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Reviewed 23 December 2011

Usually I stay in Sheraton in Kampala, but this time I felt like trying out Speke again, after so many years. Since you have a disco besides it, You absolutely have to ask for a room as close as possible to the reception area. I had room 125 and I paid usd 125 a night for it. Good quality, nice bathroom, good bedding, good business center; ideal for business traveler. Only breakfast is a bit poor. Good Indian restaurant as well attached to it.

Room Tip: above reception area, and then preferably still not the streetside
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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2  Thank Kortenbergtraveler
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Ashvinder_Singh, Manager at Speke Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for a heart-warming compliment. We are delighted that you enjoyed our rooms, as well as our array of services. We look forward to the pleasure of serving you in your next visit.

Warm Regards

Ashvinder Singh Saini
Asst. General Manager

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Reviewed 18 November 2011

I definitely try to get a few nights at the Speke when passing through Kampala. An old colonial hotel that some may say is tired but most see as having great charm. The hotel is not perfect but the atmosphere is excellent and this is not London or New York after all. The rooms are comfortable and clean. Bathrooms are nice and clean. Food is good. Pizza was excellent on the patio and the Indian restaurant on site is very good. Would agree about the noise from the bar and I would definitely try to avoid a room overlooking this area unless you are planning on being up late anyway. Definitely a very active site for prostitutes at night but generally well turned out and not aggressive. A very easy walk to the market and other areas of the city.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms at the front of the hotel overlooking the bar.
  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled on business
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Ashvinder_Singh, Manager at Speke Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for a heart-warming compliment. We are delighted that you enjoyed our rooms, as well as our array of services. We look forward to the pleasure of serving you in your next visit.

Warm Regards

Ashvinder Singh Saini
Asst. General Manager

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Reviewed 15 November 2011

I am a 40 year old professor from Canada and I spent my last night here after a long journey through Uganda staying at not-so-great places. The Speke was amazing -- my room was renovated, but the rest of the hotel had been restored to maintain its colonial charm. The bathroom was huge and spotless. The restaurants were reasonably priced and served great food, with an outdoor cafe. The Speke is also in an excellent part of town with lots to do. The senior staff was super friendly and welcoming. This was also very reasonably priced. I would recommend this place to anyone and will definitely stay here again!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled on business
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Ashvinder_Singh, Manager at Speke Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for a heart-warming compliment. We are delighted that you enjoyed our rooms, as well as our array of services. We look forward to the pleasure of serving you in your next visit.

Warm Regards

Ashvinder Singh Saini
Asst. General Manager

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Reviewed 26 September 2011

The Speke Hotel was once aon of the great hotels in Uganda.
Unfortunately, years of underinvestment and generalo lack of care, has taken its' toll.
The staff there are genrally helpful and friendly but there are amny areas that require attention.
The first is probably Rocks Bar. It is in the garde grounds but is full of prostitutes and other undesirables. It goes on until 3am or so. If you have a room overlooking it, beware the noise. Also, this environment is not suitable for children or those of a religious or moral pursuasion. The hotel needs to serious do something about this rather than just looking at the high takings from the bar.
The interior of the hotel could use a facelift as could to rooms. During my stay, much of the TV system was out of order and some chanels seemed to switch, depending on the football schedule.
The Italian restaurant has good food but is spoilt by the tatty decoration and lousy ambience.
Breakfast is generally OK (nothing to write home about) but is clearly done under sufference as no-one seems to care about the guests. Supposedly open from 6.30am. The palce was deserted until 7.30 with no sign of any breakfast.
Such a shame that such a great hotel should die this long, lingering death.
SHAME.

Room Tip: Best rooms are in the main building at the rear.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank Michael B
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Ashvinder_Singh, Manager at Speke Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Dear Guest ,

Greetings of the day!!!

We appreciate your effort to highlight our points where we do need to work on in order to ensure that our guests have a memorable stay.

In reference to your mentioned concern kindly be rest assured we will be looking into the said points in a most optimistic way and considering them as the moments of truth and a point of improvisation.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we were not able to provide you with the level of service to which we pride ourselves upon, for which we certainly look forward to another opportunity to further our intent of giving you an astounding experience.

Please feel free to contact us for any further assistance

Warm Regards
Ashvinder Singh Saini
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

The Speke Hotel is I think the oldest hotel in Kampala. Full of charm, very slightly tired. Enormously helpful staff, and the food at both the Italian/European restaurant and the Indian restaurant very good. The Indian restaurant, with its Gujarati curries frankly right in the top drawer - never had anything better and very few to equal them.

The hotel organised everything we asked for and promptly, rates were fair as and as quoted, rooms were clean albeit a little tired (mainly in terms of decor - but if you want to stay in a Sheraton and pretend you are not in a foreign country then dont stay in this hotel).

A great stay and highly recommended

Room Tip: Ask for a room with balcony as far away from the Rock Cafe as possible - it runs late
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SimonB-HK
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Ashvinder_Singh, Manager at Speke Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for a heart-warming compliment. We are delighted that you enjoyed our rooms, as well as our array of services. We look forward to the pleasure of serving you in your next visit.

Warm Regards

Ashvinder Singh Saini
Asst. General Manager

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