The Lemigo Hotel is a relatively new hotel...
Lemigo Hotel : Our full report
The Lemigo Hotel is a relatively low-cost hotel for those needing to overnight in Kigali at the start or end of their trip. It’s a large, international-style hotel, which opened in October 2010 and is close to the airport.
The communal areas at the Lemigo are set around a central pool area. Inside, the white walls and highly polished stone floor of the main reception area make it feel a little devoid of atmosphere. You’ll also find a bar with a large flat-screen TV generally playing sport and an outside BBQ area which is open from 3.00pm. Bizarrely, there is also an underground nightclub, which is free for guests and is open from Thursday to Saturday. The manager assured us that it was soundproofed, but we weren’t there when the sound was in full flow – so we can’t be sure!
The Lemigo Hotel also has a well-equipped gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, as well as a salon which offers manicures, pedicures and haircuts.
There are currently 97 rooms at the Lemigo Hotel, although they’re thinking of extending in the near future. The majority of these are standard rooms. Fairly simple and quite dated, they smelt rather stale on our last visit in August 2011. You’ll find a flat-screen TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar, hairdryer and ironing board; there’s air-con in each of the rooms, too. The bathrooms are fairly large, with a single sink and a rainshower.
Five executive suites are similar in style, with the addition of a large dining area with table and chairs, and a small kitchenette with oven, sink and microwave. The bedroom is the same as in the standard rooms, although the bathroom has the addition of a bidet.
Our viewDespite the fact that the Lemigo Hotel is relatively new, we thought that it was already starting to look quite tired and dated. For those looking to keep costs low, however, and wanting a location within easy reach of the airport, this is an option to consider, providing your expectations are moderate.
Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 1 night as a convenient base for the airport.
Directions: The Lemigo Hotel is only 5–10 minutes’ drive from Kigali International Airport.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: On our last visit in August 2011 we didn’t get a chance to sample the food at the Lemigo, but the manager told us what you can expect:
Breakfast consists of both a cold buffet, with a selection of cereals, pastries and fruits, and a hot buffet selection of cooked items and a cooking station where eggs are prepared to order. There are tea and coffee canisters for guests to help themselves.
Lunch and dinner are either a buffet selection or a menu of the day.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15
Drinks included: Drinks are an extra cost here. Expect to pay about £1.50 for a beer, £1 for a soda, and about £25 for a bottle of wine.
Attitude towards children: The Lemigo Hotel welcomes children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions here.
Special activities & services: Babysitting can be arranged, but this will be someone from the housekeeping staff who is not specially trained.
Equipment: They have cots and highchairs.
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is free WiFi in the Lemigo Hotel, and they also have a business centre where you can use their computer for a charge.
TV & radio: There are TVs in the rooms and bar area.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The Lemigo Hotel has a nurse on site for minor injuries.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the corridors and fire plans in the rooms.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge
Money: There are safes in all the rooms. The Lemigo Hotel can exchange US Dollars and Euros.
Accepted payment on location: The Lemigo Hotel accepts Visa cards only –not MasterCard or American Express. They also accept US dollars and euros, but not British pounds.