I’ve noticed a certain amount of traffic reaching this blog via the search term ‘Slumberland Hotel Arua’. I stayed at the Slumberland and I suppose it would be remiss of me not to do a brief review for the benefit of potential visitors.
Beds: passable. Good mosquito nets, no rubber sheets and mattresses not too firm.
Rooms: A little cramped and with that annoying ‘we have DSTV but you’re only getting sport or Nigerian soap operas’ setup. Stay clear of the ones on the other side of the car park unless your idea of a perfect night’s sleep involves a constant soundtrack of giggling followed by being woken at 5.30 by the loud protesting of several chickens as they meet their demise.
Restaurant: A bit on the pricey side and service a little slow. However Slumberland’s biggest failing in this area is that they fall into the trap which too many mid-range establishments have fallen- a broad, interesting and delicious-looking menu, none of which actually exists in the kitchen. If you have spring rolls, advertise them. If you don’t, don’t put them on the bloody menu.
Staff: The desk staff treat you as if you are an inconvenience. I mean that sincerely. Unfriendly, unwelcoming, much more interested in their mobile phones. Waitresses were charming and friendly, though hampered by the menu.
Overall, it’s not too bad a hotel. It’s in a fairly good spot and the gardens are pleasant. The headless giraffe remains my favourite piece of accidental humour in Uganda, and the rooms are acceptable. However, given the price range, I would suggest work is needed on service and the menu.