By Prudence Minayo
Kisumu is the third largest city in Kenya and is the largest in Western Kenya. Its close proximity to L.Victoria makes it a tourist destination for both local and international tourists. The City also has a great climate.
Mona Lisa Guesthouse and Restaurant
It is located 800m from West End Shopping Mall and features clear views of the city and a shared lounge. The facilities include a restaurant, 24 hour front desk, room service and Wi-Fi connection throughout the property. The rooms come with a wardrobe, private bathroom and a desk. It also includes family rooms and at an additional charge you can get the following:
- Golfing, 3km away
- Tennis court, off site
- Hiking, off site
- Canoeing, off site
Cost per night is about $20.
It has 9 rooms, free Wi-Fi in both public places and rooms and free self parking on site. The front desk operates for 24 hours, it has a restaurant that serves English breakfast each morning and a designated smoking area. The rooms come with flat screen TVs with cable channels and daily housekeeping. It goes for Ksh3,506 a night at the moment.
Sooper Guest House
It contains 34 standard self contained rooms that offer single, double and triple accommodation for overnight guests. It has tailor made amenities to suite guests, ample self parking space, laundry services and free Wi-Fi. It is located at the heart of Kisumu and is close to major facilities and it is also 10 minutes away from the airport. The place is secure, has designated smoking area and serves delicious breakfast. Rate per night is about $16.
Sigana Guest House
The property has 7 rooms each fitted with free Wi-Fi. It is a smoke free place with free self parking on site. The rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries, a television and dry cleaning and laundry services. They also serve free local cuisine breakfast every morning, have a restaurant, bar, lounge, refrigerator in the common area and room service within limited hours. The price per night is Ksh2,411.
The Homestay Cottage
Located along Vihiga-Kisumu road in Nyawira estate, this is a comfortable B&B that offers both single and double rooms. The rooms are en-suite with free Wi-Fi provided and breakfast is also included. It is 10 minutes away from the airport and also provides guests with laundry services, lunch and dinner and taxi services upon request. Guests can also enjoy views of the lake and a bicycle rental service upon request. A room per night costs €21.
Riversand Hotel Studios
An affordable hotel that offers spacious rooms that have a kitchenette, a sitting area and a mosquito net. The hotel has a sun terrace, views of the lake and free parking. The front desk operates for 24 hours and the rooms are fitted with flat screen TVs which have cable channels. Depending on the type of room, the price per night can go for €15.
It is located 3.8km from Kibuye market and offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Guests with children can enjoy the playground and room service is also available. There is a shared kitchen for guests and the front desk operates 24 hours.
The amazing lake views make for a wonderful scenery for the guests and rooms come with a desk, a bathroom and free toiletries. There is also a sun terrace and continental breakfast.
- Table tennis
- Badminton equipment
- Off site cycling
- Off site hiking
- Walking tours at an additional charge
- Tennis equipment.
The price per night at the moment is about $14.
Kiboko View Apartments
These are furnished apartments featuring rooftop area and providing panoramic views of L. Victoria. It is located near Dunga beach on Kiboko bay. Guests can also enjoy views of hippos visiting the lake shore during sun sets. Goes for $24 at the moment.
It is a tourist hotel and hostel located in Mamboleo Kisumu with 24 rooms and free Wi-Fi both in the rooms and in public places. The front desk operates within limited hours and they offer: free English breakfast daily, room service within limited hours, restaurant, barbecue grills, coffee/tea in common areas and bar/lounge. The price of two guests per room is Ksh2,083.
This is a small family friendly hotel offering a seating area, a desk and a mosquito net in the rooms. There is free parking, an onsite restaurant, a 24 hour front desk, room service and baggage storage. Pets are allowed and there is free high-speed Wi-Fi. The cost per night is $14 or $24 for free cancellation.
Kisumu is a huge vibrant city with amazing activities to be done throughout your stay. There are a number of tourist attraction sites and things can be cheap depending on where you buy them. The prices are not constant as guest houses could change them whenever they feel it is necessary.