Stayed here for a few nights in July 2012.
Good points - close to Nairobi Centre, fairly safe and prices ok (though have been hiked recently). Free computer use.
Negative Points - if you want breakfast you must get up at 7.30 - this proves to be no problem as one of the staff walks around the whole complex with a xylophone (a la Hi De Hi for UK readers) and wakens everyone. The breakfast (and food in general) is very poor. The staff are not friendly at all in our view and very little is explained upon arrival. There are managers of the Guest House (an American couple, and a Kenyan couple) but I am not sure what they actually do to help guests.
This sounds a very negative review as I read it back - the place is OK - but if they want to increase prices as they have then they need to offer more for the traveller.
If you are a Christian/religious then this will be a tolerable place. There is no smoking or alcohol so if that is essential for you then don't go here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amani Gardens Inn, formerly the Mennonite Guest House has a 50-year reputation of warm hospitality and quiet gardens. Located in Westlands, our guest house is situated conveniently close to major shopping malls, banking centers, and restaurants, yet the place still retains the feel of a retreat in the countryside with our old English-style buildings and ancient trees. You can spend the morning quietly reading under a 100-year old jacaranda tree, or hop in a taxi and be exploring down town a few minutes later. Amani means peace in Swahili which is a distinctive of the Mennonites. We hope you will find our gardens a peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling city. Amani means peace in Kiswahili. Spacious gardens, friendly staff, and traditional American food bring our guests back again and again. Amani Gardens is under the Mennonite Board of East Africa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mennonite Guesthouse Hotel Nairobi