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“Caroline P: Best place to stay in Nairobi” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Bella Suites
95 Albezia Drive | Runda Mumwe, Nairobi 00621, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #4 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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Cape Town
1 review
“Caroline P: Best place to stay in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Indy Choudrie's guesthouse in the beautiful Runda area is a great choice for visitors to UNEP, whose headquarters are just 10 minutes' drive away. Casa Bella's rooms are comfortable, spacious and tastefully furnished, and service is friendly and personalised. Breakfasts are good, and the flexible family-run guesthouse will cater delicious Indian curries or other food at short notice - from fried chicken and roasted corn for two by the pool, to a traditional Indian-Kenyan "Karoga" evening with 20 guests on couches under the banda, all participating in stirring the pot! Indy also organised transport for us to Nairobi National Park. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

Very comfortable & welcoming.The owner, Indy is an excellent host. it is close to the UNEP

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indy S, Owner at Casa Bella Suites, responded to this review, February 5, 2012
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review and your kind compliments; it was our pleasure to host you. It's a pity you could not stay on for the "Karoga" night; your colleague will tell you all about it. We had fun but wished you were there to enjoy it with us.

We look forward to hosting you on your next visit.

Warm Regards

Indy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Relaxing environment where you feel completely taken care of. Would come again and recommend to colleagues and friends. Near the UN in Gigiri - Indy and his wife do their utmost to help you see the best of Nairobi.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Casa Bella Suites offered superb service and accommodation bar to none (and I travel a lot). I would highly recommend this home away from home to anyone, it's a true gem and I won't hesitate to recommend it to UN employees traveling to Kenya or my friends.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indy S, Owner at Casa Bella Suites, responded to this review, January 26, 2012
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review and your kind compliments. It was indeed a pleasure to host you during your recent stay with us and I hope we will get an opportunity to host you again to enjoy your company and friendship.

Warm regards

Indy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

A pleasant oasis away from the city - Casa Bella is certainly that, in fact that is the only negative thing I would have to say about the place, that it is some distance from the city centre BUT with Indy and his fantastic team that's easily overcome. In fact one of the reasons I have stayed here is that Casa Bella offers a free drop-off to the main UN compound in Gigiri and a pick-up if required, add to that the plentiful taxi supply in Nairobi (always haggle the price!) and Casa Bella is an ideal place to stay be it on business or pleasure.
Rooms are large and comfortable, beds are huge and the one time I stayed here with family (when we all relocated from Uganda) Indy was thoughtful enough to place childrens duvet sets on the single beds my daughters had - a lovely touch!
Breakfast is plentiful and filling, evening meals can be ordered, if required, in advance.
I'm only sorry that since I now live in Nairobi I can't make use of Casa bella anymore.

Room Tip: Travelling with a family or in a group - ask for the upstairs corner inter-connecting rooms that sha...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indy S, Manager at Casa Bella Suites, responded to this review, January 26, 2012
Dear Guest

I thank you for your review and for your compliments. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you on every visit and a special treat for us to host your lovely family. Even though you now have your own place in Nairobi you and your family are always welcome to visit Casa Bella for a meal and maybe swimming for the kids.

To add to the room tip; we have three sets of adjourning rooms that families can book, one downstairs and two upstairs. Guests travelling with family can always give us a heads up and we will make sure adjoining rooms are available.

Thanks again and see you soon.

Regards

Indy
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Kigali
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

I highly recommend Casa Bella Suites. One feels at home because of the quiet and peaceful environment this hotel holds.The staff at Casa will go an extra mile to make you feel warm and comfortable. The rooms are warm, comfortable and homely. The fee includes a balanced breakfast. Communication skills when handling the booking are impeccable (quick and instant)! I vow to return here again. Be blessed all you people at Casa

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indy S, Owner at Casa Bella Suites, responded to this review, January 26, 2012
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review and your kind compliments. Casa Bella is warm because of the smiles, warmth and good wishes brought by guests such as yourself. While you enjoyed our hospitality we thoroughly enjoyed your company.

We thank you for choosing Casa Bella and we look forward to hosting you agani soon.

Regards

Indy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

The hosts (especially Indy) were so hospitable and welcoming. Combined with the excellent facilities, and close proximity to the UN, made it the perfect spot to stay when on business in the Gigiri/UN area of Nairobi. He provided complimentary transportation and without the hassle of traffic. 10 minutes to Gigiri and a safe environment with all that a business traveller needs.

Room Tip: If you come in July/Aug, when it gets colder, ask for the room with a fireplace
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indy S, Owner at Casa Bella Suites, responded to this review, January 26, 2012
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review and your kind comments. It was indeed a pleasure to host you during your recent visit. One of the most rewarding things about the hospitality industry is the friends one makes; you came to us as a guest but now that you have moved to Nairobi I am richer by one more friend.

I thank you for your friendship and your support.

Indy
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Additional Information about Casa Bella Suites

Address: 95 Albezia Drive | Runda Mumwe, Nairobi 00621, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lovely Swahili style house with 13 fully furnished and serviced Studio rooms tastefully decorated with wild wood double beds, kitchenettes, full Bathrooms, Seating and dining for two. Each room is en-suite and has a Fridge, 24/7 Tea/Coffee station, 32" LCD wall mounted TV with DSTV channels, High-speed Wireless Internet, Seating for two and Study table. Casa Bella is a family run facility catering primarily for the discerning International traveler and diplomatic Community. Our facilities range from Hotel style rooms to fully furnished and serviced 2 Bed roomed Cottages. We strive to provide personal and friendly service promoting a warm and homely atmosphere. ... more   less 
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