Looking for a unique place to stay in Kigali? What about I will show you where to find a boutique hotel on top of one of the 1,000 hills of Rwanda? Through instagram I found this amazing Kigali Airbnb with the most impressive view over the city. In this blog you can read all about my experiences staying at the Eagle View Lodge.
After traveling in Rwanda for 2 weeks my trip almost came to an end and by taxi I traveled from the One & Only Nyungwe House back to Kigali. It was a long road trip that lasted almost 6 hours. So paying $100 USD for the taxi felt more than reasonable. Earlier on my Rwanda trip I paid $100 USD for a 3.5 hour drive so I think I got a good deal this time. Shoot me a message for the driver’s contact details btw.
Check-in Eagle View Lodge
Because of the unexpected long journey back to Kigali I only arrived at Eagle View Lodge late at night. The location on Google Maps is correct and that is how me and the driver navigated towards the house.
Through Whatsapp I also got a complete description in English as well as in local language from the staff on how to reach the Eagle View Lodge. But since I bought a prepaid sim card for Rwanda I was connected to the internet and it was easy to find the property, even late at night.
On arrival I was happily welcomed by a bunch of dogs and the night guards who opened the gate and the main door of the house for me.
From here I followed the instructions that were sent to me on Whatsapp by the staff. It was a very easy self check-in.
My room was on the lower ground, a set of stairs down from the main living room. The room was spacious with a big double bed, en-suite bathroom and from the patio in front of the room there were of course those amazing views over Kigali city.
One night I just chilled on one of the comfy chairs on the patio staring into the distance looking at the uncountable city lights of Kigali. This moment alone was already reasons enough to stay at Eagle View Lodge. I am sure it will be hard to find another Kigali Airbnb with such fantastic views!
This Kigali boutique hotel has a unique feature which I aptly named the Eagle’s Nest. It is a covered leisure area built on stilts on the slopes of the hill. It is separated from the house by a small walkway which can be reached by a set of stairs leading down from the main floor.
I honestly have no clue how to explain this in proper English, but I am sure you can understand what I mean by looking at the pictures.
In the Eagle Nest there are tables and chairs and you can use it at any time of day to hang out. A bean bag and a place to sit on the ground would personally be something I would fancy more instead of the wooden chairs. However, this is your place to hang out when staying at the Eagle View Lodge.
The ground floor of the house is a huge and airy space where the kitchen is located as well as the dining area, a fire place, several chill areas to enjoy the views, a little veranda with big pillows, a huge balcony with more hang out sofas and chairs and a living room full of arts.
Actually all around the house you can find art pieces and they are actually for sale. You will see a little description and contact details of the artist next to the paintings and frames.
The whole place gives such a homey feeling on top of the endless amazing views over Kigali. It is sincerely very hard to leave this amazing Kigali Airbnb! Don't forget to go check out some of the best things to do in Kigali though and definitely make sure you visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and learn about Rwanda's cruel history.
Another great thing about the Eagle View Lodge is that you will most certainly meet other travelers. There are several rooms in the house and since this is a popular place to stay in Kigali there is a big chance you are not the only traveler who booked a room at this gorgeous Kigali boutique hotel.
Since the WiFi is pretty good this place is also very much recommended for digital nomads. The exceptional location and view of the Eagle View Lodge will be an inspiring workspace.
Breakfast and dinner at Eagle View Lodge
Having such an incredible view of Kigali there is no need to look for a cool restaurant. I really recommend you to order dinner at the property. Especially since the food is exceptionally good. I am not a vegetarian, but one night I was served an amazing vegetarian dish with roasted potatoes and vegetables, that made me rethink about becoming a vegetarian.
You can choose to eat at the dinner table in the kitchen, but also at your own terrace if you want a little more privacy. Of course you can also eat outside in the main balcony or in the Eagle’s Nest! There is even a little bar and you can order your favorite drink and the staff will make it for you.
Breakfast is also worth ordering up in the Eagle View Lodge. The staff cooks great omelettes and delicious crepes. There is a homemade chocolate spread, jams and honey, cereals, milk, fresh bread, tea and coffee. But the best thing about the breakfast for me was the fresh fruit salad every morning! So yummy…
The Eagle View Lodge also offers massages. I unfortunately had no time to plan an appointment as it was time to say goodbye to Rwanda. I was flying out to Burundi, country no. 127 on my journey to travel to every country in the world.
When traveling to Rwanda definitely keep this fantastic Airbnb in mind when looking for a place to stay in Kigali. Here is their Instagram Page and their Facebook Page, which has all the contact details.
For more Rwanda travel inspiration check out my Instagram profile @traveltomtom and get inspired to see more of Rwanda and the world. As of March 2022 I have visited 127 countries around the world, which means there are still 70 countries I have not visited.
Enjoy your trip to Kigali!