Serena Hotel – Kampala

A Member of Leading Hotels of the World

Serena's Uganda flagship, the Kampala Serena Hotel is an inspirational blend of 5-star polish, pan-African panache, social style and business reliability.

Ideally located at the very heart of Kampala, the hotel stands amidst 72 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'.
GETTING THERE

The hotel is situated in central Kampala, 40 kilometres from Entebbe International Airport.

FACILITIES

  •     Wide selection of rooms and suites: all with AC, satellite TV, WiFi and voice-mail
  •     Bambara Residents' Lounge with Bedouin Terrace
  •     The Lakes, all-day brasserie
  •     The Mist, cocktail bar
  •     The Explorer, Italian bistro
  •     The Pearl of Africa, fine-dining experience
  •     The Sesse Pool Terrace bar and café
  •     Panoramic roof terrace for private cocktails and social events
  •     Garden auditorium
  •     Extensive swimming pool area with rock-built waterfall
  •     The Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa
  •     Running track in the grounds and golf course (nearby)
  •     Hair and beauty salon
  •     International Conference Centre to seat 1,500
  •     VIP entrance, helipad, dedicated car park, full security
  •     Wide range of incentives options
  •     Business Centre, travel desk, taxi and limousine service
  •     Wedding planning service
  •     Gift Shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk.

Our rooms and suites
We offer 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 our 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.

Our exclusive Bambara Lounge is solely for the use of our residents and offers a stylish lounge with newspapers, periodicals and café service as well as a Bedouin-tented outdoor terrace and meeting area. Additionally, our 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.

Deluxe Rooms

We offer 108 generously proportioned Deluxe Rooms, all of which feature

  •     a large ensuite bathroom
  •     dressing table
  •     work station
  •     seating area and terrace .

All our rooms 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.

While most of our rooms are designated non-smoking, a number of rooms are available for smokers, but these should be booked in advance.

Executive Room

Styled in deep claret or royal blue, they feature luxuriant queen beds. Our 32 Executive Rooms, which are larger than the Deluxe Rooms, offer a spacious lounge/meeting area.

all of which feature

  •     a large ensuite bathroom
  •     dressing table
  •     work station
  •     seating area and terrace
  •     Balcony with garden view

All our rooms 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.

While most of our rooms are designated non-smoking, a number of rooms are available for smokers, but these should be booked in advance.

Executive Suites

We offer eight generously proportioned Executive Suites all of which feature a large ensuite bedroom with dressing table, work station, seating area and terrace or balcony. Additionally, they offer a seating and dining area where private meetings can be held. Styled in deep claret or royal blue, they feature luxuriant queen or twin beds and glorious views of the seven hills of Kampala. all of which feature

  •     a large ensuite bathroom
  •     dressing table
  •     work station
  •     seating area and terrace .

All our rooms 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.

While most of our rooms are designated non-smoking, a number of rooms are available for smokers, but these should be booked in advance.

Business suite

Our three Business Suites offer both an elegant bedroom and a separate lounge which feature a large ensuite bedroom with dressing table, work station, seating area and terrace or balcony. Additionally, they offer a seating and dining area where private meetings can be held. Styled in deep claret or royal blue, they feature luxuriant queen or twin beds and glorious views of the seven hills of Kampala. all of which feature

  •     a large ensuite bathroom
  •     dressing table
  •     work station
  •     seating area and terrace .

All our rooms 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.

While most of our rooms are designated non-smoking, a number of rooms are available for smokers, but these should be booked in advance.

The Royal Suite

Named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, who occupied this suite with her retinue during the 2008 Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, this sumptuous suite offers a marble reception area with private wash rooms, an imposing drawing room, private kitchen and dining room; a large ensuite bedroom with integrated office suite, and a range of rooms for the accommodation the members of royal or presidential parties.

All our rooms 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.

While most of our rooms are designated non-smoking, a number of rooms are available for smokers, but these should be booked in advance.

The Bambara Resident’s Lounge

Reserved for residents only, the sumptuously hand-carved Bambara Residents' Lounge, offers a haven of calm, newspapers and all-day café choices. There's also an opulently Bedouin-tented terrace, which lends itself ideally to private meetings or social relaxation.
 

Dining at the Kampala Serena Hotel

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 canapés on your private terrace.

The Bambara Lounge
The sumptuously hand-carved Bambara Residents' Lounge, with its opulently Bedouin-tented terrace is reserved for our residents alone.

