One of the best places I have ever stayed. The two days I spent in Mweya were mesmerising. In the middle of the National Park with animals roaming just out side ..to the beautiful sunset and the freshening sunshine. Everything was just magical !!!
Yes, why spending lots of money for hotels if renting apartment costs cheap. This is Naalya, residential suburb of Kampala, situated about 10-15 kms far from the city centre. There are lots of apartments for rent here, starting from 100 up to 1.000 euros per month, and it makes 3 or 33 euros per day. The cheapest but decent hotel in Kampala cost 25 dollars per day, and its room with bathroom only.
Here you get kitchen, bathroom, dining room and one or more badrooms for les money.
Naalya is very safe area......
Hotel Margherita is situated some few kilometers west of Kasese town, Western Uganda in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains otherwise known as the "Mountains of the Moon".
I have stayed here for two days in 2005. This hotel is in the foot hills of Rewenzori Mountains and is one of the best in this location. You can see the mountains far off from your room. There is a huge lawn where you can spent your time gazing the landscape around. A cosy place to stay with very friendly staff members makes this place even special. The Queen Elizabeth National park is just a 30 mins drive from here.
For visitors contemplating excursions within the region it is also ideally located for visits to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and is a popular night stop for those travelling onto or from Kibale Forest, Semliki, the Gorilla parks in the south west and Murchison falls in the north.
When I first saw it, the next day I came to Kampala, my intention was to move here from the place I rented the apartment. Speke hotel is perfectly positioned, in the heart of the city, and looks very attractive. It is relatively small hotel, the kind I like.
So, I went inside to check for a room and the price. There was couple of people, behind the reception desk, but nobody approached to ask me what I want. After few minutes passed, the guy came and adressed to me asking me what I want. He wasn't kind, in a normal way guest expect it and his answers were all but polite.
I quit of moving here because nice and polite hotel staff is what I am expecting to have. Besides, later on I changed my money here in a couple of times and each time had encounter with unpolite staff.
I stayed in this resort for 4 days, it was during the month of Dec' 2005. The resort was not crowded at all and there were plenty rooms available. The rooms are reasonably big, but during the night time, you could see all sorts of insects just outside the rooms, due to its proxomity to the lake. The lake view is very pleasant and refreshing. The rooms are modern and cosy. The room service is late, as the restaurants are quite a distance away from the rooms.
This resort is about 45mins from the city of Kampala and about 1 Hr and 10 mins drive from the Entebbe Airport.
You can take you time out for a boat ride or go for fishing. There is a stable in the resort and you can hire a horse. The pool is large and the water clean. Overall the stay was pleasant.
Great hostel with bunkhouse, camping and lodge facillities. Clean, good bar, decent food (breakfast/snacks and meals) with a helpful family atmosphere.
There are not too many hostels within the Kampala area. This is a good one.
Washing facilities, bar, free internet and helpfull advice from Steve. They can organise gorilla treks and rafting on the Nile.
I stayed in Kabira Country Club in Feb 2006. This is in Bukoto, about 2 Km from the city center. Kabira Country Club offers different kinds of rooms / service apartments. It has a swimming pool, a conference hall, a well equipped gym and a sauna/jacuzzi etc. There is also a Tennis Court & Basketball Court. Overall the place gives a homely feel.
Eden Rock Resort is placed just a few kilometers from Jinja and next to Bujagalli Falls (where the White Nile rafting takes place). Run by a very friendly women from Cyprus (relative of the might and forgotten Demis Roussos) it has 8 simple but clean bandas with bath facilities inside placed ina anice garden just behing the main building. In August 2003, one week prior to our arrival, this place had the joy to host prince William of England! Best of all was at night, staying under the light of candles in the dinning room with Maria and her sons and having nice and long chats!
Very nicely built small hotel with excellent views of the falls.
Hotel Equitoria is in downtown kampala. One of the accessible hotels, but in a crowded location. It is also a cheaper hotel compared to the rest. The rooms and service in the hotel is adequate. Due to its proximity to the heart of the city, you can venture out and walk down the street and do your shopping in nearby areas. It is very near to the wholesale and textile markets.Overall an average place to stay.
