Safari with Kids
I found it really helpful to pamper ourselves with a 2 night stay in Nairobi to relax and prepare for the 6 days of Safai. The Nairobi Safari Club was very comfortable for us. The kids loved the temperature of their outdoor pool and their pizza grill. (They heve 3 cafeterias). It is centrally located. we were warned by our KOBO agent not to wander off by ourselves too far. Did go for a day walk on our own 2 blocks around the corner to the Nakumatt where we found a supermarket and 2 ATMs. We were careful not wear watches or jewelry but felt safe. The Nairobi Safari Club only has suites, thus the rooms are spacious and quite elegant. The bathrooms however need a major facelift (at least the one we had). It was very clean and spacious but looked rundown.
Next to the pool, they have a nice health center with modern equipment and staff that are very helpful in setting the equipment and workout for you.
The saff in general went out of their way to learn our names over the 2 nights we were there.
Mayfair Court Hotel, Holiday...
Mayfair Court Hotel, Holiday Inn
As at 1/1/99
single room: $150.00
double room: $98.00p.p.
Lunch costs between £2.00 and £5.00 (sorry about the currency switch here) This was the first hotel that I stayed at in Kenya. It was a gentle, even luxurious introduction, to the more 'rigorous' events to follow. The lobby/reception hall is a large light and cool place, immaculately kept. There is wood panelling and period piece decorations giving it a colonial feel. A giant bowler-hatted waiter called Patric with a voice like Frank Bruno greeted us. The place has a comfortable but opulent feel.
The swimming pool is fine as are the two dining areas, one alfresco by the pool, and the other now designed as an American diner.
Check out the beautifully lit ponds at night and the deafening frog chorus!
During my last visit in 1999 the hotel rooms had been upgraded and were exceptionally good wanting for nothing. Apart from the Nairobi Safari Club this is this is the most luxurious hotel room that I've stayed at in Kenya.