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“Good enough, but not plush”
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Rivonia Suites
Ranked #59 of 202 Kampala B&B and Inns
Pambula
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
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“Good enough, but not plush”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for seven nights in the last week of August, during a business trip to Uganda. The Rivonia came with mixed reviews (including on TripAdvisor) and this served to confuse rather than anything else. Still, I chose it because of price and location with the words of the "good reviews" still ringing in my memory.

The Rivonia is not really a hotel at all; it is a apartment complex with semi-permanent residents and a few rooms/suites rented out to travellers like me. For all that, in a country where comfort, value and security are not always what you expect, Rivonia offers all three.

The suite was large and came with a good layout, quite comfortable bed with the mandatory mosquitos nets, great bathroom - even though one reviewer seemed to dislike it because it wasn't "modern" enough. I found it fine and it had a great rain-shower head and excellent hot water supply. Everything worked, and that's not to be taken for granted in central Africa, so Rivonia excelled in this regard.

I often find TV service really quite lacking around the world, especially in my own country, but here I had dozens and dozens of channels to watch at night after work. Since there was nothing else to do in this property, and walking around the crazy, unmarked, unlit, potholed streets in the dark is definitely NOT to be countenanced, then TV seemed the ideal escape !

So on price and comfort, Rivonia wins out. On food ... it is basic beyond all my expectations and, indeed, hopes. A fixed meal every night for about $15 provides one with soup, choice of two meat dishes, some veggies, and the usual assortment of African starch concoctions. Quite disappointing after a long hard day, and especially after a much better breakfast line-up thrown in with the daily rate. So, no choices except to eat up ... or not !

Kampala abounds with cafes and quite a few supermarkets though, and so buying take-away food during the day to consume at night struck me as a much better option after the first two nights trying to cope with the fixed menu. Try the various outlets of Cafe Java or even Brood (Dutch/Belgian inspiration) for lovely snacks and sandwiches, pastries, sausage rolls and so on.

Staff at Rivonia were always helpful, even when the telephone system totally failed while trying to debit my credit card, causing it eventually to be "frozen." No real problem and we eventually sorted it out with nice staff help and great smiling attitude to life's little misfortunes.

I like this property and do recommend it, with the proviso that in food terms, what you get is not quite what you expect. And for goodness' sake, buy your own beer outside ! Would I stay there again? Yes, if I couldn't find something better and yet affordable, since Rivonia is very affordable indeed. And free wifi was EXCELLENT !

Room Tip: Think seriously about having an alternative food source for dinners at night.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I've staid in the apartment 2 nights and one day, so I didn't have time to really enjoy the place, but I can recommend it for several reasons: WIFI fast everywhere in the complex, room big and clean, gym quite new and good equiped, restaurante really good, people friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Good quiet place and would recommand anyone to try it.we stayed for about two weeks and I can a sure you our stay was super.The staff is friendly,Food was good,though sometimes we could prepare our meals since the two bedroomed apartments we stayed in have cooking facilities.For one person, the suites are perfect.Two or more persons,I recommend the two bedroom apartment. The children enjoyed their movies since each room has it's own Dstv premium packaged decorder so they could change to whichever channel they pleased. We shall definately go back to rivonia next year when we go to kampala again. Elizabeth.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Rivonia suites is a very beautiful hotel and apartment development. The rooms and apartments are absolutely gorgeous. It has all the amenities avaliable, ie. salon and spa, game room, gym and dining room with excellent food. The staff is always ready to serve and make your stay pleasant.
This hotel is the place to stay in Uganda.

The Geneural Manager Tracy is very professional and does agood Job as far as handling staff and customers is Cconcerned.

Esther Turner

Room Tip: mistake made in the rating. No swimming Pool at the Hotel. All suites are good.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Rivonia Suites
Address: Plot 1 - 7 Mbuya Road, Kampala 72646, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #59 of 202 B&Bs / Inns in Kampala
Hotel Class:3 star — Rivonia Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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