I stayed at Red Chilli in Kampala a few weeks ago while doing some work in Uganda. This was my second time staying at Red Chilli. I stayed in a double ensuite room for $30/night.
The room itself was fine. Comparable to the first double ensuite I had but in a different part of the building. The rooms are dates with cracks in the walls and spider webs, roaches and dead bugs in the corners but I don't expect much so wasn't bothered by them. The bed was comfy and the net had no holes. The shower was hot and water pressure adequate. There was no shower curtain so the whole bathroom is soaked when you're done. Don't take your clothes in there before your shower! The food at the restaurant was good, decently priced and came quickly. The staff was friendly and everyone I talked to was lovely. They have wifi internet (not in the rooms, reception/bar area only) but it was down the whole time I was there unfortunately. Can't fault the hostel for that, it happens.
The bad: I would never want to stay in the room I was in again simply because it was directly across from the reception/bar and it is very noisy. The windows had screens but the actual window part didn't close. So I couldnt block out the noise. The music played loudly until midnight or so and even after that there were at times loud people talking (and singing) outside my window sitting on the picnic bench. The grounds people (guards? housekeepers?) also started talking/singing/yelling/banging early in the morning and it was quite loud. For someone who is going to be out partying with the rest of the folks this may not affect you. But I had to be up and at meetings at 7am some morning so those loud late nights were a bit rough.
I do plan to stay again in the future simply because I usually enjoy the atmosphere (except at 1130pm when I need to be up early!), the people are friendly, the prices cheap, the food good and the location convenient. Next time I'll be sure to ask for a room further away from reception. I may even try one of the little cottages which are cute and I hear nice inside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala Facilities: Great value accommodation: set in 5 leafy acres, in one of Kampala's quieter and safer suburbs (Butabika). We cater for self-campers and also provide dorm beds & private rooms (with or without en-suite facilities) Check-in from 2pm onwards and check-out by 10 am. Swimming Pool: 16m salt-water swimming pool with baby pool. Free of charge for our residents! Complimentary shuttle bus: operating between Red Chilli and the centre of town. We have a 10-seater minibus that departs Butabika at 9am, 12pm and 4pm daily and terminates at the Nakumatt Oasis Shopping Mall (next to Garden City Mall) on Kitante Road. Departs town at 10.30Am, 1.30Pm and 5.30Pm, also from Nakumatt Oasis. Please book ahead at reception or by email/phone to avoid disappointment as we can only take 10 passengers on each shuttle. Please note - the driver may not deviate from the set route! Special hire taxis can be arranged on request at any time and are available on site at Butabika. Fully stocked bar: open daily from 7am until midnight, with booze for sale from 10am. Lots of communal areas to kick back and relax - including a beer terrace and a separate pool-side bar. A la carte restaurant: serving excellent breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks from 6:45am until 9.30Pm. Sunday from 6:00pm -9:00pm, is a pool-side BBQ night. Mouth-watering pizzas are baked in our wood-burning pizza oven outside Mon - Sat, from 6:00pm- 9:00pm. We can offer special rates and incentives for group meals - please contact us for further details. Our inside bar, restaurant and all accommodation areas are non-smoking, however smoking is permitted on the beer terrace and at the pool bar. FREE wireless internet access (with connections available for laptops) in our reception/internet lounge area only. Available between the hours of 7am and 11pm and subject to connection. Our systems are on a timer and will shut down automatically at approx 11pm. We also have one public internet stations and a cable connection. Please understand that the internet connection in Uganda is far from perfect, and at times is very slow and erratic! Satellite TV: Offering sports and news updates in the bar area, and a choice of viewing in the residential TV room. Look out for special movie nights! Pool table, dart board and table tennis: available in return for a small (or large!) Donation to our chosen charity: The Steve Willis Memorial Fund & a security deposit of 20,000/= for the darts, balls, cues, paddles etc. The deposit is refundable, providing the items are returned in one piece and not damaged! Self-Catering Kitchen & laundry block: located in our campsite for those who would prefer to self-cater. We have a basic camp kitchen, equipped with sink, cooker, fridge & external barbecues and picnic tables - but please note, we do not provide cutlery and crockery. You must provide your own cooking utensils. Separate laundry room available next door. Library: We have a small library and welcome book swaps in return for a small donation to the Steve Willis Memorial Fund. Please ask at reception/bar. Board games: we have a small selection for use, free of charge, from behind the bar. Laundry: A hand-wash laundry service is available for residents for a small charge or there is a designated self-catering laundry block. Please ask at reception/bar for more details. No underwear, shoes or totally filthy clothing to be handed in to be washed! We cannot guarantee that the laundry will be dry on the same day, due to weather conditions. Please note that if you hand in white clothing, it will definitely be returned to you cleaner, but we cannot guarantee it will be whiter! Office Facility: we offer printing, scanning & photocopying facilities in the administration office for a donation to our charity- the Steve Willis Memorial Fund. Please note the office may not always be open - either outside of office hours or when we are out receiving deliveries etc. Just ask at the bar if the door's closed! Consumables: for sale at the bar, including cigarettes, snacks and drinks. We also sell shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and brushes, mozzie spray, postcards, stamps and other useful items at reception. For more choice, you will find several shops, markets & restaurants located within a short walking distance from Red Chilli Hideaway. Back-up generator and inverter: these keep things ticking over when the power fails, as it so often does in Uganda! When we are running on inverter or generator, please note only the lights are connected to the back-up power supply; plug sockets and fans in the rooms and bar area are not. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Chilli Hideaway Hotel Kampala