I Know Of This Little Place in Muthaiga You Should Try Out

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Lounge at the Kingdom Guest House

Lounge at the Kingdom Guest House

I wonder whether you have heard of the Kingdom Gardens Guest House. Well, if you have not, it is tucked away in the quite leafy suburbs of Muthaiga, this non-smoking and non-alcoholic facility is a cosy, warm place to while away a weekend. Besides the hospitable staff, the guest house has a beautiful well-manicured lawn where you can hold your family picnic, party or even a wedding.

Just clocking a year since it opened its doors to the public, Kingdom Gardens located on Muthaiga Road, directly opposite the Oil Libya plaza, about 3 kilometres from the Aga Khan University Hospital was once a residential place that has now been tastefully renovated to give it its new tribal yet contemporary look.

The rooms are elaborately styled with a rich assortment of African décor that begins with the wall art, the furniture and all the way to the room finishing – it is almost as if everything is synergised to render that golden-brown rustic feel that is evident in the room. One cannot help but feel this distinct sense of being somewhere back in time, in ancient Africa.

It is only the presence of the flat screen TV offering an assortment of DSTV cable channels, a coffee making facility and a mini-fridge that calls one back to the reality of 21st century modern Kenya – I particularly liked the dark-green packaging on the soap and lotion in the bathroom! Never seen that before!

There is a garden surrounding the house which is adorned with a variety of lovely exotic flowers (try taking walks around the lawn and garden at night when the sweet aura of the flowers is stronger and the dim lights cast shades of gold upon the darkness – it is really therapeutic).

It is at the main lounge, as you get warm with a cup of hot coffee, by the fireplace, that one notices (actually my wife saw it first) the medieval architecture of the place. I particularly could not help but marvel at the heavy wooden beams supporting the roof – surely they do not make them like that any more, I mused.

For those who love some bit of entertainment, shopping and outdoor activities then you will find the choice of facilities nearby useful and limitless. There is, for instance, the Muthaiga Mini Market (am told they have a branch in Diani, Mombasa), Muthaiga Shopping Centre, Caltex Plaza, Muthaiga Country Club, Muthaiga Golf Club and of course Karura Forest adjacent to Muthaiga. Karura forest is now open to the public and there is a fantastic nature trail.

Budget to spend between Kshs. 7,000 and Kshs 15,000 on accommodation per night. Try it and let me know what you think.

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About Henry Muuthia

Henry Muuthia is a travel writer. He writes on travel in Kenya for a range of online platforms including Technorati, Google+, EzineArticles and ArticleBase where he has published several articles, mostly on Kenyan travel. He is a resident writer for Enchanted Landscapes Travelogue and also occasionally writes for Nakumatt's SmartLife magazine in the travel section.
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