- Reviews: 7392
Naalya: Guest house
I rented apartment in the Kampala's suburb called Naalya, which is located about 10 km far from the city centre. It was consisted of bedroom, dining room, small kitchen and bathroom. In front of the apartment there was small terrace and nice courtyard with green grass which I shared with my neighboures. The only problem I had with the very complicated way of locking and unlocking massive iron gate.
The apartment is situated on the top of the hill from where I had nice view all over to neighbouring Ntinda.
First and most important, my accomodation was situated in a very safe part of Naalya. Moreover, it has high parapet all around the complex which made me to feel more secure. Not of less importance, it was in a very quiet zone with lots of greenery and my mornings started with birds singings.
My accomodation cost me 100 euros per month and since I spend two weeks there it is less than 10 euros per day.
- Reviews: 2054
Hotel Kenrock: Hotel Kenrock. Cheap and good
Hotel Kenrock is located 50 metres from Muyenga Rest Corner, and it is close to the bars and nightlife in the Kabalagala and Kansanga area. I stayed here for three nights. I can recommend this hotel. It was the best hotel I found to that cheap price. The rooms are good, bed with mosquito net, clean bathroom with new tiles. Dbl.room costs 31000 USH (14 USD) a night. Accomodation must be paid on arrival. Breakfast is not included.
Go to Google Earth and paste the GPS coordinates:
0° 18' 2.0600" N 32° 36' 29.2200" E
- 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: 476
Boston Guest House: My new Kampala home
I asked one of the waitresses in the Bhumi bar where she suggested I should stay now that the Mukwano was so poor. I wanted to pay something around the 20-25,000 mark for a self contained room in the same area of town near Old Taxi Park and Owino. She pointed me in the direction of the Boston, and I am so glad she did.
Prices here started at 14,000 for a bog standard room without a bathroom and steadily went up n price to rooms with carpets and satellite TV. For 22,000 I was more than happy with a large self contained room that had a big bed table and chair, mossie net and a fan. Hot water was available you just had to flick the switch of the immersion heater that was just outside my door in the hall.
The Manager here is a funny bloke he couldn’t do enough for me. I think he is well keen to attract Bazungu to his hotel, he even wore a T-shirt that read.”My name is not Muzungu”. He showed me all sorts of different rooms and insisted that the security was very good and went into great detail as to the punishment he dishes out to a thief if he ever comes across one in his hotel.
I was surprised to find that in the morning at around 8:30 I would get a knock on the door and a young girly was stood there with a breakfast i didn't know I was entitled to.
Well I say breakfast it was two pices of buttered bread a banana and milk tea. I told the girl that I don't take milk and the next day she apeared with a black tea she had especially made for Muguruki the awkward bugger. Bless her!
- Reviews: 3686
ASTORIA HOTEL: CHEAP IN TOWN
The Astoria is a simple, concrete, tower block hotel just across from the shared taxi ‘station’. It is a couple of floors above a shopping precinct and goes on for what seems eternity. Only people who are physically fit to climb stairs with luggage should stay here. What do you get in return for this climb? The rooms are big, clean, have good beds, the staff are nice and security is armed at night. You also have an almost roof top bar with music and cold beer where you can definitely mix with local people. You can also see a fair amount of Kampala.
I stayed in room 538 which overlooks the shared taxi area. Needless to say it was loud, especially during the day. I suggest you contact them ahead of timer and ask for an odd-numbered room and specify a mid-level floor not facing the 'Old Taxi Park'.
The rooms have comfortable beds, cleaned daily, closet space, TV, fan (no need for A/C), refrigerator, modern toilet and shower. They also have some flip flops for you to use to prevent slipping and athlete’s foot. Towels were also changed daily.
All in all, it’s a cheap hotel by downtown Kampala standards – but a good hotel. I paid 90,000 for 4 nights. With the exchange rate at the time I wrote this tip that would be about $12 (US) a night. I am good at haggling and time has moved on. Definitely insist on a discount if you stay multiple nights. Just get a single night price and start haggling!
