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“Great staff- very basic though” 3 of 5 stars
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Milimani Road | P.O Box 21005-00505, Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #36 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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“Great staff- very basic though”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

I had not been to Nairobi before and so I don't know how it compares to the other hostels but this was very basic. I paid extra for an outside single room however it was very noisy from the hotel next door. It probably would of been quieter inside in the shared rooms.
The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgable and the bar area was a great little place to sit and meet other travellers.
The food was basic and cheap - 50ksh for a cup of tea, 180ksh for a beer. Not too bad at all!

I can't comment on the distance to the city but it's well known with the taxi companies and around 2400ksh to the airport which wasn't too bad split between 3 of us

A decent place for one or two nights. Don't expect luxury, or decent bedding but it's not bad

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This place does the bear minimum in serving their guests but they do the maximum in trying to scam every dollar out of them. The facilities are terrible and the price is high. Everything costs alot here. The place was dirty and broken. My bed had definitely been slept in there were obvious stains, hairs and skin in the sheets. I could barely get the surly staff to replace them. I did not feel welcomed or respected whatsoever.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The backpackers can be easily reached with public transport from the bus / train stations in town. Nairobi's public bus system in general is quite good (and a lot cheaper than haggling with the cab drivers for a fair fare).
We stayed before and after a group of American missionaries had booked the whole place and therefore got to test two different dorms.
The dorms were clean and with enough space. Please note that there is a cheap cheap dorm in a tent which I didn't get to test but heard horrendous things about. Apart from the dorms there are also doubles.
One of the dorms I stayed at came with en suite facilities. Both the en suite and the shared bathrooms were clean and with hot water but the showers in the shared one are a bit inconvenient: there is no private space apart from the shower itself so that you have to show some artistic skills to get dressed in clean clothes without exposing yourself to fellow guests.
There is a bar / restaurant with a wide range of drinks and dishes and a cozy fireplace. Prices are ok. But if you're on a budget budget go to the eatery / market place behind the backpackers (leave backpackers, turn left, left again and up the little alleyway).
WiFi and computers with internet are available against a charge (200KSH per day). Wifi only works in the common areas and - if you're lucky - the first dorm on the left (aka the girls' dorm).
The backpackers has a travel desk where you can book all sorts of tours to popular Kenyan tourist destinations. I didn't try them but the ladies seemed to be quite capable.

Room Tip: Stay away from the dorm tent. The Pink (or Ladies) dorm is en suite
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Milimani Backpackers is safe, central and friendly. During the day you can easily walk into the city and the gate is always locked and guarded at night. The bar at the premises with the bonfire is cozy and frequented by patrons of all ages and nations. Great place to pick up tips on do's and don'ts. If you want to feel the local pub vibe a little closer there's an excellent sportsbar just left with only 100m to go which is safe to do on your own or with a friend.

Bedbugs are a drawback..

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I only stayed in Milimani for one night, and it was okay. The food and facilities were mediocre. They said that they had wireless, but it wasn't working when I was there, so I made due with 2 ancient computers they had off to the side. The TV room was nice, but the outdoor areas were damp and dirty, so it was difficult to sit out. But, the compound felt safe and secure and the price was right.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

The staff are wonderful, cheery, and so welcoming. They are knowledgeable and willing to help with things even beyond their job duties. They absolutely made staying here worth it! The facilities aren't great for the price, it'soften over-crowded and there is very little community space but you can't beat the location (just a 20 minute walk from downtown Nairobi).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

I much preferred this hostel to the youth hostel. But they make a lot of mistakes, and my friends didn't even have beds even though they were booked in. Same happened to us the night before, luckily there were some spare beds. Also one guy came into our female dorm and claimed he'd been booked into my friends bed!
The food system is strange, you have to write down your order, go somewhere else to pay, then back to the chef. And it takes ages, I waited an hour and a half for ugali, and paid a little too much.
However, the place is good to meet other travelers, and it is comfortable with a tv and the atmosphere is friendly.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Address: Milimani Road | P.O Box 21005-00505, Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
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Ranked #36 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Number of rooms: 23
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