Stayed here for about a week while working at the United Nations. The hotel appears to be an old villa that has been converted and continually added on to. The main benefit of staying here is convenience: the hotel is within walking distance of Village Market (mall) and a 5 minute shuttle ride of the UN and US embassy. That said, convenience isn't everything.
The breakfast is decent (buffet style with about 6 trays; fruits, cereals, etc., plus vegetarian options; the chef making the eggs was a bit sassy), but there were mornings where there was no coffee available--"Out of order." This is beyond the pale! The showers were either excruciatingly hot or ice cold (some in our group didn't even have hot water). There was no ability to switch rooms as it was booked solid. Wifi connectivity seemed to vary by room, but I didn't have too much trouble in mine. I was staying in the "A" block of rooms. Bathrooms were very small, the door opened basically into the shower.
The linens on the beds were quite old. I had to ask for mine to be changed. They were a bit tattered. It was a bit noisy when I was there as construction is going on next door (they are tearing down a water park and I guess putting in a new hotel).
The lobby is not the best for hanging out, nor is the pool area. There are a few decent tables, but overall not the most conducive to relaxing after work. You won't be spending any time in the lobby/pool area. I would recommend heading over to another hotel for drinks after work, like Tribe (obviously a different price point).
All in all very average. I like convenience especially when dealing with Nairobi traffic. So, this hotel is fine. Definitely for the NGO set. The UN delegations tend to stay at the more upscale options. Still, you won't suffer too much here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfort Gardens is a quiet guest house located 8 kms away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi city. It’s located in one of the safest neighborhood in the city, next to the UNON Compound, a host of embassies and NGOs as well as the Village Market. The Gardens is ideal for a business traveler, especially those conducting business around Gigiri. The tourist will find the Guest House ideal as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Gardens - Kenya Hotel Nairobi