Hôtel des Mille Collines
Rwanda, Land of a Thousand Hills, beautiful and peaceful home of lush green hillsides dotted with tea and coffee plantations, immaculate terraced farms, and a national pride and commitment to maintaining the highest environmental standards in Africa. Rwanda has found healing and reconciliation with its traumatic past and the wondrous beauty and harmony of its people now welcoming guests to the revisioned country is an inspiration. Ecotourism and the wonders of safari wildlife viewing have made Rwanda a top destination for tourists seeking breathtaking encounters with Africa’s Big Five plus the wonders of primates unique to this region. The Volcanoes National Park is famed as the protectorate of the Mountain Gorilla and the exclusive venue for the most touching and emotional wildlife experience of gorilla trekking. Chimpanzees, lowland gorillas, Colombo monkeys and numerous other species dominate the rainforests. The grasslands and savannahs promise exceptional biodiversity, lions, cheetah, elephants, hippos, giraffes and zebra, and more.
The beautiful Hotel Mille Collines stands tall in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali, the views from its balconies capturing the panorama of a beautiful city built on a series of lush green hillsides. The iconic Hotel Mille Collines immortalized in the film, Hotel Rwanda, remains as a tribute to Rwanda’s phoenix-like rise from self destruction and genocide. The famed hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina, sheltered and protected 1,268 people from the terror that surrounded them in an extraordinary feat of negotiation using the power of words. His life story has become the historic story of the Mille Collines, beautifully written in his autobiography, humbly titled, An Ordinary Man. Comfort and hospitality are paramount at the Milles Collines.The hotel features 112 guest rooms and suites, with high end amenities, bathrobe and slippers, down comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets, WiFi, room safe, writing desk and seating area, and 24 hour room service. A fitness center and tennis court are provided for guest enjoyment as well.
The beautiful terrace and sparkling pool beckons with relaxed lounge seating for capturing the sun and the brilliant city views. Your relaxation will be enhanced by a massage at the poolside spa gazebo. Inside, the relaxed ambience of the lobby is a popular rendezvous point for business travelers and tourists alike. A welcoming gathering spot for those attending conferences and meetings in the modern well- equipped conference rooms, the lobby is a morning hub of activity as guests are picked up for travel excursions in the city and safaris beyond. The Mille Collines is popular among tourists and locals as a dining destination. Known for its amazing breakfast buffet, La Terrasse displays an array of fresh fruits, freshly baked breads and pastries, omelettes, meat and cheese platters, and offers casual dining throughout the day. Terrace dining is found at the Poolside Bar offering light fare and refreshments perfect for snacks and cooling off in the sun. Le Panorama presents breathtaking views of the Kigali Hills from its 4th floor vantage point. Romantic dining with gourmet cuisine overlooking the twinkling of Kigali’s city lights makes this a most popular choice for couples and groups.
Retire for a nightcap and a re-cap of the day’s sights and adventures relaxing at the Hotel Bar or enjoy cocktails and live music entertainment at the Bistro on the terrace. The hotel’s prime location in the central business district welcomes international guests, business and government leaders, NGO and humanitarian workers, and the ever-growing numbers of tourists eager to discover and explore the natural wonders and artisans of Rwanda. The staff of the Hotel Mille Collines continues the signature dedication to hospitality and service, the legacy of Paul Rusesabagina. They are eager to share the sights of their city and recommend itineraries and transport in their highly acclaimed concierge services. Within minutes, visitors sense a difference arriving in Kigali. This capital city is truly remarkable in its cleanliness and order, its natural beauty enhanced by planned gardens, groomed traffic circles, roadways with law abiding drivers, and participation in a nationwide monthly cleanup endeavor involving everyone from the President to school children. The markets are filled with neat displays of produce and groceries, beautiful handmade crafts, traditional baskets, carvings, jewelry, colorful wares, and rows of tailors, men and women with sewing machines flanked by bolts of colorful fabrics ready to become custom designed clothing created right before your eyes. Friendly shopkeepers welcome everyone in an atmosphere warmed by smiles and rhythms of African music in the background. Safe, hassle free shopping everywhere is a tourist delight.