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“Good old Colonial Hotel with African furnishings, with swimming Pool and Massage Spa”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Grand Imperial

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Grand Imperial
Ranked #67 of 97 Hotels in Kampala
Victoria British Columbia Canada
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good old Colonial Hotel with African furnishings, with swimming Pool and Massage Spa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

This Hotel is really unique and in the centre of the city of Kampala...it is definately dated but offers a glimpse of what the Old Kampala had to offer decades ago. Lovely old African wooden furnishings and good restraunt and bar with a pretty lively night life. There is a good swimming pool and massage service offered and the costs are low. As typical in Uganda, some things are not in working order but the basics are in tact and it is clean and the staff are obliging. The cost to stay there are much less than some of the more up to date big hotels in Kampala and there are lots of Africans who frequent the building . Would recommend this hotel for a moderate priced and well situated Hotel

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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imperialhotelsUG, Public Relations Manager at Grand Imperial, responded to this review, 8 May 2015
It is always a delight to read such amazing reviews but most importantly to hear that that you truly enjoyed your stay.
we look forward to welcoming you back soon for it will be a pleasure hosting you.
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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N Delhi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

We stayed here recently. The hotel is good. But rooms are bit old. WIFI is provided in rooms free but never works. Location is excellent near the city center and opposite the Independence Square. Breakfast is very good.

Room Tip: Rooms facing square give much better view. Stay on higher floor to get better view but no elevator.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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imperialhotelsUG, Public Relations Manager at Grand Imperial, responded to this review, 8 May 2015
Dear Kumar,
Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable review.
Providing our guests with the best possible hospitality and service has always been our mission. We addressed the WIFI issue and apologize for any inconveniences caused.

we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back and exceed your expectations.
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belfast
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2012

This is an old colonial style hotel, the decor matches an older era, the hotel is well furnished and the food is very good , Full bar if you want. There is a pool in the center of the hotel which is outdoor but surrounded by shopping walkways. There is no lifts in the building just wide staircases.
Centrally located in Kampala , shops etc are near at hand as are taxis etc. If you are having a business conference it has lots of function rooms.

The only negative comment i have is that the bathroom suites need up dating as they are 1980s in design and the showers etc are basic, Staff are very helpful and there is a foreign exchange at the front entrance

Room Tip: They are all the same, comfortable and clean, air conditioned and wi fi available
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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imperialhotelsUG, Public Relations Manager at Grand Imperial, responded to this review, 8 May 2015
Dear Soco,
Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable review.
Providing our guests with the best possible hospitality and service has always been our mission. We addressed the bathroom issue, they have been greatly improved and we apologize for any inconveniences caused during your stay.

we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back and exceed your expectations.
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khartoum
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

I stayed in Grand imperial hotel kampala,Uganda October 14th-20th 2012. we were a big group attending a review meeting. we got to lodge and attend the meeting at the same location whihc was an excellent thing if you know what i mean, to be able to get up on time have a decent breakfast and be on time for morning sessions and also being able to go to your room during the breaks is an excellent leisure. the hotel is located right down town Kampala but yet is surprisingly quite in the rooms you don't get to hear anything once your windows are shut.
it's acceptably clean, house keeping takes a bit longer time as you would expect some times they could be cleaning the room till mid day or a bit after. the staff is very cooperative and nice. despite the many conferences taking place at the same time and the big number of guests the staff were very organized and things went well in a very professional way.
the original price for the room might be a bit high but they offered the group a discount offer which was quite affordable.
an additional points to the attached mini shopping mall just out side the parking lot,currency exchange , western union beauty salon and it's a walking distance from business center.
i really enjoyed it :)

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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imperialhotelsUG, Public Relations Manager at Grand Imperial, responded to this review, 9 May 2015
Dear Kacs,
Thank you for choosing our hotel, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations, meals, our service and staff.
Our hotel aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future.
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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

Had mixed feelings. It was an old hotel must have seen great days and may be was sought after. But it felt very run down. It has overly art deco stair case and feeling but the overall feeling was of an average hotel. We had to stay as we had a conference in the same place. The breakfast was average though the staff was helpful. I would stay at other hotels which are walking distance such as the Sheraton.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Carlinville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

This "vintage" hotel has beautiful architectural details which take you back to a simpler time of "dumb waiters" and carved wood. The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast buffet was very good. The pool is nice, but water can be chilly sometimes. The staff were helpful and my stay was fine and also a good value. I did have trouble accessing the WIFI so keep that in mind.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Los Gatos, California
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35 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

I was booked in this hotel because the conference I was attending was here.

It is not a "business hotel", and some of my co-travelers were not happy with that.

However, the place has charme - lots of heavy wood, pretty spacious rooms with leather furniture, a nice terrace for breakfast or afternoon Tuskers. The rate was very competitive (probably a third or half of the Sheraton next door), and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

I would come back, in particular if it were for a leisure trip.

Room Tip: I had a corner room - 212 - which was quite big, with a separate seating area etc. The aircondition...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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imperialhotelsUG, Public Relations Manager at Grand Imperial, responded to this review, 8 May 2015
Dear Okaapi,

Thank you for choosing our hotel, and for taking the time to write a review!
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations, as well as the meals, Tusker's and the environment.
Our hotel aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future.
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Property: Grand Imperial
Address: Plot 6 / 6A , Nile Avenue | P.O. Box 7195, Kampala, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #67 of 97 Hotels in Kampala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Imperial 3*
Number of rooms: 103
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