This is the average mid (but lower-mid) level Ugandan hotel. It all really depends on your needs and perspective. I consider it "poor" for my needs, but that's unfair, because its pretty standard, so "average" is justified.
Its just a few kilometers from Entebbe (EBB) airport so I think many of the guests are one-night guests in or out of the airport. The road from Kampala to the airport can have insane traffic delays (no traffic = 45min to 1 hour, with traffic = expect 2-3 hours SERIOUSLY, I almost missed a flight once even though I left Kampala 4 hours before my flight). Also, Uganda Ministries/etc. host meetings here regularly.
I wouldn't want to stay here for more than 1-2 nights (I was here two nights for a conference). And honestly I wouldn't really want to stay here again period. But I travel for business and have become accustomed to a higher standard of hotel. Being in a hotel for 1-3 weeks at a time changes your perspective on what's non-negotiable.
Room is basic, but clean enough. No bugs that I encountered. Double bed (not super comfortable, but the sheets were clean enough), mosquito net, floor stand fan, small desk, TV. The internet doesn't work very well in the rooms (signal quite weak). But it works decently in the lobby, outdoor restaurant, and meeting room.
The room bathroom is tiny -- the shower requires leaving the curtain open (unless you want it stuck to you). The water pressure is terrible. The hot water, well I didn't have any, but there is a tank. Though in fairness at the end of the day in Uganda a cool shower isn't such a bad thing.
My first night the water didn't seem to work at all though in my room. I couldn't shower. The toilet doesn't always flush either. Clearly a water pressure issue.
My room was on the third (top) floor overlooking the hotel entrance/parking lot/restaurant. No problems with noise though.
I don't recommend sending out laundry. I saw a man having a small fit about his airline uniform not being ready and feared missing. His shirts were returned to him but not well pressed.
The food is typical Uganda. Breakfast included -- typical: bananas, sliced pineapple, super sugary orange juice, instant coffee, baked beans, fried potato slices with onion and green pepper, bread, boiled eggs, and either liver, chicken gizzards, or some other question type of meat. The restaurant food, again, typical. I'm cautious so I always go with fries and a Coke. But the listings was same as I see in other similar hotels.
This is not a business traveler hotel. I would not be happy here for more than 1-2 nights. But for people in/out for missionary type travel, or small NGO travelers, night before your flight stays, its not terrible.
Don't expect much by way of service. Any complaints (like "hi my water doesn't work") is met with a fairly blank stare and "ok" and then grudgingly, "we'll send someone to look."
For the comments on feeling like a thief because the hotel name is stamped/etched on everything -- that's just Uganda. Same thing at all lower-mid level hotels. Also many offices do this too here. Its just what's done.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Central Inn, Entebbe is very cozy, cool with a friendly touch to everything we do. We offer affordable accommodation, meals & drinks (24/7/365) & Conference facilities. We offer free airport transfers for Travellers with late night flight schedules since we are five (5) minutes from the international airport.We are strategically located near the lake with access to the beaches, botanical gardens, zoo and tour operator for chimp and bird watching. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Central Hotel Entebbe