There is something that occurs to you once you find yourself in Marsabit town. The place is supposedly in the desert, yet it is surrounded by green forested hilly landscapes. The hills have an insular eco-system of their own, which helps them thrive in the face of aridity. I wish my wallet possessed that quality.
Marsabit is a fairly busy town. No one seems to mind the new travelers as they are engrossed in their day to day activities. The townsfolk is mostly Somali, Borana, Gabbra, Burji and other Cushitic-speaking tribes. Thus the KTB crew is nothing but a group of nomads, on a 2nd stop on our way to Loiyangalani for the annual Marsabit-Lake Turkana Festival so it’s no wonder the Nomads Trail Hotel Marsabit seemed the most appealing accommodation facility in the town.
Aaah, the Nomads Trail Hotel felt like a breath of fresh air compared to our previous accommodation at Bomen Hotel Ltd Isiolo. Allow me to describe the food.
Your server places your plate of chicken stew and chapatti on the table and the first thing that strikes you is that beautiful, sweet aroma of hot fresh food. You know the one. It smells like Christmas. You almost don’t want to eat just yet. You just want to sit there and savor that sweet smell. If God were to strike you dead right now, you would die with a smile on your face.
You bite into that juicy, succulent chicken and your eyes roll back. You feel a piece of that gentle drumstick swirl in your mouth breaking apart and then combining again. This is no mere chicken. This is God’s chicken. Their food is more than delicious. Or maybe I was just hungry. After all, it had been a 6 hour drive from Isiolo to get to Marsabit and we hadn’t eaten anything since 9am.
The service at Nomads Trail Hotel Marsabit is also fairly fast. The attendants are polite and eager to fulfill their customers’ needs. However, they don’t smile at all- must be the heat.
The rooms are simple, but beautifully designed. The décor makes the rooms cozy, such that you begin to feel as if you don’t want to leave. This is probably the reason why call time was 8am, but I ended up waking up at 8:15 instead. I loved the room lighting, it’s one indication of how the smallest of things can make a huge impact. This room didn’t have much space around the bed area, but it should be enough for a one night stay. There’s also a 32-inch TV mounted on the wall, meaning you can watch shows and movies if you get bored.
I don’t know when I will be in Marsabit next, but the Nomads Trail Hotel would be my number one choice of accommodation options in the area. An 8/10 for a place that makes travelers feel at home- Nomads Trail Hotel Marsabit.
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