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Cheap guesthouses and hostels in Kigali
While cheap accommodation and hotels are rare in the booming Kigali city, there are still quite a good selection of guesthouses and hostels, some located in heart of the city and offering incredibly good value for money for budget travellers and backpackers to Rwanda. Most of the cheapest options on the following list are located in the popular suburb of Nyamirambo easily accessible by public transport. I have also added low cost hotels in Kigali on bottom of this article giving travellers more options.
1. Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel:
The Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel is a project initiated to support the work of Aegis Trust in Rwanda, a British NGO and charitywho established the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in partnership with the Kigali City Council.
The Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel is located just off the Boulevard de l'Umuganda, opposite the Top Tower Hotel and next to Great Wall Chinese Restaurant. It is a good option for backpackers travelling to Kigali. The hostel has excellent transport links by foot, bus, car or motorbike. They have very nice rooms, hot water for showers and internet available. There is a bar where you can buy drinks and are able to cater for meals at an affordable rate.
The Kacyiru area where the hostel is located is populated by many of the Rwandan Government's Ministries, different hotels, banks, restaurants, and nightclubs. The property has a large garden with views overlooking the green hills of Rwanda at the end of the golf course and views of the city. Kacyiru is also home to many of the high commissions and embassies in Rwanda.
To book a room, call Uwera Egidia on + 250 782 265 679
2. Centre National de Pastoral Saint Paul
This guesthouse is run by church nuns and is located alongside the Eglise Sainte Famille about only 200m from the place de l’Unite nationale, the main roundabout in the city centre. It offers good accommodation in twin rooms with mosquito nets, a dest, towels and soap.
It is a religious institution but guests staying there can come home any time in the night.
To book a room call 00252 576 371/00250788644468
3. Auberge de Nyamirambo
This homely 2 storey guesthouse is one of the best options in Kigali offering clean en-suite rooms in convenient location. Auberge de nyamirambo is located on the main road out of the city centre towards the Islamic centre and the city soccer stadium. 6 rooms are in the main building some of which are en-suite and some using common showers. 3 more rooms , all en-suite are in a little street side annexe. These rooms in the annexe look more cleaner but probably less secure as you don’t have to pass through the reception to reach them. There is an internet café next door.
Auberge de Nyamirambo has no in house restaurant or bar. But there are decent restaurants and bars within 500 metres. Furthermore, the Green corner café Bar famous for its tilapia fish is in the same area. It is located on Nyakabanda road (the road starting from opposite of Nyamirambo district court) leading to Nyabugogo. The best way of getting to Green corner from the guesthouse is by moto taxi as it can take only 5 minutes. There is a 10 minutes’ walk shortcut from the guesthouse to Green Corner Bar passing through the Nyamirambo market if you can ask the locals.
4. La Vedette Motel
La vedette guesthouse is around the corner of Auberge de Nyamirambo and it now incorporates the former home Saint Bernard. La vedette guest house has 14 confortable large rooms, some en-suite and others with with sinks and common showers. Rooms are all clean and good value for money.
5. Logement Ikaze
Logement Ikaze (Ikaze guesthouse) has 8 spacious rooms and common showers, it is located in Nyamirambo suburb right on the main road connecting the town centre and the stadium or the Islamic main centre.
Single: RWF 4 000
Double: RWF 7 000
6. Episcopale church guesthouse
Episcopale church gueshouse is part of of Saint Etienne church located on Avenue Paul VI, the bottom side of Avenue Paul VI has iryts shares of luxuly houses and diplomatic offices but it ends in Biryogo, a very modest suburb. The guesthouse is just 500 m from the Biryogo mosque.
The guesthouse is not convenient for public transport or for Nyamirambo atmosphere but with its clean and cheap rooms, it is an ideal stay for travellers on low budget.
The following selection of accommodation is still basic but with more amenities and suitable for travellers willing to stay in more comfortable environment but spend a little more. For those looking for middle range and luxury hotels in Kigali should check our hotels in Kigali section in the directory.
In the following selection, Dream Inn Motel and Hilltop Hotel should be seen as best options both in services and location while Grace Hotel is very much suitable for those looking for longer-term stay.
1. Dream Inn Motel
Dream Inn Motel is probably the best budge hotel in Kigali if the quality and value for money and location are all brought into play at once. Dream Inn Motel has fantastic tiled rooms and dorm which are super clean and confortable and modern looking type. Each room has net, TV, WiFi and a fridge. There are also internet facilities on the ground floor along with a fine restaurant and a bar. The location of Dream Inn Motel also gives this leading budget hotel an edge as public transport passes by its door. There are also quality restaurants and shops on walking distance.
Uzaze Travels recommend Dream Inn as a leading budget hotel for travellers to Kigali.
2. Hilltop Hotel
Conveniently located at 1 km from Kigali airport and right off the main road to the city centre, Hilltop Hotel is an ideal stay for travellers arriving late or just who want to be based near the airport for an easy departure. The hotel is reasonably priced and it lies on a large green grounds with a good garden bar and restaurant.
Hilltop hotel rooms are super clean with nets, DsTV, phone line, lockable wardrobe and hot showers.
The staff is very friendly and professional. Highly recommended.
3. Hotel Isimbi
Isimbi Hotel is the most central as it is located just a few meters from the main market, the post office, city restaurants and bars. The en-suite rooms are clean with hot water and indeed very good value of money but some rooms back rooms are not convenient due to nearby noise . So consider that when choosing/asking your room. Hotel isimbi has a good noin smoking snack bar and a restaurant. A meal would cost you RWF 5 000.
Prices (excluding breakfast):
Single: $ 30
Double: $ 35
4. Hotel Bethel One
Bethel one Hotel is a 3 storey building in Nyamirambo suburb. It has 20 rooms as confortable accommodation in form of singles and double with net and DsTV and en-suite with shower or tub. A restaurant and a sauna/message area are attached to the main building.
Single: RWF 20 000
Double: RWF 25 000
Suite: RWF 30 000
5. Auberge Beau sejour
Auberge Beau sejour is off the main road to the airport. This 19 rooms hotel has good reputation locally and its owner is envolved in everything to make sure the guests are well looked after. The rooms are clean and all have TV and hot water. They have a very good garden.
6. Sky Hotel
Sky Hotel is located at Avenue de la justice, the main road to Nyamirambo from the city centre. It has 25 rooms all with queen size beds, hot water, a balcony and internet access available 24 hours. The back side of the hotel has a lovely view over the valley. The restaurant is on the underground floor.
There is also an affordable nightclub at week end. The public transport is abundant as it is running past the main entrance.
7. Grace Hotel
Grace hotel is in Nyamirambo near the mosque at the top of Avenue de la justice. It is a 4 storey building. It does not look welcoming for holiday makers and travellers as its the construction is unfinished but for people looking long term accommodation this maybe the best option is town.
Currently Grace Hotel does not have a restaurant nor a bar. En-suite rooms are comfortable with double bed, hot water, mosquito nets and TV.
Double room: RFW 15 000
Monthly rent: RFW 80 000