Here is information on the hotels for the forty TechWomen delegates in Rwanda. Of course, the five local TechWomen Emerging Leaders stayed in their homes. While in Kigali, most of the delegation stayed at the Hotel des Milles Collines (the setting for the story, if not the film location, of the historical drama Hotel Rwanda, about the Rwanda Genocide). The Mille Collines was friendly and comfortable and the food was good. Unfortunately, the hotel wifi was unable to handle so many geeks at one time: it regularly crashed within minutes of the delegation getting back from our daily adventures. Many of us also had to get a new key card every time we wanted to open our Mille Collines room door (six times most days) but the hotel staff were so friendly it was hard to grouse about it. There is live music nightly at the Mille Collines and the hotel is in easy walking distance to shopping.
Several TechWomen mentors stayed at the nearby Heaven restaurant and inn – where one night the whole delegation enjoyed a spectacular dinner and dance together. One mentor stayed with a local family, arranged through Airbnb – and said she enjoyed her experience. While we were trekking to see the mountain gorillas and monkeys, we stayed at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. I think some ladies started out at a different hotel and then moved to the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
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