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Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
This hotel has changed hands more times than we can count though it’s certainly in good hands now that the exalted Serena chain is running the show...
Stipp Hotel Gisenyi
Property Location Stipp Hotel Gisenyi is located in Gisenyi. Rooms Satellite television is provided for your entertainment. Conveniences include safes, and housekeeping is provided daily...
A little difficult to find as it doesn’t have a sign, Amahoro Guesthouse is tucked behind a green gate in a house with a green roof. Although the rooms here have two or three beds in each, they are not dorms and each group is given their own room...
Centre D'accueil De L'Église Presbytérienne
This church-run hostel has the cheapest beds in town – dorms come with varying numbers of beds, while the double rooms are spick and span with en suite facilities...
Parc National Des Volcans
Once again this locally run guesthouse, located within walking distance of the park headquarters, gets our pick for being the best-value option in the vicinity of the national park...
Located along the shores of the Rubona peninsula just south of Gisenyi, this lodge continues to get wonderful reviews from loyal guests...
Auberge De Gisenyi
The pick of the pack among the cheaper guesthouses in the upper part of town, the rooms here face onto a busy local restaurant, which means it can be a little noisy early in the evening...
This reasonably clean town cheapie has had a spruce-up under the new management.
Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel
Part of the successful Gorilla chain, this hotel has more of resort feel than its sisters, largely thanks to the large freeform pool (RFr3000 nonguests).
Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel
Part of the Gorilla group and one of the smartest hotels in Musanze town, this establishment caters mostly to package tours here to see the apes. Facilities include a restaurant cum bar and a massage/sauna room.
Painted an alarming shade of apricot, the Home Inn only opened in 2011, with 12 fresh and bright rooms. The tiled bathrooms are spotless and each room has its own balcony that catches a refreshing breeze.
Long-time favourite Muhabura was once the town’s leading hotel and although it has been superseded by a whole slew of midrange options it straddles the niche between midrange and budget options nicely...
Tucked away on a side street off Rue du Marché, this is a friendly enough spot assuming you’re not too fussy about the lack of hot water and the somewhat dilapidated rooms...
La Paillotte Gorilla Place
Right in Kinigi village, not far from the market and bus stand, this small hotel has six clean rooms (with hot showers) set around a garden restaurant.
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
The grounds here aren’t in the same league as the other midrange options but the stone cottages themselves are smart with large beds and small fireplaces. The ‘budget’ accommodation was still being built when we passed through but looked promising.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
These 25 rock cottages with impressive views down the volcano range are more functional than comfortable and some may find the stone floors a little cold (ask the staff for a hot-water bottle)...
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Parc National Des Volcans
Boasting a hefty price tag of US$1.2 million, the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a joint partnership between the Sabyinyo Community Lodge Association (SACOLA) and the highly exclusive Governors’ Camp...
Ste Anne Hotel
These rooms may be a step down in quality from other midrange options but they’re a good choice if you want to save some money without scraping the bottom of the barrel. You still get satellite TV and a clean bathroom, it’s all just a little tired...
Gisenyi’s first true boutique hotel rose from the ashes of a neglected colonial building and is now one of the classiest places to bed-down along the shores of Lake Kivu...
Tourist Rest House
The good news is that the Tourist Rest House doesn’t charge much. The bad news is that they believe guests should get what they pay for. The rooms here are small, a little grimy and the concrete walls have that aged patina that suggests dampness...
One of the most stunningly situated camps in the region, the Virunga Lodge is nestled on a ridge above Lake Burera, offers incredible views across to the Virunga volcanoes, and is widely regarded as the finest lodge in all of Rwanda...