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Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

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On the beach
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
In-room safe, free cribs/infant beds, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

4.0 star property
Gisenyi beachfront hotel with outdoor pool and restaurant

8.4/10 Very Good

69 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Air conditioning
The price is $179
Price available on 2/24/2023
Gisenyi Rwanda, Gisenyi, 00100

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach

Getting around

  • Kigali (KGL-Kigali Intl.) - 151 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Bikini Tam Tam - 4 min walk
  • Sun.n.Sand - 5 min walk
  • One Degree South - 5 min walk
  • Lakeside Restaurant & Beach Bar - 7 min walk
  • Calafia - 20 min walk

About this property

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is a great choice for your beach stay in Gisenyi. The outdoor pool provides a splash of fun, and guests can also take advantage of a fitness center. The Lake Restaurant serves British cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar, a terrace, and a garden are other highlights at this upscale hotel. Fellow travelers say good things about the restaurant and location.


English, French

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 30 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - midnight
  • Express check-out available
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Babysitting*


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • 24-hour room service

Traveling with children

  • Babysitting (surcharge)

What to do

  • On the beach

Working away

  • 24-hour business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference space


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Porter/bellhop


  • 1 building/tower
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fitness center
  • An outdoor pool


  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)


  • English
  • French

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • LCD television
  • Premium satellite channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Sleep well

  • Free crib/infant bed
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • In-room safe

Special features


The Lake Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in British cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.
Ziwani Cafe - This café serves light fare only.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 120 per person (one-way)

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge
  • Airport shuttle service for children between the ages of 4 and 12 costs USD 60

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Kivu Serena
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Lake Kivu Hotel
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Lake Kivu Serena Gisenyi
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Serena Hotel Kivu
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Frequently asked questions

Does Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel?
As of Jan 24, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel on Feb 24, 2023 start from $179, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Lake Kivu Serena Hotel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 120 per person one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel?
You can check in from 3 PM - midnight. Check-out time is noon. Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel and nearby?
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel has an outdoor pool and a fitness center, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Lake Kivu Serena Hotel?
Yes, The Lake Restaurant offers British cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Bikini Tam Tam (4-min walk), Sun.n.Sand (5-min walk), and One Degree South (5-min walk).
What's the area around Lake Kivu Serena Hotel like?
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is located a short 1-minute walk from Gisenyi Beach. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.



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8/10 Very Good

Hotel is run down with most in-room amenities in bad shape. Food was decent
Michal, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Everything was as expected from a 4 to 5 star hotel.
Rosemarie Jeanne, 4-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Nice and comfortable
Aderemi, 1-night business trip
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8/10 Very Good

Always love the Serena, especially for the pool + beachfront and excellent breakfast. Rooms are a bit dated (small, older TVs and AC units) but they recently updated to new mattresses and all rooms have balconies. Also the grounds are beautiful!
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Alexander, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The staff were courteous, very solicitous, and helpful at every turn. Perched on the lake, the location of the property is superb.
1-night family trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

2/10 Poor

There is nothing in the rooms listen in the booking list. Even not a hairdryer or a toothbrush available in the bathrooms.
Raz, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Staff very helpful and supportive. Special the receptionist called Love she was magnificent and very supportive. Breakfast was excellent variety of different types of food and excellent taste. All the staff were excellent and excellent location with private beach. The hotel required to be upgraded to modern style
2-night romance trip
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4/10 Fair

It was loud the two days I was there . Music blaring from 730 am until 830 pm. It’s not a place to go if you need down time like I did
2-night trip
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6/10 Good

Place is ok stay overnight but nothing special. Location is nice.
1-night trip with friends
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