This apartment hotel is great for the Western business traveler and for family travel. It is clean, comfortable and modern, with all the ameneties you would find at a Hilton - and in a nice, safe, location. It's away from the noise of downtown Kampala, on a quiet road where the embassy heads reside.
I was in town for my brother's Kuanjula, but I travel regularly around the world for business. This was my first time in Uganda and I was a bit concerned that the accomodations wouldn't match what I am accustomed to (Marriott, Hilton, Movenpick and similar style apartments). I'm pretty picky (I take my own sheets, towels, Clorox wipes and blowdryer - even at a Hilton- just in case). I was pleasantly surprised at the Seventeen. Didn't even unpack my clorox wipes!
On the "could be improved side" the internet was occasionally spotty and the linen was a bit late in coming everyday. Otherwise, I was quite pleased with my stay. I will say that one day I went into the coffee shop, and they "didn't have coffee" that day. (really? how are you a coffee shop with no coffee?!!) However, when I spoke with the hotel management the next day, my entire party recieved coffee and breakfast on the house - even though the coffee shop is leased and the hotel isn't actually responsible for it. The management also assured me that there would be no more coffee issues.
I read the review by Kayser S. when I was actually in Kampala at the Seventeen. I couldn't believe he/she was talking about the same place! It's not the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, but it is a nice place for western business travelers who expect the same 4star plus accomodations as you would find in London, Paris, Washington, DC, Dubai and Singapore.
I will definately stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Seventeen Apartment-Hotel is an exciting scheme of 17 fully furnished and serviced luxury residential apartments which have been designed to offer a more contemporary format of living in Uganda. Located in Kololo's Diplomatic district, perhaps the most sought after location of Uganda, The Seventeen offers the best views in Kampala. With excellent provisions for amenities and with reliable services, The Seventeen will meet all of your hospitality needs whilst in Uganda, whether for a short or more permanent stay. Our trained staff will be proud to respond to your every need 24 hours a day to offer you the best service, ensuring that you experience an unforgettable stay.All apartments come with full access to:- Multipurpose rooftop terraces with panoramic views - Gym, sauna & massage rooms - Infinity swimming pool - Laundry facilities - DSTV & internet - Conference room and business centre - Meza Gastronomy Coffee Shop - 50+ car parking spaces ... more less