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Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

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Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

We are travelling to Kenya in August 2014 and have 2 nights/1 full day in Nairobi prior to leaving for a safari. Does anyone have recommendations on what are in Nairobi we should stay? As we will be recovering from a 30 hour flight, we are not expecting to do a lot so just need somewhere to rest up before our safari adventure that has some eating outlets close by.

Have a group of 4 adults (2 couples) looking to spend ~$100-$150 USD per room per night.


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1. Re: Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

Hey - traffic is chaotic in NBI, After a long, tiring flight, you just want to quickly check-in in recuperate.

Consider Eka & Ole Serena on MBA Rd, some 30-40 mins drive from JKIA on the way to town.

Little further up is Country Lodge in Upper Hill.


Nearby dining options are Carnivore, Chinese & Indian at Capital Hill Centre.

There''s a wide choice of hotels in NBI, pointless venturing too far out from JKIA

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2. Re: Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

I would look at hotels in the Karen area. While you will be recovering from your flight, you may want to do stuff for a half day. Karen gives you access to the Elephant orphanage, Giraffe Centre, Kazuri beads, Karen Blixen Museum, etc., Most hotels are small and intimate with lovely gardens.

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3. Re: Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

Nairobi Fairview hotel is just the perfect place for you and will fit with your budget too.

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4. Re: Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

Ol-Sereni, Eka and Panari are 15/min from JKIA, which is great if you are flying out next morning. In your case with the next day to recoup and maybe sightseeing, as RWA, best to stay in the Karen suburb with lots of choices/prices. Fairview is excellent, or their sister hotel the Country Lodge, on same grounds, but lower prices... can use all facilities of the Fairview.

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5. Re: Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

I'd recommend Ndemi Place. Look at their website.

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Depending on your safari routing, I would recommend Eka and Ole Sereni on Mombasa road if going to Amboseli,

Hotels in Westlands like Jacaranda, Prideinn or Mayfair if heading to Nakuru and Maasai Mara route.

Mada hotel along thika road, Shemena homes and Comfort Garden around Village UNEP and Village market if going to Aberdare, Mt Kenya Sweetwater and Samburu area

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8. Re: Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

We stayed at Hemingways in September 2013 during a soft opening. Great hotel, good food, secure in the Karen neighborhood. It's quite close to the Karen Blixen house. I'd also recommend the Giraffe Center; although we didn't stay there, friends did, and loved it. You get the giraffe experience while you're just killing time between flights.

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Ole serena will be the best kill. Good place,clean and few minutes to the airport.

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10. Re: Best area to stay in Nairobi before Safai

The post-er states the budget: $100-150 per night.

Hemingways?!! Isn't that about $500/night?!! Even Fairview is going to be more than the OP's requested price --but adjacent Country Lodge, as Sandi and Stefanilarda mention, is in the stated price range.

Kisima, excellent how you sort out the areas by the direction of departure. Very useful information.

Nzamz, I would suggest checking into Bed and Breakfast places.Many are listed on tripadvisor. I'll be staying in the Purdy Arms in Karen--it's in your price range. Or check Lavington Hill House (Lavington is gorgeous area, not far from Karen, very upscale) Miti Mingi; others. How nice to recuperate in a small garden setting!

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