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Reviewed 24 November 2014

According to the Bradt Guide of Uganda this was the budgetplace to go in Kampala. We stay here for one night but it really doesn't look good. The place is very rundown... I would not recommend this place.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank togians
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Reviewed 17 October 2014 via mobile

I was here for about a week in july 2014 and a few days in February 2011. Quite a few of changes has been made in these years. The hostel is well organised and offers a large range of facilities travellers might be interested in. Wireless internet, lots of sockets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop, enough space to chill anonymously. The food is okay, the prices fair but beyond local standard.
The rooms are pretty basic but clean. No complaints about that.
In the evening the place turns into a kind of disco hall with loud music, more than the guests appreciate, I guess. Though, they bring down the volume at midnight. This aspect made me decide not to stay there anymore. But that could have something to do with my age...

Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
1  Thank Gert-Jan L
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Reviewed 4 October 2014

Since my last visit 18 months ago, this once-bustling meeting place for travelers has become a shell of its former self. There are few guests and perhaps understandably, the longtime Australian owner is now looking to other ways of making revenue such as turning the gardens and part of the main building into a night club for the local Kampalans. That's his affair, but a night club and a lodging make a poor combination (unless the rooms are now meant for short time encounters).

Although the club winds down around midnight - probably due to local noise ordinances - it makes for noisy evenings and people needing a relax after a long trip won't easily find that here. Most people I spoke to are heading to the Red Chilli or another new Kampala place, the Fat Cat.

It didn't help matters that the restaurant (which is now painted black and has almost no lighting in keeping with the night club theme) runs out of basic items. While I was there they had no ketchup and no instant coffee. The one bright spot is that they still do excellent pizza for a reasonable price, though the oven is fired up mainly to serve club patrons.

The wifi was fast and stayed connected throughout my stay.

Room Tip: There are no rooms that I could call really good. The place is getting old. Try to take a cabin as far from the night club area as possible if you come.
  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled solo
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4  Thank ChristopherH932
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Reviewed 24 September 2014

Stayed here for quite a few nights, and the dorms were clean and fairly comfortable. There was also hot water the whole time. No plugs in dorms for charging so this had to be done at the bar but this was not a problem. It got quite noisy in the mornings with people cleaning just outside the doors, and coming in early to empty bins and change beds.
Location is ideal if you have things to do in Kampala. The food wasn't brilliant - good pizza was served some nights (when the oven was lit) but I found other meals fairly over-priced and not very good quality. Everything was quite dated but they appeared to be starting to update a few things.

Also quite annoying was excessively loud music in the restaurant/ bar all the time - had to shout over the music to have a conversation sometimes! And it seemed that most people were just trying to read, eat or enjoy a quiet drink rather than a big night out.

On a more positive note though the staff were really friendly and helpful!

Stayed: September 2014, travelled with friends
1  Thank jmcgilvray
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of the accommodations. Simplicity in a good way. We had a small thatched cabana which was plenty for the two of us. Showers etc were separate, but they also have complete rooms if you need. Kitchen was friendly and responsive; front desk help, etc were so kind and helpful, really made the experience so pleasant.

It is not in the middle of attractions but that s a good thing. it's not a long walk to the city centre, and that gives you a chance to get local flavor as you move to and from the hostel. You'll find yourself in local-ville: family neighborhoods, schools, street food-vendors catering to locals, etc. Don't like all that? Take one of the boda bodas along the main road. Quick and easy. If I am lucky to find myself in Kampala again, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank runningdevendra
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