The 11/3/12 review has it right. This is a once elegant colonial villa, now somewhat down at the heels. It could use a major re-wiring and re-plumbing, but then it would cost four times as much to stay here.
The staff at Ndemi Place was very friendly and responsive to our needs. We made email reservations (for 5/1/13 to 9/1/13) months in advance with Viola, bill to be paid on our arrival. She arranged prompt and efficient transportation for us from and to Jomo Kenyatta airport.
We were initially disappointed with our room. We asked for another room, but it was late at night, and the other room wasn’t made up. However, they had it ready the next day, and it was a big improvement. It looked out on the sunny front yard of Ndemi Place, with good toilet, multiple electrical outlets, and much better atmosphere for the balance of our time there.
Food was great! Chef Cosma enjoyed our attempts at Kiswahili and provided good service, including French press coffee, cereal, fruit, scrambled eggs for breakfast, and delicious vegetarian meals for just the two of us in the evenings. The dinners were extra, about US$11 per person, but were well worth it, saving us having to find a restaurant that met our needs.
Ndemi Place is safe and secure, with a guard always at the gate to let people in and out. The grounds were a peaceful, beautiful surrounding for our times of rest and regrouping. It was absolutely silent at night. Lovely bird sounds greeted us each morning, with some Hadada Ibis congregating in the large garden behind the house. We even went for a walk in the surrounding residential neighborhood on Sunday morning, passing locals walking to church. This was the perfect place for us to rest up while we toured Nairobi and got over our jet lag, en route to Lamu in our very first trip to Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in a serene natural resort of Kenya’s capital city, The Ndemi Place is the ideal stop over for guests seeking peace and vintage charm in the city of Nairobi. Enjoy the warm and inviting touch of guest house hospitality combined with all contemporary comforts for the distinguished business or leisure traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ndemi Place Hotel Nairobi