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Source of the Smile Guesthouse

Plot 39 Kiira Road, Jinja Uganda
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The Guesthouse is run by Icelandic & Swedish people in a safe residential area in Jinja, only 5 minutes from The source of the river Nile & 5 minutes from Jinja town. The Guesthouse is almost fully organic and built with pure art & design, great breakfast & free fast WIFI! Relaxing swimming-pool area, self-contained rooms & suites! Almost all rooms have their own relaxing terrace/lounge. Food from the most popular restaurants in Jinja(management is in the family) Our Guesthouse accommodation varies from $65-110 with breakfast included. Some of the Guesthouse amenities: • Free fast WiFi • Free breakfast • Swimming pool • Rooms with terrace • Bar & Lounge • Food delivery service(from the most popular restaurants in Jinja) • All rooms self-contained with hot-shower • Laundry-service • Room service •24 hours open reception • Free parking
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Wasswa Arthur wrote a review Jun 2020
Kampala, Uganda114 contributions22 helpful votes
As Ellert the owner would describe his place. “We are in the sleeping business”. This guesthouse is quiet, colorful and beautiful. It’s great to unwind and get away from all the chaos. The decor is so intricate and was all built up by the owner over the years. I enjoy staying here and chatting to the owner so much whenever I get the chance. Thanks for always having me and running this place like a well oiled machine.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Mahsita wrote a review Jun 2020
Mureck, Austria13 contributions9 helpful votes
We spent 3 wonderful days at this paradise and enjoyed absolutely everything about it. Ellert, the owner is such a kind, considerate and helpful host. He and his wife, Margaret, took great care of us and went above and beyond. The design is very nice and unique, the bungalows are very comfortable, the pool is small but very inviting and perfect to relax. There is a delightful bar/common area to enjoy a drink. The location is very good and central. Perfect for a walk across the Nile and close to the city center. We would definitely go back there and can recommend it to anybody that looks for making connections and listen to some interesting stories by Ellert.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Emily M wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
My husband and I had been camping around Uganda for several weeks and all I wanted was a beautiful, clean, lovely place to stay with a HOT SHOWER and clean, comfortable bed. I called The Source of The Smile one night after a cold shower at our OTHER RESORT, and the receptionist said we could check in at anytime, that they would be there “waiting for us!” When we arrived the next morning, the people at The Source of the Smile treated us like family. No really, they did. They gave us fresh homemade Hibiscus juice, a beautiful room and the best company. That was important considering our timing..... During our visit, we were dealing with travel delays and stresses as a result of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. It was interesting to me how as stressful as this was for everyone, (and surely the resort as well) we were treated with such warmth, comfort and joy. We felt like we found a little beautiful sanctuary away from the rest of the craziness happening around the world. From the customer service, the beautiful rooms, peaceful surroundings and great shower 🙌, this place has it all. I’m not one to post reviews but it would be such a disservice not to take advantage of this opportunity to show appreciation for such a great experience. Happy travels!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Kathryn R wrote a review Mar 2020
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Coming from California, our party of 3 had an ideal stay here. Instantly we were greeted by the amazing staff. Source of the Smile has a serene and luscious landscape with immaculately clean rooms and bedding. The style is fresh and the lighting all around in the garden areas and rooms are perfect. The free breakfast comprises of fresh fruit, bread, eggs, vegetables (probably depends on the day) and homegrown coffee. Tea, filtered water and sometimes small snacks are readily available at all times. The bathrooms are super spacious with western commodities. The owners are a beautiful couple we happened to meet on our first night there. They are an inspiring fusion of the East and West and it shines through in their design and love for their business. Their attention to detail and welcoming nature is impressive. I highly recommend staying here. You won’t regret it.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Marie E wrote a review Mar 2020
Bergen, Norway1 contribution
We were 11 students from Norway staying at the source of the smile for the weekend. The facilities were 10/10, with a lovely pool and lounge area. The staff and owner were lovely and welcoming. The breakfast was also very good, loved the pancakes. We would definitely recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
$96 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
UgandaEastern RegionJinja
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Frequently Asked Questions about Source of the Smile Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Source of the Smile Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Source of the Nile - Speke Monument (0.9 miles), Victoria Nile (4.2 miles), and 2Friends Bar (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Source of the Smile Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Source of the Smile Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Source of the Smile Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Source of the Smile Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Moti Mahal, Jinja Sailing Club, and The Source Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Source of the Smile Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Source of the Smile Guesthouse have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Source of the Smile Guesthouse offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Source of the Smile Guesthouse located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Jinja.
Are any cleaning services offered at Source of the Smile Guesthouse?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Source of the Smile Guesthouse?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Source of the Nile - Speke Monument (0.9 miles).
Is Source of the Smile Guesthouse accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.