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“Well worth staying here” 4 of 5 stars
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Kampala Serena Hotel
Ranked #2 of 88 Hotels in Kampala
Certificate of Excellence
Europe
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83 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Well worth staying here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I have stayed in many hotels in Kampala and must praise the Serena hotel. The staff have been trained with good communication skills and everyone was very polite. If you have any kind of issue they try and resolve it straight away. I hired a function room in thee very large conference center and again very good service. Facilities at the hotel were excellent and the rooms were spacious and very clean. Overhaul I felt safe, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Excellent service, excellent food, excellent infrastructure - gives an excellent experience. A real good stay but a little pricy - good for business or to spend
Excellent service, excellent food, excellent infrastructure - gives an excellent experience. A real good stay but a little pricy - good for business or to spend
Excellent service, excellent food, excellent infrastructure - gives an excellent experience. A real good stay but a little pricy - good for business or to spend
Excellent service, excellent food, excellent infrastructure - gives an excellent experience. A real good stay but a little pricy - good for business or to spend

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great business Hotel very comfortable rooms and suites. HM The Queen has stayed here during the commonwealth conference and I saw President Bill Clinton there on my previous visit a few weeks ago. The hotel is set a very lush park setting in the center of town with excellent security and great lap pool.. The buffet style main restaurant is excellent and the small Italian Explorer restaurant is cozy. Plenty of space for meetings and lobby is usually full of business people and govt officials....staff a very friendly and very efficient.

Room Tip: Garden view.....
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Marc F
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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29 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We found a certain level of quality in all Serena Hotels in Africa, but this one was the best. The rooms were large, spotless and grand with balconies with beautiful views .
Breakfast was served at the coffee shop in a gorgeous setting with a gurgling stream running along an outdoor deck. The spread and quality was exceptional.
We also enjoyed a good Italian meal in the restaurant.

Room Tip: Ask for views in front
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Uganda is a very beaten up and sad country. Walking around Kampala makes you despair of human nature. So the Serena hotel really stands out. It's the only hotel in the city that is up to international standards and once you pass through its gates, you are back in the 21st century. The rooms are starting to get a little tatty in places. They need to invest in a revamp within 6 months or it's going to start getting sub-standard. The prices are unbelievably high. Just go there expecting to be fleeced every time you order a bottle of water (on water, they order their water from Norway and it costs more than wine). Overall though, a true oasis in a dismal country.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Nairobi
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

This is a great hotel. The rooms are huge and luxurious, the restaurants are good and surprisingly not that expensive, the service is generally good (the concierge staff during my stay were outstanding), and the property is well landscaped and maintained. It's expensive even with a corporate rate but represents good value, which is not something you can say for other expensive hotels in many african countries.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Midrand, South Africa
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71 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The Kampala Serena is a well designed hotel and the staff offer very good service. The food in the restaurants is good and the rooms are large and very comfortable with cleans plush carpeting and large clean bathrooms.

The beds are large and very comfortable, providing a restful sleep.

Room Tip: Higher floors should give a great view across the city at night.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Kampala Serena Hotel
Address: P. O. Box 7814, Kintu Road, Kampala 256, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 88 Hotels in Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kampala Serena Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An inspirational blend of 5-star polish and pan-African panache, this world-class hotel will showcase the cream of Ugandan culture while delivering the ultimate in personalized service, international cuisine, social style and business reliability.Drawing its architectural inspiration from the abundance of Uganda's lakes and rivers, the hotel has been created around a central water theme, which manifests itself both in the extensive water gardens and in the hand-carved panels and shimmering mosaics with which it is decorated. The hotel has free wireless internet as well as international cuisine spiced up with an African cuisine served up at the stunning gourmet fine-dining restaurant, The Pearl of Africa ... more   less 
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