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Milimani Backpackers & Safari Centre
Milimani Road | P.O Box 21005-00505, Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #29 of 91 Specialty lodging in Nairobi
New Delhi, India
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“comfortable stay for good price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2010

my first experience in a back packers environment. the place has a cozy restaurant and bar, comfortable and economical. it is clean, with all the facilities including internet.in nairobi a safe stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

This place is clean and nice, probably the best place to meet backpackers. The bar/restaurant is nice.

The staff is friendly and bar plays good jams, and they have a nice dog called scooby.
You can get hot showers if there is electricity.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

When we first arrived, the staff were lovely and friendly and made us feel right at home. We had originally booked to stay in a "permanent tent" but after seeing they were literally no more than a tent, upgraded to a double cabin, which they were happy to do. The food was cheap and decent, as were the drinks, and we ate there most nights. The bar area had a fire and a good backpackers vibe.

On our first night, we came back to our room to find it literally crawling with slugs - we counted 11! There were large gaps all around the skirtings so they were getting in from outside to warm up (it was VERY cold in Nairobi, like our cold Scottish weather in the evening; it was African winter whilst we were there). When we complained, we were given masking tape to stick our skirting boards down and had to gather all the slugs up ourselves.

On top of that, our room didn't lock as a previous guest had left with the key and the staff had no replacement. This meant that every day we had to go out with our door unlocked, which we were not really happy with, but every time we asked about it, we were told it would be fixed "tomorrow" - it never was. The slugs, although less of them because of the masking tape, continued to appear every night, some were the size of a pork sausage!

The bathrooms were hideously dirty, the sinks were constantly blocked, the water was cold (when there was any) and there was only 1 shower working to a place that sleeps at least 50 people!

The following day, we were told the double cabin was being used that night by other guests so we would need to move into the permanent tent that we'd originally booked, which was fair enough, After looking inside the tent and seeing it was like a disco ball because of all the snail trails up the sides, we managed to get into a different double cabin with an additional spare bed (which we didnt need but were told we could have it for the same price.) On the same day, they had overbooked in the dorm and needed people to get out of the room to make space, so we kindly offered the spare bed in our cabin to a guy we'd been speaking to.

The next day, we got talking to a couple who were going on safari to Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru for $90 a day. We had already showed interest in the exact same safari offered by Millimani themselves, but had given no money towards it or any definite answer that we wanted to go on it, but their one was $120 a day. Being new to Kenya, we had no idea of prices and had trusted Millimani to be offering a fair price. Obviously though, we wanted the cheaper option, but I felt it was fair to first sit down with the woman in charge at Millimani to explain that we'd been offered a cheaper safari to the exact same places for the exact same time and including the exact same things, to see if she could offer it any cheaper. She flew off the handle, saying it would not be of the same quality and it would be a con and blah blah blah. We told her we were booking it through the other company (East Africa Expeditions - which turned out to be FANTASTIC and our tour guide James was the nicest man ever!). We then got ignored by the staff and heard them gossiping about us in their office... very professional! They weren't half as friendly now! That night when we went to the settle the bill, they tried to charge us extra for our room and for our safe, and even said we had to pay the equivalent of an extra tenner for having an extra person in our room for that night we offered our spare bed to another guest when the staff had overbooked the dorm!! We also noticed the lock on our door had been changed within half an hour of us moving out! Then they told us we couldn't come back to Millimani after our safari because they were fully booked, even though we had reservations for over a week after we got back from safari. We showed the manager the booking confirmation we had printed off and she accused us of typing it ourselves (it was completely legitimate and had all the correct details on it). They persisted that we could not return (basically they kicked us out for booking our safari with a cheaper company), leaving us in a mad panic because we left at 6am the next morning to a non-network zone and would return late at night to the centre of Nairobi with nowhere to sleep that night! I am 17 years old and was travelling with just my boyfriend, so this scared me considerably and I cried myself to sleep that night. To make matters worse, we saw mice running across the kitchen counter that our food had been prepared on for the past few nights!! I was so glad to be getting out of there. Luckily, the next morning, our safari guide knew people and got us booked in at Upperhill Campsite and Backpackers for the night we got back. This place was so much better, even though a little more expensive, it was definitely worth the price difference.

