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The Best Hotels in Kigali for Digital Nomads

Kigali’s best hotels range from cozy, affordable options that will feel like home, to more classy, luxurious ones that will treat you like a king. If you’ve been looking for a hotel to stay at during your visit to Kigali, we’ve narrowed down your search to the best hotels you’ll find.

Check them out, get to know what to expect from each hotel, and get a place that works perfectly for your preferences.

Quick Guide: The 3 Best Hotels in Kigali 

  • Best budget hotel: The Nest Kimi
  • Best mid-range hotel: Onomo Hotel
  • Best luxury hotel: Kigali Mariott Hotel

The Nest Kimi

  • Located close to restaurants, a shopping center, gym, and Waka Kimi coworking space
  • Excellent breakfast
  • Great views of Kigali
  • Includes a shared kitchen accessible on request

The Nest Kimi is located in a quiet neighborhood close to some of the best restaurants in Kigali. It’s particularly great for digital nomads, as each room comes with a study desk and chair. Its bright, airy rooms have warm colors and wooden furniture that give them a fun African feel.

The Nest Kimi has a shared living room and kitchen and provides high-speed wifi. Breakfast is included in your package.

Ubumwe Grande Hotel

  • Located in the city center close to everything
  • The best views of Kigali city from their rooftop
  • The infinity pool 
  • Fast, reliable wifi 
  • Restaurant on-site

Ubumwe Grande is the place to stay in Kigali’s CBD. Its large, spacious rooms feature a mix of perfectly blended colors that give it a modern look with a touch of African decor. Each room comes with a desk and chair, a lounge area, and a 40-inch TV. You can get larger rooms with kitchenettes if you’d like to whip up some meals while staying here.  

Ubumwe Grande hotel has several dining spaces, including a coffee lounge, a bar and grill, and a restaurant serving local and international cuisine.

Heaven Boutique Hotel

  • Great location, close to the city center
  • Has a gym, swimming pool, and yoga deck
  • Restaurant within its premises 

The rooms at Heaven Boutique Hotel feature contemporary African decor that includes draping nets (for aesthetics and to keep mosquitoes away). They each come with a working desk, air conditioning, and a kettle. Depending on the room you choose, you will be treated to a view of the gardens by the swimming pool or Kigali city.

Heaven Boutique Hotel’s swimming pool is solar-heated. Apart from the pool, the hotel also has a well-equipped fitness centre and a kids playground. You’ll also find a lovely restaurant, Heaven Restaurant, that serves modern African cuisine. 

Hotel des Mille Collines

  • Swimming pool
  • Traditional Rwandan dance show held each Friday
  • Breakfast buffet

Hotel des Mille Collines is famous for sheltering around 2,000 people in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It has also been in existence since 1973, making it one of the older hotels in Rwanda. Hotel des Mille Collines has maintained its old-school charm with vintage decor pieces and a generally retro look in its hotel rooms. 

While its rich history makes the hotel enticing, the amenities add to the allure. Each room includes air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a work desk. There’s a swimming pool and a lounge area where you can have meals from the hotel’s bar and restaurant. Lastly, you will be treated to a traditional Rwandan dance show each Friday right at the hotel’s lounge area.

Four Points by Sheraton Kigali

  • Fully equipped gym
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Located close to tourist sites like the Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial

The luxurious Four Points by Sheraton maintains the standards of its worldwide chain of hotels. It has huge rooms with a modern, minimalist design. Each of its rooms includes a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and free wifi, while some rooms also have a bathtub. Four Points by Sheraton also provides a fully-equipped, well-maintained fitness center and a swimming pool. You’ll be treated to a buffet breakfast during your stay.

Kigali Serena Hotel

  • Swimming pool 
  • Includes two restaurants, each offering a different aesthetic
  • Includes a spa and sauna
  • Has conference rooms for meetings and events

Part of the East African chain of Serena Hotels, Kigali Serena Hotel is a luxurious destination with large, spacious rooms. Each room includes a TV, kettle, lounge area, and a desk and chair. You also have access to its swimming pool located by a garden, adding to its charm. You can get spa services at its spa and wellness center, complete with a sauna.

