I stayed at Sandton Palace for 3 nights in early August. As with many Nairobi hotels I have stayed in, the room itself was quite small with a very basic show/toilet en-suite and the furnishings very bland and basic. For a business traveller, this might be adequate purely for accommodation but I don't think it makes the grade for a tourist hotel. The location is quite close to the city centre but hidden in a street just off Tom Mboya street which, at all times from dawn until very late at night, is heaving with matatus and local buses and crowds of waiting passengers - making it something of an ordeal to navigate the poorly maintained sidewalks.
The TV offers about 10-15 channels of watchable fare, including some DSTV sports channels but I found the advertised wireless internet connection was completely inadequate and was unable to load up Yahoo's homepage, let alone read or send emails.
The hotel has a single, slow elevator to serve all of its floors, so you can find yourself waiting several minutes to finally get up to your room.
I later moved across to another hotel in Nairobi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sandton Palace Hotel is a 3 star hotel located in the city centre. The hotel is located in a very safe area and very quiet environment. The hotel has 105 en-suite rooms all connected with TV and Internet services. The hotel has 4 different conference halls which can accommodate a seating capacity of people between 100 to 240. The hotel has a gym with steam bath as well as sauna. ... more less
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