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Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali, Kigali and central Rwanda, Rwanda

At a Glance

  • The Kigali Serena can be used as a perfect base from which to explore Kigali

  • Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum

  • Enjoy a post-flight massage at the Madiba Spa

  • The Kigali Serena is a large western style air conditioned hotel in the heart of the city

  • A perfect overnight spot before or after visiting the gorillas

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Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the big rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the small rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May. The long dry season, June to September, is the best time for tracking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and for hiking in Nyungwe Forest Reserve.

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Insider's View

Explore the wonderful markets in Kigali and the Genocide Museum is a very interesting incite into Rwanda's recent history.

Make sure you reserve a table on the terrace overlooking the pool for a romantic dinner. 

Spend an afternoon relaxing by the pool.

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Description

The Kigali Serena is ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel has 148 rooms and is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.

Kigali Serena is located in the center of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. This large international style city hotel has 148 air conditioned bedrooms, restaurants, bars, extensive business and conference facilities, a gym and a large swimming pool.

The Kigali Serena is perfect for an overnight transit stop or as a base from which to explore Kigali. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel centers on the Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.

It is possible to visit the Kigali Memorial Center which contains a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide. The center is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried.

There are two memorials to the Genocide, one to the south of Kigali, both accessible as a daytrip. The church at Nyamata, about 30km from Kigali, and Natrama church, which is about 5km from Nyamata.

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Accommodation

The Kigali Serena has 148 air-conditioned rooms which are all decorated in typically African style with twin or queen sized beds. There are seven different types of room ranging from a standard room, of which there are 60, right up to the Presidential Suite.

Childcare

Children of all ages are very welcome at Kigali Serena. The hotel offers a wide range of family-friendly room options which are ideal if you are traveling with young ones; children's dining; baby-sitting, and plenty of adventure, sports and educational entertainment for children of all ages.

Facilities

The Kigali Serena has a wide selection of rooms and suites: all with AC, satellite TV, WiFi and voice-mail. There is a choice of places to eat, the Milima Restaurant, The Sokoni Café and Bar and the Executive Lounge and Bar. There is also a swimming pool, pool deck and gardens, the Maisha Health Club, a dedicated conference and social events center as well as a Business Center, travel desk, taxi and limousine service. The hotel has it's own gift shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk.

Activities

From the hotel it is possible to arrange cultural trips in and around Kigali. To see the Parliament Building and the Geological Museum, the Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperation which has a selection of market stalls where you can shop for woodcarvings, drums, baskets and ceramics. Also at the Dancing Pots, a showroom and cultural center for the Twa or Batwa (pygmy) people of Rwanda you can see them make and sell attractive pots and also offer dance displays.

Reviews

4

Jules Maury (Staff)

A favorite for many years the Serena is a grande dame in many ways from the decor to feeling this is a hotel that has seen many people pass through its doors over the years. The rooms in the New Wing are more up to date and ask for one with a terrace if you would like to look out over the gardens full of palms and bright flowers and ornamental pool.  By night the garden is magical and the two restaurants both overlook this view making it a small oasis within the busy city center.  

3

(Press)

Kigali Serena is Kigali's only five-star hotel. The cool, spacious, comfortable rooms overlook a free-form, tree-fringed swimming pool.

Experiences

  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

    Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum should be on everybody's must-do list when in the area. The memorial is a haunting but stark journey through one of the most savage genocides in history, that took place in this tiny, landlocked country.

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Location & directions

Kigali, Kigali and central Rwanda, Rwanda

Kigali Serena Hotel is ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards in Central Kigali. Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda. Rwanda is in East/Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo with Uganda to its north and Burundi to the south. Rwanda also shares its eastern border with Tanzania.

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