I had a two months consultancy work at the World Agroforestry Centre(ICRAF). My wife and I checked in at the Dreamplace temporarily while searching for a flat. It was so convenient and comfortable that we ended up staying here for the entire period. ICRAF booked it for us so we didn't know what to expect before arrival apart from the information on the website.
It is a very large mansion which has been converted into a Bed and Breakfast. So it feels really like a home. The rooms are very large and independent. There is also 4 separate communal areas inside the house which provides you the option to stay outside your room but still in privacy if you want. The garden is very large with a nice swimming pool to relax after work.
We were at the Longonot Room which is the only room on the top floor of the house. It was very large, with ensuite bath and shower, three big wardrobes, a huge and comfortable kingsize bed, a cozy corner with a desk, two armchairs and a round table. All the rooms also have flat screen TV with international channels and wireless internet with enough bandwith to make a video call back home. Some of the larger rooms have their own kitchenette. Our room didn't have it, but we could use the large kitchen downstairs, which is always very clean and tidy, with all the cookware you need.
The location is excellent. If you are in Nairobi for any UN agency or ICRAF you can walk to work safely. It is also walking distance to the Village Market shopping mall which is really like a market rather than a conventional boring mall.
The staff is very friendly and efficient. The General Manager, Joan, has previous experience working in worldwide hotel chains and you can feel this in her attention to detail and customer care.
During our stay, the UN Security Office came to inspect the Dreamplace and approved it for its personnel. It is surrounded by the Swedish and Brazilian Embassies as well as the HQ of one of the largest banks in Kenya. We never felt insecure in the area, even walking after dark.
We would recommend Dreamplace to anyone, be it our family, best friends, or work colleagues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Dreamplace Bed and Breakfast, a serene and relaxing haven conveniently located in the quiet and plush neighborhood of Gigiri, less than 8 kms from the city centre, 6 kms from Westlands. We are located in the heart of the UN/Gigiri locale which affords our clients a comfortable commute to and from work (within the Gigiri area) with no stress due to traffic and allows extra time to engage in the dynamic activities that the Kenyan culture provides. ... more less
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