The Speke Hotel has a certain old colonial charm, with impressive murals depicting the adventures of Victorian explorers in Africa. There are also storks nesting in the tree across the street.
It's well located and reasonably secure, both of which are important factors when choosing a hotel in Kampala. My room was spacious, with reliable electricity and laundry service. Service was pretty good, with airport transfers arranged via the front desk.
The hotel has a good selection of food, with a fantastic Indian curry restaurant and an Italian pizzeria. There's also the Rock Bar in the hotel grounds. But when we went to enjoy a cold beer and live Premiership football we were pestered by hookers so had to make our excuses and leave.
One more thing - if you're paying by credit card, expect a surcharge of 7% or so added to your bill. Ouch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Speke Hotel is the part of The Speke Group of Hotels, Proudly owned by The Ruparelia Group of Companies. One of Kampala's oldest hotels, Speke Hotel was taken over by The Ruparelia Group in the year 1996. It was then, given a major facelift to add comforts to age and grace. All rooms are air conditioned have wooden floors, satellite television and a minibar.Speke Hotel is located in the heart of Kampala, close to banks and business centers and offers all the charms of bygone days complimented by efficient, modern services and facilities. It offers various dishes, daily entertainment, well stocked bar and business meeting venues.Speke Hotel has three Restaurants and a Bar: Pizzeria – The Italian Cuisine, Khyber Pass – The Indian Cuisine, Rock Café – The Continental Cuisine and Rock Bar – The Cocktail Bar.Speke Hotel holds a special place in the history of Uganda. Come and experience the courteous hospitality so natural to the people of Uganda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Speke Hotel Kampala