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“Quiet, clean, friendly, reasonable” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sandavy Guest House - Kilimani

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Sandavy Guest House - Kilimani
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Ndemi Close, Ndemi Rd, Nairobi 15006-00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #20 of 182 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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“Quiet, clean, friendly, reasonable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2009

Wonderful option if you're looking for a quiet spot. A bit outside the city center (taxi to center, about KES 500-600), this was once a family home located in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by similarly quiet private properties. Small nice garden, clean well appointed rooms (some are rather small, but this is all accurately described on their website) with comfy beds and very soft sheets and towels (often not true in Kenya), shared bathrooms with hot showers no bathtubs (also very clean), living room with TV if you wish, porch room, and umbrella'd table out in garden. Wireless internet access a godsend. Breakfast, varying from day to day including cereal, eggs, muffins, included in room rate. Lunch and dinner can be arranged, and were good. Seems like many guests are cheerful volunteer workers, and most seem to be out during the day. (Therefore this was a great place for me to work on my laptop without disturbance.) Extremely friendly managers and staff, can arrange various excursions or transport. Probably not the best option if you want ready access to active night life, and the nearest big shopping center (Yaya) is about a 20 min walk. Very highly recommended especially for those relishing a quiet "oasis" as a previous review called it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2008

Stayed at the Sandavy guesthouse in Nairobi for a total of 4 nights (in two different stays) during November. It is an extremely pleasant and comfortable guesthouse located approximately 15-20 minute (500 KSH) cab ride from the City Center (sometimes less/sometimes more depending on the time of day).

The staff was excellant. The cook prepared a satisfying breakfast each morning and we choose to have dinner prepared there 3 of our 4 nights. Sharing of bathrooms with some rooms but not that big of an inconvenience.

The grounds are very quiet; it probably would't be the best choice for younger travelers looking for club action or nightlife but for couples or families I would highly recommend it. Our group of 4 also partook of 2 customized tours arranged by the Sandavy owners and we were very happy with the arrangements.

I would unquestionably stay here again.

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  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

My wife and I recently extended our Kenyan/Tanzanian packaged safari with a 3-night stay at Sandavy Guest House. The rates were very reasonable, the rooms, grounds and surroundings very pleasant and safety was taken very seriously. They employ a full-time cook who made us delicious dinners at very reasonable cost in addition to the included breakfast. Proprietors Sandi Carlile and David Thuku provide individual attention which really makes a big difference over a big corporate-type hotel. Best of all, Sandi and David operate Sandavay Tours from the B&B. We told them what we wanted to see while in Nairobi, they made some suggestions and put together 2 days of touring in a van with a driver that really enhanced our time there. This is a great alternative to a standard hotel which would be equally suitable for adult couples, singles, families with children and students.

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Additional Information about Sandavy Guest House - Kilimani

Address: Ndemi Close, Ndemi Rd, Nairobi 15006-00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #20 of 182 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the quiet Nairobi suburbs of Kilimani and the upmarket Lavington area with easy access to the city centre, Sandavy Guest Houses Bed and Breakfast are close to restaurants and shopping centres. For hospitality at its best, make Sandavy Guest Houses your Nairobi destination. Perfect for business and leisure travelers, families, groups and students... we offer a comfortable, secure and affordable home away from home. ... more   less 
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