Popular Hotel Brand Expands Reach Into Africa

Image: Deema Kingsmill-Moore

Marriott International has opened Kigali Marriott Hotel, a new property under the signature Marriott Hotels brand.

Located in the central business district of the Rwandan capital, the hotel represents the company’s entry into Rwanda and Marriott Hotels’ first property in southern Africa. The design of the Kigali Marriott Hotel is inspired by the lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets of this vibrant city that is one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, as well as one of the cleanest and friendliest.

Boasting beautiful views of the majestic Mt. Kigali, only 20 minutes from Kigali International Airport, the 254-room hotel offers travellers a new perspective on this cosmopolitan location and its people. Its deluxe guest rooms and 25 suites are designed with a spacious and upgraded look, with tailored solutions that are as inventive as the guest, including large 48-inch LCD TVs, high-speed internet and work surfaces providing flexibility to freely move and use technology wherever the guest desires. 

More About Kigali

The rapidly growing city of Kigali is the country’s most important business centre and main port of entry. In 1907, Kigali was a small colonial outpost with little link to the outside world. Today, Kigali has come of age as the capital of Rwanda. It is a city that has not just survived, but is now thriving and has grown into a modern metropolis – a heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and a pride of every Rwandan.


Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate that belies its tropical location, with the Kigali Marriott conveniently located within three hours’ drive of the main tourist sites within Rwanda. This sophisticated property offers guests an inspiring introduction to this land of a thousand hills and an ideal springboard from which to explore the country. Famous attractions nearby include The Presidential Palace, Museum of Natural History-Kandt House, Nyabugogo Market, Inema Arts Center and Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Deema Kingsmill-Moore 



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