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“Some kinks need to be worked out...” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #44 of 60 Hotels in Kampala
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“Some kinks need to be worked out...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

Soroti is a small town in Uganda about 4-7 hours from Kampala (depending on traffic and the road conditions). The Paxland Hotel hosts a newly opened small motel/cottage on the Lira Road leading out of town. The owner, Betty, is a single mother raising 5 children and is very friendly to mzungus (non Africans). She will give you the regular African rate if you barter with her. We took a group of workshop students there in December.

There are 6 rooms in the hotel with personal bathrooms and 9 cottage spaces with shared bathrooms. There are two rooms in the main building where the breakfast area is. I highly recommend away from these. They are hot and have bugs come in from the kitchen. However they are right by the shared showers and toilet.

The good:
The rooms are so cheap! 35,000 shillings a night. That included the use of the huge conference room in the hotel with electricity piped in and lots of tables and chairs for meetings.
The rooms are sparkling clean with clean sheets and towels every day.
The dinners you can arrange (if you talk to Betty by noon each day) are amazing!! Usually it was 5,000 shillings per person. Some sample dishes were fresh stewed beans, cabbage, rice, fried potatoes, fried fish, chicken stew, beef stew, fried chicken, baked chicken, chips.
There's fresh beer (3,000 shillings) and soda (2,000 shillings) to purchase. If you want afternoon tea with toast and jam its 2,000 shillings.

The bad:
The breakfast leaves a lot to be desired. Just hot water for Nescafe, African tea, bananas, plain bread and sometimes watermelon and pineapple or passion fruit. That's it. Betty said we could ask for more variety ahead of time but that never seemed to work.
Dinner was so slow! We scheduled it for the first few nights at 7 and it arrived around 8. So, we started to schedule dinner at 6 so we could eat by 7 when it finally arrived.
Only two rooms have fans and the rest get pretty toasty at night during the hot season.

The ugly:
The water tank had to be filled each day via jerry cans from the well. Betty rarely kept water in reserve even though we would come back and need showers every night so the water ran out most nights. It was really frustrating. You can offer to pay more at end of the trip (I'd suggest 5,000 shillings per night) on the condition of having water in the tanks and see if that motivates the staff to keep the tank full.

The cottages are supposed to have the bathrooms finished by 2008 sometime. They were rustic but very roomy. The room with the fan was wonderful and peaceful for a week's stay.

  • Liked — the food for dinner
  • Disliked — the lack of water
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Address: Lira Road, Kampala, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
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Ranked #44 of 60 Hotels in Kampala
Number of rooms: 15

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