When I first began researching the best place to stay in Navaisha town, I was not expecting anything luxurious or ultra comfortable. That being said, the one thing I insist upon is cleanliness – having a clean room does not cost money and no amount of decor can make up for a somewhere that pays no attention to hygiene.
Best place to stay in Naivasha
Having spent so long travelling Africa overland and working as an Africa overland tour leader, I do know a lot in terms of the best places to stay on Lake Naivasha but as for Naivasha town itself – I knew nothing, so I asked a local friend. My friend, a local campsite owner recommended Roza Guesthouse although said that it was really the only “traveller place to stay” that she knew about. Fair enough, from my own experience of walking around the town, I know that most tourists would not want to stay at a more local guesthouse which tends to be less secure, smaller and of the most basic standard.
To cut a long story short, I called Roza Guesthouse who insisted on my name before advising the price. This sounded strange but I now know that they charge tourists a premium and so the receptionist was trying to decipher if I was in fact a tourist. Having provided the price, I was reasonably happy and made my way to town to check in. However, the price jumped by $10 on arrival and given the receptionist was extremely rude when I questioned this matter, I was happy to leave and search elsewhere. Hence, I have no way of giving a Roza guesthouse review.
Best Hotel in Naivasha
Right next door you have Twinspot Hotel Naivasha which looks very, very unassuming on the outside. It was not the Crowne Plaza by any means but at almost half the price of Roza, I was happy to check in. Clean toilets, fresh towel, electricity, complimentary wifi, comfy bed, mosquito net and in my experience extremely secure.
I’m extremely happy to recommend Twinspot as the best hotel in Naivasha, it is nothing remotely special and the pictures below may not be the most enticing (And please excuse my own mess) but as mentioned above, it has everything you need for a stopover including a very friendly staff.
Morale of the story: You can pay higher than normal prices in Roza Guesthouse which looks like it could be quite nice but failing that, you will also find a much cheaper alternative next door which seems to be every bit as nice.