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Swimming pool of Hotel Des Mille Collines. The Hotel des Mille Collines became famous as the building in which more than a thousand people took refuge during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The story of the hotel and its manager at that time, Paul Rusesabagina, was used as the basis of the movie Hotel Rwanda. The French, "des Mille Collines", is from "Land of a Thousand Hills", a poetic name for Rwanda..