Mathew Ndung’u @PeopleDailyKe
The new Centurion Hotel near Juja town is targeting Nairobi and Thika town residents seeking a relief from the bustle of town activities. However, it is the staff, students and families of major institutions and businesses located along the Thika Superhighway who are likely to benefit from the conference and meeting rooms, food and accommodation on offer.
“It is a convenient stopover for travellers bound for Mt Kenya region and a 30- minute drive from Nairobi. I see families spending nights and partying here during graduation and holiday seasons at universities and other institutions,” observed James Kamau, a guest at the hotel. Francis Munene, the hotel’s managing director, says families travelling with children will find a perfect stopover, with less tourist traffic and open spaces for relaxation.
Already, they have hosted notable icons— including governors from Rift Valley and Mount Kenya regions — with many of them recruiting their friends and family to try the hotel. Munene says with a buffet going for as little as Sh500, the hotel‘s charges are affordable. It occupies a one-acre land camouflaged by green structures.
Traditional mahogany furniture and polished wooden floors typifies the décor of each room. The hotel features a secure and spacious parking space accommodating over 50 vehicles. From the deluxe hotel, visitors have perfect views of the superhighway.
“The 26 hotel rooms are spacious, air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen satellite TV, a CD player and free Wi-Fi. Our rooms range from Sh2,000 to Sh3,000 for executive ones including dinner and breakfast,” Munene says.
The hotel has an outdoor Kids Playground with a soft fall floor to soften the blow if the little one takes a tumble. “With a slide and lots of tubes to climb in and out of, our playground is sure to tire them out, but kids must be supervised at all times,” he says. Available too are three conference and meeting rooms, a barber shop, salon and a massage parlour.
On the top floor is a well-furnished entertainment hall. “However, motorists from Thika must drive all the way to Juja flyover before making a U-turn to the hotel which is scaring some customers away,” he said.