Monday, November 29, 2010

Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel, Nairobi

There is nothing outstanding about this hotel. Most tour operators we contacted during the planning stage seemed to be pushing this hotel for the night stay in Nairobi (which is inevitable given the time taken to travel to the parks if traveling by road (6 hours or so) and your flight timings )

Its a tiny hotel. Serves buffet breakfasts. Nothing remarkable, nothing outstanding. I'd rate it a 2 or 2.5 on 5. Not very clean but not dirty either. Bathroom doors do not lock. Bathroom windows overlook the common corridor people use to reach other rooms on the floor. Not a very comfortable scenario for taking a bath (The glass is translucent and at head level) or using a washroom

Le Meridien, Jaipur

The Hotel was absolutely lovely. We stayed in one of the suites with the en suite garden with a swing. The rooms were very comfortable. The bathroom had a jacuzzi with a glass wall between the bathroom and the garden. It was quite difficult for us to leave the room.

My husband was there on work for a conference that was held at the hotel and he said the arrangements were excellent. I had tagged along so I could attend the Jaipur Literature festival (JLF) which was on at the same time and my husband extended his stay.

The JLF was held at Diggi palace in the city and the travel time took us about an hour each morning, so this was inconvenient.

The food was good. We had the buffet breakfasts daily and dinner at one of the restaurants if we were back early enough for dinner.

We quite enjoyed our stay here and will return if we are travelling on work or leisure. But for the JLF, we would prefer to stay somewhere closer to the venue so we can attend all the sessions without having to wake up too early