with views of Kigali opening in December 2020. Fusion Restaurant and Bar offers delicious, local farm-to-table cuisine, refreshing cocktails and wellness menus designed by our Mauritian Executive Chef. We offer curated tour services for the gorillas, safari, and unique experiences that highlight the best of Kigali, including our fashion, art & culinary tours as well as urban bush dinners for groups by reservation.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Secured parking
Hot tub
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Aerobics offsite
Archery offsite
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Squash offsite
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children's playground
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Facial treatments
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Swahili
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Allan S wrote a review Sep 17
Kigali, Rwanda1 contribution
During my stay I found the professionalism,courtesy and willingness to assist of the staff, to be exceptional. Amenities provided were outstanding given COVID-19 restrictions and ongoing construction. Nothing was intrusive nor did it impede on the general relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. Meals are of an excellent standard and proportions are realistic not extravagant. You won't go hungry and the weekend brunch is highly recommended. Cleanliness is a prerequisite and the standard achieved maintained during my stay was exceptional. The housekeeping staff specifically and the staff in general are to be commended. I highly recommend a stay here for peace/solitude, couples retreat, family and or work related activities.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Michael A wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favorite
We recently enjoyed an incredible stay at The Retreat. A member of our party had broken their leg while hiking in the mountains and we received incredible support from the co-owner Alissa and the whole staff including whisking us right to our room which had been specifically modified to meet our needs before our arrival. We were not your typical guests and needed almost 24/7 assistance with one thing or another and the staff delivered for us every time. But that’s just the start. The setting for the hotel is magnificent and is nestled in one of the beautiful hills of Kigali. The rooms and facilities are understated but yet elegant. The pool is beautiful and serene. And we can’t say enough about the food which combined local ingredients and regional cuisine to deliver some of the best dishes we have experienced anywhere in our travels. Thanks you The Retreat for a stay we will always remember.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Alissa Ruxin, Owner at The Retreat
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Thank you Michael! It was our absolute pleasure hosting you and we are so glad our team took extra care to ensure you were comfortable during your stay with us. We are delighted to have had the chance to get to know you and wish your relative a speedy recovery. With our best wishes from the entire team! Alissa
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Enoch Aaron Rwagasana wrote a review Jul 2020
Jakarta, Indonesia3 contributions2 helpful votes
Extremely clean, comfortable with excellent service. Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by the friendly reception staff Giselle, she made our stay more interesting with her advice & tips about the facilities on-premises. Would definitely recommend this hotel to everybody! It's a true sample of excellent hospitality. Thank you again Giselle for going just that little step extra for the guests!!! #HomeAwayfromHome
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Matt'n'Andrea M wrote a review Jul 2020
Rwanda5 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our first stay at The Retreat and we loved it! The rooms are beautifully designed. We especially loved the option for an outdoor shower on the back terrace. The breakfast is also excellent. Be sure to take advantage of the spa services. Flora is an excellent masseuse. All COVID-19 hygiene practices were followed and we felt very safe. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Tivolem wrote a review Apr 2020
New York City, New York20 contributions29 helpful votes
I am surprised at how many great reviews this place has received and wonder how it was possible that our experience at this hotel was so different. To set the stage, the hotel is located in a beautiful city. It actually feels that the hotel was made in what used to be a residence. In my opinion, this is a huge compliment for a boutique property, because it feels like one is staying in a very nice house, rather than a cookie cutter hotel. The food was delicious and the reception staff were very attentive and on top of their game. The major downfall of this hotel lies in its appallingly poor service beyond the reception. Having traveled extensively around Africa and beyond, we are very understanding of differences in the caliber of service at various places. However, when it comes to hospitality, there are certain basics that are followed everywhere. The service at this hotel was extremely slow. Initially, we ignored minor slip ups, because we were on vacation and were there to have a good time. However, issues continued to arise and the poor service left us with a huge sense of disappointment that we had made the wrong choice and wasted our money by staying here. Several examples come to mind - the restaurant staff had to be asked multiple times for the same things, with long waits in between - whether it was a menu or a drink or insect repellant. Meanwhile, several staff members were to be seen idling around the bar area, socializing with each other and on their cell phones. When the staff was asked multiple times for the same thing, they would get visibly huffy with us for being persistent in our queries. Items at the breakfast buffet were often mislabeled, but even more annoying was that there were never enough serving utensils and crockery set out, and whenever we asked for these items it took ages for them to be brought out. This was especially problematic in the morning, because we were on a schedule. The most egregious of all was that the bartender, while making a drink, actually tasted the drink with a spoon, and then used the same spoon to stir the drink before serving it to us. When we simply and politely declined to take the drink, she began arguing with us. This was the straw that broke the camel's back. We were compelled to speak to the owner of the hotel, who was very apologetic and generous in her handling of the situation. She went out of her way to make amends, which we were very appreciative of, however the whole experience left us with a bad taste. Since we had such an unexpectedly poor experience at a place that we so looked forward to visiting, we wondered - was this just an isolated fiasco? In speaking to a few other friendly guests with whom we developed a camaraderie, we found that their experiences at the hotel were similar to ours. I'd like to thank the owners for their generosity and thoughtfulness in trying to rectify the situation. But a guest should not have to overlook even minor issues when paying for a service.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from Alissa Ruxin, Owner at The Retreat
Responded Apr 10, 2020
As per our response to your sister who shared a very similar review a few weeks ago, I will reiterate our response here: I am glad you found some of our staff to be exceptional, this is what we are known for and we are delighted to hear that you departed with this impression. For 15 years, we have been training Rwandans in hospitality skills and have trained over 1,000 people to date. Our mission since the beginning has been to employ and train as many Rwandans as possible contributing to the economic development of the country. Several other guests were so horrified by the manner in which you spoke to our staff, they wrote us directly to alert us. This has not happened once in 15 years and thus we consider your experience to be quite an anomaly. As a training facility, we do not claim to be perfect but we always take feedback seriously and strive to improve. We did try to offer you some lovely complimentary experiences- including our popular city tour and dinner at Heaven - which you confirmed you thoroughly enjoyed.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to The Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Saint-Famille Church (0.3 miles) and Azizi Life Boutique (0.03 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Retreat?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Retreat?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Khana Khazana, Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel, and Fusion Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Retreat located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Kigali.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Retreat?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Retreat offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.