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Urban by CityBlue

22 Akii Bua Road Nakasero Hill, Kampala Uganda
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#21 of 250 hotels in Kampala
Superbly located and nestled on the Nakasero Hill adjacent to the site of the former Mamba Point restaurant next to the regional headquarters of Britam Insurance, Ericsson, Norwegian Embassy and Nakasero Hospital. It is also in close proximity to South African, Indian and Nigeria Embassies. Urban by CityBlue is a veritable oasis of calm amidst the mayhem than can be Kampala. And yet, Urban by CityBlue is only 5 minutes’ drive from the city center, Kampala Golf Club, Major malls (Acacia Mall, Garden City and Oasis) where you find all major banks, Airlines, Tours and Travels, Forex Bureaus and Supermarkets (Multi-National and local).
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Coffee shop
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Poolside bar
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Clothes rack
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Ross10001 wrote a review Feb 2020
Nairobi, Kenya89 contributions85 helpful votes
Best thing about this place is the staff. They made special orders for my room service. Everyone was kind, courteous and polite. The issue is the hotel layout, with every room overlooking the pool and restaurant, there is no proper quiet until 10 or 1030pm. Impossible to think. Also, wifi was functional but not reliable for important international live correspondence.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled on business
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kenc wrote a review Jan 2020
Guildford, United Kingdom570 contributions264 helpful votes
We've stayed here before. First time was good, second time not quite as good. I wrote a big review of the place. So, you can imagine that I was very surprised to find that this year I could stay at the Kampala Serena for less than I paid here last year. We booked a room for a relative and on two separate occasions we came her to eat a meal in the restaurant Café Mamba. It was disappointing. We discovered that the enthusiastic staff that were here last time had all left. There is still no sign of any management of this place whatsoever and the areas around the pool are now starting to look a bit tatty where the sunbeds have been moved exposing large patches of bare earth. The food was not the best. They have new menus but they contain all the old meals. Surely it could have been an opportunity to change the items on the menu. We had drinks in the bar. My wife had a glass of wine that she thought was awful. I tried and agreed it was bad. So, she ordered a more expensive wine. On a hunch, I had a nagging suspicion about this place so I walked up to the bar where the barman was pouring the wine to find he was pouring it from the cheap bottle that we had already decided was bad. I caught him out. He then started blaming the waiter for having told him to give us the 'house wine'. But, I bet you the more expensive wine would somehow have found its way onto our bill. And, thus ends our four year relationship with this hotel!!
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Date of stay: December 2019
Sleep Quality
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Stewart Howard wrote a review Jan 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa19 contributions
This is one of those hotels that is not fantastic but is also not bad . The service from Staff is good,the rooms are functional and basic. The biggest disappointments were the WIFI and Breakfasts. The wifi kept dropping and I was moved to another room as 202 had no wifi except at the door. The breakfast (at Cafe Mambo) is however a huge disappointment. There is no real cold buffet and only the basics are available. The juices and waters available are luke warm not very pleasant. The hot foods on offer did not look appetising at all. In honesty I had a cup of coffee and chose to pay for breakfast at another restuarant. While my stay was pleasant enough this i not a hotel I would put on my #1 list. My note to the management: treat your breakfast staff to a breakfast at one of the larger hotels, this will give them an idea of how short they are falling of the standard. Also there is no facilities to add a gratuity for good service on the bill. I feel this is important as it does encourage waitrons to up the standard. A special mention to Hannington, your service was impeccable and You are an asset to Cafe Mambo.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
Alenyo wrote a review Jan 2020
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A new hotel in Kampala with fast internet.The Restaurant service is fas. Rooms are clean and good with modern facilities e.g IPTV. Submit restaurant has a perfect view of the City.You should always try this great hotel in town.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
kay m wrote a review Dec 2019
johannesburg2 contributions
The Service has deteriorated significantly since my last stay and no one seems to be the least bit bothered. Transfer arrangements were a mess. They KNOWINGLY used milk that was off to make soup for lunch. The WiFi doesn't work for more than 5minutes at a time.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from gfatuma, Digital Marketing Assistant at Urban by CityBlue
Responded Jan 20, 2020
Dear Valued Customer, We are truly sorry to read about this unfortunate incident. CityBlue Hotels are dedicated to providing the best possible guest experience and pride ourselves on the recorded satisfaction of many of our previous customers as can be seen in preceding reviews. Your feedback is appreciated and we hope that you will give us a second chance so you can experience the CityBlue standard. It is our promise that this matter is being looked into and we would love to do so in consultation with you so kindly leave us with your contact details and a member of our team will be in touch. Yours in hospitality, Gloria
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Frequently Asked Questions about Urban by CityBlue
Which popular attractions are close to Urban by CityBlue?
Nearby attractions include Uganda Museum (0.6 miles), Mayfair Casino & Club (0.7 miles), and World War II Memorial (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Urban by CityBlue?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Urban by CityBlue?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Urban by CityBlue?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a poolside bar, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Urban by CityBlue?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Urban by CityBlue?
Conveniently located restaurants include Asian Fusion, Cafe Javas, and The Lawns.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Urban by CityBlue?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Urban by CityBlue located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Kampala.
Are any cleaning services offered at Urban by CityBlue?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Urban by CityBlue offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Urban by CityBlue?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Kasubi Tombs (1.8 miles).