After staying in a complete dump last time we were in Nairobi I was pleasantly surprised by the Boma. I am not sure I would give this hotel 4 stars if it were located in another city, but it's decent for Nairobi (albeit a bit pricey). The main benefit to the hotel is its location which is fairly close to both the international (Kenyatta) and main domestic airport (Wilson). I say "close" but that's also dependent on traffic - 15 minutes at 5:30am on a Monday morning and about an hour at 9pm on a Sunday evening! Beware...
The hotel is fairly new so everything is in good condition. The rooms are sizeable and have pretty much everything you might want like a nifty device charging outlet with lots of different sockets/connections. There are a few rough edges (the hot water was a bit dodgy first thing in the morning and the AC wasn't quite as cold as I would have liked), but this place is fine as a transit stop on your way to/from Nairobi. The staff were friendly although we had a bit of a mixup with an airport pick-up (it never turned up). The buffet breakfast was fine as was the dinner at the casual restaurant one night. Nothing amazing, but fine as a stopover destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Boma is a traditional African enclosure. The Boma is designed to be a haven from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi and an ideal place for people from all over the world to come together. The 'O' in The Boma's logo, is a circle to symbolize a group of people meeting together. It also suggests our holistic values. At The Boma Nairobi, you become part of a circle of humanitarian values and social responsibility. All profits fund the Kenya Red Cross Society's Humanitarian activities. We call this inspiring concept 'hospitality with a conscience'.The BOMA Nairobi consists of 148 luxury deluxe guest rooms, in different room categories; 120 Superior Rooms, 21 Deluxe Rooms, 5 Business Suites, 1 Executive Suite and 1 Presidential Suite. An Executive Lounge is available for guests staying in Deluxe Rooms and Suites.All rooms and suites come with luxury amenities including complimentary high-speed internet access, multimedia plug and play port, LED television, Direct Dial Up Telephone, Individually controlled AC,Minibar, Tea and Coffee making facilities, In room digital safes, hair dryer, weighing scale, black out curtains and to crown it all double glazed windows for sound proofing. All rooms have access to 24 hour rooms service.We also have four(4) rooms designed for the physically challenged.The Boma offers exciting Restaurants that will cater for the various discerning tastes while offering indoor as well as al fresco dining experiences. The Johari Restaurant, seating 150 guests, overlooks well manicured exotic gardens and will serve innovative menus and healthy dishes that will take you on a journey through the five continents. The Tembo Bistro is an a la carte restaurant that will serve a bountiful fusion of cuisine; a variety that is fast and quick to prepare, seasonal and organic, served in an authentic and contemporary way. For the guest who seeks to relax and have a good time, The Cocktail Lounge will offer just exactly that; overlooking the lovely green gardens, the evening breeze brings a rejuvenating sense and balance. ... more less
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