Marriott Kigali – Everything You Expect from a 5 Star Hotel

Gallivant Africa

It was my first time in Kigali and I was taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful city. I marvelled at everything like a ten year old in a candy store. It only made sense to spend my first night in the city at a familiar place – Marriott.

Checking In:

Checking in took awhile – it was a busy night. But I got to sit at one of the couches in the lobby (instead of the front desk like the others). I love good over-the-top service! So the wait was worth it. The lobby seemed unncessarily big. But as I pondered on it more, I figured, hosting corporate events – this area would suit nicely. But then again, how often does that happen in these sort of places?


I got a double standard room. Two beds just for me? Why, you shouldn’t have! The room was neat, modern and soothing thanks to blond-wood panelling, a pale colour scheme and decent sound-proofing – I can’t hear the traffic at all!


As a luxury hotel, an English breakfast is expected. I was however delighted by the buffet area. With fruit and treats I’d never seen before but looked delicious. Because time was not on my side (had an early morning), I grabbed what I could and dashed out the door. The fruit was so fresh and juicy, coffee was strong and aromatic. I would have loved to have spent more time there and see what else they have to offer.

I was impressed by the decor on the walls – from artistic paintings of Rwandan people to handmade reed baskets (proud to say my grandmother taught me how to make them as a child- not easy!!). I love how they brought their unique culture to an straight cut international brand.

Rating: 6/10 – It’s everything you’d expect. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s a cut and paste of every other Marriott which has its pros and cons. I’d recommend it for the cut and paste business traveller who needs nothing more than a stylish roof over their head while they work. This is the place to stay when the company is paying!

Miriro Matema
the authorMiriro Matema
Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people that call Africa home while exploring their food and culture. Miriro is currently a writer with Byolife Travel and Gallivant Africa

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