This is a Christian Guest House, owned by the Church of Uganda, so there is no alcohol for sale. I have stayed in Uganda 7 times now and during htis time I have stayed in 2 other guest houses in Kampala. This is by far the best. You have to remember that you are in a developing country though. In Uganda the pressure of water is weak so having water actually come through the showers is a bonus. This guest house had lots of hot water. It is immaculately kept and spotlessly clean.
The usual problems can arise, e.g. they have British electrical 3 pin sockets but the TV has 2 round pins. Because of this our plugs can slip in and out easily and so batteries don't always get charged, but I have found this to be the case everywhere. Like all the other hotels I have stayed in in Uganda, the walls are thin and in the Namirembe there are louvre windows above the room doors. Unfortunately, while we were there on this trip there were a group of very loud Americans who completely ignored the rule on the noticeboard to be considerate to other guests after 10pm and were obviously not capable of thinking of such a thing themselves.
The Namirembe shines because they really do have a magnifenct view over the city of Kampala as the hotel is situated on one of the hills surrounding the city. Be aware that not all of the rooms have this view though. However, the restaurant comprises tables out of doors from which you can leisurely enjoy the panoramic views, as well as indoor tables. Breakfast is beautifully presented and eggs / omelettes are cooked fresh and hot to order. It is possible to have lunch and evening meals there too. On Fridays they have a barbecue. The meals are kind of Ugandan, but with Chips on offer too. You serve yourself from a buffet unless you are having a meal off the menu. Again, I have not had any stomach upset whilst staying at the NGH. Service is excellent, especially from a young waiter called Mike, who really tries to give you his best for the hotel in a friendly but polite manner.
There are very few rooms with double beds, though there are plenty of twin rooms and single rooms and a few family rooms. Some have verandahs overlooking the city and all are en suite. The best place I find is in the hotel above reception, but this is upstairs. There are various buildings of different styles on the grounds. They have a Business Centre with Internet facilites, a hairdressing salon, a juice cafe and the restaurant. There is even a small craft shop onsite.
A twin room costs 82,000/- per night for bed and breakfast and a single costs 72,000/-. (Currently the exchange rate is good for us - almost 4,000/- to the £) This is excellent value for excellent service, excellent food and a fantastic view. I certaily will go there for the foreseeable future and I go a couple of times a year with the charity I represent.
- Also Known As:
- Namirembe Guest House Hotel
- Namirembe Guest House Hotel Kampala