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Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel
Ranked #2 of 80 Specialty Lodging in Kigali
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Cheap and cheerful”
Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Friendly an helpful staff are found here. The rooms are basic an probably on the slightly high side however the friendly staff make up for this.

Location is well known by motorcycle drivers also and is cheap getting to and from.

  • Stayed May 2013
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4 reviews
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Nice hostel, good location with good breakkie but needs upgrading rooms. Staff is nice in general except few occasional unhelpful people (night shift). The have decent food menu but Kigali has great restaurant scene. Good overall option for couple of nights.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We were stressing about how expensive everything in Kigali was and then we found this hostel! The hostel is nothing fancy, but it's clean, an ok location (we cabbed or took bus to downtown) but there are some restaurants nearby the hostel, nice staff.
Breakfast was just ok.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Facilities neccessary are all there including wifi. Though you would need to take transport to go around unless u dont mind walking a lot. A hreat coffee place nearby to brunch an not a bad chinese restaurant to dine for dinner. Showers could be better. Rooms are made for only what you need. Dont expect any aesthetical inputs. I see more younger people from all culture come to stay here.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Kigali does not have a huge array of backpacker's options available, but this is a good one. It has all the things you'd expect a backpackers hostel to have: dorms with bunk beds and storage space, shared showers (clean and usually with hot water, nice!), pleasant communal area where you can relax and meet other people, a small bar, a small shop (t-shirts, books, toiletries), information about tours and trips in Rwanda. A nice extra is the balcony overlooking the garden.

The people who work at reception are friendly and helpful. They leave the premises at 11 PM but there is always a guard at night at the hostel's gate. The hostel felt safe and secure. The area it is in is not directly in the center of Kigali but it's in a good neighborhood (near embassies and ministries and with a nice choice of restaurants very close by. Try Shokolo Lite which is in the same building as the bookshop and pharmacy opposite the Great Wall of China restaurant, delicious food and nice lounge area). There are usually taxis waiting outside if you want to go somewhere but it is just as easy and much cheaper to get into town using the small minibuses that go around. When leaving the hostel walk straight to the main road, then turn left and walk for about 3 minutes on the side walk until you see a yellow bus stop. Pretty much every minibus that passes here will bring you to town).

Breakfast was good and big, consisting of toast, fruit salad, eggs, sometimes potatoes or vegetables.

We booked the 4 bed dorm which was adequate. Mosquito netting and warm blankets were available and the sheets where changed often. The room was very clean, though a bit tiny.

The hostel is managed by Aegis Trust, who maintain the Kigali Genocide Memorial (well worth a visit, easy to reach by minibus as described above) with the profits of the hostel. I believe a visit to the memorial is a must if you are staying in Kigali and I highly urge you to do so. You will get a deeper understanding of the country's recent past and you will appreciate the hostel even more, knowing that your money will go toward the upkeep of this important memorial.

In short: good and solid backpacker's place with the added bonus of charity. I hope to go back to Rwanda in the future and if I do I will be staying here again.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

I stayed in this hostel for a week and loved every second of it. It is located in a great place and is close to a number of attractions. There was hot water in the showers during specific parts of the day and this was a luxury. The staff were incredibly friendly and I met some great people there who I ended up travelling with around Rwanda and Uganda.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Staff were super friendly, everything was very clean, and it's convenient to get around town. The food was good and reasonably priced, and it was great to have a little bar open each evening on site! Kigali is a pretty expensive city, so this is by far your best bet!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel
Address: Boulevard de L'Umuganda, Kigali, Rwanda
Location: Rwanda > Kigali Province > Kigali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 80 Specialty Lodging in Kigali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel - Rwanda's first youth hostel - located near the centre of Kigali in Kimihurura, is the perfect place for you to start exploring the heart of Africa. The hostel boasts great value accommodation, a fun atmosphere, excellent customer service, and a wealth of information about what to see and do. With a relaxing environment from the bar terrace, private rooms, dormitories, camping, hot showers and catering available, you are guaranteed to find just what you are looking for. Enjoy the convenience of a thoughtfully prepared breakfast on the open-air balcony overlooking the hills of Rwanda as you start your day. The hostel staff are ready to help answer any questions you may have during your stay. The Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel is a Social Enterprise of Ingabo Trading and Training Company, all profit is donated to support the Aegis Trust. ... more   less 
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