This was a poor choice of hotel. The EKA is much smaller than it appears on its website and feels like a motel, which makes the price irritatingly high. The room was clean enough but the views in every direction were of buildings and roadworks; indeed, the entire hotel seems to be surrounded by construction associated with the new airport road.
But what was unforgivably out of order was the flat refusal by the reception clerk at checkout to call a city taxi in a cynical attempt to force me to pay for the hotel’s own wildly overpriced ‘airport shuttle’. Even the gate guard was embarrassed as I was left to wait on the side of the highway outside for a local bus and motorcycle taxi to the airport. This kind of sharp practice surely has no place in a modern Nairobi: the EKA is definitely one to avoid.More