on November 4, 2008
If stars could be given for friendliness then the Meridian Court hotel is five stars.It’s a big monstrous sixties hotel. Bright orange in colour it has five stories with balconies overlooking the busy streets of Nairobi. It’s situated just outside the centre on the Muranga Road. Muranga Road leads from Moi Avenue down to the massive Matutu stand at the start of the "River Road" area – so there is a constant stream of humanity walking uphill past the Meridian. One word of caution, I thought I’d take a look at the notorious "River Road" figuring I was safe first thing in the morning – a bellboy ran after me and pulled me back. They look after you at the Meridian Court. It is a big hotel and is grouped around an indoor courtyard. The rooms are suites and are good value (£30 a night for a single). They are like small flats with large beds, small lounge with TV room, power shower, kitchen etc. You won’t spend your evenings roaming the streets of Nairobi so the cable TV is very useful. My favourite was the view outside the window. There is a balcony outside overlooking the Muranga Road protected by a lattice of iron. From the balcony you can watch the crowds board Matutus and buses in the far distance. If you have a back room however you will overlook a mosque – and during Ramadan the muezzin will start wailing about four o’clock.One thing about the Meridian is they do a fabulous breakfast. The dining room is crewed by some of the friendliest waiters I have ever encountered. You can indulge yourself in passion fruit juice, toast, jam and fresh omelette. It’s used by lots of business travellers and I was joined one morning by Moshi from Zambia who was there on business. It was interesting talking to him as Africans are just as nervous of Nairobi as everyone else. But he gave me tips of what to see in the city.One more mention of the staff who were very friendly. Every request was met with a broad grin – no one quite does charm like an African.
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