This was a work related trip and we first went to the Royal Guest House in Misumu. I write the review of it here b/c it does not exist in Trip Advisor:
Basic, clean accommodations with meals. Great staff and cooks, at every turn assured our comfort and safety. Beds were extremely comfortable with bed nets- use them! Rooms arranged around an outdoor veranda. Large meeting room. Meals were typical western Kenya fare: Fresh chapatis take about 1 hour to prepare but are worth the wait! Lunch and dinner are meat (double fried chicken or goat stew) plus ugali or rice, greens, eggs cooked to order in am with fresh fruit, white coffee or tea. There is a chicken coop at the back of some rooms. If you are a light sleeper you might as for rooms a bit further away as the rooster starts at 3 am followed at 5 am by the call to prayer. Bathroom is clean and mostly functional. Toilet stops up frequently. Hot shower works but ? cleanliness of water so we didn't use it.
After 3 nights there went to the Golf Hotel Kakamega
10 nights here. Big Hotel - nicest in town. Owned by a former president. Large playground and kiddy pool plus swimming pool open on weekends- clean water. Beautiful gardens where one can walk in a patrolled setting each day. "Palapas" (thatched roofed open meeting areas) in the garden by the restaurant. First floor rooms have been remodeled. Internet is fairly reliable all over hotel. Room had comfortable beds and bed nets. There were no mosquitoes during our stay. Large sliding glass doors open on to front lawn/garden. Very very conscientious housekeeping staff, laundry done daily, helpful administrative and security staff. Our safari agent was able to bring his charge machine to the hotel and plug it in and run our card with the staff's assistance.
Dining room is large and the wait staff and cooks are great. Be prepared to wait a good hour for meals (not atypical for western Kenya). Breakfast buffet was fresh fruit, juices, white or black coffee and tea, cereal, several breads and eggs cooked to order, sausages, roast potatoes, beans. Dinner was a bit lack luster. Menu is more limited that on the printed page. You won't starve but food is ordinary. We'd stay here again.
Another benefit to the Golf Hotel is the proximity to a small mall with a big Tuskee's food and department store plus a few stalls of crafts and local fabric. The best part was that it was "safe" enough to walk the 5 minutes there and have an experience "in Kenya" rather than being taken everywhere in a car. We followed the local advice not to take a backpack, camera or wear flashy jewelry. The main risk in western Kenya is not personal violence but robbery of the Hit and Run variety- as in any large town or city. We were so lucky to find Winnie who sells traditional Kenyan fabric and Kangas. Each piece is 6 yards and the choices were just too hard gifto make. One of our friends returned the next day, picked her fabric and had a dress and top made at incredibly reasonable rates.