This is a small guest house in a converted bungalow with 7 or 8 rooms, most of them en-suite. It's just off the Ngong Road and well located for the Kilimani/Hurlingham area, with loads of places to eat in the immediate area - cafes and sushi within 3 mins walk at the Greenhouse mall and the adjacent Adams arcade, the food court at Prestige Plaza (10 mins), and various restaurants on nearby residential roads.
The building is perhaps 50 years old but well maintained with most of the original fittings (parquet floors, Shanks sinks and taps, metal bathtubs). The big selling point are the staff, who are really welcoming and friendly. I also found the wi-fi to be fast and reliable, and when the power goes off they quickly get the generator going. Breakfast is fairly basic with instant coffee, local cereals and a cooked option to order. The price is very competitive and perhaps 25% lower than other guest houses of this standard. They also have a taxi driver permanently on site who does airport runs, and he's friendly and drives safely.
My reason for giving a 4-star rating instead of 5-star is mainly due to the hot water arrangements. There is no central heater and each shower has an overhead instant heater. These don't seem to be powerful enough to heat the water when on full flow, so you have to 'throttle back' the tap if you want the water to be anything more than luke warm (and then you have a meagre shower but hotter). Meanwhile there is no hot water at all in the sinks, which makes shaving a bit rough. I also think a Kenyan hotel should serve real Kenyan filter coffee, but that's partly a personal preference.
Overall the friendliness, price and location make this a great base.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hibiscus Guest House is a comfortable and refreshing place offering the business,leisure and family traveler all contemporary comforts at an affordable rate. We are located in a serene neighborhood near Yaya Centre, Prestige Plaza, Junction Mall, Java House and many more. Rooms are clean, fresh and comfortable with unique aesthetic appeal specifically designed for guest comfort. We have family room with connecting door. We have 24hr security, electronic safes in the rooms. There is one large beautiful room that can host a group of between 4-6 traveling together at a discounted rate and with shared bath. The place is ideal for guests looking for a quiet environment. ... more less
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