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“*The* place to stay in Bujumbura”
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Hotel Botanika
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Bujumbura
Austin, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“*The* place to stay in Bujumbura”
Reviewed October 25, 2010

This is a beautiful hotel in central Bujumbura. The staff are very helpful and attentive, and several speak English. The excellent restaurant has a creative menu with many Euro-African blends and original dishes. Beds have mosquito netting, but you may also want to bring your own bug spray.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2010

Botanika is fabulous. Food, service, wireless all excellent. But it has a bar/nightclub on either side, and one across the street (avoid rooms 1-3) and is incredibly noisy at night. The bar across the street closes at dawn each morning, with a whole lot of noise at that time too.The walls were vibrating so badly on Friday night that my colleague checked out at 1.30 am! I recommend it, just not on weekends...

Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 18, 2010

If you are not looking for a luxury but simplicity, cleaniness, and warmness, this is the one. They have a moquito net in the rooms; that's the main thing if you are looking for a hotel in bujumbura. and as others mentioned, there is a restaurant in the backyard; and the food is nice! And value for money!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank SemihaF
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Wooliehampton
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 4, 2010

Much as others have written - this is a good, pleasant, clean and laid back hotel with helpful staff, most of whom speak English.

There is a good restaurant downstairs in the courtyard - and a reasonable bar across the road that shows the rugby & football.

I travel a lot and thought that this was a really good little place.

Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2010

Enjoyed a good meal & surprisingly good wine here one evening.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
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1 Thank lageographe
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
1,145 reviews
409 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,188 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2009

This is a charming French run hotel I decided to book due to the recommendations on Trip Advisor.

Staff are very helpful and attentitive and there are nice touches such as free laundry, 7 days a week.

Rooms are spacious and have a separate alcove with a table and several chairs. Bathrooms are huge and the plumbing and electricity works. Everything is spotlessly clean. There is a fridge in the room with soft drinks and South African cable TV with zillions of channels. There is supposed to be WIFI Internet connection in the rooms but I couldn’t get this to work.

The food at the restaurant is reknown in Buj for being among the best.

Prices are reasonable. I paid $80 for a single including breakfast (continental).

I would stay here again and highly recommend this little gem.

  • Stayed January 2009
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Kinshasa
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2008

Great little place, centrally located in Bujumbura. Easily by-passed from the main road, just a red steel gate and a wall-painted "Botanika". But inside it's amazing. Just a couple of rooms, so reservations are adviseable. Very clean rooms, nice little garden and bar, very safe and excellent manager (speaks fluent English and French). Good restaurant. No spectacular view, no pool, but plenty of city spots are in walking distance. Reasonable rates. 70$ gets you a spacious self-contained room with a/c, room safe and tv. The bed got mosquito net. Forget Novotel around the corner.

  • Liked — Very clean appearance, value for money, secure
  • Disliked — Poor satellite channel choice
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Botanika
Address: Boulevard de l'Uprona no 11, Bujumbura, Burundi
Location: Burundi > Bujumbura Mairie Province > Bujumbura
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Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Bujumbura
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Number of rooms: 7
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