Demand for luxury serviced apartments boosts housing

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A director of Gramo Suites in the leafy suburbs of Kileleshwa explains why the luxuries they offer continue to entice tenants

Gramo Suites

Gramo Suites

Demand for luxury serviced apartments in Nairobi continues to surge, boosting construction of high-end apartments targeting the rich. In Nairobi, an over spill from hotels— mainly boosted by conference tourism —has spiked demand for fully-furnished, luxury apartments.

The increasing interest in Nairobi by expatriates, diplomatic staff, and international clientele has driven property developers to build apartments that fit in with the stature of this new clientele.

These homes make a perfect middle ground between a detached single home unit and a fully-fledged apartment. They also provide temporary homes for expatriate staff tired of staying in hotels while looking for detached homes to rent.

Luxury apartments- including penthouses —are an enticing option for people looking to buy homes in close proximity to social amenities. Apartments are also an attractive option for people since they are located in prime suburbs and offer serene living in an urban setting.

As a result, real estate developers continue to build more luxurious apartments. Luxury apartments are fast coming up in upmarket suburbs such as Kileleshwa, Hurlingham, Spring Valley and Westlands.

One of the latest luxury serviced, fully furnished apartment blocks is Gramo Suites, tucked away in the leafy suburbs of Kileleshwa, Nairobi. It is located in a serene and quite environment on Durham Road off Gichugu Road.

Amos Ngonjo, a director with Gramo Suites together with Grace Gichuki, says the Suites have been built to United Nations standards to cater to the needs of people who want to have a feeling of being home away from home.

Managed by the Trianum Hotels, Gramo Suites are made up of four blocks each with 14 apartments. The suites consist of studio apartments, one and two-bedroomed units and penthouses. Charges range from Sh8,000 for the studios to Sh19,000 for executive, two bedroom units per person per day (or Sh120,000 to Sh250,000 monthly).

When Boma toured the apartments, we found high-quality finishing, perfect for guests seeking short and extended stays when travelling for business or with friends or family.

Wellness Centre Gramo Suites is currently offering a 20 per cent discount off the normal rack rates running from December up to the end of this month. “We wanted to achieve a bonafide quality. The property consists of luxurious and tastefully decorated homes.

We pride ourselves in offering our guests fine living,” says Ngonjo. The property sits on a one acre plot, is spacious and boasts good natural lighting, sliding balcony doors, 24 hour CCTV surveillance cameras, electric fence, pool side bar and steam room.

In addition, there is a fully equipped state-of-the -art gym called Sante’ Wellness Centre, which is free for residents. “There is a membership fee for non-resident guests who have an option of paying daily, monthly, quarterly or annual fees.

The centre also boasts cozy steam bath and high quality white lockers, a steam bath, well-designed swimming pool and a yoga studio,” says Ngonjo. In addition to other fire and security features, they have installed fire extinguishers and blankets inside and outside the apartments.

The kitchens are equipped with a stainless steel interior. Says Ngonjo: “There is room service in the apartments such as food delivery, house- keeping services, amenities replenished on a daily basis as well as laundry services for both short and long term-guests”.

The blocks have two executive board rooms which have an interconnecting doors that can open up making one large boardroom. To crown it all, there is a restaurant which opens daily known as Lili’s Bistro where guests are free to walk in and order meals and or drinks.



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