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Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel
Plot M79, Lugard Avenue | P.O. Box 553, Entebbe 90, Uganda   |  
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Ranked #20 of 21 Hotels in Entebbe
Birmingham, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Near the airport”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This hotel is tired, very tired. It's a shame because the bones of this facility are really great and the property has tons of potential but her best years are behind her at this time. The rooms are large but the bathrooms are small and strangely modern (Ruby red glass sinks?).

Wifi is $10 a day. At the listed rate of $200 per night there is no value and you are overpaying significantly.

The only great thing this hotel has going for it is the proximity to the airport. It's practically next door.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Half of this hotel has been renovated and half hasn't. The half which has been is quite pleasant and the rooms are fairly modern and well conditioned. Unfortunately, we were in the half which hasn't been renovated. The room was full of old furniture, very dated and had a couple of large cockroaches roaming around the bathroom. Overall, not a pleasant experience. Other than the rooms, the rest of the hotel is okay and the garden area has spectacular views over Lake Victoria.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Casper, Wyoming
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6 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The only remaining legacy is the name. Dirty rest rooms, miserable looking staff and to crown it all stale food. Have had several meals here but it only goes from bad to worse. The fruit desert always looks like it's been frozen for months and the vegetable salad looks horrible. I always avoid it in fear of food poisoning. Only visit if you want to prove me wrong

Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I have always favoured another hotel in Entebbe, but through the course of work we were booked to stay here at the once charming Botanical. I say once, because I am sure in it's heyday, it was a marvellous establishment with the spacious rooms, wood panelled walls and lush tropical gardens. It has been caught in a time warp and very little has been done to modernise the facility or give the old girl a face lift.

Lets start at the beginning. I was collected from the airport from a courteous sign bearer and driven to the hotel. On arrival the young girl behind the counter at reception was pleasant but not too clued up on the stay and the billing as per my reservation. The room I was allocated was on the first floor which was found after a walk through a labyrinth of passages and stairs. The elevators are out of order, so stairs it was. The room was clean, and the size enormous. An 8x8 room with a bed big enough for a small Ugandan village to sleep on. The mattress was probably THE most uncomfortable that I have slept on since Madagascar 2010. But the aircon is a win. It could make snow cones from the beads of sweat you produce from the stair climb....

The bathroom has obviously been redone, as the twin basins in the vanity were Porn Star Red with glitter, so out of context to the yellow and grey tiling of the walls. Kitch would be an understatement!!! The shower had no the water pressure, so much so that the dual control shower only allowed me to use the hand held extension for washing. When toggled back to spout from the main shower head which is elevated above the head, it produced a trickle of water, insufficient to wet a hand cloth.

The food was not great. The team of international delegates actually boycotted the lunch on the second day in favour of eating offsite as the food was so bad. The only evening meal I had was reminiscent of my army days, concocted by a non qualified infantry man in the middle of the trenches. It was bad. The buffet which was set up in an area that made seeing your selection difficult through low light was interesting. The selection of the day had become dried out and the "lamb" was tough and fatty. The rest of the selection did not look appetising at all. The only redemption is that on my final bill at checkout, they had not charged me for dinner. I didn't let them know!!!

I think the best thing that the imperial hotel could do is close down the place, consider a revamp and train their staff.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Arrived here with a little trepidation seeing some of the negative reviews. Yes , there were some signs of decay, eg missing tiles around the swimming pool, disorganised catering with the starter arriving 15 minutes after the wrong main course. The hotel however had lovely views over the Lake Victoria with spacious gardens and very spacious rooms. Staff were helpful and dis their best to make a conference of 100+ happy.

Internet worked ok but was a bit innefficient, one had to buy a pass every day, would have been better to have had a pass for the whole week. More could be made of the water font eg . Make canoes available for hire.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Like most large hotels in this region, they have a cash infusion from a presidential visit and then the place falls a part from there on. Rooms are decent but bathrooms have broken fixtures and shower heads that do not work. Over priced 2 star hotel with mediocre food that is greatly over priced for quality.

Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights the prices were affordable the rooms are very spacious and tastefully furnished. Especially impressive were the bathrooms and the closets. It is centrally located a few minutes walk to the town which was good.
The only downside were the lake flies that swarm esp during the night, the food was not creative at all, it was exactly the same for the entire 3 days. Wi Fi too was for sale at $5 for 24hrs.
Despite all that it is a good place to visit for a short stay

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel

Address: Plot M79, Lugard Avenue | P.O. Box 553, Entebbe 90, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Entebbe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 21 Hotels in Entebbe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel is the finest convention centre located on the shores of lake Victoria in Entebbe. It is a global landmark hotel that existed since the colonial times. It is a 30 minutes Drive from Kampala and 8 Minutes drive to the Airport. The offers 222 luxurious accommodation streaming with natural light open to areas of enclosed glass, delivering spectacular breath- taking view of lake Victoria. This Colonial Hotel is a adjacent to the famous Botanical Gardens and is a five-minute walk to the Wildlife Education Center (Zoo) . Our hotel is one of the finest conventional centers in the world and widely known for hosting most of the International Workshops/Conferences in Uganda and regularly used by tourists. It has a reputation of hosting major events in Uganda including the most recognizable one, hosting two former US Presidents, H.E. Bill Clinton and H.E . George W.Bush and also hosting the CHOGM Youth Conference that took place in 2007 and to -date it remains a Conventional centre streaming with Residential Workshops and Conferences. ... more   less 
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