I am always looking out for new places to try out and if you are like me then this is definitely your post. Well, last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Alba Hotel Meru which is located in Meru town (Kenya) and I must admit, I was really looking forward to my stay. The last time when I was in Meru, it was early 2014 on a business trip and I recall the guys I met talked highly about the hotel. It was relatively new then and it being the only place with an elevator in Meru, it was certainly the talk of the town.
Alba Hotel Meru is 216kms from Nairobi and one can access it by driving through Nanyuki OR Embu.
I used the Embu route since I hadn’t used it before and I must say, I found it quite busy with lots bodabodas (motorcycle taxis), tuktuks, donkeys carrying loads as well as lots of bumps in every single town which was a bit annoying. However, the spectacular scenery compensated all that! From the stunning view of the hills to the clear blue sky and the green rice plantation in Mwea.
The drive is roughly four and half hours or less from Nairobi depending on your driving. I arrived at the hotel, and instantly fell in love with its location. It is 550 meters from the main highway and found in the quiet Milimani suburbs of Meru. Its proximity to Nakumatt Meru (a shopping mall), the police station, Meru Hospital and other amenities – is also a big plus!
I walked in through the doors and could sense an aura of class and elegance – white marble floor, beautiful bright decor and glowing lights.
Then a cheerful receptionist staff, Edwin met me halfway and showed me where to sit. He served me a welcome drink, a glass of cold passion juice, as I waited to be checked in. The juice was just the way I like it – rich, fresh and delicious. As I sipped on the juice, I instantly felt relaxed and enjoyed the tranquil surrounding.
After waiting for a few minutes, I was handed a key card and escorted to my room.I was given a beautiful spacious, bright and cozy deluxe suite that had luxurious details in every corner and a medium-balcony over-looking the swimming pool.
The best part of course was the king-sized bed and flopping on to it felt like dipping in to a fluffy cloud. The wooden headboard was another feature I liked, it extended from the floor to the ceiling making the room look extra elegant.
Inside the bathroom area, there were all white towels, bright colorful flowers and a clear-glass shower that I adored.
THE DINING & BREAKFAST EXPERIENCE
The elegance and luxurious details extended into the restaurant too, with beautiful decor, glowing ceiling lights, and a striking & sophisticated table setting.
It was an à la carte dinner so I first ordered a glass of juice as I perused the menu. I really liked the waitress and she couldn’t have been happy to serve me. I opted to have a 3-course meal so started off with a chicken ceaser salad which was my favourite – it comprised of tomatoes, olives, zucchini, crusty white bread, boneless chicken pieces and white dressing.
For the main course, since I was craving for fries and red meat I settled for lamb chops served with fries and vegetables. It was truly an excellent dish – tasty and tender. To finish off, I had a plain vanilla ice-cream and a cup of hot chocolate for dessert. Each course was presented beautifully and this made the entire experience extra special!
As for Breakfast, it was served in the same area too… a full English breakfast buffet comprising of cereals, eggs, bacon, sausages, sweet potatoes, arrowroot, mushrooms, pancakes, fresh fruits and yogurt, coffee, tea etc…my morning couldn’t be better!
The hotel’s swimming pool is beautiful and relatively big with a shallow and deep end. However, I wish it was a heated pool since that region gets pretty cold.
Here are my top 5 extra features of Alba Hotel Meru that impressed me:
1. The Loft
One element of the Alba Hotel Meru that blew me away was the Loft. A modern and intimate section of the hotel with a bar, snug seats and a fireplace. Definitely, ideal for small private functions such as hen/bachelor night or a small corporate gigs.
2. The Boardroom
A sophisticated Boardroom with snug leather seats, a sleek long table and projector facilities.
3. The Presidential suite – the lounge area
The lounge in the Presidential suite was exceptionally beautiful, spacious and with bright interiors.
4. The Junior suite
I wish I could stay here more than a week…..it’s more spacious than the standard rooms, beautiful decorated and cozy.
5. The sunrise view from Alba Hotel Meru
Finally, this beautiful sunrise view from my balcony was absolutely stunning, don’t you agree?
My stay at Alba Hotel Meru was nothing short of amazing. It is a modern elegant hotel, strategically located and the staff are friendly & professional. The General Manager, John and the F & B Manager, Fridah could be seen taking rounds welcoming guests.
Alba Hotel Meru is a place perfect for weekend gateways, long holidays such as Easter & Christmas, team building or even honeymoon. It is also an ideal pit stop if you are a doing a Mt. Kenya circuit.
A special thanks to Alba Hotel Meru for making my stay memorable, you truly have my heart. Keep up the good work!
A stay at Alba Hotel Meru start from KES 8,500 per night on a b&b basis. For further information, or to book, visit www.albahotels.co.ke.
Well, that’s it guys! I would love to hear from you what you think about Alba Hotel Meru. Is it a place you would want to visit? What do you think about my stay? or have you already been there? Please leave a comment below.
Thank you. xx
Photography by Antony Trivet
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