Guest reviews Cormoran Lodge, Lake Kivu
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Restaurant: Good views and nice atmosphere
The Cormoran lodge offers solid food in a very nice atmosphere. The lovely all wooden restaurant has a nice view and good service. While waiting kids can check out the hillside hotel complex with its narrow paths, lots of plants and the small "beach". Walking uphill from Kibuye to the restaurant is also worthwhile.
Perched on the side of a hill, the bungalow accommodation offers comfort and a peaceful retreat. A well appointed bathroom with a good shower is not always a given in Rwanda, Hairdryer, small bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, also a bonus. Rustic locally made furniture adds to the charm and atmosphere of the place. A small buffet breakfast is included with eggs cooked to your liking. Basic but adequate. The menu provided reasonable choice with a selection of light meals and snacks for lunch with specials like a chicken coconut curry and the local version of a Tbone steak which were quite good. We appreciated the special effort the chef made to mark our wedding anniversary and the waiter who patiently took our photo in various spots. Reeption also organised a boat trip on the lake for us , 60,000rwf for 2 hours. There were just the two of us so our tour of the lake was very personalised and great. Canoeing is also offered as an activity from here. The garden is beautiful and there is a small "beach" and deck chairs on the lake edge where you can also relax. We even came out to a clean car as we were leaving. Something unexpected. We had a 2 night stay which you need after the 4 hour drive from Kigali on badly pot holed roads. By the way the TV in the room does not work. We found Canal+ advertisements for programs, in French only but no programs or anything to watch! The technician was supposedly coming to fix it! Why have a TV at all?
No better place to enjoy an African tea.
We visited Cormoran Lodge while returning from our Lake Kivu boat trip to Napoleon Island prior to returning to our hotel on the other side of the peninsular. After mooring up at the jetty it was so nice to walk through the gardens to the restaurant balcony before having an African tea and enjoying the fantastic views across the Lake Kivu. There seems to be mixed reviews over the service but our party had no issues at all. If possible take a boat trip and admire the beauty of the lodge and gardens from the lake.
We just finished a two week trip to Rwanda and Uganda, and with the notable exception of the Cormoran Lodge experienced great service throughout the trip. It just didn't measure up to what we experienced at similar hotels and lodges during our stay. The view was beautiful and dinner quite tasty, but the breakfast buffet was underwhelming and the entire experience was clouded my poor service in the restaurant and smoking allowed on the restaurant balcony. Our room also had a hole in the mosquito netting, which was less then ideal. Would recommend another location for future stays.
Incredible views & spacious room
We absolutely loved our stay here. It’s a private retreat surrounded by nature, but with excellent WiFi ;) The owner and manager both checked on us throughout our stay. Customer service was excellent- we brought the wrong electric converters and they were able to find some for us that would work for our plugs. Views are UNBEATABLE and you have your own private balcony with lounge chairs to enjoy them. Our room and bathroom were huge and clean. Little beach and dock with boats that will take you to nearby islands for hiking and wildlife, along with kayaks and paddle boards. Food was pretty good (I loved the selection of samosas).
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