- Reviews: 229
Hotel Embassy: Basic Clean and Cheaper then others
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Single Room with attached bath (hot water) and free wifi connection in room, all rooms are with mosqueto nets and window
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- Reviews: 318
Muthaiga Country club: Colonial Kenya
The buildings and atmosphere of this place was, I would imagine, very similar to being back in pre war colonial days.
A very private and exclusive club built in 1913 for the white colonials, but fortunatly over the last few decades since Kenya gained independence from the UK in 1963, membership has been opened up for all races, although even today the majority of members and guests appear to be white and there are numerous dress codes and areas where even white women are still not allowed in certain areas.
I was fortunate that my Father-in-Law was a Grand Master of one of E Africa's masonic lodges and as such was accepted in the late 60'sinto the Muthaiga club, which in turn enabled to get me a room to stay for a few days whilst in Nairobi back in the 70's.
An excellent example of a Colonial building with interiors to match with magnificent bars and animal heads mounted on many a wall. The place has quite deliberatly been stuck in a time warp, and the affairs and wife swapping activities that took place with the Happy Valley set of the 1920s - 1940s in the club are well documented. This elite social group included (Lord Delamere), Sir Jock Delves Broughton, Josslyn Hay, Lady Idina Sackville, Alice de Janzé (cousin of J. Ogden Armour), Lady Diana Delves Broughton, Jack Soames, Nina Soames, Lady June Carberry, many who appear in the 1987 film about the era, "White Mischief" Although this was a fictional film, it did portray the life and times of certain Europeans in Kenya in those days. Jock Broughton in fact returned to England and committed suicide by a drug overdose in Liverpool in December 1942 rather than dying by way of shooting himself in Kenya as shown in the film.
Although as mentioned, this is a very private club, it does have a large membership so it is not that hard to find someone in Nairobi who is a member and who can take you into the inner sanctom as a guest. Should however you happen to be an officer in the Queen's army and you find yourself in Kenya, then you get temporary membership simply by contacting the club.
The Muthaiga Country Club is probably one of the biggest contrasts to the life of a vast amount of Kenya's poor, as with a short walk east, you come across the slum of Mathare where thousands have lived most of their lives, in nothing more substantial than a cardboard box. Irronically both the rich of Muthaiga and the poor of Mathare are both in conflict with the current land reforms passed by the Kenyan Government in 2010 and both are in danger of losing some of their land, although all bets are on the fact it wont be the Club.
- Reviews: 1499
Nairobi Hilton Hotel: Just Don't Go Here !
The Hilton is nowhere close to a 2 star hotel.
The rooms are so damp and ugly, the bathrooms are dirty and discolored.
Same with the towels in the rooms.
The internet is way overpriced.... it would be better walking right outside the hotel into a cybercafe and pay 30times less than the hotel charges.
The Hilton did NOT impress me in any way. I regret having been lured by that famous name (again). The rooms of this hotel are very small, let’s just say tiny. They are old, far from new for sure. They have no character
- Reviews: 375
Panari Hotel: Decent Accomodations
I should clarify this tip before proceeding. This hotel was my stay-over while waiting for Kenyan Airlines to figure out my flight. I arrived after midnight, cranky at dealing with airline folks for 4 hours. And the hotel, eager to have people stay, was overbooked, and made us wait 2 hours while htey cleaned rooms and prepped service. I mention this as a word of warning, because one lady, unrelated to my trip, was trying to check in, with a reservation, and they didn't have a room for her. So, double-check and triple-check reservations before going out there.
The room, and the hotel, felt like a hotel anywhere else in the world. Very new, the Panari felt less than 5 years old. It was clean, well-appointed, the room was spacious, though it lacked a certain atmosphere that had anything to do with Kenya. I could have been statying in a hotel in San Francisco for all I knew. I like my hotels to relate to their surroundings, and this one was distinctly removed. However, it was a comfortable stay, with a good restaurant, and tremendous views of the surrounding plains, as it is on the outskirts of Nairobi, between the airport and the downtown area.
I was not here for long, so don't have much to say. But it was functional, comfortable, and clean. 3 important qualities of a hotel room I suppose.
- Reviews: 1
Hotel Africana: Budget Hotel in Nairobi
Probably the best Budget Hotel in town, some rooms are good some are bad. Used to stay there any time when I'm in Nairobi. Ask for rooms in 5th floor, these are the best, but there is no elevator. Rooms in the front are more noisy but for Nairobi town it's silent. A single room is 900 KSh (12 $) and a double 1200 KSh (16 $). Including a small breakfast. Security in the Hotel is very good, but don't walk around in these area during the night. But from here almost every place in town center can be reached with a taxi for around 300 KSh (4 $).
