We hadn’t booked a hotel in advance for our stay in Nakuru, so after returning from the excursion to Nakuru National Park, we had to find a place to spend the night. With its kitschy reception décor and the promise of “quiet rooms” Carnation Hotel stole our hearts immediately, and we handed over the 1500 schilling for a twin bed room. The room rate included breakfast and, as it turned out, even a cockroach on the floor…yack!
Unfortunately, the “quiet rooms” however, turned out to be far from quiet. Even though the location of the hotel was in a quiet area, the other hotel guests made sure that we were kept awake for most of the night.
A very unexpected feature was the morning shower’s hot water. Really hot water is far from a matter of course at budget hotels alternatives in Kenya, so it was indeed a nice surprise.
The hotel’s restaurant was also very charming and the breakfast, which included fruit and omelet, was really good. Disregarding the noise, the cockroach and the shabby bathrooms, Carnation Hotel was actually a quite good choice in that price range.