We stayed here for one night before our gorilla trek.
We had originally been booked at the Gorilla's Nest, but back in June I was told that the rate at Gorilla's Nest was increasing from $120 per night to $250 per night.
And from the reviews I had read about it, I was not prepared to pay $250 to stay there.
So, we decided to stay here as a cheaper option.
It is indeed MUCH cheaper at $50 per night. I knew that this lodging would be VERY basic, considering the price.
But we were still disappointed.
It looks much nicer from the outside! The grounds and the exterior of all the buildings actually look pretty nice.
But the room was very drab and dreary and the bathroom was very dingy, with mildew stains on the walls.
The room was very basic, which was expected. There is a small sitting area with a table and two chairs and a bed with foam mattress and two flat pillows.
Our hot water did not work at all when we got there. When you turned it on, no water came out of the pipe. We called them and they did come to the room many times trying to fix it. It only worked intermittently after that.
But the next day, after we had checked out and we were having lunch in the restaurant, there was no water in the public restroom. None to wash your hands or to flush the toilets. So, it appeared that they were having some major water problems on the property.
Back in the bathroom, there was a tub with a hand held sprayer, but no official shower. And with the hot water problems, don't expect to take a shower. We had to just wait for the water to work from the faucet and then just wash ourselves off.
It was also very cold in the room. There is no heat.
We were happy to be leaving after one night.
The restaurant served good food for breakfast and lunch.
And the location is great for the early morning gorilla trek. It is located just about half of a mile to the Park Headquarters.
Those are about the only good things we have to say about this place.
Next time, we'd look for something else.
- Also Known As:
- Kinigi Guesthouse Hotel Ruhengeri
- Kinigi Guesthouse Rwanda/Ruhengeri