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“Beautiful, authentic place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Sadili Oval B & B
Off Kitengela Road, Langata, On Southern Bypass | Langata, Nairobi 00200, Kenya (Formerly Gona Suites)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 162 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
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“Beautiful, authentic place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Sadili will always have a special place in my heart. I stayed for an extended stay that lasted about a month through a program that was in Nairobi shooting a documentary. My team and I stayed in Gona Suites, about a good four or five flight of stairs going up to the rooms. There is nice greenery around the building and open lighting -- it creates a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere to stay in. The lodging is hygenic, and daily maid service is provided. Also, the attendant, David, was wonderful and always on-site to help with whatever issue may have arised (light's going out, showers running cold) and Sadili was always quick to get it resolved. It's certainly not a five-star hotel (there's mosquito nets provided over each bed -- tip: USE THEM), but definitely far from below-average quality. Sheets were replaced each day and bathrooms and rooms were cleaned each day. The housecleaning service also provides clothes-washing, but keep in mind it's hand-wash and may take a day or two to dry, depending on the weather. Concerning transportation, it's a five-minute walk to the nearest Matatu stops, and it can range from 30-45 minutes of a commute to downtown depending on traffic. It's a good 10-15 minutes from The Galleria shopping mall, 10 mintues from a grocery store. Something I also truly appreciated most was the security and safety that I felt in staying at Sadili. It's a gated residency, so there are gates around the neighborhood as well as the Oval itself. I recommend anyone going to Nairobi to stay at Sadili, as the funds help sustain the athletic programs at Sadili Oval Sports Academy. There was something so sweet and genuine about waking up to passing the students on their way to classes and coming home to children laughing and playing sports as the evening arrived each day. The restaurant food is delicious, the staff and students are wonderful and welcoming, and I can't recommend this place enough; you fall in love with it.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Sadili, General Manager at Sadili Oval B & B, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
We are pleased that we were able to make your time with us pleasurable!
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I stayed at Sadili for over a month in June/July 2013 and loved every second of it. My room was comfortable and clean and the staff were incredibly friendly and always available to help.

I will defintlely be returning!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Sadili, General Manager at Sadili Oval B & B, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you, we look forward to seeing you again!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The Sadili Oval facilities are well maintained, cleaned daily, include wifi, and are a great place to meet locals as well as sometimes other travelers. There are tennis courts, a rugby field, and a pool on site, as well as a cafe.

Some may consider their location near Kibera to be a drawback - and indeed if you need to get to the north end of Nairobi, or wade through the hours worth of traffic to get to another far part of the city, it isn't exactly an ideal location - but it is absolutely a much better choice than staying anywhere downtown.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Sadili, General Manager at Sadili Oval B & B, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you for your comments, we are confident that it will give us even more confidence to keep working hard.
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I stayed at Sadili for a month in May 2013 while visiting Nairobi and am returning in July in a few days for another three weeks. My room was comfortable with a big window that I could open during the day and close securely at night. Hot water systems work in the rooms and if something goes wrong they will fix it for you. There is a night duty manager so someone is always there 24 hours of the day and they shut and lock the compound at night - I always felt secure. You can pay for meals in the restaurant too and both of the chefs are great and the fee is very reasonable and you get a lot of food! People are the best part though, super friendly and warm :) would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sadili, General Manager at Sadili Oval B & B, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you for your really positive comments, it encourages us to keep trying to do our best!
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Additional Information about Sadili Oval B & B

Address: Off Kitengela Road, Langata, On Southern Bypass | Langata, Nairobi 00200, Kenya (Formerly Gona Suites)
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 162 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sadili Oval B & B is located at the award-winning Sadili Oval Sports Academy, a not-for-profit social enterprise committed to developing the power of sport in Africa. By choosing to stay at Sadili Oval B & B, you are supporting the education and talent development of deserving youth across Africa. Sadili Oval B & B provides a variety of 39 comfortable, well-furnished rooms, in single, twin, triple or double format, each with a colour television, direct dial telephone, WIFI internet, solar heating, lighting and emergency power. The property has ample parking, 24 hour security, CCTV and is run by a professional management team. Sadili Oval B & B is located 15 minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and 5 minutes from Wilson Airport, on the inter-state Southern Bypass, Langata and 5 - 15 minutes from Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre, Bomas of Kenya, Ostrich Park and Karen Blixen Museum ... more   less 
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