For your meals, you can choose between the family-friendly Sokoni restaurant or the more formal Milima restaurant, both within the hotel. Sokoni hotel is particularly great for brunch and is one of the best brunch spots in Kigali over the weekends. 

Radisson Blu Hotel

  • ATM on the hotel premises
  • Close to a mall, restaurants, and some art centers
  • Kids playground
  • Buffet breakfast 

The picturesque Radisson Blu Hotel looks colorful on the outside but has a more minimalist look in its hotel rooms. The rooms’ walls and bedding are completely white, interrupted only by a touch of color here and there. They will have you feeling fabulous as you lounge or get some work done at your desk. You can get some Italian meals from its restaurant, Filini, and swim in its pool.

Radisson Blu Hotel also features the famous Kigali Convention Centre, which hosts some of Kigali’s largest conferences and can host business meetings in one of its numerous conference rooms. It’s also close to Kigali Heights shopping mall and is a short ride away from all the best hangout spots in Kigali, including museums, art galleries, and restaurants. 

Kigali Marriott Hotel

  • Located in Kigali’s city center
  • Swimming pool
  • Two restaurants on-site

The Kigali Marriott Hotel is a stone’s throw from downtown Kigali, and its high-class hotel rooms are a safe haven from which to explore the city. They feature a flat-screen TV and a private balcony with a lounge area. 

Beyond your hotel room, you will also have access to a swimming pool, a spa and a fitness center. You can choose to eat at the Soko restaurant within the hotel or venture further to restaurants nearby in the Kiyovu area.

5 Swiss Hotel

  • Great treatment from jovial staff members
  • Large spacious rooms for a mid-range price
  • Relaxing garden space

5 Swiss Hotel will give you more than your money’s worth. Located just a few minutes from  Kigali’s city center, its compound has a lovely garden that adds some serenity to the hotel. When you’re booking a room here, remember to ask for one that faces the garden to enjoy it even more. 

Each room comes with a minibar and fridge as well as a desk and chair. While there’s no AC, you can get a fan in your room that comes in handy on hot days. You’ll be treated to breakfast each day and can try the food at their restaurant. But, its proximity to Kigali city center means you can also explore Rwanda’s cuisine at plenty of excellent nearby restaurants.

The Retreat

  • Private pool access
  • Spa and sauna
  • Lovely landscaped garden
  • Private, villa-style rooms for an exclusive feel

The Retreat is a haven for couples or people looking to unwind from the hustle of life. Hidden away behind a tall plant-covered wall, you’ll feel detached from the rest of the world in its beautiful garden space. You can lounge by the swimming pool or have a fancy dinner at the Fusion restaurant. You can also work out at the fitness center, get a massage or spa treatment or enjoy some yoga at the yoga deck.

You’ll find AC in every room, a fridge, kettle, minibar, and desk. The rooms also look exquisite, with white linens and wooden finishings adding to the luxurious look.

Onomo Hotel Kigali

  • Restaurant and bar area
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Sweeping views of Kigali

Set atop one of Kigali’s many hills, Onomo hotel features modern rooms with a slight touch of African decor. It also has a fitness center and an outdoor infinity swimming pool overlooking Kigali with a magnificent view. Its hotel rooms have a TV, a kettle, air conditioning and a desk. It also has an restaurant and bar. 

Onomo Hotel hosts parties that can sometimes be loud, especially over the weekends, so if you like a good night out, you won’t have to go further than downstairsl for some dancing and good vibes among Kigali’s coolest crowds.

Bottom Line

And that is it for the best hotels in Kigali. Now you know where to get great quality beyond a group of polite, helpful staff. Pick one of these hotels and check out the best time to travel to Kigali on this guide to the weather in Kigali

Add some art galleries to your must-visit list from this list og the best art galleries in Kigali.

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