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Urban by CityBlue Kampala, Uganda
Ranked #16 of 100 Hotels in Kampala
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Sandnes, Norway
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“Very relaxing stay”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

A wonderful place to stay, and it's a treat to relax by the pool after work. Wonderful food in the morning and in the restaurant .Best food ever.
the rooms are not in fashion but it got really good beds and pillows . The good thing is that there only a few rooms. (which makes the pool a relaxing place for a swim and a drink.)

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Kampala, Uganda
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2012

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If you’re in Kampala on business there are a huge host of options for accommodation available in nearly every price range. However, if you’re tired of the standard-package hotel ( that looks just like every other hotel in every other capital of the world) and want something a little smaller, quieter but still affordable then Mamba Point Guest House is the your choice.

Many people have visited one of Kampala’s best known Italian restaurants never knowing that there’s a guest house right next door. Of course, this is part of the charm – the guest house is well hidden behind a high wall covered with ivy and once you shut the gate behind you you’re in another world.

The amenities are moderate but it’s hard to think of something you might need and they don’t already provide. Swimming pool? Check. Small gym and sauna? Check and check. Excellent and free WIFI? Check. Satellite television? Check. Tea, coffee, hot water kettle, and small refrigerator in your room? Check all three. Free breakfast included in the price? Check. Small bar steps from your room? Check. Laundry that is returned promptly the next day with all pieces intact? Check. Air conditioning (not that you need it most of the time)? Check.

The staff are helpful and accommodating without being overbearing. Need to leave your luggage for a few days while travelling up country? No problem. Need directions, a taxi, to know the cost of getting to Jinja? They have the answers. After a few stays it’s like you become one of the family and they remember and greet you by name.

Located centrally in Nakasero staying at Mamba Point will mean that you’re still in the centre of it all without feeling like you’re in the middle of the city. It’s walking distance to a number of fine restaurants, coffee shops and the Garden City / Oasis malls. Cross over to the other side of Nakasero hill and you can be downtown in about a 20 minute walk. If you’re in need of meeting space there is a family-style living room and veranda as well as the restaurant next door where meetings can be easily held.

The last time we checked there was a fair bit of construction going on in expansion of the kitchen and some of the other rooms but the guest house is very accommodating around this and there’s no drilling or hammering going on in the wee hours of the morning.

The rates are reasonable for all of the above at $115 USD for a single and $150 USD for a double. Credit cards are taken but, like in most places, there is a small additional charge for using them. Make sure to book ahead of time as there are a limited amount of rooms and in the tourist high season it tends to fill quickly.

Did we already mention that you’re steps away from some of the best Italian food in Kampala? Can’t beat that!

Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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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wales
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Lund, Sweden
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Property: 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:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Kampala
#11 Luxury Hotel in Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Urban by CityBlue Kampala, Uganda 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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