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“Returning for the charme and friendlyness”
Review of Hotel Muhabura

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Hotel Muhabura
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ruhengeri
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Again, we returned after a year to this hotel with the quality restaurant. We also had a bite in the garden; quiet and excelent for birding. Good mix of Gorilla tourist, local conference guests and people passing by. The stickers of all travel agents is the proof!
Tip: Good advice at the reception on other activities around Ruhengeri. Also the ABC-file in every room gives all information.
This hotel was the first in town and therefore will always have the most charm to stay when visiting the mountain Gorilla's.

Room Tip: 1. Try the new Sauna and masage facility (reservation)! 2. Room 12 (Dian Fossey) is special with al...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed in this hotel twice recently. This hotel was the first in Ruhengeri and was the place where Dian Fossey stayed when she came down from the volcanoes (and the room she stayed in is as she left it when she was killed). The rooms are dated but that makes it all the more interesting. The food was variable and took ages to arrive when the restaurant was busy. Breakfast was excellent and was available from 5.30am for those going trekking.
The gardens are lovely and an absolute delight for those interested in birding. On the second occasion we stayed there I took advantage of the massage on offer and it was excellent and really good value. Staff are very helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Linda P
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Stayed there for 4 nights and we liked it. Convenient to have a restaraunt/bar. Nice garden to sit in and enjoy the sun (if there is any). The young Ugandan guy at the reception turned out to be extremely polite and professional, though we learned he had been there for only a week. His colleague was not nearly as useful. Food in the restaurant was good. Room was spacious.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karin741
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

I arrived at the Muhabura without prior reservation and was charged 40 USD a night bed & breakfast in a single room with a double bed. It’s very much like a holiday camp and although there’s hot water all day, the tank is rather small so for two people, you might have to take it in turns. The shower was good but the room was a bit dirty with a lot of dead flies around.

My bed has a mosquito net which was also a bit dirty, with quite a lot of flies since the cleaner leaves the door opened during the day in between guests. There’s free wi-fi in the room which worked fine but the area is prone to power cuts. TV only had Rwandan channels. The hotel’s very quiet though and there are plenty of plugs for chargers.

Breakfast consisted of fruits, eggs, omelette (a bit soggy) and tea/coffee. Staff are friendly and helpful, with a little gift shop by reception and a fair-trade souvenir workshop next door.

The Muhabura is situated at the dimly lit end of Musanze so beware of motor bikes, sewage and potholes. Across the street is Palms Hotel which is more western in style at 60-80 USD a night with garish décor. They refused to go lower than 60 USD which sounded ridiculous considering Musanze is a second-tier city with few tourist attractions currently opened (no hiking or caves without prior permission).

Food is similar at both hotels. There are more hotel/motel/lodging options next to the Palms and Muhabura so best to check them all out before deciding if arriving without reservation. I personally didn't spot them till late in the day.

The Muhabura is perfectly adequate for one, maybe two nights’ stay.

VISAs accepted but best by cash.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank sachahuista
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I stayed there for two nights when in Rwanda for Gorilla tracking. The room 15 was spacious and clean, the back of the hotel had a nice view of the volcanoes.

Breakfast was decent, with bread, butter, jam, eggs and a plate of fruits. Dinner was good, plentiful and cheap, the plate of the day was about US$4. There was probably about 1 kg of food in the plate, you could easily share between two. They also had a really good ice cold beer called Mutzig, and very cheap as well! Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Carlos H
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

I'm writing this review on behalf of my wife who stayed at Hotel Muhabura for 3 nights in mid June 2013.

Being on a fairly tight budget, Muhabura offered great service, good location and by all accounts great food for a reasonable cost.

The room was clean and comfortable, however as mentioned by previous reviewers, the shower tends to flood the bathroom and the hot water runs out fairly quickly.
Wifi connection was patchy but usable.
The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times.
The attached restaurant served a wonderful vegetable soup (among other options) and the portions were extremely generous.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Thank NickRSA
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is a place to get a clean bed for max 1 night on your day before trekking if you are on a budget. Pay more if you can. Location is great and WiFi which is slow but work at times! Stay away from room # 2. Some rooms are nice and have a seating area. Even the room where Diane Fossey used to stay # 12 seems pleasant. Breakfast fruit plate and coffee acceptable but their meals were terrible and very slow, so order dinner and you will have time to have your shower and take your time, service is slow and nothing in the room seem to work properly. Electric outlets are scary and shower door and faucets dont seem to work properly. TV is decoration but on the other hand you really dont go there to watch TV. Its just a waste of space. Staff is pleasant and Noel is helpful but very motivated he will arrange all for you but it will cost you which its expected.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank martytoronto
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Address: Avenue Du 5 Juillet, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Location: Rwanda > Northern Province > Musanze District > Ruhengeri
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ruhengeri
Number of rooms: 127
Also Known As:
Hotel Muhabura Rwanda/Ruhengeri

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