The place is very beautiful, has got a huge restaurant area with a great atmosphere and a swimming pool! (I found it quite anonymous, though, as it was so huge, and I was alone...).
Very basic dorm beds (with mosquito netting) for $ 6 a night (maybe a bit overpriced compared to similar accomodations). Cottages seemed quite nice though. Also possibility to put up your tent.
Highly recommended for a dinner or drink, and to stay especially for groups and families!
Other backpacker's hostels:
- Red Chilli Hideaway (more recommended for solo travellers)!
- Backpacker's Hostel (haven't been there)
Hotel Sheraton, situated on a top of the hill, dominates the whole city area offering fantastic view over whole Kampala. The building itself isn't very attractive, looks alike to those ugly skycrapers which can be found in most of eastern European towns. However, the park and greenery around it is very beautiful.
Can't tell you anything usefull regarding accomodation and facilities because I didn't stay here. I visited its interiors which is in accordancy with the usual Sheraton standards all over the world. The prices for a drink in the hotel bar are approximately five times more expensive than in the other hotels and bars in Kampala.
Five Star accommodation and service
103 centrally air conditioned rooms
Free in-house Movies
In room electronic safe and mini bar
Conference and Banqueting rooms
Colonial Ballroom Saunas and Jacuzzis & swimming pool
Steam and Spa baths
Large secure car parking
9 acre gardens
Free airport service
Personalized and friendly service
Free Airport transfers make it so special!
Known originally as the Imperial Hotel, the first Hotel in Kampala, Grand Imperial has been restored to her previous grandeur and offers a 5 star world class luxury setting amidst the nine acre Independence Park Gardens, in the heart of the business district of Kampala.
It has get a coffee Terrace, in case of meeting friends, a great gathering place.
Leisure, artists performing,good reception, excellent services and meals
Places to stay come and go but the following seem to be the most important (that I know about):
** "Crater Bay Cottages" on the mainland is where we stayed and I can really recommend them. Good s/c cottages with views on the lake, quiet, no overlandtrucks, great food -specialty fresh crayfish- (that you have to order long in advance and remind them couple of times), private pier with stretchers and very informal and friendly staff;
** "Overland Camp" is the more busy and party place that attract a lot of overland trucks (be prepared for them !) next to Crater Bay. Recommended if you travel alone and want to meet a lot of backpackers and overlanders.
** Jasper's Campsite (but also has dorms and rooms) is located on Bwama Island, about half hour by canoe; friendly staff and very basic. Recommended for those who seek remoteness and a more natural experience.
** Bushara Island Camp is on a gorgeous island and the most developed and "luxurious" option. Very popular with holidaymakers and travellers with some better budget. Also very nice for a daytrip (if you buy lunch there you don't have to pay visitor's fee)!
Nice, clean place to stay. We were greeted with smiles and friendly service. We arrived late in the evening and they still offered to serve us any meal or drink we wanted! The staff was exceptionally helpful, carrying our bags to the rooms for us and making every effort to give us a comfortable stay.
Very nice property. They have a comfortable porch where we sat to eat. We ordered breakfast the night before. They prepared it and had it ready at the time we requested and the meals just as we had ordered were ready and on the table by the time we got to the porch! Very nice, very clean and comfortable! Very friendly and helpful staff. Lots of smiles!
We had the money to pay our last night there and we are happy for that. The swimming pool is amazing, and food is great.
Before going to Uganda I had never tought I would pay such a high ammount for a night in a hotel. But we realized soon that "reasonable good" hotels in that country are expensive, even for european standards.
Lunch-buffet is 40.000 shilings(13 euros) or you can go to the bar close to the pool and order pizza, hamburgers, pasta....
They offer free shuttle to the airport.
If you are not a resident you can pay a fee (10.000 shilings: 3.1 euros) and you can use the swimming pool and the gym. Great deal!
We paid 180 euros for a night. Breakfast included.
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