I booked Fairway for a group of 5 (a triple room and a double room), and I would not say I was very impressed. While the grounds were very pretty (this was clearly quite a nice hotel in another decade) and the location was good, the rooms themselves were quite run down. It took about 25 minutes for the water to get hot (I actually called to get it repaired, which was how we discovered that if you just left it running for an obscene amount of time it worked), the beds were not very comfortable, and the internet was spotty. I also would be a bit concerned about security - I had $50 taken from an envelope of USD. At first I thought I must have misplaced it (even though it was there when I left the room, and not when I returned, and was the only $50 bill in an envelope of $20s, so I know I didn't just miscount), but I've heard from other travelers that it is actually quite a common tactic - someone will take just a little bit of money from a larger amount, because then you are less likely to report the theft, assuming it is just your mistake. I followed up with the hotel to ask about it and they never got back to me. They also tried to charge me a ridiculous exchange rate (substantially less advantageous than the one posted) when I tried to pay for my room in Ugandan shillings rather than USD.
In any case, the balconies were nice, the rooms were big, the location was good, but I would not recommend the Fairway Hotel - the security issues and spotty basics (internet and hot water) were really a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairway Hotel is one of the oldest and most reputable hotels in Kampala serving the community since 1969. Located on Nakasero, guests can enjoy views of the Uganda Golf Club, the lush Kitante Valley and the Kololo Hill. Our rooms are spread over four blocks within a plush landscape of trim lawns, flower bushes, and diverse palm species. We are within a 10min walk of town, malls, movie theaters, grocery stores, restaurants, and golf course. We have restaurants, a lounge/bar, pool, gym, conference/meeting room facilities and large gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairway Hotel Kampala