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Unparalleled Five star hotel developments in Uganda
When you arrive in Kampala, the commercial capital city of Uganda, you will be not only overwhelmed by the overpopulated streets, but you might find it hard to believe that in this busy city of East Africa, reside some of the best 5 star hotels. The advent of CHOGM in Kampala in 2007 saw a blossoming of the hotel industry, out of which emerged some of the most impressive top chain hotels.
Accommodation in Uganda is now a matter of choice, and can only be limited by your own spending power. You can get a room or a suite from as little as $10 to $1000 for those who want to spend a night in some of the exclusive suites in Serena Hotel or the likes. Just to give you an idea, Hilton Hotel, potentially Uganda’s first “true” 5-star hotel and an architectural landmark, is now set to be complete by year 2012. This is to show you how serious the international established chains are moving in to have a share of the Uganda hotel boom.
In addition to these luxury hotel accommodations, Uganda has a variety of apartments that you can rent for a reasonable amount. In truth, you find all ranges of accommodation options in Kampala, from luxury to cheap! Hotel prices are friendly but vary depending on the agent. Booking hotels in Uganda is a tedious process as you may need to compare prices to get the best deal and reserve online.
An artistic impression of Hilton Hotel (below), and right is the construction of the Hilton Hotel on Nakasero Hill. It will be an architectural landmark in East Africa.
Kampala has become a modern, bustling capital. This thriving city is very befitting of the capital of one of the most rapidly developing countries in Africa. The electricity supply is well maintained, clean water comes out of the taps, damaged buildings are now habitable, many new ones have gone up, and the shops and markets are once again well stocked. There are casinos, nightclubs and fancy restaurants, and compared to other neighbouring African cities, it is a safe place to walk around.
Kampala is built on seven hills. The city centre is located on one of those hills, called Nakasero. The top half of the hill is a garden city of wide, quiet avenues lined with large houses behind imposing fences and a golf course. Embassies, international aid organisations, up-market hotels, government offices and the rich reside there. The bottom half of Nakasero hill is a world away from this, composed of shops, small businesses, budget hotels, cheap restaurants, street markets, Hindu temples, bus station and taxi parks. The streets in this congested area overflow with people, battered old cars, lottery ticket sellers and pavement stalls offering everything from rubber stamps to radio repairs.
Kampala is a city where you feel quickly at home, and get used to its layout and structure. It is simple to navigate around even with a complete lack of signposting. The main street is Kampala Road, with Bombo Road and Jinja Road at either end of it. The banks and many forex bureaus are located along Kampala Rd.
The publishers recommend the following hotels in
Protea Hotel Kampala
Kololo Kampala, Uganda
+256 (0)312 550 000
2friends Guesthouse: Tel: +256 (0)78-31 60 804.
Jackson Crescent Plot 5, Jinja, Uganda.
Restaurant: Tel: +256 (0)772-98 48 21.
Jackson Crescent Plot 6.
Masaka Tropic Inn Hotel
Call +256 (0)772 367972