The Garden Place Hotel | Best Budget Hotel in Musanze

The Garden Place hotel is one of the best budget hotels in Musanze district in Rwanda. Strategically located in the town area, Garden Place hotel offers guests comfortable accommodation while visiting Volcanoes National Park for their different activities.

The hotel has a beautiful compound with ample parking space and lush greenery in the hotel gardens. The hotel provides one with basic accommodation, amenities and service since it’s mainly a budget accommodation facility. Garden Place hotel is clean, comfortable and quiet making it a perfect option for visitors to rest and relax.

Accommodation at Garden Place Hotel

The rooms at The Garden Place hotel are very clean and comfortable with basic amenities needed to make one’s stay pleasant. The hotel has a main area flat building that has rooms on the different floors. In addition the hotel has other rooms situated on another building on the property, these rooms are triple rooms and accommodate guests that are travelling as family and would like triple occupancy. The rooms at the main area are for single occupancy and double occupancy. The total number of rooms are 28 ( this includes standard rooms, suites and deluxe rooms.

 

Each room at The Garden Place Hotel consists of;

A wooden bed with clean white linen bed sheets.

A bedside table and chair.

Some rooms have a small balcony but others are enclosed without a balcony so you can bear that in mind when booking.

En-suite bathroom with bathroom slippers, clean towel, flushing toilet and bathing soap.

Hot and cold showers.

A flat screen T.V.

A wardrobe and a mosquito net.

Facilities and Services

The Garden Place Coffee shop – The hotel has one of the best coffee shops in Musanze town and is a perfect place to grab a cup of coffee. The head barista is well trained and makes a great cup. The coffee shop is present at the property and open to both residents and visitors to the hotel.

Restaurant – The Garden Place hotel features a restaurant situated in the main area that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant mainly serves African cuisine and the kitchen has amazing chefs dedicated to serving tasty meals. The continental breakfast is a must have while here. Visitors also have an option to try out other restaurants in Musanze as the hotel is strategically located a few minutes away from the city center (You can take a walk from the hotel into the town.)

Business/ Conference services – For business travelers and corporate entities the hotel offers conference services so you can have meetings in the conference room and as well have accommodation and meals catered for by the hotel.

Other services include ample parking space, Wi-Fi and maximum security available 24 hours a day.

PS: Please note that the hotel is church founded so no bar is available at the property however bars and shops that sell alcoholic drinks are available in the town center which is walking distance from the hotel.

Attractions and Activities

Gorilla Trekking – This is the most popular tourism activity in Volcanoes National Park. The Garden Place hotel is strategically located 15 minutes away from the Kinigi park headquarters. Gorilla trekking is a worthwhile memorable adventure that brings you closer to the mountain gorillas spending up to one hour watching them and taking photos. If you traveled with a tour operator company your driver guide picks you up straight from the hotel and transfers you to Kinigi for your trek. If you are doing self-drive you can use google maps to locate the area from the hotel or even ask the staff at the hotel for directions.

A mountain gorilla seen while on a gorilla trek

Golden Monkey trekking – Golden monkeys are primate species with golden fur on their backs and interesting facial features, these primates exist in groups of up to 30 individuals and are rather active compared to gorillas. The trek which starts at Kinigi headquarters is less strenuous than gorilla trekking and requires average physical fitness. The monkeys are usually found in less than one hour of trekking with the guidance of park ranger guides.

Diana Fossey Tomb Hike – The Diana Fossey hike is one of the activities around park and the 4 hour hike takes you to where she was buried. Diana Fossey was a researcher who spent a great deal of her life time researching the mountain gorillas and pushing for the conservation and protection of the gorillas. The current population of gorillas is highly attributed to her conservation work and commitment to preserving mountain gorillas.

Volcano Hiking – For travelers looking for adventure, Volcanoes national park offers hiking opportunities with beautiful views. Visitors can choose among 4 main peaks out of the 5 Virunga mountain ranges to hike. The most popular is the Mt. Bisoke hike which can be done in one day; the hike offers breath-taking views of the Crater Lake at the top of Mt.Bisoke. The other volcanoes to hike include Mt.Karisimbi which is a 2 day hike, Mt.Muhavura and Mt.Gahinga.

Visit Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village – The Iby’Iwacu cultural visit is a great way to experience the way of the life of the Rwandans as you get a look in to their culture, traditions and norms. The cultural visit can be done after your gorilla trek depending on what time you return. While at the cultural village you will visit the traditional medicine man, a craft centre and even be treated to the unique Rwanda traditional dances which you are free to join in.

Twin Lakes Visit – The visit to Rwanda’s twin lakes is a short yet rewarding trip that takes one to Lake Ruhonda and Lake Burera. The twin lakes offer you breath-taking views from the top and a glimpse in to the beautiful landscape of Rwanda. While here you can capture some great photos! This is a great attraction to visit in the afternoon.

Getting to The Garden Place Hotel

The hotel can be accessed from Kigali by road and the distance from Kigali to Musanze district in Rwanda is 96km. The journey is along a paved road and is just two and a half hours away from Kigali when using a private car. The route is Kigali – Rubavu – Musanze – The Garden Place hotel. The drive is scenic and offers stunning views of the panoramic landscape of Rwanda and the small busy towns along the way that are usually filled with locals busy with the day’s activities.

The Garden Place hotel can also be accessed via Uganda. The connection is along a paved road from Kisoro in Uganda crossing at the Cyanika border post into Rwanda and then to Musanze town at the foothills of Volcanoes national park. The distance between Kisoro and Musanze is 40km. The park can also be accessed by taking a flight from Kigali International Airport to Volcanoes National Park with Akagera Aviation which arranges charter helicopters to the park.

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