Be My Guide to Your East African City #5: Your Turn to Give Me a Hotel Review!

I love (nice) hotels! They make me happy. In fact, when I was younger, I hoped to grow up and get a job in a hotel that would require me to live in one (like two families that I knew of at the time). 🙂 Well, that hasn’t happened…yet, but this leads perfectly to the next thing I’d like to know about your city:

Question #5: In your East African town/city, what’s your favorite hotel?

I won’t say much more in this post. Rather, let’s all jump to the comments section and share our favorite East African hotels (my answer will be the first comment). For those of you who are new to this series, you can leave your reply as a comment in the following format (which you can copy and paste into the comment box before filling in the rest of your response):

City/Town, Country:
Favorite Hotel:
Why do you like this place?:

I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Until the next time,

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4 thoughts on “Be My Guide to Your East African City #5: Your Turn to Give Me a Hotel Review!”

City/Town, Country: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Favorite Hotel: Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski

Address/Location: Kivukoni Street, City Center
Why do you like this place?: It’s luxurious, elegant, and filled with great bars, cafés, and restaurants such as Level 8, the Lobby Lounge, and Oriental, respectively.

Sorry i have been reading and not replying.
In Uganda My favourite is the Serena Kampala– esp the second floor where the HUGE chairs are situated. One can sit and read a book shut away from the world. They also have Gorgeous gardens. It is abit pricey for everyday visits but i go there once in a while to have a cup of African tea and read a book.

City/Town, Country: Nairobi, Kenya
Favorite Hotel: Wasini Hotel

Address/Location: Westlands, on Church road off Waiyaki
Why do you like this place?: Wasini is technically furnished apartments, but they rent for shorter-term stays just like any hotel. They’re tucked away on a quieter street, have a nice pool with lounges and hookahs tucked around it, a gym, spacious rooms, and a nice bar / lounge complete with a pool table. The food here isn’t too expensive and is really first rate – you can talk to the chef and order to your liking based on what he has. Wasini’s a great alternative to breaking the bank at nicer joints like Tribe or the new Sankara.

Hi Julian and David,

Thanks for your responses to this question.

Julian-I know exactly where you mean by those big chairs on the second floor. When I first saw them, I also imagined curling up there with some reading material. But unlike you, I am so NOT a fan of the Kampala Serena. Starting with the yucky color of its exterior, I find that hotel busy! There’s little continuity and cohesiveness in the decor of the different spaces that constitute the hotel…in my opinion. But as they say, there’s no accounting for tastes. Thanks for sharing yours! 🙂

David-Judging from the website, Wasini Hotel looks really nice! And it’s in such a good location! Thanks for sharing.


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