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Grand Imperial Hotel
Ranked #68 of 103 Hotels in Kampala
Carlinville, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“historic charm”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

This "vintage" hotel has beautiful architectural details which take you back to a simpler time of "dumb waiters" and carved wood. The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast buffet was very good. The pool is nice, but water can be chilly sometimes. The staff were helpful and my stay was fine and also a good value. I did have trouble accessing the WIFI so keep that in mind.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I was booked in this hotel because the conference I was attending was here.

It is not a "business hotel", and some of my co-travelers were not happy with that.

However, the place has charme - lots of heavy wood, pretty spacious rooms with leather furniture, a nice terrace for breakfast or afternoon Tuskers. The rate was very competitive (probably a third or half of the Sheraton next door), and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

I would come back, in particular if it were for a leisure trip.

Room Tip: I had a corner room - 212 - which was quite big, with a separate seating area etc. The aircondition...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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imperialhotelsUG, Public Relations Manager at Grand Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2015
Dear Okaapi,

Thank you for choosing our hotel, and for taking the time to write a review!
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations, as well as the meals, Tusker's and the environment.
Our hotel aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future.
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Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

The terrace is a nice venue in the evening with live music, but the rooms are looking tired.
Queen size bed - but you can sleep diagonally if you're tall ;-)
Service's good and the location is central.

Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Bengaluru, India
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17 reviews
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I have been staying at the Grand Imperial since 2006 and it’s a nice, calm and value for money hotel in the heart of Kampala. All staff members including the manager are very friendly and always there to assist you. Cabs and the currency exchange shops are just outside the reception. I always stay in room No: 312 a very large comfortable room with all the amenities that a busy businessman needs at the end of the day and that too at an affordable price. Complimentary breakfast is excellent and food well priced and the main attraction is the live Congolese band that plays during the evenings – Overall a good experience and will always stay at the Grand Imperial whenever I am in Kampala.

Room Tip: I always stay in Room No: 312 which is calm and quite.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

been to the sheraton - its expensive and crap
the imperial is better cos its cheaper but when the power cuts our and they dont have generators worry - the taps and stuff are rubbish in the bathroom
the place has had its day
the staff are lazy as well - the room was not made until 4 the next day - had to find towels from the staff
went to the triangle and will go again
i dont expect to be treated as special person but when you pay your money I dont expect to be ripped off

Room Tip: dont go there
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Would recommend that someone stays here. The rooms are fine, food perfect, and staff very friendly + good service. However the price is on the high side. This need to be reviewed downwards. Good location - centrally located and so shopping malls, clubs and restaurants are very local to you.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Dubai
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52 reviews
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

The location is a great plus and that is about it. The Grand Imperial hasn't got much that stands out. The rooms are ok, except for a musty smell from the carpets. The wifi didn't work when I checked in. The food is average. For the price that you pay, I would have expected something better...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Grand Imperial Hotel
Address: Nile Avenue and Speke Road, Kampala, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #68 of 103 Hotels in Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Imperial Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 103
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