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Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Harry Thuku Road | PO Box 43436, Nairobi 00100, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)   |  
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Ranked #57 of 102 Hotels in Nairobi
Ottawa, Canada
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32 hotel reviews
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“Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

I stayed here for 4 nights and was pleasantly surprised. Nairobi does not have much in the way of 'midrange' hotels, and after reading reviews of some other 3-star accommodations, I was nervous.

The staff at Boulevard are professional and helpful. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and quiet. The shower water was always hot, almost too hot at times! Sure, the rooms don't have air conditioners but considering I was going home to -25 weather, sleeping in a warm room didn't bother me at all. There are small fans provided, just aim it over you and you'll sleep fine :)

The hotel is conveniently located close to downtown and is a 5 minute walk from the National Museum (a must-see!), The restaurant service is very good and very fast! I couldn't believe how quickly our meals were prepared. Excellent food and drink prices as well.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Drogheda, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Rooms were clean, everything worked and staff were friendly and efficient. All in all a good value stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for one night before starting our overland tour of Kenya and Uganda. The cost of the hotel is high for the type of rooms that you are staying in. The hotel can organise taxis for you but be very careful. On our first day we got a taxi driver who quoted us $8USD to take us two minutes down the road to an ATM and then back. It seemed quite pricey but we agreed. It wasnt until we got back that the taxi driver told us that he was charging $8 each way. The hotel staff told us we had to pay the $16 for our 5min round trip. On the other hand we had a different taxi driver later that day (also through the hotel) who was excellent and charged a reasonable price.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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West Baldwin, ME
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

The Sentrim Boulevard can provide a quiet, relaxing experience or a night punctuated by road noise, depending on whether your room is located off the right or garden side of the corridor and overlooking a lawn bordered by the Nairobi River or off the left or pool side that faces Uhuru Highway. Rooms are a bit larger following the renovation that replaced balconies with interior space and are still of modest size, but quite comfortable with good beds, TV, and ample storage space. The small, ensuite baths are equipped with adequate shower and towels. The restaurant serves good, reasonably priced meals. Grounds include a tennis court as well as a good pool and ample parking. Security is very good as the hotel, restaurant, and grounds are a gated complex with a guarded entrance. The location is near the university, National Museum, International Casino, and even within walking distance (via Harry Thuku Road & Muindi Mbingu Street) of the City Market. Though not luxurious, the Boulevard offers many amenities not available at comparably priced hotels. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

I stayed here at the start & end of my trip around Kenya. The hotel organised my transfers from and to the airport at a reasonable price with pleasant drivers in reasonable cars.

The hotel itself has good facilitiies, a nice clean pool with good sunbeds, great restaurant with a good variety and quality of food, at a reasonable price. Inclusive breakfast was also great - good choice and regularly replenished

The rooms look like they have recently been re-done - good bathrooms and they were re-painting the corridors whilst I was there. Don't expect loads from them, they are clean, functional and comfortable The only draw-back was the lack of air conditioning in the rooms - they were very warm!

For a mid-priced hotel, would definitely recommend and if you are travelling on your own - I felt safe here (which is a good thing especially in Nairobi)

Its well situated, near the Norfolk Hotel and univeristy & a short walk from Kenyatta Avenue

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

We stayed there before and after our "Safari" and would do so again. The Hotel is located within an easy and "safe" walk into the city where you can get all you need before heading off on your adventure. Great pool area, good bar and restaurant, and very good spacious rooms which I think have mostly been refurbished recently.
Front Office staff very helpfull

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the back garden area rather than the pool.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

Stayed at this hotel for one week in late September with my Son and 9 yr old Grandson Charlie and had a really good time. This is a very nice hotel with lovely friendly staff. We had a triple room with a great walk in shower. Enjoyed a good breakfast each morning with a choice of specially prepared egg dishes with fruit, cereal and pastries.
Had dinner at the hotel on several occasions and thought it good food and very good value with no added charges like the more expensive hotels. Drank Tusker lager at about £1.60 for a large bottle in the outside bar with large televisions showing a South African sports channel. My Son said this was his favourite bar in the world.
The Boulevard was in the city centre next to the Norfolk Hotel and Nairobi University. We always felt felt very safe when walking around and when the locals saw Charlie with his Manchester United shirts on they all gave him the thumbs up.
There were three internet stations in the hotel charging about £1.50 for half an hour. Charlie’s treat each night was to have his time on them. The girls in charge took a like to him and he always seemed to get more time.
The swimming pool was large and very clean if not a little cold but lots of people used it.
Visited Nairobi National Park, The National Museum and Snake Park, Lake Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley and 14 Falls where a lot of movies are made including Tarzan films. We all enjoyed our holiday very much thanks mainly to having a lovely hotel to return to each day.
This is an honest evaluation and we did not find it tired or run down but a great place to stay for a city visit.
Special mention for Jackson, who was the lobby attendant and dealt with the suitcases. Charlie built up a special friendly relationship with him.

Room Tip: We were on the swimming pool side and our room was excellent
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Harry Thuku Road | PO Box 43436, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Nairobi Central Business District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 102 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form the Nairobi Province. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters." However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in theSun." Location: Sentrim Boulevard is located at the end of Nairobi’s Harry Thuku Road, an oasis of peace and quite with beautiful manicured gardens and lawns. There are 70 rooms in 2 stories. The main guest area consists of the reception, lounge area, Restaurant and bar. The Mezzanine floor has the conference facilities. ... more   less 
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