We had a short break here in 2 stints, before and after a trip to the National Parks.
The staff and owners were cheerful, friendly and most efficient (in the Kenyan context). As there was a group of us in 2 families, our needs and desires were quite diverse, but we always got what we wanted.
Our room, Twiga, overlooked the gardens and it was a real treat to have a coffee sitting on the balcony watching the world go by. Our friends had the other rooms (suits) and were more than content with the quality.
In the extensive grounds,Purdy's has events such as a Farmer's market and hog roasts and craft fairs. There is also a vegetable garden and the produce from here is used in the restaurant.
I liked the chicks (the chicken variety) wandering around outside along with the occasional visit into the gardens by monkeys.
Wifi was mostly OK in the room, but for a high level of bandwidth, it was necessary to go to the bar area.
The food, including the breakfasts was very good value (try the scambled egg !!!!). The pizzas as well as more adventurous food was nicely prepared, tasty and did not break the bank.
The bar area is a nice place to meet friends, but if you are alone, it is also ideal.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the bar can be lively and noisy. As I am old, I did not appreciate the "pop group" with the loud "singers" which went on a shade too late on a Saturday evening. Others may like this sort of thing, but I cheered when they finally packed in.
True, some of the decor in the rooms needs a fettle, but Purdy's was far far better option than a chain and impersonal hotel elsewhere.
As for location, Purdy's is very close to the Nairobi National Park as well as good restaurants should you choose to eat away from Purdy's. If you visit, please do go to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. For $50, you can adopt a baby elephant. I think I am right in saying that this also entitles you to visit in the evening for an hour when the general public are excluded to see the young elephants arriving back at the sanctuary for an evening meal (see photo).
By the way, we organised the airport pickups via Purdys. This worked well and I would recommend this rather than a hire car as driving standards and the highway maintenance are poor in the extreme. Better to let a local driver take the pressure ....
We will be more than happy to return and would recommend the B&B to anybody considering staying in Nairobi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 23 acres of Karen, a leafy suburb twenty kilometers Southwest of Nairobi, lies the Purdy Arms. With a view of the famed knuckled ridge of the Ngong Hills ("I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills" – Karen Blixen, Out of Africa), it is a relaxing place to stay. ... more less
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