I stayed here in April 2011. The location was good, the vista serene, bedroom clean and on a par with any 4* hotel in UK (actually heaps better than a recent stay in a London 4* hotel, but I digress), the pool and sunloungers were perfectly adequate/comfortable (no flies whatsoever), the G&T (with ice - nothing bad happened) on the deck with the sun sinking over the lake very, very relaxing. Meals were filling and tasty, lake fish yummy, no complaints whatsoever. And they serve wine! Fresh fruit in morning (again, no tummy bugs, all fine).
On one level the service was laid back (but if you've ever travelled Southern Europe, you'll know the mañana way, this was similar), and on another level I was so glad the whole atmosphere was so laid back, something I never expected to feel on my first night in sub-Saharan Africa - I relaxed instantly and felt incredibly safe staying here. It would have been romantic had I been with someone special :) One drawback is it doesn't feel very Ugandan, it feels remarkably like continental S.Europe. It's a very, very stark contrast driving around downtown Kampala and then retiring to this serene location in the evening. A bit guilt-inducing, but there you go, that's what travelling in this part of the world does to you.
You do need to get taxis everywhere, you wouldn't want to wander out solo. You can barter with the taxi driver when he arrives as well and negotiate a price. I'd definitely stay here again in a heartbeat. I just need a reason to go there again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cassia Lodge is located on Buziga Hill, one of the highest hills of Kampala close to Lake Victoria. The environment is cool, with few mosquitoes, and an astonishing view on the lake as well as the city. Excellent international cuisine in a serene environment, conference facilities, business centre, wireless connection, large swimming pool, luxurious rooms with satellite television, bar and balcony overlooking the lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cassia Hotel Kampala