The average rental yield for serviced apartments within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area increased by 0.7 percentage points to 6.2 per cent in 2022 from 5.5 per cent in 2021.
Westlands and Kilimani were the best-performing nodes in the period, with rental yields of 9.3 and 7.2 per cent, respectively, compared to the market average of 6.2 per cent.
The performance of serviced apartments, within which aparthotels fall, was attributed to:
(i) proximity to the central business district
(ii) the presence of high-quality serviced apartments available in the nodes which attract premium rates,
(iii) the ease of accessing the areas through well-developed infrastructure road networks, and,
(iv) the proximity to international organizations offered by the apartments, all of which drive the demand for serviced apartments in the nodes.
Although the embrace of aparthotels in Kenya is said to be at an infant stage, statistics show the contrary to the belief that the uptake of the services is rising with time.
Consumers are increasingly moving away from the traditional hotel setup where everything is scheduled with customers expected to adhere to in an “automated manner” to aparthotel where there are free to make decisions as to what to cook and when to cook.
Here are the top 10 aparthotels in Nairobi
Somerset Westview Nairobi
Suppose one is looking for the ambience, appreciation of silence, peace, and comfort in Nairobi for business or social purposes. In that case, Somerset Westview Nairobi should be the first place to stop and never think of leaving.
Located in the serene environments of Kilimani, along Nyangumi Road, and off Lenana Road, Somerset Westview Nairobi offers accommodation with free WiFi, a garden with an outdoor swimming pool, and access to a fitness room and a sauna.
Each unit at Somerset Westview Nairobi has a fully equipped kitchen with a dining table, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom with a shower, complimentary toiletries, and a hairdryer. A fridge, a dishwasher, and a microwave are also featured, as well as a kettle.
It also offers a children’s playground. Free private parking, a business centre, and a 24-hour front desk are available.
Moreover, they were awarded the top honour of ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in Africa at the World Travel Awards 2022.
Somerset won out of six nominees spread across the continent, including Cowrie Shell Beach Apartments in Kenya, Fraser Suites in Abuja – Nigeria, and Latitude Aparthotel, in South Africa.
Dreamfield Nest by Skynest Apartments is situated in the heart of Westlands, Nairobi, and features accommodation with free WiFi, private parking and access to a sauna.
The aparthotel provides guests with a terrace, city views, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a microwave, and a private bathroom with a bidet and complimentary toiletries. It also comes with a children’s playground that can be found at the accommodation, along with a shared lounge.
The prime location of Norfolk Towers Serviced Apartments in the heart of Nairobi’s central business district allows easy access to business and entertainment venues in the city.
Nestled in the heart of Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), Norfolk Towers service apartment offers 70 fully furnished apartments to leisure and business travellers. Their soundproof rooms help in locking out the Nairobi noise.
Mimosa Court Apartments is just 500 m from the Royal Nairobi Golf Club and within 2 km of Nairobi’s city centre. Each apartment has a DVD player, a balcony, and a TV with satellite channels.
The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a microwave. The property features a health club with a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, and steam. Massages are available on request at an extra cost.
The only challenge here is that this establishment could be more friendly for those with children.
Black Rose Apartments
Black Rose is a small complex of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with a beautiful garden and pleasant communal swimming pool.
It is an excellent place for those who are not into new and trendy things. While the furniture and appliances are quite old and maintenance issues are common, Black Rose offers great value in an excellent location.
The King Post
The King Post features cosy apartments built in a castle-like and boasts unique Swahili architecture with Arabic, Portuguese and Indian influences.
The apartments at The King Post combine simplicity with old-world charm. Each comes with mahogany and oak furnishings, a TV, a fully furnished kitchen, and a private bathroom.
Palacina is a great place to meet business and leisure travellers from all around the world. It is conveniently located in the State House area and is the perfect base for your Nairobi visit.
As a small boutique hotel, it features luxurious, serviced, and furnished hotel apartments, premium suites, and a full-service hotel.
L’Aziz Suites provides modern apartments for guests exploring Nairobi. Most units have a chic living area with a complete entertainment set, comfortable couches, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The units also have a full kitchen in each accommodation with utensils, cooking appliances, a sink, and a mini counter bar.
The Grand Gables
These apartments are situated along East Church Road, off Raphta Road, constructed in a cottage-like building, and showcase the country’s magnificent architectural and cultural gems.
Each unit has an entertainment set, kitchen appliances, and a private bathroom.
They are situated along Tigoni Road. They have modern apartments embellished with modern decor that gives comfort and convenience to the guests. Inside, the main room serves both as a dining and entertainment area.
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