I was staying one night, room had been booked by the organisation I was working for. Room turned out to be a suite, down a corridor which looked a bit like a prison corridor, then down some steps. I certainly didn't need a suite & this one was old & tired and comprised - the bedroom (no tv), a bathroom, separate toilet, fully equipped kitchen and lounge with tv (which I didn't watch). The bed did have a good mosquito net. I'd read here about the refurbished rooms so went down to ask if I could have one - I could but it would have been an extra KES 4,500 (from memory). So I stayed where I was - it was OK but glad I was only staying one night.
I decided to eat in the hotel. I had a drink in the bar, or rather the more open area just outside the bar which looked a bit like a prison cell. A very friendly girl approached me to ask if I wanted her to join me but I had to decline as I had a good book. Anyway, I looked at the menus & decided to eat in the restaurant - went up there (it was 7pm) only to find it didn't open until 7:30 so went back to the bar to eat. I wanted to eat local food so had the fish & ugali. The ugali, veg & sauce were ok but the fish was inedible - very dry, hardly any flesh, I think it had been overcooked. The waiter did seem concerned that I hadn't eaten it.
On the other hand - breakfast was excellent - really good choice of tasty dishes.
So based on my visit, I can only recommend the breakfast.
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