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“Great place, solid amenities” 4 of 5 stars
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Jackson Crescent Plot 5, Jinja, Uganda   |  
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Ranked #6 of 19 Jinja B&B and Inns
Kampala, Kampala, Uganda
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11 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great place, solid amenities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We took some visiting friends to Jinja for an overnight and were pleasantly surprised by 2 friends. Our reservation experience was good and check-in was painless. The hotel has a great set of amenities: nice pool, a charming restaurant, a mini-golf course, and very nice rooms. The food was very good although the menu was limited.

The bad thing about 2 friends is sadly unchangeable: location, location, location! While the benefits of 2 friends are numerous, it's hard for it to compete with lodges that are right on the river.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Breda, The Netherlands
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8 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

this is a very very nice place to stay. you get great value for money, since a few years there are swimming facilities and the staff is very friendly.
At night you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant and great food as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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byron bay
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

receptionist was rude, room was very average and for $105 US I would expect a lot more in all departments. $30 to $40 over priced if you ask me!
We have found this to be the case in most places we have stayed in Uganda.
food, labour,transport and everyday living is super cheap here but all accommodation is mainly run by foreign investors looking for fast cash.
pool was nice though.

Room Tip: rooms by the pool look much nicer, but are even more expensive
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Utrecht
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104 hotel reviews
Reviews in 112 cities Reviews in 112 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

I was in 2 friends in 2010 and returned with the memories I had from last time. The place is looks great but the service level has decreased a lot. One the first night the staff "forgot" to clean my room. I had to wait more than 90 minutes for a pizza in the restaurant. The creditcard machine did not work (I heard the some from a collegue who was here 2 months ago), so I had to get cash from the ATM (the ATM limit for a non Uganda card is about 1.5 nights or a night and a meal, so for 3 days, I had to make 3 trips to the ATM) and the staff shows a general lack of interest. I am really sorry to see this nice place a down. Wireless internet is free, but the speed is very very low. I think I will look for an alternative on my next visit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Kampala, Uganda
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12 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

This was our 4th stay at 2 Friends in the last 2 years. It is definitely one of the best places to stay in Jinja. The poolside rooms are more expensive but are worth it. The pool is small but the atmosphere is usually peaceful.

The rooms are well laid out, tastefully decorated, well equipped and very comfortable. There are the usual ‘maintenance issues’ e.g. shower fittings missing, taps not secured to the surface, holes in mozzie nets, noisy fans, but these are normal in Uganda.

Some of the staff make you feel like you are an inconvenience. Even a simple request is responded to with a glare, others have said the same. A smile would go a long way! On another visit we had gone out one morning for a while. On our return the maid complained; “how am I supposed to clean your room if you take the key away!” She must have used the master key because the room had been cleaned.
I’m sure this is not the case with all staff, just many of those we have encountered over the last 4 visits. However, the owner/manager Karl has always been very welcoming and helpful. Also, the security men at the gate are always smiling.

The laundry is free – which is fantastic. But be careful – if you are in the room when the laundry is collected, the maid will ask you for money up front. Do not pay – this is a trick – instead request for the cost to be added to the bill. It will not appear on the bill. I would have left a tip for the person who did the washing only she tried to trick us.

The food is good but I wouldn’t recommend the Pizza. We waited for 2 hours only to be given cold food. The Indian food is probably the best option (note: hot = very hot!). But, bring a deck of cards or a good book for the wait. The breakfast is basic and repetitive but it does the job.

2 Friends Guesthouse is in a good location. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the town centre i.e. close enough but not too close. If there is a concert in town (or an infamous all night church service) it will keep you awake, but that’s the same throughout Jinja and in most parts of Uganda.

Overall, I would recommend 2 Friends. It is a good get-away and better than most of the competition in this price range.

In Uganda always carry good earplugs and a roll of tape to fix the mozzie net. Some good jokes would be good to cheer up the staff at 2 Friends.

Room Tip: Poolside rooms are best.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

After a long 23 hour trip we were welcomed at 2.30am and shown to our poolside room. For the next 14 nights 2 friends was like home from home - a great place to chill out. A wonderful atmosphere and friendly staff with great food (especially the steaks!) and two different restaurants and bar - clearly the locals like it as well. There is a nice clean pool and good housekeeping service (laundry free of charge). Only a short motorbike (taxi) ride away from Jinja ... but in a little world of its own. We would definitely go back.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Frederick, Maryland
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Our family stayed at 2 Friends for three nights in poolside rooms. We were in several countries over a period of 3 weeks and this was hands-down our favorite place to stay. Beautifully landscaped, clean, quiet, secure, very comfortable and attentive staff. Having the restaurant right there for dinner was the BEST. Delicious fresh pineapple juice and the most yummy goat biryani I have ever had. Their entrees take about 45 minutes but they are well worth the wait! I wish this place was in the States!!!

Room Tip: poolside accomodations are wonderful!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about 2 Friends Guest House

Address: Jackson Crescent Plot 5, Jinja, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Eastern Region > Jinja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Jinja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2Friends Guesthouse is located in the warm heart of Jinja, near Jinja town and with only 10 min walking distance to the Source of the Nile. The atmosphere is peaceful and serene, beautifully decorated with African art and craft. Come to us, you will feel at home. ... more   less 

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