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There are two hotels in Garissa that meet international standards to a certain extent: Nomad Palace and Almond Resort Hotel. Whereas Nomad Palace is a rather dark place for a short stay only, without a swimming-pool and only a small secure parking in the centre of town, the Almond Resort is surprisingly "luxurious" at the outskirts of this large 1-mio-inhabitants city and gets most of the international (aid) business these days.

There is a clean and large swimming pool. A fitness centre with Techno gym equipment.

A restaurant with a large terrace and very friendly staff.

The food from the buffett is not fantastic, but à la carte it's ok.

The rooms have flatscreen TVs, mosquito nets, aircon and some of the have safes and minibars.

The best ones are with a terrace or balcony.

The security is good. The parking space large.

Driving there on the roads from Lamu/Mombasa was quite safe but on rough roads, however from Thika/Nairobi it's safer and good tarmac. Both hotels responded well to reservations made by emai

The line of white Land Cruisers with various NGO logos and UN markings tells you that this is the place that aid workers come for some R&R when they get a break from the refugee camps in Dadaab. The Nomad used to have this business, but the Almond is better.

Rooms are good sized. Beds are fine and have mosquito nets. The shower never got hot, but neither was it freezing.

They offer free wifi, but the power is temperamental, so be patient. Remember, TIA (this is Africa).

The restaurant has a nice open air seating, but wear mosi repellant. The food is good, although service can be slow. Breakfast is minimal, and coffee is Nescafe (bring your own Starbucks Via).

There is no bar, and the restaurant does not serve alcohol (this is a Muslim region) so when you need a drink, walk next door to the government guest house where the Tuskers are very cold and inexpensive.

They can arrange car and driver hire. I found they really tried to please

By far Almond Resort Hotel is the nicest non-tourist hotel I've stayed in in Garissa Kenya.

Good quality, excellent staff and good prices ($40/night b&b in Jan 2012). Very clean, nice gardens, rooms, food, & swimming pool.

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