Offering a selection of newspapers and periodicals, it also offers a day-long café service, WiFi connectivity and immediate access to our extensive business centre. The exterior terrace, meanwhile, offers charming Bedouin tents, which adapt as well to a business meeting as they do to a relaxed meeting between friends.

The Explorers Italian Bistro
On the ground floor, the relaxed Italian ‘Explorer' restaurant offers a uniquely off-beat tribute to Africa's early explorers. Replicating a jungle-engulfed ruined city, it is reminiscent of a scene from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark'.

Dotted with safari antiques and sepia images, this warmly-welcoming bistro features an exterior water garden with ponds and bridges. Inside, the long bar offers a wide range of wines beers and spirits while the cuisine features the very best of Italy

The Lakes Brasserie
The internationally-styled The Lakes 24-hour restaurant looks out over the hotel's extensive water gardens and offers both an outside terrace and an interior dining space. Here, massive mosaic pillars suggest the watery depths of a lake, where fishes dart, weeds shimmer, and faint rays of sunlight filter down from above.

Breakfast and lunch take the form of a lavish hot and cold buffet, while dinner is typically a la carte. The Lakes also features its own Ice Cream Bar, while The Sesse Patisserie specializes in authentic Italian coffee, local and herb teas and an array of home-made tarts, pastries and gateaux.

The choice of bars

A triumph of light space and cascading water, the Kampala Serena Hotel offers a world of relaxation and entertainment options. Choose from:

The Mist Bar

Kampala's most fashionable gathering place, the atmospheric ‘The Mist' bar evokes the misty montane habitat of Uganda's famous gorillas and is named after the famous 1988 film ‘Gorillas in the Mist'. The film, which was directed by Michael Apted, followed the life and work of American zoologist, Dian Fossey (played in the film by Sigourney Weaver), who spent 23 years studying the behavior of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Almost solely responsible for drawing the attention of the world to the plight of the threatened gorillas, and saving them from certain extinction, Dian was tragically murdered in 1985 at her gorilla camp in Rwanda. As a result of Dian's work, the Mountain Gorillas now enjoy protected status in all the national parks of the region; and the chance of seeing them is one of the most sought-after tourist events in the world.

The Sesse Pool Terrace

Located amid the sculptured rock gardens, cascading waterfalls and shimmering blue water of the pool complex, the Sesse Pool Terrace is the ultimate in al fresco luxury and the ideal venue for café dining, family snacks, cocktails and more. Multi-facetted, it also adapts well to the presentation of a wide variety of poolside events and cocktail parties. Fully equipped with its own catering station, PA system and atmospheric lighting system; it even boasts its own ornate bandstand and mosaic dance floor.
 

The Pearl of Africa
'For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – plant, bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale … Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.'
Sir Winston Churchill, My African Journey

Scenically located on the first floor of the hotel, with magnificent views over the water gardens, the lustrous ‘Pearl of Africa' restaurant blends stark black granite with opalescent marble to create a timeless ‘silver screen' backdrop for its world-class cuisine.

A fine-dining experience like no other, The Pearl of Africa offers an intuitive fusion of menu choices, featuring international, national and regional cuisine alike. Varied in style, this unique restaurant offers elegant niche seating, a more relaxed outdoor terrace where fountains play, its own exclusive private dining room (to seat 12), and an intimate yet relaxed central dining room, which centres on a raised piano dais, where our resident pianist plays nightly.

Maisha, the Serena Mind, Body and Spirit Spa

A two-storey terracotta edifice traced by delicate white pillars that blossom into bud on its sun-terraced roof, ‘Maisha' echoes the trademark Moorish theme of its sister facility in Nairobi. Kampala's first and only world-class spa, ‘Maisha' offers an unrivalled range of regimes complemented by luxuriant steam rooms, saunas, iced plunge pools and fountains brimming with pure mineral water.

Our facilities include:

  •     25-metre pool
  •     State-of-the-art gymnasium and cardio studio
  •     Aerobic studio offering workouts to include; cardiovascular, kick boxing, dance, yoga, Tai chi and ‘stretch and sculpture'
  •     Steam, sauna, plunge pool, sun-deck and juice bar
  •     Full range of holistic massage, de-tox and aromatherapy treatments
  •     Hair and beauty salon
  •     Running track around the grounds
  •     Golf course nearby

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