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Kampala Serena Hotel Overview & Where Is It Located?

Featuring decor and ambiance inspired by the rivers and lakes of Uganda, and surrounded by Kampala city’s iconic seven hills, the Kampala Serena Hotel is the chain’s first premier hotel in the country. The epitome of luxury and sophistication, offering all the lavish indulgences a discerning leisure and business traveler might look for, the hotel features a welcoming reception area tastefully decorated with elegant local stonework details. Spend time in the hotel’s 17 acres of water gardens and its lush landscaping, including a terrace garden and pool patio with sculpted rock features. Enjoy expert massages at the Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa or a refreshing workout at the hotel’s fitness center. Go for lazy laps in the free-form swimming pool or relaxed naps in the lounge chairs beside it.

Key Takeaways

  • Decor inspired by the rivers and lakes of Uganda
  • Property located on 17 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, terraces, and rock pools
  • Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa for getting expert massages and fitness center for exercising
  • Swimming pool for napping in lounge chairs or taking lazy dips
  • Distinction of being the Serena’s first luxury hotel in Uganda
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What To Expect At Kampala Serena Hotel Accommodation?

Key Takeaways

  • Premier Hotel Tier 1 Experience. Total of 186 air-conditioned rooms in categories
  • Choice of Deluxe Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites, Business Suites, and Presidential Suites
  • Socialize in the Bambara Lounge and Mist Bar for guests staying at the hotel
  • Ensuite bathroom with bathrobes, slippers, shower, and a bathtub
  • High-grade amenities typical of a luxury accommodation
Your stay at the Kampala Serena Hotel will be marked with the utmost of comfort (where else to stay). The hotel’s 186 air-conditioned rooms offer urban holidaymakers a range of amenities such as television with satellite connection, direct-dial phone, safety deposit box, tea- and coffee-making supplies, and a mini-bar. Spacious en-suite bathrooms include a shower and bathtub, hairdryer, shaver socket, plush bathrobes, and slippers. Accommodation choices at Serena include 108 Deluxe Rooms, 64 Executive Rooms, 6 Executive Suites, 6 Business Suites, and 2 elegant Presidential Suites. Guests can relax and socialize in the exclusive, indoor Bambara Residents’ Lounge or the stylish, Mist Bar.
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Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Kampala Serena Hotel In Kampala?

Key Takeaways

  • Centrally located providing easy access to the various prime attractions of the city
  • Viewing the architectural specimens that date back to different eras in the history of Uganda
  • Glimpse of cultural diversity with visits to the Baha’i Temple, Shree Sanatan Dharma Mandal Hindu Temple, and Uganda National Mosque
  • Experience water and land activities around Lake Victoria e.g. boating, horseback riding, fishing etc
  • Visits the Serena’s sister hotel for a full day golfing activity
The Kampala Serena Hotel is located within walking distance of central Kampala’s many attractions, making it strategic to tour the beautiful city of Kampala using the hotel as a base. A fascinating, historic settlement which once served as the capital of the Buganda kings, the metropolitan center’s five main districts - Central, Kawempe, Makindye, Nakawa, and Lubaga - are teeming with cultural and religious monuments, contemporary art galleries and traditional craft markets. Located in Lubaga, the Kasubi Tombs are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to 1881 and houses the remains of Uganda’s pre-colonial, Buganda Kings.

Another of Kampala’s most popular areas is Makindye Hill, located next to Lake Victoria, where visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views across Murchison Bay. Kampala’s scenic location, nestled on the shores of this beautiful lake, allows safari tourists to enjoy a wealth of water-based vacation activities, from island hopping boat tours and sunset cruises, fishing to birdwatching and horseback riding on the banks of the world’s largest tropical lake - Victoria.

Kampala Serena Hotel’s guests can also enjoy strolling the hallowed grounds of Makerere University, exploring the old colonial buildings on the slopes of Nakasero Hill, in the Central Division, and immersing themselves in Kampala’s colonial past with visits to the Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedrals. Local families in Kampala do take their children for a day trip out to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center to get a peek into the rich diversity of Africa’s wildlife. Kampala city’s other fascinating attractions include; the Baha’i Temple, Shree Sanatan Dharma Mandal Hindu Temple, Port Bell Pier, Uganda Museum, the Serenada eco-tourism site, craft village stalls on Buganda Road, Uganda National Mosque and many more. AfricanMecca guests can also visit Serena’s sister hotel in the southern Kampala outskirts for a day of golfing on the shores of Lake Victoria.
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How Is The Dining At Kampala Serena Hotel?

Key Takeaways

  • Three restaurants, The Lakes, The Explorers Italian Bistro, and The Pearl
  • The Pool and The Mist bar for ordering wines, spirits, and cocktails alongside Ssese Patisserie for desserts and hot drinks
  • Room service provided on request all through the day and night
  • Selection of different kinds of cuisines available at all meal times
  • Indoor and alfresco terrace dining options available
While the Kampala Serena Hotel offers twenty-four room service, guests can also avail themselves of a wide range of culinary choices without leaving the hotel grounds. The hotel boasts three full restaurants, The Lakes Restaurant for breakfast and lunch buffets and a la carte dinners, The Explorers Italian Bistro and The Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Bar as well as Ssese Patisserie for fresh desserts and warm beverages and the Indoor Mist and outdoor Pool Bars, where you can order cocktails and other drinks. Of course, the Kampala Serena Hotel’s central Kampala location makes it convenient to visit (best time to go) a myriad of local restaurants and bars whose delightful decor and tantalizing cuisines are sure to entice the most demanding of palates.
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Pros & Cons At Kampala Serena Hotel In Kampala

What We Like About Kampala Serena Hotel

  1. Strategically located within Kampala city’s metropolitan seven hill region, making it easy to visit the varied attractions of the five districts.
  2. Wholesome urban relaxation: includes a free-form swimming pool, well-equipped fitness center, and the Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa.
  3. Well-trained staff offer excellent service.
  4. Breakfast spread is sumptuous and delectable. Restaurants serve scrumptious meals with a choice of varied cuisines. Offers rooftop dining options with views of the city all around.
  5. Lives up to Serena brand’s quality standards; reliable and consistent.

Things To Note When Staying At Kampala Serena Hotel

  1. Provides 186 rooms to touring guests; may not be appropriate for guests looking for a smaller, intimate boutique experience with the ultra-highest level of personalized service.
  2. Has conference rooms on site and may become noisy with lots of guests staying for events.
  3. Located 42 kilometers (26 miles) from Entebbe International Airport; may not be suitable for overnight guests looking for short travel distances from the airport.
  4. Prices on the higher side, as the hotel is geared to guests seeking an upmarket, luxurious urban hotel experience.
  5. Dining service levels can be variable during peak busy periods; and we recommend making reservations for the smaller restaurants at the hotel e.g. Explorers Italian Bistro and The Pearl Restaurant.
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When staying at Kampala Serena Hotel in Uganda, we recommend combining it with Bwindi Park for your gorilla safari trek, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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