I stayed there for many nights, during my travel trough Kenya. I get the information to go their from a German Book about Kenya. They wrote, that they are the oldest Hostel in town with a lot of experience, not expensive as well, so i choose them. The Taxi driver from the Airport try to convince me, not to go there, very dangerous Place /river road/, but this guys getting also their commission, if they bringing you to a Nairobian Hotel, where you will buy your safari later..
The Place is like in old times, middle in action, you will see a lots of locals running around the River Road. Kenya Lodge is looking a little bit like "Old style", but the only place in Nairobi, where you have a central place to meet a lots of Tourist, and Africans as well. Its a great place to stay, and share your information with your new friends.
I also know now a lots of Hostels in Kenya, and i never experienced that welcoming and friendly atmosphere, than in Kenya Lodge in Nairobi. The stuff is really nice and more than helpful! They also very experienced, witch is absolutely important, if you want to get the right information!!!
They help me to get Bus Ticket from Nairobi to Kisumu and Mombasa, actually they came with me to show me the place and to buy the ticket... They also give you tips, where to buy good and Cheap souvenirs, where to eat good and cheap (just like the locals), and the most important thing, you can buy there your safari as well!
There are 100.000 of Safari-Business mans on the way, to sell you their Safaris, for really expensive prices... This guys in the Lodge, with Moses as Manager, who is working for several years in this Business, they will tell you what to excpect in a Safari.
And of course, they are staying behind their product, anything happening, they are their for you!
The owner told me, that in short time will change the beds, the are getting old, and he wants to make a big renovation in the house.
Stay or not to stay? The thing is, maybe you get their, and you want have more comfort. They also have a 2 Hostel, nearby, maybe you go and see that place too. Or you go to see a more expensive Hotel in town. the only thing is: there are 100 of Hostels around, and you will see, this is the ONLY ONE in Nairobi, where you have a living room, to stay and share your experience. The other Hostels give you a room only, they have definitely no lining room for their travelers.
So, anyway, you will be welcome their also, if you dont stay their during the nights, i have seen a lots of other Tourist, they came during the day, to share, to ask, and to book the Safaris, cause in nairobi, you will not find for that price, you will see!
Thanx for everything New Kenya Lodge, best regards from Hungary,