• Low price
• 2 blocks from the main Market and Post Office
• Clean and comfortable
• Staff are friendly
• Has a high rise bar with live music (you get in free)
- Reviews: 2054
Hotel Diplomat: Hotel Diplomat on top of the hill
Hotel Diplomat is in Muyenga, 3,5 km south east of Kampala downtown. It is on the highest summit of all hills in Kampala with a great view to the suburbs of Kampala and Lake Victoria. The street towards the hotel is very steep and it takes 10-15 minutes to walk from the main road.
The hotel was founded in 1980 by the consul of Pakistan, and houses today the Pakistan Embassy inside the hotel.
I was there and asked for a room, but I found the hotel a bit too far away from the action in Kabalagala. However, the staff was very friendly and the hotel is a romantic place with the best view in Kampala. Prices from 35 USD (Standard room) to 79 USD (Suite).
- 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: 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: 280
Emin Pasha: Great Hotel, Bad Internet
The Emin Pasha is one of the best hotels in Kampala, hands down. It sports a wonderful garden, well kept swimming pool, fabulous restaurant, clean and rustic rooms, and friendly staff. The only draw back??? The internet connection in the hotel (WiFi and landline) is TERRIBLE!!!
I fell in love with the hotel otherwise (and, frankly, having an excuse not to do work was kind of nice). Being located in the Nakasero, near Kampala's main business district, the Emin Pasha is a luxurious escape from the busy city. Enjoy the on-site spa. Relax near the beautiful pool. Or enjoy a drink in the gardens after work.
If internet connectivity isn't important for you, you will absolutely love this place!
Note: like many hotels in Uganda, the Emin Pasha charges an additional 5% if you pay using a credit card.
The included breakfast is FIVE STAR! Enjoy gourmet breakfast quesadilla or Eggs Benedict, or any other of the many fabulous options. This is not your average continental breakfast!
- 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!
- 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: 476
Backpackers: Tourist Hotel and Camp Site
The thought of going all the way to Africa and staying at a place that only serves western food, and a place that is full of westerners seems totally bizarre to me. I really can’t see why so many people want to go to a country and cut themselves off from the country they are visiting by surrounding themselves with all the ‘comforts’ of home.
Backpackers is one such place. I never stayed here but as I was walking past thought I would pop in to see why on earth anyone would want to stay here.
Backpackers is situated in a big green plot on the Mengo road. On the day I was there it seemed quiet till I noticed that there were four guests there but I could see that all four guests had their heads buried into their laptops.
The food on the menu was western with prices similar to what you would find in the west rather than what you find in downtown Mengo. Full works breakfast 7,000 and pizzas going from 12,000 to 17,000UGX.
A single room was reasonable enough at 20,000.
Camping is also possible here.
- Reviews: 2054
La Grande Chez Johnson Hotel: Chez Johnson Hotel
La Grande Chez Johnson Hotel is located 100 metres from Muyenga Rest Corner, and is close to the bars and nightlife in the Kabalagala and Kansanga area. I stayed here for two nights. The hotel was constructed in 2007 and the facade look nice with the balconies. The rooms are OK, beds with mosquito net. But the bathroom is not good. The price is 49000 USH (22 USD) a night. Accomodation must be paid on arrival. A very simple breakfast is included in the price.
- Reviews: 2054
Hotel International: Hotel International Kampala
Hotel International is a large hotel in Muyenga with good view to Lake Victoria and Kampala suburbs. The hotel has a nice swimmingpool, which makes the price higher.
Singel room was 120000 UGS (54 USD), double room was 155000 UGS (70 USD).
Nice swimmingpool and barberque restaurant.
- Reviews: 2054
Marble Arch Hotel: Marble Arch Hotel in Kampala
Marble Arch Hotel is located beside Olympia Hotel, behind a gravel backroad in the opposite end of Kasanga area towards Munyonyo area. This hotel was too far away from the nightlife in Kabalagala. The hotel has a nice athmosphere The price is 50000 UGS (23 USD) for a dbl. room. Breakfast is included in the price.
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