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Grand Imperial

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Plot 6 / 6A , Nile Avenue | P.O. Box 7195, Kampala, Uganda
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Ranked #32 of 58 hotels in Kampala
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have just returned from 2 weeks in Uganda and I can safely say that the meal I had at the Grand Imperial was the worse meal I had in the whole time I was there - which goes a long way when we were eating food cooked on an open stove at a school for orphans every day. For... More

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Mwanza, Tanzania
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good hotel for family, very friendly staff with good breakfast. Good location and within city center, My family and friends enjoyed the stay and Hospitality.Good parking area and security for guest.

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Cambs UK
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I will start this review by admitting my bias - I like history and travel+history is perfect for me. The Grand Imperial in Kampala is almost 100 years old and is a good example of the British Empire in its hey day - lots of wood panelling, wide corridors and big leather sofas and armchairs. The bedrooms are large and... More

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This place is absolutely not recommendable. The interior is pretty gone and weird, the rooms are old as are the beds as is the bedding, and the clients appear to be more of the type that rents rooms for purposes other than sleeping well on a work trip. Bad recommendation, will not ever make the same mistake again.

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Broseley, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed here on route to Entebbe after a 31/2wk tour of Uganda but mainly because my mother grew up in Uganda and remembers running round the hotel. Check in was fine, furniture probably the same as my mothers day, staff seemed a little stressed! and not as helpful as they could have been but although dated the room was... More

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Utrecht
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196 reviews 196 reviews
93 hotel reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The hotel has an old colonial charm over it. I stayed here for a night when I missed my flight because of heavy traffic in Kampala. The room I had was very large, but the double bed was too small for me (1m95) so I slept diagonally. The central airco made more noise than cooling. Breakfast was nice in an... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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189 reviews 189 reviews
171 hotel reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

As the other reviewers note this hotel is past its prime. Both the exterior and interior look tired. The front desk did not seemed to have gotten my reservation, done from their own website. I saw both the better rooms in the older wing and the newer rooms and paradoxically the newer, cheaper rooms seemed better quality. The quality of... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is the oldest hotel in Kampala and it shows... walking through the hallways makes you feel like you our going through the hallways of the Titanic... Everything screams old... that said it has a certain charm but definitely not worth the money they are asking... They accept all credit-cards, have wifi, breakfast is good, you are in the middle... More

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I stayed here multiple nights for meetings in Kampala. It's a good value relative to some of the other big hotels downtown. The rooms are very comfortable. The breakfast is quite good. Dinner is hard to deal with because of the nightly, really loud, live music.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights with my family. We occupied three rooms in total. This hotel pinches pennies to the extreme. In spite of this, the rate is expensive. 100 usd. Rooms: toiletries were missing from rooms. My cousin didn't even get shampoo. We asked for some but never got it. They also admitted that they are so cheap that... More

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Address: Plot 6 / 6A , Nile Avenue | P.O. Box 7195, Kampala, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Imperial 4*
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