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“Hotel Diplomat safe and sound at the top of the Hill”
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Hotel Diplomate
Ranked #77 of 100 Hotels in Kampala
Durban SA / Berkshire , UK
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“Hotel Diplomat safe and sound at the top of the Hill”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Lovely sunset from balcony, a million miles from the bustle and chaos below...Staff lovely. Had a fantastic crepe suzettes' as desert! Laundry to be avoided as very expensive! Would definitely stay here again...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We went to view HD & left in total agreement we would not stay there.
Good location on leafy & upmarket Tank Hill & the views from the hotel are superb - however this is just not enough. We viewed 3 rooms all shabby with a grubby feel. It is by no stretch of the imagination worth the room tariffs.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The view of the city and the feeling of being secure is probably the strongest attractions. After they warmed up to us, the staff was reason enough to be there. I enjoyed them greatly. Sylvia was sweet. As their number of guests increases, they will hopefully increase their menu, their items on hand and make a few improvements.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We read the few reviews about Hotel Diplomate and were unsure about whether or not to stay here so we went a looked at a couple of the rooms as the hotel we were already staying at was nearby. We stayed in a room that cost around $35 US and were really happy with it - it had a little balcony with a view, it was clean with a mosquito net. The only bad aspect was the hot water in the shower - a little dodgy but we just went without hot water which was absolutely fine. The staff were really friendly and a generous breakfast was included. The best part to this hotel is that it feels more African than a lot of the hotels, it's just on the edge of the chaos of Kampala but close enough that you can walk to bars and restaurants (about 15minutes down the hill, a 2 min cab ride up the hill). We loved having breakfast looking over the city, or having a beer at the end of a hot day watching the sunset. Would definitely stay here again, were surprised that there were so few guests there at the time.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2007

... cold food, warm drinks, expensive entrance fee, no music, unfriendly servants .....
spent new years eve in 2006, it was marvellous, the reason I went there again.
but: never again
except: during daytime and evening (sunset and view to kampala) you will never forget... ask for cold beer !





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  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2006

I had the best holiday in Ugganda and by staying at the Diplomate Kampala I was able to sample Ugandas best hospitality in total. The staff at the Diplomate is exceptionally polite and helpfull. I recomend every visitor to Kampala should never miss the best view of the whole city.
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Oxfordshire UK

  • Stayed May 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 8, 2006

I have traveled with a group for the past several years and for some unknown reason the person in charge keeps coming back to this dump. First of all you can't sleep in a view. These rooms are hazardous to ones health I happen to have asthma it rarley flares up as soon as I walked into this room I had to get an inhaler. The stinch in the room called the penthouse was so bad I had to move from that room only to move to one equally as bad, just without the stinch. These rooms should be remodeled. The carpet is so old that it can be torn with your hands.The help was very kind and friendly but what thas that to do with your health? I can say from fact that this place has gotten worse every year not one penny could possibly have been put back into this business. I think they need to step up to the plate and not participate in making a bad name for such a beautiful nation. I am now in charge of making the arrangements for the new groups and we will not even go near that place. The food was good and the ambience in the common areas was very nice, but for sleeping no thanks.

Stayed August 2005
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Property: Hotel Diplomate
Address: 971 Muyenga Tank Hill, Diplomate Road, Plot | P O Box 6968, Kampala, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Hotel Style:
Ranked #77 of 100 Hotels in Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Diplomate 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel with the best view of Kampala city and Lake Victoria. Located on the highest hill, Tank Hill. Family owned by the Katatumba Group of companies. We provide complimentary airport transfers on request. All major credit cards and personal cheques accepted. A Home Away From Home. ... more   less 
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