Situated on the upper floors of a large, centrally-located downtown building that has retail and a pretty good restaurant/pub on lower levels, these apartments must have come into service sometime before the mid-1960s at the latest, and unrenovated since them -- everything in there is from a pre-plastic world. Almost a time capsule. Things have been patched together and are in working order, but it is old. The studio room was good-sized: bed (surrounded by mosquito net, which you will need to use), couch and chair in sitting area, and gally kitchen. Entrance to bathroom is next to head of the bed. Flimsy sliding glass door (which doesn't do much against the traffic noise) opens on to small grime encrusted balcony. Kitchen was functional, but not equipped with a whole lot, at least in this apartment. Closet space was minimal and safe was a wooden, home-made contraption requiring your own lock. Water heater worked on a switch requiring about 20 minute lead time. TV old with lousy picture, internet was more or less ok. There isn't a lobby or hotel infrastructure here: just a desk and elevator with guard at the door. Each floor is security keycarded. Access to Chester Apts is shared with entrance to mall, which is guarded at night. Location is the best asset here, for daytime activity and for nightlife, and as an apartment guests may be brought in no problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chester House offers the most spacious rooms in the heart of Nairobi. All our rooms are self contained, with a fully kitted kitchen, cable television, free wi-fi, a spectacular swimming pool and of course our patented balconies with stunning views over the city. Whether you want to get some serious work done, or put your feet up and unwind, Chester House Apartments provide unparalleled comfort and convenience. ... more less
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