Sadili will always have a special place in my heart. I stayed for an extended stay that lasted about a month through a program that was in Nairobi shooting a documentary. My team and I stayed in Gona Suites, about a good four or five flight of stairs going up to the rooms. There is nice greenery around the building and open lighting -- it creates a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere to stay in. The lodging is hygenic, and daily maid service is provided. Also, the attendant, David, was wonderful and always on-site to help with whatever issue may have arised (light's going out, showers running cold) and Sadili was always quick to get it resolved. It's certainly not a five-star hotel (there's mosquito nets provided over each bed -- tip: USE THEM), but definitely far from below-average quality. Sheets were replaced each day and bathrooms and rooms were cleaned each day. The housecleaning service also provides clothes-washing, but keep in mind it's hand-wash and may take a day or two to dry, depending on the weather. Concerning transportation, it's a five-minute walk to the nearest Matatu stops, and it can range from 30-45 minutes of a commute to downtown depending on traffic. It's a good 10-15 minutes from The Galleria shopping mall, 10 mintues from a grocery store. Something I also truly appreciated most was the security and safety that I felt in staying at Sadili. It's a gated residency, so there are gates around the neighborhood as well as the Oval itself. I recommend anyone going to Nairobi to stay at Sadili, as the funds help sustain the athletic programs at Sadili Oval Sports Academy. There was something so sweet and genuine about waking up to passing the students on their way to classes and coming home to children laughing and playing sports as the evening arrived each day. The restaurant food is delicious, the staff and students are wonderful and welcoming, and I can't recommend this place enough; you fall in love with it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sadili Oval B & B is located at the award-winning Sadili Oval Sports Academy, a not-for-profit social enterprise committed to developing the power of sport in Africa. By choosing to stay at Sadili Oval B & B, you are supporting the education and talent development of deserving youth across Africa. Sadili Oval B & B provides a variety of 39 comfortable, well-furnished rooms, in single, twin, triple or double format, each with a colour television, direct dial telephone, WIFI internet, solar heating, lighting and emergency power. The property has ample parking, 24 hour security, CCTV and is run by a professional management team. Sadili Oval B & B is located 15 minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and 5 minutes from Wilson Airport, on the inter-state Southern Bypass, Langata and 5 - 15 minutes from Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre, Bomas of Kenya, Ostrich Park and Karen Blixen Museum ... more less