There are 2 TV Rooms. During breakfeast you ever meet some other funy budget travelers.
- Reviews: 2054
Planet Safari Adventures town office: No mosquito net
Planet Safari Adventure is a safari company in Nairobi. When I arrived at Nairobi airport the staff at the airport office persuaded me to take a three days Masai Mara safari with one night hotel in Nairobi included in the price. It would be perfect for me because the safari left the next morning.
Actually it wasn't a hotel, but rest rooms for the safari company's town office. The rooms are mostly used for the kenyan staff and drivers who lives outside the city. The office is at the 9th floor in the Sonalux House, which is a bit dilapidated as you can see in the picture. But I don't mind about that. The worst thing was all the mosquitos. I have never experienced so many mosquitos before, and the place had no mosquito net. It was a sleepless night with many mosquito bites. I would gladly have paid another hotel room instead of this room for free.
- Reviews: 2500
Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya Guest House: Christian Guest House near Ngong Road
With a number of Christian volunteer groups visiting Nairobi for various reasons (both foreign ministry teams and Kenyan ministry groups moving around visiting Nairobi for conferences and other activities) it is definitely an advantage to have a simple guest house that caters to those who can survive on a more simple lifestyle at a cheaper price.
We each received our own towel and bar of soap, but bathroom and toilet facilities were shared among several bedrooms. The bedroom where I stayed had four beds, and the other two bedrooms in that area of the guesthouse had two beds each. The toilet and bathroom were in two separate rooms, which makes sharing the facilities a bit easier. Also, there is at least one common toilet downstairs.
Breakfasts were reasonably simple, but with more than enough food and variety of food for everyone. Between the various national and international groups staying there at one time, breakfast was a little crowded and those not used to such facilities might not enjoy such conditions. I didn't mind as I have been in similar facilities.
The shower that I used had an electric shower just like those used all over Brazil, so please read the tip on how to deal with electric showers if you have never used one of these before.
NOTE the price below is the standard rate I have seen published in a database of such facilities, and may not reflect current prices. Also, as I am not familiar with all the other facilities in Nairobi, I have marked it as being "not applicable" when it comes to relative price. I'm sure it is less expensive than a hotel!
+ Several common rooms, including several televisions, sofas, tables, a simple conference room, and other facilities.
+ Simple, but effective facilities. Nothing more than what people need to spend the night and be comfortable.
+ Close environment encourages people to interact, but privacy is a little limited.
+ Open front courtyard with grass is a great place to eat breakfast in the morning or interact with others.
+ There is no elevator, so be prepared to haul your things up stairs - consider packing light if you have trouble moving your things.
- Reviews: 138
Nairobi Backpackers hostel and Wild Rover Tours: Champagne tastes on a beer budget
Everyone dreams of a private African safari...'Private' means you, your driver, and few rules outside of safety and common sense. It also means you can make adjustments at a whim--as long as the main boss approves it. Our main boss? Ken-the-Brit, an Expat who one--has experience doing various jobs in Africa, and two, knows a good deal when he sees one. His idea? "Show them interesting things at a reasonable price and...keep 'em happy."
Being he is a Westerner, he knows how Westerners think--some who set up trips in Africa 'go for the deep pockets' and yes, you will certainly see some of the finery of Africa. But who can afford that?--(prices $300-$500 per day) Not your average college student who just graduated, is sick of school and needs one last fun fling before hitting the real world of jobs and schedules. Not your 'just retired folk' who are PAST the jobs and schedule thingy who want their 'dream of a lifetime trip' before settling down for good.
Ken--fit the bill. Not the flashiest set-up or the latest vehicles (some were quite...mature...), but he got the job done at a good price, and...we had fun.
The guides were very good and nice people too (you know how you can get stuck with a snarly guide sometimes). George the cook makes a mean meal...if you go away hungry it's your own fault. There is internet service for the best price you're going to find in Kenya and they will even change your money at good rates.
One of the reasons we went with Backpackers is that they offered everything we needed...lodging, safari, meals while in Nairobi, internet, money changing and suggestions for things we could do. Truly all-in-one service.
Nairobi Backpackers--has 5 levels of accommodations to choose from: Your tent (if you brought one), their tent (if you didn't), their dormitory rooms, their cabins, and finally, their apartments that they rented to guests.
We chose an apartment. One, we wanted our own bathroom (all the others were communal bathrooms/showers), and two, we had a lot of stuff--most of it for give-away) and we wanted to be able to spread it out.
