Fat Cat Backpackers rated the best hostel in the heart of Kampala, Uganda
Our rooms are mostly shared dormitories with between four and eight beds each, but we also have a few private double and triple rooms for friends, couples, partners – however you like or for just yourself if you want your own space! If you’d like to book a dorm bed, but want to stay in a single sex room, when you are booking, please make a note of your request and we will do our very best to accommodate you. Our beds are wider than your average dorm bed, they have proper mattresses, mozzie nets, cotton sheets and soft pillows.
Every room (including toilets etc.) is cleaned every day. None of that grubby “don’t worry, they won’t mind, they’re backpackers” crap here, no sir. We have 39 permanent beds, though we have accommodated groups of up to 42 people comfortably. The rate for all dorm beds is $15/night including our free FatCat Breakfast! The rate for private rooms start at $30 (and yes, also including breakfast!) Breakfast consists of gooood pancakes, toast and eggs, and proper, real, actual coffee (some of the best in Uganda!)
Our reception is open 24hrs a day, and we also have 24hr security. The manager also lives on site so in the event of anything urgent- good news! You can just bang on his window.
We offer dorm beds because in the Kololo area (the nicest and most central area where you’ll find some of the best eating, drinking and shopping in Kampala), there are lots of fancy hotels, but not much catering to budget tourists. We’re not the Serena, but if you need a clean, affordable bed and a safe place to leave your bag while you go out and explore then you’re in luck!
Our showers are hot with amazing pressure. Seriously, they’re brilliant and we don’t care who knows it. If you want to do some work or just relax, there is lots of seating on our multiple balconies or lounges and of course in our breakfast area. But, Lola’s favorite is our outdoor tables by our green garden and a massive roof terrace which might just be the best place in the city for a sundowner. Luckily for you, we also have a bar at reception and occasionally have our FatCat BBQs: meat. potatoes. leaves. mmm… I can just smell it now…
And yes, we have WiFi, how could we not? Complementary and works everywhere! We of course would love it if you buy a beer to enjoy while you surf or read a book from our book exchange, but that’s up to you and the gods of karma.