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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 #55 of 100 hotels in Nairobi
London, United Kingdom
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“Much better than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A decent hotel - friendly service, reasonable location, good food and a pool. It's no luxury resort, but after a rough safari in the Mara it feels luxurious. The shower is amazing - high pressure and great hot water.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
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Madurai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I notice a lot of difference between my first trip in September 2013 and now in February 2014. The rooms are well maintained. You will find white towels and bed sheets. The washrooms are old fashioned but kept clean and tidy. The premise is big and best place for a morning walk unlike the hotels located inside the city center. The internet worked very well and was helpful for my Skype call with my boss in USA. On the whole i liked this place may be it is not as expensive as other hotels in the city center that offers the same quality for high price. I am sure you will like this place.

Room Tip: I stayed on the floor one. My room was facing the garden and close to the staircase. It was quiet. I...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We stayed at Sentrim Boulevard on the first and last nights of our Nomad Masaai Mara and Gorilla Tour. On arrival we were greeted with huge smiles, asked where we were from and how our flights were.
We had a twin room on the ground floor with a door leading onto gorgeous gardens that included benches and bird feeders to add to our enjoyment of being outdoors.

We went for a late afternoon swim in the large pool, and within 2 minutes of hitting the water, a lady appeared and moved sun-loungers and towels to where we had put our things.
When we had finished swimming a waiter appeared and brought us coffee.
Supper of steak, chips and veg was served outside, delicious, simple and value for money.

Our room was spotless, comfortable and the overhead fan provided adequate cooling for the room.
The look and feel of the hotel is reminiscent of Cape Town in the 1970's. Utterly charming. The service was good, old fashioned "nothing is too much trouble" and all done with a smile.

We needed assistance with the TV and the ceiling fan and this was provided promptly and efficiently, and included a friendly chat.

The bathroom was large and spotlessly clean, and the shower had the right pressure, and un-interupted hot water to wash of the grime and weariness of long haul air travel.

Breakfast offered a vast array of hot and cold choices, and when we requested scrambled eggs they were brought to our table within a few minutes of ordering.

The reception staff welcomed us back after 14 days on the road, with smiles and hugs! Wow!

They were very helpful in offering advice and assistance regarding walking around in the vicinity, prices we should pay for a taxi and arranging transport to the airport.

I would definitely stay there again. A good experience all round.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are very quiet, great for smokers as there is a door from your room leading onto...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The hotel was musty and smelly. there wasn't any air conditioning, They tried to put three people in a very small room with very small beds. After 4 hours of negotiating the manager finally split us into two rooms that were extremely hot. This was part of a tour , but we were promised first class accommodations. Check with your travel guide before committing.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We were here 2 nights and that was enough. Was clean and rooms a good size. Showers were very good.
Food was not so good - got stomach upset from a curry served in a clam shell which went by the same name as another fish curry but that was about half the price even though they were described as totally different curries they weren't . They didn't have the drinks on their menu either.
It wasn't in the nicest of surroundings but it was friendly and the gardens out the back were nice to sit in and there was a pool. So as a stop over very good but if you're here for the long stay look elsewhere!

Room Tip: Get a back room facing the garden as A. there is no traffic noise from the main road and carpark a...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Alberta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Spent two nights in the Hotel Blvd during our time in Kenya. The hotel was booked as part of our tour package and we were satisfied with the accomadations and property. Rooms were clean and comfortable, although we found a bit of black mold and a bug or two in the bathrooms. There was not remote for the tv, so that was a pain, having to get up and down evertime you wanted to change the channel. There is no elevator, so that might be a deal breaker for those with mobility issues.The dinners were good, esecially the chinese food. As we had to depart early our last day, we were able to still get breakfast in the restuarant before the actual posted opening time. The hotel is located at the end of a street, near the university ground and the police station. You can walk to the city market and a grocery store quite easily and there is a Barclays ATM on the universiry grounds. It took 20 minutes to get to the airport when we departed the hotel at 5:45 am. But, having seen the traffic patterns in Nairobi, I can only imagine it would take an hour or longer at any other time of the day.

Room Tip: You want to be in a room facing the courtyard rather than the road.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

This is not a luxury hotel, but it's fine for what it is (2stars). I'm just leaving, after spending 2 nights before starting an overland trip and safari. Having read some of the reviews I was slightly worried, but there was no reason to. I had pre-booked pickup service and the driver was waiting for me when I exited the airport. It was about 1 hour drive in heavy afternoon traffic. The hotel is gated and there are 3-4 guards at the gate who search every car and person going in and out. So the grounds feel safe.

My room was clean and spacious. No air-conditioning, but there was a fan and despite the heat in January that was fine. There's wifi but it grows weaker the further you go from the lobby. My room was at the far end of the hall and my smartphone couldn't pick up the signal there, though my laptop did. But on each floor there's a small lounge with couches, where I sat down to go online at an ok speed.

The hotel is next to one of the busiest roads in Nairobi, so there is traffic noise. However, the hotel itself is rather quiet. My room was facing the garden and it was peaceful. The rooms facing the pool, and the road, are probably noisier.

Everyone I interacted with in the staff was friendly and polite. The lobby has money-exchange and will help you book a taxi, tours etc. The food at the restaurant was ok and the menu reasonably varied. Overall, I'm content with my stay and have nothing to complain about.

Room Tip: The further you go from the lobby, the weaker the wifi connection. Rooms facing the garden are quiet...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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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 #55 of 100 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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