Sponsored by The Boma Hotel Nairobi
“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi
That’s for sure. True travelers go to places not just for the sake of it, but to make long-lasting memories. They treasure those moments. They relive them every single time they go through their photobooks, Instagram or Tumblr feeds.
If you’re a sucker for exotic blogging like me, you know that there’s no better way to tell a story than through powerful words and visuals.
That’s exactly what I felt when I visited The Boma Hotel Nairobi just a fortnight ago.
I intentionally chose the check-in day to be on a Friday so that I didn’t have to wake up in rush the next morning. I knew this was going to be an unforgettable experience that’s even worth including in my future memoir.
The journey there was relaxed. I love this city, Nairobi. As we cruised slowly towards the magical location, my Uber driver was playing Ariana Grande’s “Side To Side” featuring Nicki Minaj. It reminded me of the amazing interview I had with Hannah Lux Davis, the director of the official music video for the reggae fusion track.
Normally, with no traffic, it should take you roughly 20 minutes to get to the hotel via Mombasa Road. Evenings are a bit hectic, so it could take you a bit longer.
Upon check in, I walked up the pathway leading to the main entrance, then the massive lobby. There’s a colorful water fountain that makes you feel as if you’re walking past a mountain stream while on an adventure. The imposing architecture makes you feel important; it makes you feel that you’ve reached the pinnacle of living life on the fast-lane. For me, it was a signal of what I was about to experience.
The ultra-modern style was inspired by the design of a boat! Initially, the whole hotel was supposed to be surrounded by water. Well, the thought into it was definitely a unique one.
Fast-forward, I was ushered into my spacious room, which is among the 20 Deluxe rooms that the hotel boasts of. The Boma also has 120 Superior rooms (yes, it’s that big), 6 Business Suites, 1 Executive Suite and 1 Presidential Suite, which I absolutely loved during my tour around the property.
The room is designed to meet all the possible needs of a modern traveler; it’s of world class standards. I didn’t have to call the operator every few minutes to find my way around. The Jacuzzi was well tended, my fresh fruits awaited for me on the central table, and the delicious selection of coffee flavours in the just below the TV screen.
By the way, the most striking thing was golden color scheme that made it feel like a gorgeous penthouse in Dubai. The super neat arrangement of the working desk (which is perfect for those who doze off when working from the bed) makes you an instant boss, ready to build your empire.
The tranquility of the entire place was super relaxing. After sampling the TV channels and savoring my fruits, I was quick to head to Johari Restaurant, one of the two signature restaurants at the property. It has a semi-gothic architecture, with gorgeous chandeliers hanging from the top. The translucent ceiling allows maximum natural light in the morning, transforming the place into a scenic observatory.
The dining place overlooks an expansive garden that has lush green grass. If you fancy dining under the stars, while enjoying a cool breeze, there’s a spacious terrace that’s well serviced by the attendants.
That evening, a buffet was on the menu. I had ugali, veggies, chicken wings and some delicious, thick mango juice. The attendants were quick in service. There’s both African and Continental cuisine, but I chose to stick to the local taste.
At this point, I was feeling tired and resolved to go back to my room. Guess what? There’s a midnight dish on offer. I ordered mushroom soup and red sweet wine — the finest I’ve had in a long time. The 24-hour-service is excellent. Quick tip…don’t just go for any wine, insist on the highest quality wine. How do you know which is which? That’s a precious story for another day.
The wine kicked in and I was soon offline. I woke up at 8AM the next morning. That’s when I bumped into the sweet, typed out note with the words…
“Dear Mr. Momanyi, we are pleased to welcome you to…”
The message was warm, personal and sweet. It was from one of the top managers at the hotel. I re-read it over and over. It was one of the most heartwarming messages I’ve ever read.
Not wanting to spend more time on my newly found king size bed, I headed to Johari Restaurant again for my breakfast. The buffet on offer was splendid. I chose to stick to my favorites: Croissants, boiled eggs, fresh mango juice and toast. The menu on offer was wholistic and utterly delicious.
Then came the most exciting part of my stay. A tour around the property. From the standalone acacia trees to the expansive, perfectly landscaped gardens to the pleasantly calm nature of the place, I loved everything about the outside. We briefly stopped by the Boma Inn, a 3 star hotel that is situated nearby. Despite being a mid-range establishment, it still lives up to expectations with its high standards.
There’s a small pond with fresh water and colorful fish as you head to the entrance of the hotel. There’s a signature terrace where guys can have their breakfast. While heading there, I bumped into the General Manager, Mr. Gruebel in a rush to finish his most important task of the day; to finish off a gazebo that he was designing.
I would later tour the location of the new facility, which is just beside the Boma International Hospitality College, an Accredited Swiss Hotel School — the first of its kind in the country. There, students learn culinary and hotel management at the highest international standards.
He guided me through the whole concept, his vision of the landscaping and how visitors will be spending their evenings away from the comfort of their rooms but still enjoying delicious pizza in under the open night sky!
He’s quite a practical guy. He was cutting the stone slabs for the pavement on his own! Is there a GM that does menial work that you’ve ever come across? It turns out that he loves what he does! Someone told me that he sometimes assists in routine cleaning!
One of the most iconic structures I came across is a real life simulation of an abandoned fishing boat with its mast still intact, a wide array of aquatic weeds covering it and cascading water that makes it look like it’s on the bottom of a waterfall. Spectacular!
Later, I visited the Presidential Suite, one of the best of its kind that I’ve ever seen. It offers personalized service — a kitchen for instance, spacious sitting room and a massive bedroom. Its interior decor was consistent with the overall aesthetic at the Boma though. I also got to see the state-of-art gym that is unmatched. You can have dancing classes, by the way. It looked like a performing arts studio.
As my stay came to an end on a bright Saturday morning, I appreciated the little joys of life that come with the perks of being a traveller. You get to meet new, amazing people, like the friendly staff at The Boma. Or the gorgeous air hostesses that I shared a lift with on my way up to my bedroom the previous night. I definitely intend to revisit The Boma Hotel soon!
I hope to visit The Boma Inn Eldoret soon!
About The Boma Hotels
The Boma Hotels are designed to be a haven from the hustle and bustle and an ideal place for people from all over the world to come together. The ‘O’ in The Boma logo, is a circle to symbolise a group of people meeting together as well as our holistic values. At The Boma Hotels, you become part of a circle of humanitarian values and social responsibility. All profits fund the Kenya Red Cross Society’s Humanitarian activities. We call this inspiring concept ‘hospitality with a conscience’.
Boma Hotels Concept
All profits fund the Kenya Red Cross Society’s Humanitarian activities. We call this inspiring concept ‘hospitality with a conscience.
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