US President Barack Obama reportedly spent his nights at the prestigious Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel’s presidential suite which according to the hotel offers visitors a “ personal holiday”, The Fourth Estate can reveal. Although the hotel’s management declined to confirm or deny the report, inquiries by The Standard revealed a security team from the US first visited the hotel six months ago in preparation for Obama’s visit. On Sunday, a day after the US president had left for Ethiopia, the 667 square ft presidential suite was still being secured by US Secret Service agents.
The agents provide security for the US president and his family. It is also in the hotel that the American president ate at least four meals including dinner with his family on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning. The food was prepared by a team of Kenyan chefs. On Saturday, Obama was hosted for dinner at State House meaning it was likely he did not eat at the hotel. During the 22nd World Travel Awards at the Seychelles in June, Villa Rosa Kempinski was voted as the leading hotel brand and having the best presidential suite in Kenya.
It has four bedrooms, a separate lounge, kitchen and honour bar. Guests at the presidential suite can host a cocktail with up to 60 people comfortably.
“The rates at the presidential suite vary depending on whether you are billing an individual, a corporate or the government. But its roughly 15,000 (Sh1.5 million) dollars a night,” Anne Murungi, the facility’s director of sales and marketing, said.
The amount of money spent for a night at the hotel is equivalent to paying 36 fresh graduate teachers in a secondary school for a month. With Sh1.5 million a night you can enjoy a personal holiday on any working day at the hotel, spending relaxing evenings on your own private terrace as you enjoy the views. In the presidential suite, you can also have your private moments at the pool and jacuzzi. Those who can afford to pay for the presidential suite will also drink to their fill from the complimentary personalised mini-bar that has rich, dark and toasty wines, the best whiskeys or have coffee or tea from your own espresso machine or tea caddy.
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