- Reviews: 13
Holiday Express Hotel: Pleasant stay in city center
I have been very pleased with my stay at Holiday Express Hotel in Kampala. Rooms are clean and adequately priced, service is friendly and location is just great (short walk away from Owino market, both taxi parks etc). Breakfast and restaurant are OK but nothing to write home about. The place is safe and while HEH sure is no Sheraton you could do much worse than stay here.
Hotel is in the noisy city center - streets are crowded, there's Nakasero market meters away and Sax Pub just opposite the entrance (use Sax Pub when instructing your taxi driver), but luckily hotel's sound-proof windows work as advertised.
- Reviews: 62
Backpackers: Little Europe in Kampala
This is a cool place to unwind and relax with fellow backpackers. Its about 15 kilometers from the city, and costs around USh 1000 to get there by boda-boda from the Taxi Stand in Kampala.
Backpackers has a campground, where you can pitch your tent for USh 5000, dorm beds without blanket and mosquito net for USh 10000 and dorm beds with blanket and mosquito net for about USh 12000. I chose the the blanket+mosquito net option, and it was great.
The crowd in Backpackers is mostly European, and they are very friendly. Although its kinda wierd to be surrounded by Europeans in Africa, its a great place to plan your next trip or simply unwind. I came to Backpackers at the end of my East Africa tour, and it was very relaxing. It would have been a great place to start the trip too because everyone shares their trip experiences.
NOTE: The food, drink and internet in Backpackers are more expensive that the street-rate. There are no food/grocery/cyber stores outside Backpackers. But if you go downhill, hang a left, and walk for about 1 km, you will reach a small market, where they sell chappatis, barbequed meat/fish/chicken, and other assorted food items. There is an internet cafe right next to the market place.
The best thing about this place is meeting other backpackers and exchanging notes about other places in Africa. You can do it over a pint of beer, a mug of coffee or a game of pool. Also, there are facilities to wash your clothes, surf the web and plan tours.
A ride to the city will cost you Ush 300 in a matatu. Simply walk downhill, and wave at any matatu that is driving to your left. All of them go to Kampala.
- Reviews: 62
Hotel Havana: Convenient location
I went there because this place was listed in Lonely Planet. Like they mentioned, this was clearly not worth the money they were charging me ($35). I could negotiate with them and pay them in Ugandan shillings. It finally cost me USh 25,000, which is approximately 20 dollars. Negotiating on the price is best done during the lean months of the tourist season.
Although it was a fairly decent deal for USD 20, it would not have been for USD 35. The room was self-contained, with a small TV that showed only Indian channels and an A/C wall unit. For some reason, the toilet seat was missing. The A/C is kinda useless if you go there in March because the weather is really pleasant.
There is an Indian restaurant next to the lobby, and the room near the lobby. Breakfast is served as part of the accomodation.
Walking distance from the bus-stop. This was very useful for me because I had to go to Kabale the next day.
- Reviews: 1390
Red Chilli Hideaway: Kampalas Best Option
We stayed at the Red Chilli for about a week.
This hostel is located in a secure compound just outside of Kampala, its easy to get into the city - depending on traffic its about a 10 minute minibus from the centre which you flag just across the road.
The rooms here vary, we had a small room to start - this was a basic twin room, then we moved to a double room which was much bigger, in a seperate building with shared facilities that were always clean and tidy with many showers and toilets.
Then we camped on comfy well maintained lawn, there is a huge area here for campers.
There is a brilliant info service from reception, free internet, friendly staff and an excellent bar with tons of inside and outside areas to sit, the food here is excellent too.
If I ever visit Kampala again I will without a doubt stay here....It was excellent!
- Reviews: 2
Adonai Guest Houses: Please remove pictures and review
Recently in July I stayed at Adonai and it was a big disappointment. Commitments were not kept, furniture arrangement and peaceful setting now the same as in the pictures. Please remove my previous review. The place is clean and the food is safe but it bears no resemblance to my previous trips. The management needs to wake up and realize they had a good thing going instead of packing people in to houses even putting beds in the garage!
Very sad situation. Staff overworked and chef that cooked great food has gone. So sorry this happened but thought I should warn mission team leaders that your reservations may not be what you expect.
safe location, safe food, clean but not as well managed as before
- Reviews: 2
Adonai Guest Houses: Great Value, Great Neighborhood Kampala/Muyenga
Adonai Houses are the best values in Kampala for short or long term visits. The staff is courteous, friendly and very helpful. The accommodations are clean, comfortable and an outstanding value. Full Breakfast is included and other meals may be arranged for lunch or dinner. Some of the houses specialize in offering delicious breads, muffins, Cadbury Brownies along with such dinner entrees as spaghetti, mousakka, Texas Chili and Thai Chicken along with more American or European menus. Group transportation is available and airport pickup. A special taxi can be arranged to take you where you want to go on a daily basis or if you are adventuresome you can arrange to had a Boda Boda driver take you around on a scooter! There are two great restaurants nearby, Cafe Roma and Indian Summer at Tank Hill Parade where Barclay's bank and ATM are located.
This is a Christian guesthouse and wonderful for mission teams, families and individuals. Non-smoking, no alcohol. Most of the houses are in Muyenga and are a short walk from public transportation taxis. The guest houses are near many NGO offices in Muyenga. Also it is 5-10 minutes from the U.S. Embassy, 3 grocery stores and some good restaurants. We travel to Uganda three times a year and always stay at Adonai! A home away from home!
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