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“Worth it for the rooms, which are beautiful” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Africana
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Plot 2-4 Wampewo Avenue | P.O. Box 10218, Kampala, Uganda   |  
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Ranked #22 of 58 hotels in Kampala
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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27 hotel reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Worth it for the rooms, which are beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

While the rest of Hotel Africana is on the tired side, the rooms are beautifully furnished, spacious, clean and comfortable. There is a mosquito net curtain around the bed which gives a wonderful feel. The views are great, you can see right across Kampala and see the traffic jams in the morning and the city lights by night.

The only negatives at this hotel are noise and the food. Sound carries and if you are a light sleeper or are disturbed by noise, you may want to avoid it on Saturday night when the noise from nearby party spots will disturb. I was also a bit disappointed by the food which was below average and expensive.

However, right next door is Centenary Park which hosts 4-5 garden restaurants and I'd suggest travellers go there to eat because the options are good and you'll pay less than at the hotel.

The rooms, however, are the real sale point.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Jinja, Uganda
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

The rooms are spacious and clean. Room service is good and the customer service is wonderful. However, the noise can be deafening. I happened to go on a weekend where there was some sort of party or conference. No sleep for the weary. Music blared until almost 5am. It would be nice if the informed guests while they are booking that there will be something like that. I went for a rest but ended up being more exhausted when I left.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amman
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

The Hotel is near to the Market, its OLD and have a Unique smell....

The Staff are friendly , the food is the best you can have in Africa (Banan's are in any dish !).

You need to have something for the Mosquitoes !!!

Enjoy !

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

Its a well desined Hoter,with good cairing staffmembers,fair price good sweemingpool,
good cervices,conference rooms good and good food too.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

This is a good hotel with fantastic staff that go out of their way to please. When I asked for a place to cut my hair, the lady at the reception came out and took me to the hotel's hairdresser. Then, during our three-day conference, I asked for many things to be moved around, for taxis, laundry, food that was not in the menu, etc. and all my demands were met and with a smile.
Will stay there again for sure in March 2011.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sandnes, Norway
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

We stayed at the hotel first for one week - in a room on the first floor facing the garden. Probably OK if you have no intentention to sleep. I had. Bad sleep for one week. Reason? - loud music and noise till really late. We asked for a quiet room....
Also asked for a mosquito net - waited 2-3 days....
The second time we stayed at the 10th floor with a room on the other side. Nice.
SO - if you can get a guarantee that you will get a room there - nice place.
BUT - this a place where a yes do not necessarely is a yes.
And another thing - ordering food is a gamble - I still have not got it all....

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
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40 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2010

This hotel looks large and impressive from the outside. My room had a small balcony and the room itself was ok. However, the bathroom was dated and in need of replacement to meet the standard you would expect from a hotel advertising itself as 3-star. The plumbing for the sink was lose and we had no hot water from the tap. The hot water for the shower worked and it was hot. But the bathroom lets the room down. The breakfast was ok. The staff were friendly. We stayed on a Saturday night during which a large wedding reception was being held around the outdoor pool which was therefore out of action. The noise from the wedding reception went on till about 11:30pm. I was on group tour so I don't know how much was paid for the night I spent here, if it was a low price then OK but I'd consider looking for another hotel before booking this one.

  • Stayed January 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Africana

Address: Plot 2-4 Wampewo Avenue | P.O. Box 10218, Kampala, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 58 hotels in Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Africana 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With over 200, Hotel Africana and Convention Center is conveniently located just 2 minutes from the city center and featuring panoramic views of the city skyline and surrounding hilltops. Hotel Africana and Convention Center has over the years become a symbol of excellence, sophistication and high quality service.Our Guests are warmly welcomed into the elegant lobby which leads to the attractive garden where they can enjoy the alfresco atmosphere and linger over a morning coffee or savour a traditional afternoon tea.Hotel Africana and Convention Center Feature: o 234 Roomso 8 Three Bedroom Services Apartmentso 8 Two Bedroom Services Apartments o 12 One Bedroom Services Apartments o 14 Conference Roomso Fully Equipped Gym with Swimming pool, steam, Sauna and Spao Three Restaurants and Two Bars o Laundry Serviceso Business Centero Shopping Outlets ... more   less 
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