The new City Hill Hotel, which opened in July 2012, offers world-class facilities and services in a hilltop location with picturesque views of Bujumbura and Lake Tanganyika. Marc Arnou, Managing Director, explains, “There are numerous choices out there for overnight lodging in Bujumbura, including hotels, apartments and guesthouses, but the city lacked a true international-standard business hotel, and the City Hill Hotel was created to fill that gap.” Around 80% of the hotel’s guests are international travellers, most of them in Burundi on business.
The City Hill Hotel sets itself apart from other hotels in the city with its exceptional Princess Restaurant, which specialises in gourmet international and African cuisine using top local ingredients. Guests can relax with a drink and snacks in the Ballerina Bar or enjoy the hotel’s homemade ice cream. The Executive Lounge, designed for business travellers, offers a quiet atmosphere overlooking the city. Marc Arnou says, “The Executive Lounge is very popular among our executive guests as a place to unwind at the end of the day with a nice cocktail.”
Wide choice of rooms and services
The City Hill Hotel has 45 rooms consisting of 18 standard rooms, 13 superior rooms overlooking the pool, 12 superior rooms with expansive city and lake views, and two executive suite rooms. For business travellers, the hotel offers a fully equipped business centre with fax machines, scanners and printers. The City Hill Hotel also has three meeting rooms, from a board room seating 15 people to a conference facility with the capacity to host up to 120 guests. Other amenities at the hotel include foreign-currency exchange services, an airport shuttle, free high-speed Internet connections, private parking, a gym and a swimming pool.
Marc Arnou aims for the City Hill Hotel to be the hotel of choice for international visitors to Burundi. He says, “We have a very comfortable, brand-new hotel facility that meets international standards, and we provide very professional and personalised services by our dedicated, well-trained, multilingual staff. Our location is also ideal with easy access to the international airport and to the city centre. We want the City Hill Hotel to be known as one of the top three hotels in Burundi.”