They say comparisons are odious but it is hard not to compare what you get for your money in a Kenyan budget hotel compared with other parts of the world. And at that level disappointing is an understatement.
The best that can be said for the Parkside hotel is that it is right at the edge of the city so a 9 for convenience with low cost eating places, supermarkets and banks close by.
As for the hotel, the staff are something less than eager or helpful. I always carry a lightglobe visiting Kenya as budget hotels have such low wattage globes that you can barely see. I also carry a small electric jug as the notion of providing any such conveniences in Kenyan budget rooms has not occurred to managements.
The room was kept clean by staff who could give the desk people a few tips on how to treat visitors.
The bathroom had the weirdest little attachment to the shower and string cord for `heating' which provided about 20 seconds of warm water.
I have been visiting Kenya on and off for 30 years and the budget end of the accomodation hotels have not improved one iota.
So, hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
- Also Known As:
- Parkside Hotel Nairobi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The operators of this comfortable mid-range hotel place great importance on the well-being of their guests with the reception being open around the clock. The hotel has a total of 68 rooms (28 single rooms, 20 double rooms). The hotel is located in direct proximity to the airport (5.0 km). Your accommodation is easy to reach as it is located directly adjacent to the motorway. Safes are available at reception and in your room to hold your valuables. There's no chance of boredom in this hotel. The hotel's casino and disco will cater for your entertainment needs. You can hire a car direct from the hotel, and park it on the hotel's car park during your stay. Feel free to enjoy room service or the wake-up facility when staying at the hotel. The hotel operates a suite of business facilities. All rooms have air conditioning, and also offer other facilities such as cable TV, Internet access and a hairdryer in the bathroom. Do you want to book a non-smoking room? Are you traveling with your family and do you need a cot? We will gladly cater for your wishes - please indicate them when booking your room. The minibar in your room contains many tasty things. Forget the worries of the day as you enjoy a relaxing massage. All kinds of delicacies can be served in the hotel's restaurant (with tables outdoors) and bistro, with specialties for vegetarians and diabetics, too. The hotel bar has a large selection of drinks for your enjoyment. ... more less