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Unwinding in Machakos

A while ago, I attended a fashion event in Machakos. Nairobi to Machakos is approximately 63 kilometers, so it was only about an hour until we reached Masaku. Our destination was Gelian Hotel, a recently launched upmarket hotel, where the event was being hosted.

After alighting at the public transport terminus, we walked to the hotel and passed by Naivas Supermarket to grab a few essentials for the night. Apparently, the management takes matters security so seriously that nothing edible goes into the hotel, and this is where my paps Wahito had to leave his just bought chocolate behind.

We waited at the lobby for our host, who arrived a while later and quickly mumbled an apology for being late, but, well, I was on the Internet enjoying the free WiFi, so no worries.

Since the event was yet to begin, we sat at the restaurant area and caught up. I admired the fine details of the interior and the huge chandeliers, which gave an ambience of a grand hotel, probably in the Capital, and not Masaku. It is a 95-room hotel, comprising of two presidential suites, four ambassadorial rooms, 36 deluxe suites, and 53 standard rooms.

The hotel also boasts of a state-of-the-art spa and health club, a club lounge and an in-house swimming pool. The room charges range from Sh9,000 (normal rooms) to Sh35,000 (presidential suite).

For those keen on the night scene, Club Euphoria is at the basement, and is often a hotspot on Friday and weekend nights. After a brief chat, we went to our rooms to freshen up before coming back to the restaurant for dinner.

The hot shower was heavenly, after the hustle and bustle of travel. Some 30 minutes later, I headed to the restaurant, to a warm welcome by the chef. I opted for kuku kienyeji, rice and greens.

After about 40 minutes battle between the folk, knife and hands (I’m an African and we eat our chicken that way), the plate was clear, with little space in the stomach for water. Ghipuka artiste Kenrazy joined us and we chatted about the entertainment industry.

By now, the music at the rooftop where the event was to take place started becoming audible, and it was time to go have fun. The view from the rooftop was breathtaking, with the contrast between the lit town and the wild yonder. It is a place I hope to visit again and very soon, to relax and enjoy the other facilities, especially the spa and swimming pool.

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