Gideon Moi's Posh Hotel Forced to Close Down

  • The Lord Erroll Gourmet Hotel In Runda Twitter
  • The Lord Erroll Gourmet Restaurant was on Thursday, December 6, forced to shut down temporarily after heavy rains flooded the posh hotel located in Runda, Nairobi.

    In a statement on its Facebook page, the restaurant announced that it would be closing down until Tuesday, December 10.

    "Due to the ongoing weather conditions, we would like to inform our valued guests that we will resume normal operations on Tuesday, December 10. we regret any inconveniences caused and we look forward to hosting you next week," the statement read. 

    The Lord Erroll Hotel before and after the floods
    The Lord Erroll Hotel before and after the floods

    Later on Monday, December 9, it released yet another statement confirming that it would remain closed indefinitely due to the prevailing weather conditions.

    "Due to unavoidable circumstances, we would like to inform our valued guests that we will remain closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconveniences caused," the hotel stated in the new statement.

    Located in the leafy suburb of Runda, the Hotel was built in May 1997 by Hans Stoecklin, Michael Craig, and Felix Howler and maintained by them until February 2013, when the Moi family made a move to acquire it and renovate it into the 43-room hotel that it is right now.

    According to a report by Business Daily, it was acquired at Ksh300 million and is under the captainship of Gideon's wife Zahra Balewa.

    The restaurant is named after Lord Errol (Josslyn Victor Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll), a British noble who stayed in Kenya between the 1930s and 1940s.

    The entrance to the Lord Erroll Hotel in Runda
    The entrance to the Lord Erroll Hotel in Runda

    He was killed in 1941 after getting into a disagreement with other nobles, a murder case that has inspired films and books but has never been solved to date.

    Lord Erroll Hotel compound
    Lord Erroll Hotel compound after floodwaters forced its management to close it indefinitely.