I was in Kirinya on voluntary work for six days and was suggested this hotel by my hosts as it was local to where I needed to be. I had seen the website and with a lot of experience in different parts of Africa and a variety of standard of hotels, this hotel was at least as good as I expected it to be. Not amazing, but perfectly acceptable for a no-more-than-moderately priced hotel in Africa.
I was asked which floor I wanted to be on, so chose the top. My room was a good size, with flat screen TV which had a reasonable number of channels, and an acceptable bathroom. And Air Con which I had specifically asked - and paid - for, and it worked perfectly. The mattress was incredibly comfortable. I often struggle in hotels with mattresses but this was more comfortable than my mattress at home!
The staff were all good. Some of the younger ones, especially the ones with "trainee" badges were sometime extremely quiet, and it was almost painful that they would serve you without expression, but others were very bright, attentive, kind and friendly. The guys who helped me with my 23kg x 2 suitcases were amazing, and them not knowing that I didn't have local money on me at the time, there was no question of waiting for a tip - at any time - and we did the suitcase run a few times over the week.
Breakfast was included in my room rate (approx £40) and there was a reasonable selection of buffet to choose from. I just stuck with the cornflakes and an omelette and this was fine, as well as the juices and coffee.
OK - the night times......hmmmm...... day 1 to day 4 of my stay, the music over the back was so loud, I text home and said it was like Shabba Ranks doing a full on concert in the room next door. And it didn't quieten until 1 - 2am. So I was kept awake. I could have asked to move rooms but I was happy to put up with it rather than have the hassle of moving all my stuff. Day 5 and 6 were quieter. The hotel also had live bands at the outside bar by the pool on Friday and Saturday night and I did attend as I was free both nights and it was a great atmosphere.
On checking out, I wanted to pay by credit card. The transaction was fine and no risk to the details. However - my bill was massively inflated as it was converted to US dollars at a rate of 2000 per $ instead of the bank rate of around 2600 per $ - effectively a 25% extra cost. There was no question of this until they authorised my card (manually) and it was such a shame they didn't advise me first. I told them, and they said they may be able to reverse it but I didn't want to risk an attempted reversal and them passing cash!
Overall a good stay and I will be back.