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“Be careful, this hotel will charge you $65 if someone other than you steps foot in your room” 2 of 5 stars
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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 #58 of 106 Hotels in Nairobi
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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“Be careful, this hotel will charge you $65 if someone other than you steps foot in your room”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This was the drop off spot for our overland trip through east Africa. I had read reviews from other trip advisor members that had warned about the hotel charging for an extra person when someone leaves their bags in your room or uses the washroom. I luckily was not impressed by the reviews I read and had booked another hotel, but we did experience this. Essentially, the tour company we travelled with ended the tour at the Boulevard Hotel. For anyone who had a flight to catch later that night or who wanted to use a friends room to freshen up the hotel charged $65 extra to the room. This hotel is already over priced for what it is in my opinion any way, and they are just taking advantage of the situation that there are travellers from these overland tours who get dropped off there. It is convenient to have a room where the tour ends, but I would caution anyone who stays here about holding a friends bags or letting them use your room to change etc. if you don't want extra charges. Your money might be better spent at a different, more hospitable hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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19 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Whenever I fly into Nairobi, I have always stayed at the Hotel Boulevard. It is quiet, safe, and close to the city center. By no means luxurious, this is a basic hotel. The grounds are reasonably well kept and the view out the back over the garden is nice. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The shower is warm. In the room is a small safe for valuables, a small fridge and a fan. Sometimes they provide a couple of small water bottles. Although the windows have screens and there generally is a mosquito repellent dispenser plugged in, I always seem to be eaten alive by mosquitos in spite of precautions like inspecting the screens for holes and putting towels under the doors.

The porters are great and very helpful; sometimes the desk staff are friendly, but regardless they get the job done. Breakfast is ample and always a welcome treat. For lunch or dinner, the restaurant is OK and the bar serves cold Tusker Beer. Internet is available for a price and it works ok.

There is a tennis court and a pool, but it seems they charge to use these.

Many times I have stayed there, and it just feels like an old friend to me. That is the reason for my loyalty. But the prices keep inching up and the hotel seems to be a little more tired with each of my visits.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is a very basic hotel in a good location that is very central. The Hotel itself is very old, which is noticeable everywhere. The rooms are decent, but I was put off by the baby roaches running around in the bathroom. We asked for a room that overlooked the garden instead of the highway so as to avoid the noise of traffic. Breakfast is included and they had a good variety from cereal to eggs to pancakes and sausages. In regard to lunch/dinner, I would highly encourage going into downtown or taking a short cab ride to Westlands and eating a good meal outside as the hotel restaurant is very, very pricy and the food is not very good.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Denman Island, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Good location, near downtown Nairobi, 20 min walk ( daylight only ). Good security.Good breakfast, included. A little pricy, but felt safe and comfortable. Garden side rooms are quiet. Front desk will look after bookings, or on site drivers ( for hire ) willget you places.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

A basic but clean hotel in central Nairobi. The rooms are very noisy as they have open ventilation slits into the tiled corridor, which means our sleep was very disturbed by guests and staff walking through the corridor and talking noisily. It was okay for the one night before our safari started, but this is definitely not the best hotel you could choose in Nairobi and I would not stay longer than one night.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We reserved 6 rooms for 12 people. It was a ok stay.

* Breakfast is free with variety of selections.
* The rooms were basic. The sheets are pretty old but clean.
* The internet is not free and pricy.
* Location is safe.
* Water in the bathroom worked pretty good.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Room was clean,provided with towels,soap etc.but there is no sound insulation & we had a very disturbed sleep as guests kept walking through the corridor till late nite.The bar was ok.food at the restaurant didnot taste good.breakfast was very basic.bread & cheese served were below average.service (if compared to what we received in other places within kenya) can be improved.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel

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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 106 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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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