Utalii Hotel, Nairobi & Hotels in Kitengela

Utalii Hotel Nairobi

This post is about both Utalii Hotel, located along Thika Road and hotels in Kitengela. Let’s get right to it.

Utalii Hotel Nairobi

Utalii Hotel Contacts

Thika Super Highway next to Traffic Police HQ
Email: [email protected]/[email protected]
Tel: +254-722-205891/2 or +254-733-410005

Utalii Hotel Website

The website for Utalii Hotel is www.utaliihotel.co.ke.

A while back, when I was staying with my hospitable friend from USIU, I happened to have family members visit from out of town.

Usually, these family members would have stayed with me – I make it a point to always have enough room for visitors in any of my homes. This time, though, I surely couldn’t take further advantage of my friend’s hospitality.

My family would have to stay elsewhere – and it was up to me to arrange that.

I called a couple of hotels downtown, but the exorbitant prices had me thinking of other alternatives (is it just me, or has anyone else noticed how crazy hotel prices have gotten nowadays – particularly in Nairobi?).

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I called a number of other hotels that I expected to be less expensive but was not lucky with room availability.

Finally, at the end of my tether, I turned to my trusted resource, The Rough Guide to Kenya.

The Rough Guide to Kenya led me to Utalii Hotel.

I had never heard of it before, but it was conveniently located not far from my friend’s place.

The Swimming Pool at Utalii Hotel Nairobi
The Swimming Pool at Utalii Hotel

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Affiliated to the famous school of hospitality, Kenya Utalii College, a double room at Utalii Hotel cost Ksh. 7,500 per night. This was a far cry from what other hotels were charging.

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Judging from what I read in the Rough Guide, as well as what I knew about Utalii College, I took the risk and booked my family at Utalii Hotel.

The risk paid off, and I liked what I found there.

Utalii Hotel Location

First and foremost, Utalii Hotel is a 4-star hotel located on the Nairobi-Thika highway, 8 km from downtown Nairobi.

Although I’d been on this highway many times over the years, I’d never heard of nor seen the hotel before.

This was surprising to me because, now that I know where it is, it’s really hard to miss.

Utalii Hotel is not a small hotel by any stretch of the imagination.

A meal at Utalii Hotel
A meal at Utalii Hotel

It’s actually quite big, containing more than 50 rooms.

When I arrived at Utalii Hotel, I was amazed to see the number of international guests that were checking into the hotel.

I wondered where these guests were from. Also, I wondered why they chose to stay at this particular hotel.

I later found out that a number of these guests were customers of Kenya Airways that were being taken care of by the airline for the night.

This amazed me. To be affiliated to Kenya Airways meant that Utalii Hotel was a well-enough regarded Nairobi hotel.

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When my relatives were checked-in and allocated a room, I was impressed with what I found there too.

The Rooms at Kenya Utalii Hotel

The room was spacious and well decorated, with attention paid to detail that made it quite homely.

For instance, the room had everything necessary to make a cup of tea or coffee.

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That’s the first thing my guests did upon settling down in their room (my visitors were female folk from my mother’s side of the family 🙂 ).

Then, a little later in the evening, an attendant came into the room to switch on an anti-mosquito device. This was both odorless and smokeless.

We thought that was pretty cool and very considerate of hotel guests.

I ended up spending the night at Utalii Hotel with my womenfolk because the double room consisted not only of a double bed but had a single bed too (presumably for a couple with a young child).

I am glad I did, otherwise I might have missed out on what I consider one of the best parts of staying at Utalii Hotel: the morning view from the rooms.

The View from Utalii Hotel

In the morning, we drew our curtains to have our room bathed in beautiful sunlight.

Outside our room was a most refreshing, soothing view of manicured gardens. I am glad I didn’t miss out on that!

In its description of Utalii Hotel, The Rough Guide to Kenya mentioned outstanding food.

The gourmet in me was definitely looking forward to experiencing that.

Unfortunately, although I found the food good, I didn’t think it was anything to write home about.

Was it just an off day? I guess I will have to eat there a couple of times before I can draw a valid conclusion.

Overall, Utalii Hotel impressed me a lot.

I guess what shocked me most was that I’d never heard of it. Yet, it was a pretty good hotel.

Hopefully, now I’ve shared the good find.

If ever you happen to be on that side of town and are in need of accommodation or food and drink, then stop by Utalii Hotel and check it out. I’d love to know what you think when you do.

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I hope you found this information useful.

Until the next time,

Utalii Hotel Menu Prices

I am trying to get my hands on a copy of the Utalii Hotel menu and, as soon as I do, I will share it here. Come back for it soon.

Utalii Hotel Closed?

Utalii Hotel closed down early in 2020, but it has now reopened and is fully operational again.

Best Hotels in Kitengela

As Kitengela is becoming increasingly residential, if you are looking for hotels in Kitengela, you might also want to consider options such as homestays and other residential properties that allow short-term stays.

Check out some great accommodation options in Kitengela here.

Sandalwood Hotel Kitengela Contacts

Sandalwood Hotel, in Kitengela, is located on Nairobi-Namanga road.

You can contact them by telephone on+254-728-826-600 and by email at [email protected].

Deals on Kitengela Hotels

For deals on hotels in Kitengela, click the “See all deals” button below:


Hotels in Kitengela Town

If you are looking specifically for hotels in Kitengela Town, two places to consider are:

  • The East Gates Hotel, and
  • Puya Lodge

Utalii Hotel Postal Address

P.O BOX 31067-00600, Nairobi

Places to Have Fun in Kitengela

If you are looking for fun things to do in Kitengela and don’t know where to begin, here is a good list curated by a Kitengela local.

Visit Kitengela

Kitengela is both the name of a plain and a town located south of Nairobi.

The fast-growing town of Kitengela is only 30 kilometers south of Nairobi and is part of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.

Hotels in Kitengela: Sandalwood Hotel
Sandalwood Hotel, Kitengela

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  1. Biche, thank you for the interesting write-up about Utalii.
    I agree that the Rough Guide to Kenya is an excellent resource about Kenya. Those of us who find the cost of a hardcopy a bit steep, the good news is that Rough Guides has made the full text freely available online on their website http://www.roughguides.com Happy reading!

  2. Hi Rafiki,

    Welcome to ChickAboutTown! (Thanks for the link on your blogroll, by the way! :-))

    That’s cool that The Rough Guide has made that information available online for free. As I write, my copy of The Rough Guide and I are not in the same country, so that’s great news to hear.

    I hope to be seeing more of you around ChickAboutTown. I will definitely be reading more of your blog – Rafiki Kenya – now that I’ve discovered it. It’s really well laid out and full of relevant information!


  3. Great review and site you have here. I remember Utalii as the hotel I had my first real Valentine date.
    Will read the other entries very interesting.

  4. Hi Kirima,

    Thanks for your postive words about this site. Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

    Is that all we get to hear about your date at Utalii? 😉 Did you have dinner there? Was it good? I’d love to hear more.


    1. Thanks for the feedback, Tamtam.

      Maybe the copy of The Rough Guide to Kenya that I have is a little older and so speaks of the same older glory days that you speak of. As I said, I’ll have to eat there again to know whether I was just there on an off day or whether it’s true that the quality of the food has just declined.

      Thanks for sharing,

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