Boy if ever there was a property screaming out for a makeover this is it.
Obviously this hotel was the ultimate in luxury when built, I'm guessing the 60's. Virtually nothing has been done to it since.
On the plus side every room is a suite, rare and spacious, and in our case we had a balcony (there 3 nights). Also the staff generally are friendly, in particular a guy on the desk called James (mentioned in some other reviews) is an asset to be treasured.
Everything else is shabby and coming apart. Even the lounges in the foyer all are desperate for recovering. First impressions people!!!
This theme contiues everywhere. The dining room, you can see was the ultimate when built, but time has moved on. Half the furniture is mismatched, and cutlery, and everything else. At breakfast there is no one really overseeing the banemaries if they need filling, and selection sparse.
The bar has the basics to be fabulous. The Pizza deck above it shoud be a great place to hang out, but everything is busted up. The furniture, apart from keeping with the theme of being mismatched, looks like the sort of stuff you find on the side of the road (possibly not in Nairobi) on throwing out night. The Pizza cooking could use a bit of work also. Each night virtually nobody was in there. I wonder why?
You get my drift.
This hotel could, and should, be the local version of iconic places like Raffles in Singapore or The Metropole in Hanoi. Hotels famous for their old world style and charm. Luxury with timeless style. However to do that someone, maybe a large international chain, needs to pump some money into it.
For their sake I hope this happens soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel was established in 1984 as an exclusive Members Only Club. In 2001 it was repositioned to a fully fledged five star hotel opening its doors to the public. This year we celebrate 24 years of continuous excellent service. From the very beginning, our main goal has been to provide the best possible service to our guests, almost to the point of obsession and we are striving to constantly improve the quality of our services in order to have satisfied customers that would come back again and again. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nairobi Safari Club Hotel Nairobi
- Nairobi Safari Hotel