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Kampala Serena Hotel
Ranked #2 of 97 Hotels in Kampala
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best hotel in east Africa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

I have travelled extensively in Africa and rate this as one of the best hotels in Africa. I stayed here twice in 2013 and really enjoyed my stay. The rooms are more than large enough and the buffet restaurant has more than adequately choices. Try for a room on the higher floors as you get a nice view of the city. The hotel is a bit pricy, but the quality makes up for it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Ja'nel E
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SerenaHotels, General Manager at Kampala Serena Hotel, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Dear Ms. Ja'nel E,

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Kampala Serena Hotel as your preferred place of residence during your resent visit to Kampala and for sparing valuable time to write a very positive comment.

We truly! appreciate and are very delighted to hear that we were able to exceed most of your expectations.

During your next visit to Kampala, please come and stay with us again. We will be delighted to host you.

Kind regards

Anthony Chege
Kampala Serena Hotel.
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Cairo, Egypt
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133 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

It is a good located hotel in down town Kampala. I go there 3 times a year since 2009. Grounds are very nice and the landscape is wonderful. Rooms are good and clean. Staff is very friendly and willing to help. Food also is very good with wide variety. Yet, prices are the highest when you compare it to other rates for similar hotels in other countries. Yet, I think it is the best choice if you visit Kampala.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Mansi66
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SerenaHotels, General Manager at Kampala Serena Hotel, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms. Mansi66,

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Kampala Serena Hotel as your preferred place of residence during your resent visit to Kampala and for sparing valuable time to write a very positive comment.

We truly! appreciate and are very delighted to hear that we were able to exceed most of your expectations.

During your next visit to Kampala, please come and stay with us again. We will be delighted to host you.

Kind regards

Anthony Chege
Kampala Serena Hotel.
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

This hotel is one of a kind in Kampala, and it is a very nice sanctuary. The grounds are impressive and you feel very safe. The pool is a lovely resort style, and the gym amenities are the best I've ever seen in a hotel.

The main restaurant food is first class, and if you want some variety there's also an Italian restaurant, and a bar.

The rooms are very spacious and comfortable, and the bathrooms are fabulous - the shower has strong water pressure, and there's a separate bath, toilet and 2 wash basins. I felt very comfortable here.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank AlphaTravelling
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SerenaHotels, General Manager at Kampala Serena Hotel, responded to this review, 25 November 2013
Dear Alpha Traveler,

Thank you for sparing very valuable time to rate us and post a very detailed and positive comment about your amazing experience/comfortable stay with us.

We truly! appreciate your feedback and are very delighted to hear that we were able to exceed your expectations.

During your next visit to Kampala, please do come stay with us again. We assure you of the most relaxed and a comfortable stay.

Kind regards

Anthony Chege.
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

I've been very luck as I've stayed at some excellent properties wearing my hat as an independent whisky presenter. I've never seen such slick work at a dinner, where 100 guests at a black tie event enjoyed superb service, top class cuisine and top drawer hospitality. The staff are friendly, efficient & professional. The hotel clearly prides itself on catering to the needs of everyone, from business leaders to the casual holiday makers. The many guests I spoke to on Friday night said the Serena was their first choice for meetings, casual dinners and special events. What a pleasure to stay at this fine property, for a dinner celebrating Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whisky and the partnership with Alfred Dunhill. Contact me @bernardgwhisky or bernard@waterfrontwhisky.com

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Thank BernardGutman
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SerenaHotels, General Manager at Kampala Serena Hotel, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
Dear Bernard,

It was indeed a great pleasure to have you as our mentor during our Johnny Walker Black Tie dinner at the Pearl of Africa Restaurant.

We do hope that we will be privileged to have another opportunity to host you in the near future.

Kind regards

Anthony Chege
Kampala Serena Hotel.
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Cape Town
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

After a year of spending time in West African Hotels like the horrible Novatel Ghi Conakry, I found myself in Kampala, Serena Hotel. The hotel is a breath of fresh air, It looks great, the service is great, the restaurants and bar are great.. i loved the breakfast buffet, such wide variety. It is also close to the mall and business places. Around weekends it can get noisy as there might be events happening.. All in all, this hotel changed my perspective.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank thutomoloi
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SerenaHotels, General Manager at Kampala Serena Hotel, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
Dear Mr. Thutomoloi,

Thank you for sparing valuable time to write this very positive review about your “Kampala Serena Experience”. We truly! appreciate your feedback and are very delighted to hear that we were able to exceed your expectations.

I do look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Kampala and assure you of our continuous commitment to always make your stay with us the most relaxed and a comfortable.

Kind regards

Anthony Chege.
Kampala Serena Hotel
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

The Serena is, quite simply, a stunning hotel. It is expensive, when compared with others in Kampala, but the rooms are truly excellent and the service is superb. Food is well prepared and the lunchtime buffet, in particular, is first class. Wifi is good. Showers are powerful. Be prepared for a high level of security checking - and rest well, assured that the Serena staff really do care for your welfare.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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2 Thank JCCMLondon
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SerenaHotels, General Manager at Kampala Serena Hotel, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Dear Mr. JCCMLondon

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Kampala Serena Hotel as your preferred place of residence during your resent visit to Kampala.

We are delighted to hear that we were able to exceed your expectations and that you had an amazing time. I assure you of our continuous commitment to always make your stay with us the most relaxed and a comfortable

I thank you once again for taking time to leave a very positive comment and I do look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Kampala.

Kind Regards

Anthony Chege
Kampala Serena Hotel
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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83 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Kampala Serena is definetely the best hotle in Kampala and probably one of the best in Africa.

Pros:
- Security. Be prepared for a couple of security checks before you get in the hotel.
- Decoration is classy
- Excellent service - Friendly staff
- Food is really good
- Spa

Cons:
- Noisy aircondition in the room

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Andreas D
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SerenaHotels, General Manager at Kampala Serena Hotel, responded to this review, 31 October 2013
Dear Mr. Andreas,

Thank you for taking your valuable time to leave a positive comment.

Please accept my apologies for the delayed response.

I am glad to note that we were able to exceed your expectations during your recent stay with us. I would like to assure you that we have taken note of the air conditioning issue and Management will take immediate corrective action.

I thank you once again for your patronage of our hotel and I do look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Kampala.

Anthony Chege
General Manager
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Property: Kampala Serena Hotel
Address: P. O. Box 7814, Kintu Road, Kampala 256, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Central Region > Kampala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 97 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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