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Urban by CityBlue Kampala, Uganda
Ranked #13 of 104 Hotels in Kampala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 25, 2012

This place is a real find. It is well placed for a working visit and has good facilities and is reasonably priced. Large spotless rooms, immaculate bathrooms and a pretty garden with sparkling pool. There is a restauarant attached but no noise permeates. The wi-fi works well and the staff are delightful...including Joseph the taxi driver attached to the hotel who can provide reliable airport transfers. (safely!)
The food in the adjoining restaurant is mainly Italian influenced and very good indeed.
Two small criticisms. Bed nets would provide peace of mind and mean that it was not necessary to run the a/c so much and the hot water does take an awful long time to come through...but don't give up!

Room Tip: The garden rooms have outside seating but still access to a power socket for your laptop!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Stayed here in July 2011 on a work trip with colleagues. We were looked after fantastically the whole time - the rooms were immaculate, huge, cool and airy and a general welcome escape from the chaos of the city in that heat! It is in a quiet and safe part of town, and the staff are very helpful, professional and friendly. Overall would highly recommend to anyone looking for an oasis in Kampala run by local staff.

Room Tip: Rooms in the house are large, and generally feel more secure. Rooms in the pool house have a nice pa...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank Nia S
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

Fantastic place, very safe, great service, perfect location. The rooms have all the facilities you need. They are of very high standard, quite stylish, comfortable, and 100% clean. The staff is very friendly and professional. I love the fact that breakfast is served around a huge table which invites mingling with the other guests (I found this particularly nice since I was there on my own, at least for the first half of my stay). Their Italian restaurant is just fab! Also the snacks they offer in the guesthouse area is of very high quality. I love that they have a gym. Although it is not super-well-equipped it is more than enough, and better than many other hotel gyms (N.B. there are no mats in case you're into floor-based exercises and/or stretching). Their internet works very well. The photos that you find on this website are very representative (I did not find a reason to add my own cause they are so similar to those already uploaded here). Also, the information on the guesthouse website is very correct. They deliver exactly what they promise - and even more!!

In short, it offers the perfect retreat and is excellent value for money! I have been coming and going to K'la on a more or less regular basis over the last 7 years, staying at various hotels, but now I have found my home away from home and will never consider staying anywhere else. In fact, I wish every city had this type of guesthouse!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank johanna b
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

Great rooms, comfy beds, nice shower, wonderful swimming pool, good food. But most of all: nice, spontaneous staff, very helpful people with a great sense of humour.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank SanneRoemen
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Reviewed December 16, 2011

I stayed here for two weeks on business in Kampala. Perfect choice. Great place to stay. Pool a welcome relief from the lovely sunshine. Rooms are comfortable, well appointed although a little small. It's also not particularly cheap, but well worth it. Small gym is lovely although the running machine was a little faulty. Restaurant next door has friendly staff and good food. Definitely staying here again when I return to Kampala.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

I stayed here for only one night on a trip to Uganda, having ealrier stayed at the Sheraton and the Protea. This was much nicer, low key but high standard, with a great pool. It was a bit more like a villa and although it wasn't particularly cheap ( about $100 us for a night). It is getting 4 stars because there was a delay on getting the room cleaned ( it was late in the afternoon when I arrived) and it was sunday and the restaurant was closed ( which I didn't know about).

Room Tip: there are very few rooms, all similar
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Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
2  Thank timmydes
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

I don't know how I found this wonderful mid-town retreat, but around 90% of these reviews give it 5 stars, and I'm about to do the same. This is just the perfect place to stay in Kampala, quite handy to most of the places you will want to go to. But there is somewhat of a temptation to go absolutely nowhere and to enjoy Mamba Point itself!

The overall impression here is that you are a house guest in someone's private -- and very well appointed -- home. And that's exactly what it was until quite recently; Guido and Fiona, mentioned in earlier reviews, have apparently sold the business and the associated restaurant and pizza joint. However, it doesn't seem to have changed the personality of the property.

There are only nine rooms here. Six in a lovely detached building at the back of the beautiful pool, and another three which are converted bedrooms of what was indeed Guido's own house. (Wisdom from guests who have stayed here regularly is that it's best to stay in the separate building.) The rooms are not large, but very comfortable. The bathrooms are spacious and well appointed. The attention to detail is what you'd find in the guest room of a nice private home. Each room has a nice balcony/porch, a nice place to relax in the very comfortable weather of Kampala (it's about 3,900 ft above sea level, never too hot or cold).

I guess that's it's really the ambiance of the property that makes is so compelling though. Your fellow guests (a much higher proportion than normal have returned more than once) are generally a well-travelled and interesting lot, the people I met during my short stay all had some kind of business in Africa, and all that I met had stayed at Mamba Point before. The breakfast table is communal, your breakfast is cooked to order by the friendly staff. You'll pick up some very useful tips around the table for your stay in Kampala, and I picked up a traveling companion for a day trip down to some of the more remote villages and beaches on Lake Victoria.

The pool is just beautiful, and there's a small gym and a proper sauna in an adjacent building. There's a pleasant indoor lounge room and a formal dining setting, but it's pretty unlikely that you'll want to move indoors. The well-appointed outdoor bar area by the pool can spontaneously become a fun evening if your fellow guests are so inclined. Everything about this place is just as you would do it if you were building yourself the ultimate private courtyard playground -- not flashy like commercial bars and hotels, just well designed and built, with quality fittings.

Likewise the staff have all been trained to provide friendly, competent and discrete service. They are all very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble, but they don't have the fake airline-stewardess smiles and over-the-top gestures that you'd find in a big hotel. Just genuine, warm people trying to do their best for their small number of guests. The only downside I can see of this approach is that the service tends to end pretty early, there's no staff apart from the security guards past about 11:00 pm. After that, if you're staying in for the night, it's up to you and the other guests to create your own fun. Or kick back and watch the big flat screen TV in your room. (Mind you, there's plenty to do in Kampala in the evenings.)

The Italian restaurant on the other side of the car park (and totally separate from the guesthouse, you won't even notice it's there unless you're in it) provides similar excellent service with very tasty food. In addition there is a Mamba Point pizza place away from the property -- I didn't have a chance to try it, but you can order pizza to be delivered to the guest house.

Most reviewers have noted the tranquility of this property ... yes, it's a cliche, but it really is an oasis not far from the centre of a busy and bustling town. I should add that's it's not outrageously expensive for what it is, something like US$120 per night in August, well worth it. Try it, if you want somewhere different and personal you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Only nine rooms -- book well in advance!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Urban by CityBlue Kampala, Uganda

Address: 22 Akii Bua Road, Kampala, Uganda (Formerly Mamba Point Guesthouse)
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Kampala
#10 Luxury Hotel in Kampala
Price Range: $110 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Urban by CityBlue Kampala, Uganda 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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