Ok, stayed at this place on 6th April, as an overnight stay as we were travelling onto Mombasa the following morning. This place is a block of mainly empty apartments. Ones that are occupied are rented by local people. There are no signs anywhere to or on the building that say 'Nairobi Airport Hotel.' Passengers making their own way there would never find it!! I will not use the word 'HOTEL' again when discussing this place. The road leading to the apartment block is off road and incomplete. It was very late when we landed in Nairobi which meant the place was dark. The road used to access the apartment block is a very long back road with no lights and very large holes in the road, which meant more time was spent swerving left and right rather than going in a straight line. Due to the road being so bad speed had to be kept to a minimum which felt like a perfect set up to be robbed and dumped at the side of the road, but the 'airport transfer' was genuine. The apartments sits within a gated guarded community with electric fencing on top of a very high wall!
The apartment was clean and room was quite well presented and bed was comfy. The apartment was ok for an overnight stay. Even though it is an apartment and it has a kitchen there are no appliances in the kitchen except a fridge and a kettle. Hot water you have to turn on yourself if you want hot water for the morning (was not told this but worked it out). Towels are provided, but take your own toiletries, hand soap is provided, but that's it. Be sure to check all the windows as most were either slighlty open or closed but not locked. Access to your apartment can be gained through your window by the balcony. The apartment is in a great location for easy return to the airport.
Breakfast is provided. Your order taken by staff who utalise another apartment as a reception. Your breakfast will be brought to your room at a time you request. Breakfast was ok and came in the form of tea/coffee, toast, eggs, sausage etc. Upon check out $13.50 US dollars is required to be payed as local tax, for some reason they are unable to include this cost in the original costing.
Airport transfer is a man with a saloon car. We had 3 suitcases not including hand luggage and may I say it was a squeeze to fit the luggage in. If there was an extra case then I am unsure how we would had proceeded. The driver was very nicee and welcoming. Clearly this service is a man who ownes a car and not a business that provides an official service for the apartment. As the service is a one man and one car outfit we had to wait an hour outside the airport for him to arrive, as he was dropping off another passenger elsewhere despite knowing what flight/time we landed!
Despite all the negatives the place was clean and staff were polite and kind. This apartment room was booked through Expedia and I will be writing to them to request they don't advertise the apartment as a 'Hotel,' price wise £60 for the night I thought was a reasonable price to pay.
Tips go a long way in Nairobi anything between 200 - 300 Shillings seem to be the average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a quiet, upmarket residential area just 10 minutes away from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi Airport Hotel offers the comforts of home in brand new, exquisitely finished two-bedroom apartments. Skip the jams of Nairobi, and feel at home less than 30 minutes after your plane touches the ground! Breakfast and free airport transfer is included. ... more less
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