Positives: We met lots of nice people and enjoyed the backpacker vibe. The barman was a teenage boy who was lovely, chatty and always happy to help.

Negatives: Internet was really slow and barley ever worked! The pictures on the website are very deceiving - there is now a massive old run-down truck on stilts in the driveway that guests can sleep in - it looked ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING inside and out!! Everything else I've written about!

In regards to Nairobi, there's not an awful lot to do - we had more or less exhausted it in a few days. It's not very cultural I don't think, it's just like any other noisy, dirty city. I can't say I really enjoyed it there and I didn't feel very safe, but the Giraffe Sanctuary is definitely worth a visit - cheap to get in and you can feed the giraffes from your hand from a raised roof terrace. Brilliant experience and great photo opportunity!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Hvidovre, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

I stayed in the Milimani Backpackers for total of 6 nights and had a great time with both employes and other guests.
There was a nice mix between guests of 1-2 days and others staying for longer.
Only price I heard cheaper in Nairobi was a "brothel", so also here the Backpackers is a fine choise.
If you are a light sleeper you might have problems with the sounds of the neighbourhood (Music & animals).

The kitchen was fine, and despite of mices none was sick.
Cleaning was fine.

There was some problems with electricity and internet, but not more than I did expect.

Since they also are selling safaris and excoursions, go slow and scilent on sharing barking/pricing information with others.

There is not much to do at the hostel besides the two computers,but there are netcafés in the area and a bar/dance hall next door.

I would definately recomend others to go there and have a look for them selfs!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

We had booked because in general it had received ok reviews. In reality i found it completly different. The staff were lovely and friendly when they were trying to get us to book trips and excursions with them but as soon as they found out we had booked much cheaper alternatives they literally said that we could only stay one more night. We had a confirmed reservation for 2 weeks!
There were mice all over the kitchen and on the first night we woke up to a room full of slugs crawling everywhere. There was no working lock on the door to our room and we were constanly told it woudl be fixed in an hour. This went on for 4 days. NO elecricity, internet or hot water for most of our stay. I saw a member of staff wearing clothes that I had "lost" and my washing was no where to be found when I tried to retreive it before I left. They added extra charges and put up prices as it suited them. When they realised that we were not going to spend any more money with them then turned very hostile and we found it quite intimidating. The hostel is about a £10 taxi ride into the centre and there is absolutely nothing to do near by. The complex is guarded but a couple of difference intuders had got in, a group of other travellers were threatened with a bottle of acid by one thug demanding money. We met some lovely people but mostly everyone was passing through , staying only for 1 or 2 nights. We have stayed in some very poor places in asia and in Tanzania and our other stays in Kenya were all fine (basic but fine), this place was just horrible and that was largely down to the staff and their attitude. DO NOT BOOK THIS PLACE

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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Kilkenny
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

This is a really fun backpackers, I stayed here with my 2 sisters, we stayed 5 nights and made loads of fun, the backpackers has a small bar and really cheap restaurant/cook. We stayed in a private 4 bed dorm and it was pretty tight with our 3 rucksacks. the staff were fairly helpful, but most of our washing went missing and we took it off the line wet after 4 days (it was rainy season).
I would go back there if i was travelling alone, because I felt safe there was they have security on the door 24 hrs

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

I stayed in Milimani Backpackers for two nights over a weekend, and it was the perfect base for a quick exploration of Nairobi. Dorms are very clean and comfortable, and a towel is provided. The outside bar/restaurant area is an excellent place to relax over a beer and some simple, filling and inexpensive food, and plays excellent music courtesy of Nairobi Xfm. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and can help you organise both tours of Nairobi and longer tours in Kenya. I would advise against taking the taxis organised by reception - the set rates tend to be more expensive than those you can negotiate for yourself. This is less convenient however. Overall, as backpackers go, an excellent experience and I will return next time I'm in Nairobi.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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