- Reviews: 385
Nairobi Backpackers Hostel
The Nairobi Backpackers is a hostel with a very friendly, easy-going atmosphere. Facilities include a TV room and a barbecue area at the back, complete with outdoor bar and pool table. You can arrange to be picked up from the airport for 1,000 KSH and you can also book safaris with the hostel staff.
There's a common bathroom with 2 electric showers, but no mosquito nets.
You have the choice of staying in one of the rooms, in a banda or in a tent. However, if you have a room overlooking the barbecue area there could occasionally be some noise until late at night, if people are having a party outside.
And if you're sitting outside for a while the resident tortoise is bound to wander past at some stage :-)
- Reviews: 16
Marble Arch Hotel: Sleeping around Danger
My hosts took me to this hotel. Little did they or I know that it was located in the most dangerous part of the city. This was the first time in my life that I slept with a mosquito net over my bed. All in all however, the staff was friendly even though a kind lady dropped my camera when I asked her to take a picture. It is not very clean but this is part of the African experience.
- Reviews: 385
Not exactly inspiring from the outside and not exactly a luxury hotel on the inside, but the rooms are nice and clean and have large windows and a little balcony to sit on. Each bathroom has its own hotwater tank, but you will need to switch the heater on at least half an hour before having your shower in order to heat up the water in the tank. There are TVs in the rooms, but the reception was very bad, and often the only channel with a clear picture was the Cartoon Network. Also there are no mosquito nets.
On the plus side the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, and at lunchtime a buffet is available by the side of the pool. A meal there costs KSH350.
The hotel staff was always friendly and helpful, but I found mealtimes in the restaurant a bit disorganized, especially when a large group arrived for a conference, and we sometimes had to wait quite a while for our food to arrive.
Another advantage is that the hotel is within walking distance from the city centre. Just head straight down Kenyatta Avenue and within 15 mins you?re at Koinange Street. It might take you a bit longer to get back though as much of the walk will be uphill.
Overall I found the hotel quite good value for money with a B&B rate for a double room at 4,000 KSH.
- Reviews: 7
Muthaiga Villa: Quiet and Friendly Guesthouse
The Guest house is run by local people and very well kept. The Staff is very friendly and room and decent size.
Most of the people there are staying for medium/long stays but I am sure the management (Jayne) will be happy to accommodate those just back from beaten paths on the their way to the wild.
The place is very quite and nice for relaxing moments. If you are after the heat of the nights in Nairobi, just can ask the chauffeur to take you to Parklands (5 minutes) or Westlands (10 minutes) for dinner out or more.
It is a good alternative to expensive Hotels in town charging you around $100 per night.
The Villa has 6 rooms for rent. There are two types of rooms; the ones in the main building and the one bellow the swimming pool. Even though the rooms in the main building attend to be more comfortable with a shower the ones bellow the swimming pool are very quite and almost in the green.
The villa offers good facilities such bar, catering (on request), swimming pool, sauna (was not working when I was there), a Jacuzzi, tennis court and a squash court. for those who can't do without a gym I believe the GuestHouse has a deal with a gym and would get you there for free.
- Reviews: 634
Nairobi backpackers: very friendly backpackers
very friendly and provided a feeling of safety, Nairobi Backpackers i found to be a very hospitable place. Thankyou to ken the owner for a very enjoyable time and a good local source of information.
They also do airport pickups for a nominal fee, which saves the hassle of finding the backpackers yourself especially if it is dark.
1000ksh airport transfer
550 ksh dorm room per night
650ksh per person private room
200ksh for dinner
80ksh for a beer
40ksh for a soda
service and friendliness to rave about and the people i met wheer great:
rob and leanne from uk
rob from canada who i still keep in touch with
simon and mike from uk
thanks Ken Timms the owner for a great time and hospitality
- Reviews: 1081
Nairobi Park Services: NPS
NPs is about 20 mins out of the city and is used by alot of overland trucks. It has camping facilities and dorms. Dorms are $6/nt. They do food and have a bar and sky TV. Its a nice place to chill out. Smiley the local cabbie can take you into town cheaply.
A more expensive alternative is the Boulevard hotel in the city, a real nice place with good rooms for $60/nt. Its walking distance to town.
- Reviews: 3639
OAKWOOD HOTELA little...
OAKWOOD HOTELA little wood-style decorated hotel, in front of the famous New Stanley Hotel. In the very centre of Nairobi. About 50 USD for a single, 60 for a double
The Oakwood Hotel is on Kimathi Street 1st floor opposite the New Stanley Hotel and 100 metres from the Hilton Hotel, where there are buses to the airport.
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