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During our stay in Kigali, (read about our first activity – a tour of Nyamirambo) Gammy, Patriot, and I were fortunate enough to stay in one of Kigali’s top hotels– the Kigali Marriott.
Opened in late 2016, the Kigali Marriott, is a beautiful hotel and a proud partner of the Akilah Institute. The hotel happens to be a short walk from the new Akilah campus! We held our 2017 graduation ceremony at the hotel and many of our graduates work there as well.
Traveling with a young baby (Patriot was just over 4 months during our visit) to another continent can be daunting, but staying at the Marriott made things comfortable and convenient for us all.
Hotel, Rooms and Service
As I mentioned, many of the employees are Akilah grads so you can expect the service to be top-notch. After 24 hours of flying, it was so nice to arrive in our comfortable room. We had a small mishap on our first night where the shower clogged and flooded the bathroom and the entryway to our room. Although it took a couple hours to be addressed by the hotel, it was all fixed and cleaned up for us.
After that point, it was smooth sailing. I didn’t spend too much time in the room since I was working, but the beds were very comfortable and it was great having a clean, quiet home for Carol and Patriot to play and nap in.
As part of our hotel stay, we opted to add on access to the Kigali Marriott‘s Executive Lounge. This ended up being a great, quiet spot for me to work. The lounge has tables, drinks, and snacks available throughout the day, breakfast in the morning, and happy hour food and drinks in the evening.
I liked escaping from the often bustling buffet breakfast while being able to enjoy the same breakfast options before work. The evening happy hour was also great because sometimes Carol and I weren’t hungry enough for a full dinner, and could easily eat there instead.
There was also a lounge area with couches that made for a nice change of scenery for Pate to roll around in and because we were going by the lounge daily, we got to know the excellent staff that worked there. Soon they knew what foods and drinks we liked and they were always excited to see Patriot too.
Over the week and a half we stayed at the Marriott, we ate at most of their restaurant options, multiple times. We had breakfast at Soko, shared dinner at Iriba, and had Italian at Cucina.
My favorites? Gorilla fries at Iriba or the lasagne at Cucina. Whichever option you choose, you won’t be disappointed!