We stayed here from May 26th to June 14th of 2013. I will start by saying that finding apartments in Nairobi is quite difficult. Not sure if there's a shortage of serviced apartments available or what the issue is exactly, but after a long and ardous search, we decided to settle for Eldon.
Initially, after lots of email communications, they told me no two bedrooms were available (only the penthouse was available, which was on the 6th floor with no elevator access). After I told them I couldn't do the penthouse, a two bedroom "miraculously" became available and I decided to take it for the same price that they used for a one bedroom ($100 dollars a night).
For $100 dollars per night, they were several things they could do better and I'll list them here:
1) Bathrooms are non-functional (small, toilet is too close to the shower & the water spills all over the floor and onto the toilet seat when you turn on the shower. Plus, the toilet seat cover kept falling over when I tried to put it up; wouldn't stay up) - I doubt they used an architect or interior designer when building the apartment , which is very common in Kenya in an effort to save costs, but it leads to these sloppy issues like poor workmanship and finishings.
2) Window frames look old and the windows don't close shut completely (a problem if you're staying there during mosquito season)
3) Filthy furniture (made the mistake of lifting up one of the chairs and couldn't believe it (they need to shampoo the chairs of just throw out the old one's and replace them with cleaner, newer ones, really)
4) No cable television (for $100 dollars a night they should provide that)
5) They only provide toilet paper for your first night after that, you need to supply your own toilet paper, soap, etc
6) No washing machines or dryers if you want to do your own laundry (the workers there will have to do your laundry by hand and the laundry are was right outside my room so every morning at 6 am I'd hear them when they were back there doing their laundry and I'd inevitably be woken up)
7) Towels are sporadically provided and they were dingy (I"d bring my own if I were you)
1) The internet is fast and reliable
2) They have a generator so the frequent Nairobi power black outs won't be felt
3) Water must be from a borehole (although I still wouldn't drink from the tap, but at least you'll be able to wake up and take a shower every morning..although when I turned on the sink in the kitchen, a funny, sewage smell would emerge. Don't know what that was about)
4) Location - It's close to the Junction mall (a 5 minute walk) where you can find cafe's, restaurants, supermarkets, etc) and since Ngong road is a very busy place, it's safe to walk to the junction even at 9pm)
Conclusion? International standards are tough to find in Nairobi it seems; Would I stay here again? No, but to find a decent place in Nairobi start looking long before you plan to get there and if possible, get a hotel room for a few days and go and physically check out these places before you sign up for them. That will give you a much more realistic picture of what to expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eldon Villas are fully furnished and serviced apartments in Nairobi, Kenya. We offer a choice of either a studio, one, or two bedroom fully furnished and serviced stylish apartments. Our on site management team will ensure that all your needs are taken care of day or night. We are located on Ngong Road, two minutes walk from the Junction Mall. In close proximity of the Yaya Center, Galleria Mall, Prestige Plaza to name a few. ... more less
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