i was going to write and write about how horrible the hotel ambassadeur is, but in the end "there's a reason why it's so inexpensive" sums it up.
a few lowlights -
while the hotel is located in a prime downtown location, it is surrounded by bus (matatu) stops. buses in nairobi are privately owned and the drivers must solicit passengers. they do this by screaming, sometimes using a bull horn, at the top of their lungs no matter the time of day. it is nearly impossible to sleep. (i had heard that the ambassadeur was loud, but i live in a major us city, right on a major thoroughfare and between a police station and a fire station. it has nothing on the noise from the matatu stand!)
it's not all that safe. they do have guards on every floor, but items were still routinely stolen from rooms and the restaurant. the guards also did little to keep the thieves from roaming the halls - the very thing their mere presence was supposed to stop.
back in the day the ambassadeur was the premier hotel in nairobi - five stars all the way. unfortunately, it has fallen into complete disrepair. we are avid world travellers and have a high tollerance for "well worn." this place is down right dirty. it was so bad that we were hesitant to leave our unopened suitcases on the surfaces.
just don't bother.
**only one highlight - the night porter, shadrach, was excellent! the rest of the staff was sketchy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ambassaduer Hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of Nairobi close to the best restaurants, cinemas and shopping malls. The hotel is located directly opposite the National Archives. The hotel is a 3 star with 83 en suite rooms all with internet connectivity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambassadeur Hotel Nairobi