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14 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Grosbliederstroff, France
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63 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2013

There aren't too many large hotels outside Kigali, and the Ishema is a pretty large hotel featuring all the best hotel furniture money can buy in China. There are balconies, and there is a pool, too, which is pretty nice. The restaurant is very African, you should ask what there is to eat instead of trying out the menu. There... More 

1 Thank trippingforever
Saint Paul, MN
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66 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2012

The room was very nice. My only complaint was that it was too dark. More lighting would be great. It was also odd to have an outside window in the bathroom and that opened on to the external hallway. It was a little strange to pee knowing that the sound was carrying to the outside. There was also a bit... More 

1 Thank MSEH
Croydon, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2012

We stayed 3 nights at the Ishema hotel purely to go Gorilla trecking. The Goriall trecking was amazing, but the hotel was a little disapointing after our experiences in Uganda. On the plus side it is close to the Volcanoes National Park and has a great swiming pool. The water was consistently hot and the bedroom was ok. On the... More 

2 Thank LowriMai
Kampala, Uganda
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326 reviews
165 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2012

This is the fourth hotel in Musanze / Ruhengeri I ever stayed in and while it looks impressive from the outside, on the inside it was just average or a notch below. The staff were friendly enough no doubt but English still needs to take deeper roots to understand what clients want. Tabasco, contrary to my expectation, is NOT a... More 

1 Thank Safariafficionado
Aussie in London/NY
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2011

We were in Rwanda in Aug 2011. Prior to our departure, reviews and information in Ishema were scant, but hotel provided photos looked very nice. This was our 2nd trip to Rwanda. We were booked at the Gorillas Nest, but since the fire occurred, we had to stay elsewhere and options near the Volcanoes Park are extremely limited. Our review... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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167 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2011

My husband did a ton of research before our trip to Rwanda, and we relied on the reviews written on TripAdvisor when we booked our stay at the Ishema. Our group of six had reserved three executive suites about six months ahead of time. However, when we arrived at the hotel around 6:00 pm, one of our suites had been... More 

1 Thank Linda L
Tilbury, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2011

The Ishema Hotel is a large(ish) hotel dominating a corner plot next to the cathederal. In fact the hotel is owned by the Anglican Diocese of Ruhengeri. The staff are very friendly, the rooms comfortable and spotlessly clean. The food is good and the hotel has a tucked away swimming pool. I am also impressed that the hotel is totally... More 

1 Thank Simon B
Melbourne, Australia
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89 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2011

This is a very good option for the gorillas. The hotel itself is a little bit strict as it is run by the Catholic Church but it is good value. The rooms are more than adequate, especially for the price. There are substantial grounds which you can relax in. There is wireless but it is variable. There are multiple travel... More 

1 Thank divvy_l
Falls Church
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2011

The Ishema Hotel was a wonderful and relaxing experience! The staff is amazing: very attentive and diligent in doing their job and making the stay at the hotel a pleasant one. The restaurant is buffet style and the food is delicious. It has a different variety of food items each day. The restaurant and the hotel rooms are very clean... More 

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Northern Virginia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2011

The Ishema is run by the Anglican Church and is a wonderful, comfortable hotel with very friendly and accommodating staff. The grounds set it back from the main road in the town nicely, so it is quiet, clean and pretty - they even have crested cranes wandering the gardens. The business center works and has wireless and computers for public... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Room Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ishema Hotel, located in stunning Musanze, Rwanda, is a full service facility offering a wide range of accommodations, delightful dining, and impressive conference capacity. Only a two hour drive from Kigali and twenty minutes from Volcanoes National Park, Ishema is a perfect options for those wishing to trek gorillas or simply come relax in the serenity and beauty of mountainous northern Rwanda. Ishema, meaning pride in excellence, goes to great lengths to ensure our guests are greeted with quality service and exceptional facilities. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ishema Hotel

Address: P.O. Box 26, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Region: Rwanda > Northern Province > Ruhengeri
Price Range: ₹ 5,046 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 72
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Ask for a room with a balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles MSEH, 4 Jul 2012 | Read review
“Try get a room away from the road noises as trucks at night did disturb the little sleep I found.”
 of 5 bubbles Safariafficionado, 20 Jun 2012 | Read review
“Corner suites are large, bright, comfortable and have a fridge. The other rooms don't have a fridge and you will have to stick with baths instead of showers.”
 of 5 bubbles flyingfingers-7, 18 Sep 2011 | Read review
“Stay in the new wing”
 of 5 bubbles divvy_l, 6 Sep 2011 | Read review
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