We stayed at The Boma Nairobi for 2 nights on our arrival in Kenya. We chose the hotel based on its close proximity to JKIA but found out later that it was only a few minutes closer to the airport at morning rush hour than our favourite Nairobi hotel, the Fairview. The Boma is an impressive property design wise both inside & outside. The rooms are large & comfortable with every amenity you could require included. The main tower of the hotel has a large atrium at its centre and 2 observation lifts travel up & down this atrium. On the floor of this atrium is a bar & coffee shop that serves excellent coffee. There are 2 restaurants in the hotel. The main one up a few steps from the reception level is large and airy, this is where you take breakfast. In the evenings this is a buffet restaurant but we found the choices rather limited & the quality of food so so. The other choice is an a-la-carte restaurant down at basement level. It is not so visually attractive but you have all the usual food choices here. We had a lunch & a dinner here and the food is good rather than being excellent. The service is excellent in both restaurants. We went out one evening to visit the David Sheldrick wildlife centre and we used the hotel's own transport for this as we did to the Airport for our flight to Kilimanjaro the next day. We found their transport very good & reliable, also reasonably priced. We had used a pre-paid taxi service to get to the hotel on arrival (from inside the arrivals hall) and whilst their vehicle was brand new & supremely comfortable they were very keen on making money out of us. I had asked them about a transfer to Sheldricks when we arrived at the hotel & were told that we would need to be picked up from the Boma at 1.30 pm to arrive at Sheldricks for 5pm the next day. Fortunately I knew that was rubbish as we have been before & it is not necessary to depart from this hotel until 4.15 - 4.30pm to arrive at Sheldricks around 5pm. It is unfortunate but some are out to take advantage of tourists if they can. The hotel has free Wi Fi and it worked well in the rooms, Internet can be very slow or non existent in East Africa but here it is very good. We used the hotels laundry service and it was also very good and not too dear. All up a good hotel & a new one but a bit pricey considering the competition in Nairobi.
- 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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