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Hotel Garni du Centre
Ranked #6 of 110 Kigali B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Pretty garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Good location - easy to walk to centre and restaurants. Clean rooms with mosquito nets. Best feature is the garden. Decent breakfast - with lovely staff. Sadly some of the reception staff were probably the least helpful hotel staff that we met during our trip. You would probably get more for your money in another country - but for Kigali this is a fairly good spot for the price.

Room Tip: Upstairs are a bit more private - especially if people are using the pool
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

This is definitely one of the best small hotel experiences on the continent. It has already been described perfectly by most of the other reviews. I have been traveling extensively around the Africa for almost 20 years and wish there were more such simple, but homely places to stay in other cities on the continent.

Room Tip: All rooms are great and quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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London
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

I cannot rate this hotel more highly. I had the pleasure of staying here a few weeks ago and was really blown away by the venue itself and how helpful the staff were.

In terms of decor it is a little reminiscent of Scandinavia circa 1970 which I loved. It extremely tasteful and comfortable and the bed could only be described as majestic.The grounds are beautiful and the pool area enchanting, it really does feel, as others have described it like an oasis.

The staff were exceptional, I can't say anything more than that.

Stay here it's a must if you are in Kigali.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

I stayed at the Garni du Centre at least half a dozen times over the past 2 years and I highly recommend it. Although within a short walking distance from the city centre, the hotel is a haven of peace and quietness with an immaculately maintained garden and swimming pool.
The rooms are spacious, with a comfortable bed and simple but effective bathroom. Each room has its private balcony or terrace overlooking the garden.
The breakfast offers all one can wish for, freshly pressed juices, hot croissants, variety of breads, cheeses and cold cuts, or omelette to be eaten on the terrace.
For those wishing to relax or work in the garden, there is a furnished pavilion at the back of the garden, ideal for a quiet read, work (there are power sockets and wifi) or meeting.
I found hotel staff extremely helpful, friendly and ensuring an impeccable maintenance of the premises.
There are many restaurants and bars close by, but if needed the hotel will also prepare lunch or dinner for its guests (order in advance).
Hotels in Kigali are not cheap and I consider the Garni du Centre as good value for money. The only negative point is that it was not possible to pay with a credit card.
I have tried a few other hotels in Kigali, but the Garni is definitely my favourite.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

I've stayed at Garni 12+ times in 2010-2012 and it's a very informal, homey feeling. Everything is expensive in Kigali, but it's hard to get such a nice place to stay, so near the centre. Free wifi, cute breakfast provided. Only 11 total rooms (8 normal-sized and 3 larger rooms, 1 being a suite sort of thing), nice small swimming pool, and very friendly owners.

Room Tip: two larger (new) rooms don't have mosquito nets yet.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Camiguin, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2012

I agree with other reviewers that this hotel is pricey and that all hotels in Kigali is pricey.
However, this is a real home away from home.
Clean rooms, well furnished, beautiful garden and balcony, quite inspite of its central location.
Breakfast is very good.
Regarding the unfriendliness of the owner: I believe, one should consider the trauma of anybody who had been in Rwanda during the genocide. Everybody is affected.
We cannot judge Rwandans(Staff and Cleaners) too by their facial expression. In comparison to other Africans, they suffered a lot and it shows on their faces.
They might not be unfriendly but SAD! Traumatized.
In order to understand them, one should visit at least one of the museums, for ex,. the Genocide Memorial Museum.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Thank maritesthetraveller
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

Quite expensive, reception staff not so friendly, cleaning ladies more so - at least they smiled at you .....

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Loretta G
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Property: Hotel Garni du Centre
Address: B.P. 548, Kigali, Rwanda
Location: Rwanda > Kigali Province > Kigali
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Ranked #6 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Kigali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11

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