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Jinja Nile Resort
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Jinja
Reviewed 30 July 2013

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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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 July 2013 via mobile

We were sleeping in Jinja and went for a swim to the Nile Resort. Really quiet (no one around), clean pool and we got some towels for the 6000 UGX each. Staff was pretty friendly, nice views on the Nile river an they didn't care that we brought our own drinks and food!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

I went to this hotel on business, the location is beautiful and the gardens spacious. However much as the hotel has been renovated, it still looks old especially the thatch on the huts around the pool area which should be changed like yesterday. The bar , lounge and restaurant are nice.
The food was tasty but on the day i was here the staff seemed bothered by our presence.
Another plus is the WI-fi internet..

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Loud parties and music booming across the otherwise peaceful Nile. Management rude and dismissive when approached about noise disturbance. Stunning location being ruined by this overpriced environmental nightmare. Music loud decided not to stay.

Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

After "average experiences" at the Source of the Nile and at Bujagali Falls,we were not expecting anything spectacular at the Nile Resort, which was highly recommended by our driver. First surprise was that we did not have to pay an entrance fee. We were very pleasantly surprised. Service and food was excellent. Even though we arrived rather late on a Sunday afternoon. Highly recommended. Try the tenderloin. Mine was excellent.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Andy_Mills_53
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

Please go here to use the pool (only 6000 UGX) but prices for eating and sleeping are really steep compared to what you get. The pool and drinks are good value, though!

Popular hang-out amongst volunteers and peace corpsers on sunday afternoons. There is a reason for that!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank MarieStorli
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

On my way to the neighboring district of Kamuli for the burial of a friend, i planned to have my breakfast at Jinja Nile Resort. Getting to the Hotel we were asked to register our vehicle at the gate which we did.

We entered the reception area some one who may have been a reception staff looked unconcerned as we asked for the breakfast place, he simply pointed there without removing his eyes from the book he was writing in. We swallowed that.

This was exactly 9am. 5 of us headed to look at what was offered fo breakfast. Poridge, Orange/lemon juice, Passion juice, Melon juice, Hot Milk, Hot Water, Grilled Potatoes, small Chicken wings, Indian made eggs, watery Baked beans.

There are two sets of toilets, from outside on the right hand side of the reception you will find ladies and gents. I wenty for the gents of course. After doing by business, i flashed the water which insted filled the entire toilet bowel and did not flow, i got so embarassed. I waited but it still did not flow. I went out of the toilet and found some cleaner at the urinals who i reported to. The cleaner had a vacuum press that he was using to push the urine at the urinals as it was also blocked.

Back to the breakfast room. After our breakfast, this time i went to the gents in the dining where we had the breakfast. After my business, i flashed but was shocked to find this toilet had the same disease as the previous. That makes me wonder if the management cares? Or if the rooms do not have a similar problem.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Jinja Nile Resort

Address: Jinja, Uganda
Region: Uganda > Eastern Region > Jinja
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Jinja
Price Range: £148 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Jinja Nile Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 140
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