Travel: Review of Kisumu’s Victoria Comfort Inn

Food at Victoria Comfort Inn

Victoria Comfort Inn located in Kisumu’s serene Tom Mboya estate has a homely feel to it that makes your work meetings or holiday accommodation feel like you never really left your home. The warm lighting that illuminate the walkways as you walk in all the way to the reception decoration all adding to that homely feel.

The reception couches are a departure from the traditional and somewhat boring leather furniture. Spacious enough to comfortably take several guests who are all trying to check in at the same time with magazines and newspapers neatly arranged on the glass table sitting at the centre of the reception area.

Other than the intimate décor, what makes Victoria Comfort Inn unique is the personalized attention you receive from their staff the moment you walk in to their reception whether you are there for a business meeting, you are a staying guest or you just want to sample the delicacy from their restaurant manned by the famous Chef Josiah.

Hotel rooom Victoria Comfort Inn
Hotel rooom Victoria Comfort Inn

I must confess though that despite the fact that this hotel has existed in Kisumu for a while, I had never tried it until I was invited to attend the launch of their new extended wing which has an additional 35 rooms including four executive suites, three conference rooms, a gym, a rooftop bar and a private wing.

The facility has a total of three conference room which can take up to 200 people each and an executive conference room that takes 50 people. What I found to be unique about them though is their functionality – they have taken into account people’s need to connect to a power source while on conferences and the rooms have sockets on the walls and floors next to each seat. Photocopy and printing services are available in the business center adjacent to the conference facilities at a little cost.

We can however not talk about the hotel without talking about their restaurant and their food. The restaurant borrows a lot from the Java House theme but with a little more customization and functionality. Just like the conference rooms, the seats at the restaurant have multiple sockets on the sides of each booth making it easy for you to enjoy your meals while your gadgets charge. The food is amazing and the kitchen staff get out of their way to ensure that every plate is cooked to the specifications of your order. The restaurant is open to both staying guests and members of the public with a decent lunch costing between Ksh. 700 and Ksh. 1,500.

Food at Victoria Comfort Inn
Food at Victoria Comfort Inn

The rooftop bar with an amazing view of Kisumu and the hotel gardens which you can hire for private functions are also accessible to non-staying guests. The hotel has a gym instructor who comes in twice a day and staying guests can enjoy working out in the gym located in the second floor of the new wing at no extra cost.

The hotel does not have a swimming pool yet but there are plans to put up one soon.
If you are visiting Kisumu for conferences or are just looking for somewhere to enjoy your Valentines or Easter weekend then think about enjoying the personalized hospitality that this facility has to offer.

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Daniel Ominde is a Kisumu based journalist & Public Affairs blogger. Follow him on Twitter @IamOminde.