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“could do better, not all bad, nice to have a swimming pool” 3 of 5 stars
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Tal Cottages
Ranked #62 of 92 Hotels in Kampala
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“could do better, not all bad, nice to have a swimming pool”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We decided to stay at Tal cottages partly because of the swimming pool and gardens.. This was our 7th visit to Kampala. We were met at the airport by the son of the proprietor. Expect to pay 80,000 Ug sh. The pool was functioning and seemed to be properly maintained.. There were sun loungers round the pool and a pleasant outlook from the gardens, over the Kabaka's Lake. The access road is rough but once in the compound things look better. The staff were pleasant and willing to assist; the cleaners appeared cheerful and consciencious. There was a mosquito net, but few mosquitos visible so we did not use it. Sheets and towels were clean. Our double room ( upstairs in one of the 2 story pinkish buildings) suffered from the often found issues one encounters in Uganda. There was only one light bulb in our room, ( several missed opportunities), but the lighting in the shower/ toilet was fine and the loo flushed adequately. We had 2 x 3 pin electric wall sockets and they both worked, We did not try the TV but heard one in the next room so it probably worked. There was an electric hot shower with also a mysterious assortment of pipes and taps on the wall. We needed help to get it to work, but it did if we were not using it at a time of peak demand. The dinners ( hot buffet style) were tasty. Dinner was put out at 7.30pm. Go punctually if there are groups staying or you will find all the food has gone by around 7.40pm. Should not be no more than 20,000 Ug sh for dinner including a soda. There are also 'Cottages'. They are a row of single story dwellings attached to each other. They are potentially suitable for family groups and have a sitting room and very basic kitchen. The one we saw had a fridge but no way to plug it in and lumpy pillows. Plumbing needs attention. The cottages are overdue for refurbishment but might be pleasant if updated. There is another block several stories high overlooking the pool. We did not see these rooms. They often seemed to be used by groups. If you do stay, try a walk around the Kabaka's Lake around dawn ( not alone and not with valuables) and see weaver birds and others and experience a cross section of urban life. Would we visit again?............possibly.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

No hot water the first night and no water the next night. Restaurant has poor service and hotel staff don't communicate with each other on reservations. Light fixtures hanging loose and cracks in doors. But, maybe that's Africa. It compared to another place we stayed in another city.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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JjuukoM, Guest Relations Manager at Tal Cottages, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear jay
Thank you for the review we apologies for not being able to meet your expectation,the whole Rubaga area of the city was expriencing repair of water system.we promise to serve you better next time.
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Property: Tal Cottages
Address: Rubaga Road, Kampala 256, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 92 Hotels in Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tal Cottages is located on a hill overlooking the scenic Nabunya valley and the kabaka’s lake (a historical manmade lake and major urban tourist attraction), 45 minutes to commute to Entebbe international Airport and 10 minutes to Kampala city. Tal Cottages, “TALC,” has 65 rooms, 4 conference rooms,self-contained cottages, two swimming pools, , conference facilities with fast and reliable internet ... more   less 
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