The Kampala Serena Hotel

Ideally located at the very heart of Kampala, the hotel stands amidst 7.2 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this 152-room world-class hotel is the focal point of national, regional, business, political and social life.

Drawing its architectural inspiration from the abundance of Uganda's lakes and rivers, the hotel has been created around a central water theme, which manifests itself both in the extensive water gardens and in the hand-carved panels and shimmering mosaics with which it is decorated.

Inspirationally styled as a showcase for Ugandan art, this unique 5-star hotel offers; an international conference centre, a garden auditorium, a roof-top terrace, a rock-sculptured pool terrace, three restaurants, two bars and the Moorish palace of the 'Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa',.

Overview

The Rooms

Kampala Serena offers a wide range of rooms and suites, all of which are elegantly presented in a fusion of international and Ugandan style, and all of which have private balconies or terraces.

All rooms and suites offer: 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, WIFI and in-room modem hook-up, direct-dial phone, voice-mail, complimentary newspaper, in-room satellite TV, mini bar, private safe, 240V/3 pin (square)sockets and shaver sockets, tea and coffee-making facilities, hair driers, bathrobe and slippers, porter/concierge, airport shuttle and limousine service. The exclusive Bambara Lounge is solely for the use of residents and offers a stylish lounge with newspapers, periodicals and caf?® service as well as a Bedouin-tented outdoor terrace and meeting area.

Additionally, residents are invited to use the extensive services of our Business Centre, which offers a complete range of technological support and a series of private board rooms. While most of our rooms are designated non-smoking, a number of rooms are available for smokers, but these should be booked in advance.

Food & Drink

A triumph of light space and cascading water, the Kampala Serena Hotel offers a world of dining and entertaining options. Choose from our stunning gourmet restaurant, The Pearl of Africa (open 6pm to 10pm), The Explorers Italian Bistro (open 10am to 12 midnight), The Lakes, All-day international restaurant (open 6.30 am to 10pm) and the sparkling Pool Terrace (open 11am to 7pm).

The Cuisine

The Kampala Serena Hotel's menus have been planned by the Group's leading chef, John Macharia, and reflect both the best of Ugandan produce and the most enduring of her cultural traditions. They also reflect the international influences that have been brought to bear on the country, with plenty of references to Swahili, Asian and British cuisine. Most important of all, however, the cuisine will reflect the truly global nature of the hotel's clientele.

Room Service

We offer a 24-hour room service, which features an extensive menu offering everything from the classic club sandwich to a delicately-spiced curry. We are also delighted to serve a private lunch or dinner in your room or suite; or to provide cocktails and canap?®s on your private terrace.

General Facilities

The Kampala Serena Hotel is Uganda's leading social and corporate-events venue. It offers a broad range of facilities to include:

The Kampala Serena International Conference Centre

Immediately adjacent to the hotel and just 40 kms from Entebbe International Airport, the modernist, two-storey, hexagonal complex of the prestigious Kampala Serena International Conference Centre is Africa's premier conference venue. Superbly presented and spaciously interactive, it comprises: The Victoria Auditorium, whose state-of-the-art facilities can host 1, 500 delegates, The Nile Gallery, which also functions as an exhibition area; and a range of interconnecting conference facilities, executive suites and workshop areas.

The Crane and Turaco Rooms

Interconnecting rooms on the first floor of the main hotel, the Crane and Turaco Rooms are situated immediately adjacent to the Business Centre and offer a range of presentation capabilities.

The garden auditorium

A landscaped space with its own catering facilities and private access, the garden auditorium lends itself to any sparkling social gathering or uniquely different business presentation.

The ',Maisha', roof terrace

Offering panoramic views across the city, enjoying its own access and catering, the stunning ',Maisha', roof terrace offers the ideal venue for cocktail parties, receptions and business events with a difference.

World-class business support

The superbly appointed business centre offers all the business support services that you would expect of a 5-star, world-class hotel; and then more. Included are; a range of private boardrooms and office spaces, multi-lingual staff and 24-hour global connectivity.

Among the services offered are:

  • PA system, table microphones, cordless microphones, TV/Video/DVD, LCD projector/screen, podium, white boards/flip charts and markers
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Delegate pads, pens/pencils and 1-litre mineral water
  • Modern, modular events furniture, which can be tailored to your specifications.
  • Business support (secretarial services, photo-copying, WiFi and a full range of global communications)
  • Registration staff and conference organization support
  • Floral services
  • 24-hour generator back-up
  • Travel desk for onward bookings or local safaris
  • Concierge services
  • Limousine and taxi services
  • ',Meet and greet', services
  • A wide range of CEO suites
  • Extensive secure parking
  • Health Club and Spa for your delegates
  • Team-building programmes
  • VIP helipad.

Recreational Facilities

The hotel is ideally placed in the centre of Kampala, within walking distance of the main shopping and business districts and a short taxi ride away from such attractions as the Kasubi Tombs, the National Museum and the craft markets.

Just 20 minute's drive from Entebbe and Lake Victoria, the hotel is also ideally placed for access to the many beach and sporting opportunities on offer there. Of particular note is the Lake Victoria Serena Resort, our 4-star leisure resort, which has been designed to compliment the 5-star facilities of our flagship Kampala Serena Hotel by offering a delightful and relaxing lakeside retreat. Shuttle services run between the two hotels and complimentary packages can be arranged. Other ideas include:

  • The Kampala City Tour, a comprehensive tour of this bustling city that also takes in the African Craft Village and the National Museum.
  • The Uganda Wildlife Centre, a small collection of buffalo, zebra, chimpanzees, monkeys, lion antelopes, crocodiles and hyenas plus numerous birds, the centre is also in Entebbe.
  • The Namugongo Martyrs', Shrine, the site where in 1886 twenty newly converted Christians were burnt alive by Kabaka Mwanga II whose order to ',renounce the white man's religion', they had disobeyed.
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