Stephen Mung’ara: From Repairing Bicycles In Nakuru To Owning The Multi-Million STEM Hotel

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Stephen Murang'a: From Repairing Bicycles In Nakuru To Owning The Multi-Million STEM Hotel
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Nakuru City is one of the urban centres blessed with numerous tourist attraction sites. Because of this, and coupled by Nakuru’s strategic location, its main income earner is the hospitality sector which boasts of dozens of luxurious hotels.

Among the oldest hotels in Nakuru is  Kunste which was founded by the late billionaire Kung’u Stephen. Then there is  Midrift (previously known as Gituamba) which is currently under the stewardship of Leonard Kamau, a serial hotelier who took over from his father’s venture.

Another luxurious boarding house is the STEM Hotel which has stood the test of time.

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Stem Hotel Founder 

The hotel was founded by Stephen Mung’ara Thuku who coined the name of the facility as an acronym of his names. According to various online sources, the businessman was once a bicycle repairman before he rose like the proverbial phoenix.

Stem hotel was founded in the ’80s and was one of the landmarks in Nakuru.

We became customers of Stem Hotel when Mr. Steven had opened it in mid 1980s. It is still our favorite in Nakuru. Best deal by far in terms of service quality and price. Excellent quality and modestly priced simple food. Generous breakfast. Nice swimming pool. Internet both in the common spaces and in a majority of rooms. Friendly and attentive service,” reads one of the testimonials on Tripadvisor.

Location

It is situated on the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway, just about 12 kilometres from Nakuru. The nearest attractions are Lake Nakuru (15 minutes drive) and Hyrax Hill Museum (approximately 10 km away).

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Facilities

According to Google reviews, the hotel is rated 4 stars after 2060 reviews. Stem Hotel offers a variety of services including accomodation, swimming pool, carwash, bars, choma zone and dining area. It also has a well maintained lush green playground for children and team building activities.

The hotel has a barbecue and serves great nyama choma alongside other tasty cuisines. The restaurant area is decorated with sporting activity pictorials and here guests can enjoy captivating live football action.

Accomodation

One of the rooms. [Photo|Stem Hotel]
The facility is constructed in an extensive linear building with a gable roof design that is fitted with clay tiles. It has over 100 accomodation rooms classified into various packages. According to their website, the executive room costs ksh 15000, the VIP double ksh 8000 while the deluxe is ksh 6000.

The most affordable room is the single room which goes for ksh 3500 a night. The rooms offer king-size beds, TV, Wi-Fi, closet, toiletries, fans, desk and 24 hour front desk.

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