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Hotel Vesture Villa: Best Hotel in Town, but Still not Tourist Standard
I really would like to give this hotel a good review, since the hotel staff were really kind to our "humanitarian aid" team. However, the fact is that this hotel is very good by rural village African standards but will still probably not meet the expectations of most tourists.
For example, the bathroom in my room came with a hot and cold water valve, but no hot water was obtained during my entire stay there. Most people in the hotel did not have this problem, but for some reason some of the rooms did lack hot water.
Most of the hotel rooms do not have two beds. Most of the rooms in fact just barely have room for a single bed. Thus, if your group is made up of a number of single people, you may not be able to effectively assign two people to each room. A few of the rooms do have two beds though.
The bathrooms are very small, and generally the shower will also soak the toilet seat as there is no separation between the shower and the toilet - its all one room and the floor of the bathroom serves as the floor of the shower as well. Due to a lack of air flow, generally it takes quite a while to dry out as well.
Another odd feature of my bathroom was the window allowed those on the road to look in. This wasn't too much of an issue for me (they would be unable to see anything below shoulder level) but other travelers might not take to kindly to this feature - and the fact that no window covering is available.
The kitchen serves up reasonably good food and sodas of various kinds are available for 30 shillings (less than US$0.50) each. The restaurant may also be used as a small conference room, and there was a Centers for Disease Control meeting there during our stay as well. The food is quite fresh (one morning we could hear live chickens complaining about being butchered quite loudly) and seems to be reasonably safe to eat. However, it is still a fairly primitive kitchen by what most travelers are used to, and staying away from hazardous vegetables (lettuce, tomatos, and other items that can be a health hazard if not washed thoroughly) while staying here.
Mosquito netting in my room (#115) was in good condition, but somehow they managed to sneak in anyway. Remember that malaria is not far away, so this isn't just a matter of comfort, either.
Other than being the best place in town, the hotel also features a unique protected parking arrangement: at night vehicles are simply driven into the lobby of the hotel (which can hold two, plus one more in the entry way).
The locking cabinet in each room is a useful feature, but the cabinet is not attached to the room, so someone could just steal the entire cabinet if they wanted to and cut it open later.
Each room does have clothes hangers, which are hung from a rod near the TV.
In some rooms, you will need to move the desk from under the TV if you plan to actually use it for writing anything.
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