Best hotels and hostels in Rwanda

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Volcanoes National Park

    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

    If you want to splurge on your visit to the gorillas, then this is without a doubt the place to do it. Intimate and immaculate accommodation is in Venetian plaster cottages with Rwandese-style terracotta-tile roofs, spacious sitting areas, stylish en suite bathrooms and phenomenal volcano views. One quibble, though: access to the 10 units is a bit tricky (read: steep stairs).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Volcanoes National Park

    Bisate Lodge

    Now here’s something really special – one of the most atmospheric places to stay in Rwanda. The location is among the best in the country, with incredible volcano views from the terrace; the architect-designed look, best described as 'ethnic chic', is stunning. Rooms are supremely comfortable with massive windows and lovely furnishings made of local materials.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Musanze (Ruhengeri)

    Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

    This is the best top-end option in Musanze and the best value in this price range. While it's certainly very pricey, you do get attentive and efficient staff, a great location between the town and the national park, very attractive accommodation and an excellent restaurant. Extras such as a good pool and even a complimentary shoe-cleaning service make all the difference.

  • Lodging in Kigali

    Kigali Serena Hotel

    One of the top hotels in town, the Serena is still one place we never hear a bad word about. As inviting as the rooms and restaurants are, we think the real selling points are the hotel's impressive pool complex surrounded by greenery, and the congenial, relaxed atmosphere. Of all Kigali's top-end options, the Serena has the strongest African feel.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kigali

    Heaven Boutique Hotel & the Retreat

    This American-run boutique hotel is a breath of fresh air in Kigali. The rooms are divided between three in the same building as the attached restaurant and 11 more recent rooms in a purpose-built villa just a little down the road, plus 11 opulent suites in the Retreat. Rooms are stylish and colourfully decorated and the welcome is warm. A gem.

  • Lodging in Nyungwe Forest National Park

    Uwinka Campsite

    The campsite at the park's reception centre is currently the only option at Uwinka. There are several choice spots, many with impressive views overlooking the forest and one on a wooden platform under a shelter that’s a godsend in the likely event of rain. The ablution block is cleaner than average, though showers (and toilets) come in buckets.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Akagera National Park

    Ruzizi Tented Lodge

    Hidden under a tangle of dense riverine trees on the shore of Lake Ihema, this refined tented camp with an intimate feel – there are only nine units, all with lake views – is a delightfully relaxing place. While it's not as ornate as some top-end camps elsewhere in East Africa, it's a steal at this price.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

    Palm Garden Lodge

    A gem! Preferring intimacy to opulence, the Palm Garden is home to nine boutique-quality rooms decorated with well-chosen furnishings and antiques. Most rooms come with partial lake views (ask for the 'Remera', which has a balcony). The whole place oozes style and carefree charm. You can sit back on a sun lounger on the garden lawn and gaze down at the lake.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Musanze (Ruhengeri)

    Virunga Lodge

    One of the most stunningly situated places in the region, the Virunga Lodge, nestled on a ridge above Burera and Ruhondo lakes, offers incredible views across to the Virunga volcanoes, and is one of the finest lodges in Rwanda. Accommodation is in stone chalets decorated with local crafts and hardwood furnishings, though this place is definitely more 'bush chic' than opulent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

    Paradis Malahide

    Located along the shores of the Rubona Peninsula, this lodge continues to get wonderful reviews from loyal guests. Accommodation is in four apartments in a two-storey wooden house or in six circular stone bungalows scattered around an attractive tropical garden, but the highlight here is clearly the fab lakeside location. The atmospheric restaurant, which serves delicious Rwandan and international dishes, is another draw.

  • Lodging in Nyungwe Forest National Park

    Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

    High on a hill above Gisakura, this efficiently run place has large and finely decorated cottages with panoramic views, excellent bathrooms and a tiny lounge area with fireplace (staff will light the fire for you on cold nights – which means most nights). The dining and reception area occupy an impressive circular building with a tall thatched roof and traditional paintings on the walls.

  • Lodging in Musanze (Ruhengeri)

    Hotel Muhabura

    The well-established Muhabura is in Musanze's centre and was once the town’s leading hotel, and although it has been superseded by a whole slew of rather more comfortable midrange options, it retains a pleasant old-fashioned feel. There's also an excellent campground, with grassy, shady pitches separated by hedges. The attached restaurant (RFr3000 to RFr5000) serves steaks, brochettes, pasta and salads.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kibuye (Karongi)

    Cormoran Lodge

    Outside of town along a very rough road, this stunner of a lodge melds rock, lake and wood into a truly memorable place to stay. The rooms, which are all free-standing and spaced throughout landscaped grounds tumbling to the lake shore, are like luxurious tree houses on stilts and are built entirely out of logs and beach pebbles.

  • Lodging in Kibuye (Karongi)

    Hotel Centre Bethany

    This sprawling guesthouse occupies a charming location on a wooded peninsula jutting into the lake. The older rooms are in red-brick blocks and are small but cosy. There are also 14 bright, modern, tiled rooms in a more recent block. All are kept clean (except, maybe, the cheapest ones, which are a bit grotty) and many have amazing lake views.

  • Lodging in Kibuye (Karongi)

    Home St Jean

    Sitting on its own hillside with stunning 270-degree views across Lake Kivu, this church-run pad has rooms of varying standards (and different prices) that are nothing too out of the ordinary but are well scrubbed and set in a manicured garden. There's even access to the lake via a steep footpath. Rooms 14 to 17 are the most comfortable.

  • Lodging in Kigali

    Garr Hotel

    Head and shoulders above much of the competition in this price range, this homely hotel has large and rather classically styled rooms with wood furnishings and quality beds. It's in a smart part of town (but it's a long way from the city centre) and there's an on-site restaurant. The small swimming pool at the back of the garden is another nice touch.

  • Lodging in Nyungwe Forest National Park

    Kitabi Cultural Village

    For that 'end-of-the-earth' feeling, you could head to this lovely venture perched on a ridge about 300m from the main road. You'd be hard pressed to find a more peaceful setting to pitch your tent, within a grassy, manicured property blessed with sensational forest views. The ablution block is in top nick. Note that tents are available for hire (US$5).

  • Lodging in Musanze (Ruhengeri)

    Red Rocks

    This ramshackle place has rather gloomy and very basic rooms that on their own wouldn't be worth mentioning, but the camping area has nice shady plots and the two safari tents are OK for the price. It also wins big points for its relaxed vibe and easy social scene, and it also organises an array of interesting cultural activities.

  • Lodging in Musanze (Ruhengeri)

    Amahoro Guesthouse – Red Rocks

    Run by the excellent Amahoro Tours, Amahoro Guesthouse is the best budget place in town. The rooms are painted in bright, primary colours and there's a fresh, young feel to the place. There are three doubles with private facilities, two three-bed rooms that share a common bathroom, one four-bed dorm and two tents in the diminutive garden.

  • Lodging in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

    Palm Beach

    The location (on a well-trimmed property fronting Lake Kivu) alone would make this one of Gisenyi's best options, but the six brick bungalows and four rooms in a circular building make this one of the best deals in the area. This mini resort is a particularly great find for sunbathers – the stretch of 'beach' here is the most alluring on the peninsula.