Thank God for birthdays! Owing to mine, i got a package night away at the Boma Inn in Nairobi's South C area and I happily took my sister along. The hotel's owned by the Red Cross and all profits go towards their missions but i tell u, it's nothing like what I expected. I'd imagined a clinic-like sort of place where there'd be refugees or sick people at a dispensary adjacent to a very basic structure that's more like a decent bed and breakfast. Surprise! The Boma Inn, tucked away in a residential area along the main road to the airport is a beautiful hotel that's a perfect getway even if you live in the city like me!
It's unofficially open as final touches are being added to the hotel, but it hugs u with a warm sense of luxury and friendliness from some of the staff. The arcitecture is beatiful and something about it reminds me of being on board a luxury ferry from Dover to Calais.
It has geat lounges where you can meet with people for business or pleasure without much interruption, and perhaps make a friend or two. The rooms are elegantly furnished, have good internet access and a convenient office-like desk and chair you can work on if you have any pending assignments. If you're into gym, steam, pool and sauna and massages, you can get here. I tried the hot lava stone massage which is full body, expertly done and leaves you feeling absoultely great afterwards. Trust me, I discovered muscles i never knew i had!
The food is generally good and you will find the odd dish here and there that has your tastebuds buzzing in the most pleasant way. Away from the main hotel dinning room, the food served in one of the alternative restaurants was a little wanting. The menu's great but the actual preparation of the food could use a little more expertise. I had ordered someting that had pork and i got two pieces, one very tasty and well-done, the other slightly undercooked. To it was added a strange version of a local delicacy popularly known as 'mutura' - the african sausage (I didn;t know this beforehand but the waiter gladly explained it to me). It turned up looking like two perfectly sliced burnt pieces of aubergine and had me reaching for my drink - it didn't taste good at all. The chicken that arrived on my sister's plate was anything but tasty - hospital food to be exact. As it turns out (a waitress later explained), it's actually recommended for the sick, it's just that the menu didn't state it. Well alright, so perhaps the menu needs to be re-written on some parts and one of the chefs should reconsider his/her career choice, at least the service here is really good and they take care of you very nicely. The highlight of the our stay here foodwise was actually the afternoon tea. The hotel pastries are amazing. Apparently, the pastry chef is a legend and highly sought after - our tastebuds completely agreed! You simply must try the cheesecake - it has to be the best one i've ever tasted yet!
The one thing i really didn't like at all about the hotel is that some of the staff have a strange problem; befire you acess any of the services, they keep asking who's paying for it. Now, I would think that when you have a package as we did, it is clearly stated who's doing that and when you have room keys, you sign for your meals. These guys in the main dinning room were so anxious it's scary. At the reception you find a mixed bag - the downright unfriendly and the ones who make you believe they were made to do this kind of work and are very professional, friendly and helpful, adding that touch of 'magic' to your stay.
All in all, the Boma is really quite impressive and comfort is the word. Try it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hospitality has now become a new front in the fight against human suffering. Kenya Red Cross Society has taken this concept to the next level with the launch of The Boma Nairobi. This is a luxury deluxe hotel with an adjoining conference centre offering world-class hospitality, having every penny of profit funding the KRCS’s humanitarian work. This is 'hospitality with a conscience.' ... more less
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