Catherine Hepburn woz here- Uganda’s oldest hotel

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December 1, 2010 By IdaHorner

Last Thursday 25 Nov Michael our guest blogger here and I hit the road to Masindi Western Uganda for the VILLAGES IN ACTION CONFERENCE

We  checked into Uganda’s oldest hotel – MASINDI HOTEL and unbeknown to us at the time  we were  following in some giant and famous  footsteps  steps of  Ernest Hemingway, as well as Catherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart who starred in the film AFRICAN QUEEN that was filmed at nearby Masindi Port.

The hotel is simply amazing and has been restored lovingly using authentic deco. I was however disappointed to note that the owners do not capitalise on the hotel’s history and instead rely on folk reading about it on the hotel website. There is not a single piece of literature in the hotel that tells you about it’s history nor photos of what it used to look nor info on its famous guest. Its situation on the highway lets it down too but that does not detract from its charm

Below are some of the photos I took around the hotel-  let me know what you think

Masindi Hotel- entry to reception

Masindi hotel- grounds

Masindi Hotel- outside my room

masindi hotel- back garden

Masindi Hotel- internal court yard

Masindi Hotel- art work

Masindi Hotel- art work

Masindi Hotel- art work

Masindi Hotel- Art work

I hope that gives you an idea of what the hotel looks like- It is a real gem but I didn’t feel that the new owners feel that way.

On my last day I had a conversation with one the breakfast waiter about working conditions and he told me life was better when the Hotel was run by the government! Having worked for the then Uganda Hotels in my early career , I am inclined to agree with him.

Nearby attractions include the Mighty Murchison Falls on the River Nile and most guests to the hotel are either on their way there or back

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