Lunchtime Sex: When Nairobi Hotels Become Hotspots For Couples

Spot checks conducted around the Nairobi CBD have revealed that as the hotel rooms are full, the restaurants are empty. The reason being is that Kenyans have found an alternative to their routine 'lunch break'.

Lunchtime Sex: When Nairobi Hotels Become Hotspots For Couples

Lunchtime escapades are quickly rising to become a popular activity especially for couples who do not want to attract attention on both ends.

It is a particular favourite for cheating married spouses who want to avoid being seen in places well known by their better-halves or by friends of theirs who will likely use their adventures to bring them down at moment's notice.

Thus, it is not common to find hotel rooms and lodgings full at lunchtime, particularly since the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew has forced such facilities to reconfigure their strategies to attract 'daytime clients'.

Spot checks conducted around the Nairobi CBD have revealed that as the hotel rooms are full, the restaurants are empty. The reason being is that Kenyans have found an alternative to their routine 'lunch break'.

Soon after, the rooms are emptied out again, the clandestine lovers making a quick return to the office to resume their daily duties, satisfied with the rare contents that come with a scrumptious 'dish'. The process repeats the next day and the weeks and months that follow after that.

Most hotels in Nairobi record maximum occupancy during the day. However, by nightfall, that number is almost non-existent. This has made some of them slice prices by half to meet the swelling demand from clients, especially during the lunch breaks.

“Most of the single rooms are fully booked during the day, but empty at night. The occupancy is usually at 80 per cent on a bad day. As early as 11 am, people start streaming in, and this will go on up to around 6 pm,” stated one member of the hotel staff.

Such a hotel charges Ksh3,500 for a single and Ksh4,500 for a double. Initially, the hotel used to charge Ksh6,500 for a single room

It is not just the Nairobi CBD that is very popular amongst cheating couples. Satelite towns such as Utawala has one of the lounges popular with residents around the area fully booked over the weekends.

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"We get very high traffic during the day, especially on weekends. People will come, stay for an hour or two, and then leave.

"Day times are the busiest. That’s why we have attendants on a full-time basis, to cater to the daytime clients,” revealed the establishment's bartender.

The rates of the rooms are some of the cheapest in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area. They go for as low as Ksh1,000 and Ksh1,500, with others charging Ksh2,000 during the day.

Another member of staff at a hotel in Nairobi's Eastlands area revealed that they start serving customers as early as 11 am, meaning beddings and rooms have to be cleaned by 6am to serve customers who reportedly wear 'nothing but their ties'.

Nonetheless, having quick sex over lunch hour has long been looked down upon, but many Kenyans are now taking it up because it is adventurous.

“They know they are married and they are supposed to be at their desks working, but the thrill is in sneaking out and doing what society frowns upon, then they come back to smiling because nobody knows what they have been up to." noted a Nairobi-based clinical sexologist.

"For a married couple, at times it’s good to break away from the routine of having sex quietly at night for fear of waking up the babies. It’s good for your sex life if you also try it out elsewhere outside your normal schedule,” she added.

A poll by research firm Ipsos conducted in 2016 revealed that infidelity is on the rise in Kenya and about 79 per cent of women interviewed for the poll revealed they have had or are having an affair with a married man and that six out of every 10 married Kenyans cheat on their wives.

Sociologist Ken Ouko told Standard Digital in a past interview that married men probably find it practical to indulge in illicit sex at lunchtime.

“There is no way a married man will have sex with a mpango wa kando at night. What if he falls asleep and wakes up in the morning?

"Evenings are spent with the boys and nights with the wife. It is convenient that infidelity takes place during the day. It is very practical,” revealed the University of Nairobi lecturer.

One of the pros behind lunchtime sex is that the chances of getting caught are close to zero. This is because of men's carelessness in cheating which has seen them get found out on numerous occasions.

“Men are generally forgetful and are prone to be caught. Either they will shower and get home fresh, or they’ll amble in wasted and exhausted, both of which will raise suspicion from the wife. It’s easier for them to plan such things during the day, and schedule them between two meetings. He can then go home in the evening,” explained Ouko.