The hotel that became infamous after sheltering more than 1,000 refugees during the Rwandan genocide in the early 1990s has recently been re-branded as a Kempinski Hotel.
The swank European chain announced the “soft” re-opening of Hôtel Des Mille Collines in Kigali this week, and said it plans to bring a “renaissance of hospitality” to the Rwandan capital.
“We experience here a perfect marriage between … the first grand hotel to open in Rwanda 40 years ago, and Kempinski, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group,” said Christoph Strahm, general manager of Hôtel Des Mille Collines, in a press release.
The hotel is located in Kigali’s bustling CBD and offers 112 remodeled rooms and suites, a pool bar, a restaurant and a wine bar. It is situated approximately two and a half hours from Rwandan natural attractions such as Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu and Akagera National Park.
In 1994, the four-star resort made news when it served as refuge that sheltered 1,268 innocent people from militia groups.
Ten years later, when a movie about the incident titled “Hotel Rwanda” was released, it became a household name again.
Mille Collines is Kempinski’s ninth property in Africa. The company plans three more hotel openings in Africa over the next six months.
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