Situated on the bank of the river Nile, the view from this hotel is very impressive and tranquil.
The main building which house the (impressive) reception area, dining rooms, conference hall and gym is separate from the rooms, which are scattered along the river bank, two aside each other. Not all rooms have a clear view of the river though, that cost $20 day extra.
The rooms are very spacious with a small lounge area and patio to relax. The furniture is quite old and dark but in good condition. Although there are no A/C’s in the rooms, they do have fans which does not help a lot on warm humid evenings.
The bed, pillows, linen and mosquito net is clean and in good condition.
There is a mini fridge, free Coffee/Tea, a save and a TV in the room although the TV reception and channel selection is pathetic. The Wi-Fi service is very reliable, fast and free.
The rooms tend to be very dark at night due to poor lighting which makes working or reading at night very difficult. The isolation between the rooms are exceptionally poor which makes it possible to hear each and every noise that the neighbor makes – not charming at all – one night I had a drunken rowdy couple next door that kept going till 2:30am which did not impress me at all.
The bathrooms consist of a shower, washbasin and toilet. In the room that I stayed (C3) the bathroom walls were dirty, the toilet seat is past it’s use by date and whenever I took a shower the bathroom and bedroom floor was flooded due to poor drainage.
I always had hot water which was great, even in the most expensive hotels in Africa this could be a problem.
The bathroom towels were all past their use by dates as well and most of them had marks on and were not soft, as they should be – not a pleasure to use.
Housekeeping is not what one would expect in hotel like this, I had to ask 3 times to have a light changed, the top shelve in the wardrobe had some mouse droppings, – it’s still there I presume – the bathroom walls were never cleaned and the shower issue was not attended to as well.
Breakfast is very plain and simple with a very limited selection. Nothing to look forward too!
The dinner menu is also very limited but the meals that I ordered were good and tasteful, better than the food in the highly rated Flavours restaurant in town. The view is also much better with the Nile, lovely green vegetation and the pool below.
The hotel caters for conferences and there is also a well-equipped gym on the premises.
Overall impression? A lovely hotel with a lot of potential, the rooms need some attention and housekeeping needs to be taken care off. At $180 -$200 a night a bit expensive though but there is not much else to choose from in Jinja.
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- Also Known As:
- Jinja Nile Hotel Jinja