If you’re ever in Kisumu on business or on Transit, and need high end accommodation at an affordable price, then you ought to check out Imperial Express Hotel, Kisumu. It is located on Oginga Odinga Street in the CBD, and is a sister hotel to the renowned Imperial Hotel on Jomo Kenyatta Highway which been around for ages.
Imperial Hotel Express is an ultra modern business Hotel that offers Bed and Continental breakfast and high end accommodation. It is designed around the typical no frills express hotel concept, for the traveler who ideally doesn’t spend their days at the hotel.
If your schedule includes a free day, then you can tour Lake Victoria or make use of the Swimming pool, gym, restaurants and other facilities at the bigger Imperial Hotel, just up the street, at discounted costs. Staying at Imperial Hotel Express therefore gives you the best of both worlds; great accommodation and Continental breakfast at a low cost, and access to more facilities from Imperial Hotel.
Imperial Hotel Express has amazing rooms with classy art pieces and outstanding decor in shades of grey, white and green. There’s a workstation in every room, and I remember the WiFi speeds were so good, I was often torn between sleeping and staying up to watch stuff/work/read (yet I really really value sleep 😆).
There’s plenty of automation everywhere which speaks loads about how modern the space is. My favorite bit is how the lights in corridors sense motion and light up the walkway each time you leave the lift or get out of the room – then automatically turn off after you to save electricity.
Single occupancy starts at Ksh.5900 (approx. $60) and you can reach out to them via the website Imperialhotelexpress.com (or call 0734 977377/0713 555365) if you’d like to book your stay. If you’re traveling with family and would like more space and facilities, you can stay at the bigger Imperial Hotel on Jomo Kenyatta Highway up the street (website or call 0734 608111 or 0721 240515)
I stayed at Imperial Hotel Express slightly over a year ago, and wrote a comprehensive review of the hotel and Things to do in Kisumu on TravelStart Kenya. I recently interacted with them and got to relive the great time we had there, courtesy of Imperial Hotels. I had traveled with photographer Gerald Odari and below are photos from that trip.
(The Continental breakfast is typically healthy, with beverages and plenty of options from all food types, but no sausages or bacon here. The buffet breakfast at the bigger Imperial Hotel has all that meat if you’d like. )