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“Best choice near Jomo Kenatta International Airport” 4 of 5 stars
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Eka Hotel Nairobi
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mombasa Road, Nairobi 27695 - 00506, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #21 of 106 Hotels in Nairobi
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Best choice near Jomo Kenatta International Airport”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I travel through Africa a lot - this month alone I will be transiting through Nairobi three times. On previous trips, I'd always stay at the Ole Sereni, an excellent hotel right next door to the Eka. But this month, it was fully booked - in fact all of the hotels I had stayed with in the past were fully booked on the dates I required. So, I tried Eka - a hotel that I had never even heard of before.

The hotel itself is about 1 ½ years old, so everything feels "newish". The security entering the facility was good, the doorman was friendly, and check in was easy and painless.

The rooms are nice - rainfall showers with good pressure and plenty of hot water, big bed, large windows that open, a desk that you can actually work at, and a nice flat screen television. There is no clock, which seems weird, but I guess that's why you have a phone and/or a watch. There is a safe in the closet and a nice assortment of bathroom toiletries.

The bed is probably the firmest that I have ever slept on without being uncomfortable. I have had back issues, so I'd much rather be firm than soft, so I didn't mind at all. Some people might not like it, but it is not lumpy - it is just really firm.

Breakfast is a good buffet, with made to order eggs and omelets and bacon. There is fresh fruit, pastries, yoghurt, cereals, juices, and coffee and tea. The dining area is sufficient for the need, never needing to search out an empty table.

The hotel can get you to and from the airport, which is probably the way to go - especially when you are first coming into the country. You won't have to change money, simply look for the uniformed driver holding the Eka Hotel sign with your name, and go to the hotel. I think the cost is $20 for the ride. Not as cheap as you can get if you know what you're doing with negotiating the cost (try for 1500 kes) but it is much less energy expended!

There is a small gift shop, and another restaurant that is kind of like a Chili's (if you know US brands). The bar isn't much, but you can get a cold Tusker and whatever else you are thirsty for, just don't expect a lounge environment.

The staff is tremendous and very helpful. I have my next trip already booked to return here. So, how does it compare to its neighbors? It is not as posh as the Ole Sereni, but definitely no where near as expensive, and it's also not as expensive as the Panari, but in my opinion far, far nicer.

So what's it like? Think of a Hampton Inn, with a really great breakfast, and a full kitchen, and you probably have it! It's all I need for a transit hotel.

Room Tip: Ask to be away from the door near the elevators. That can be a bit loud. Also, the rooms on most l...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EkaHotel, Manager at Eka Hotel Nairobi, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Joesindorf,

Many thanks for your email and we are happy to know that you had a great stay at Eka hotel. We appreciate your outline of Eka and hope to be of service to you in your next trip.

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Stayed in the Eka hotel as a stopover for 18hrs or so as I was part of a flight crew.

I don't know how long this hotel has been here but it looks fairly new! It's clean, tidy, good size shower/bathroom area. Comfortable large bed. As people have said its close to the Main airport also close to Wilson Airport where most of the flights go from it flying onto a safari.

I didn't eat at the hotel but all looked very good, and also a 'Spurrs' restaurant on site.

Sadly the pool area was out of action as they were at the time doing a bit of re-ferb to slabs around the pool area. Defiantly could stay here as a base for a few night IF the pool wasn't out of action!
I would chose this over the Panari Hotel down the road!(I've also reviewed!)

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EkaHotel, Manager at Eka Hotel Nairobi, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Neil,

Thank you for your review of Eka Hotel. Its nice to know you enjoyed your stay in during your business trip and it will be our pleasure to host you once again and your friends at Eka hotel.

With best regards
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Stayed here on a stopover to Uganda. Very easy to get to from Jomo Kenyatta airport. About 15 mins on the road. Stayed for one night - rooms were clean, food good and check in and check out a breeze. As it's not in the city it's an easy commute as well.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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EkaHotel, Manager at Eka Hotel Nairobi, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Gareth E,

Many thanks for your email and we are happy to know you had a fruitful stay at Eka hotel. We appreciate your outline of Eka and hope will give us another opportunity of service to you and friends In the near future.

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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Stayed for one night before beginning of safari holiday. Hotel is located about a 15-20min drive from the airport on the main route from airport to city.. Its not in the city at all, which i think is a bonus as it would any central city traffic snarls. Room was spacious, clean and appointed with all the things you basically need. No real view to speak of but we did arrive at 9pm and were gone by 7am so it wasn't important anyway. As others have noted in other reviews the place can be noisy.. as in you hear other room doors opening and closing, and given its used frequently for travellers like ourselves, its quite possible you will hear other persons enter / exit their rooms throughout night/early morning.. Its what it is, deal with it. Worth noting is that there is also a tex mex type restaurant attached to the hotel so if you arrived at night like we did it served perfectly acceptable food for a quick meal before going to bed.. Would recommend, and stay there again, if i had to do a similar trip..

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EkaHotel, Manager at Eka Hotel Nairobi, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Xmy,

We highly appreciate your choice to stay at Eka hotel and wish for another opportunity of service to you and friends.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We hoped it would be comfortable but it was perfect as a stop-over in Nairobi. There was no need to go into the city - which we wanted to avoid - as it's on the airport road. Be aware that the airport road is VERY busy especially at rush hour. We didn't do this, but I would imagine that it's easy to do a safari at the National Park as you can see it from the hotel. The security was good, and the staff were friendly and helpful. They stored our bags while we went on safari in the Masai Mara, marking them fragile. They had a free business centre (ie free computers with internet access). The breakfast was good and the pool was a nice bonus. It was also good for us to have a fast food place as part of the hotel as well as the posher restaurant. Did the job perfectly for us.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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EkaHotel, Manager at Eka Hotel Nairobi, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Matthew and Tracy,

It was our pleasure hosting you and we appreciate your outline of Eka Hotel. We look forward to another opportunity of service to you and friends in the near future.

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Fresno, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We arrived late in Nairobi and flew right threw the burned up airport. Polson's Travel was there to collect and took us to the Eka Hotel for our overnight stay before leaving the next day for Arusha.

The Eka is a friendly, clean, and comfortable business hotel near the airport (within 10 minutes or so) and is an easy exit to leave for Tanzania by car or plane. We went by car and it is easier by the way than another flight and a 45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro Airport.

Anyway, the AC was good, the bed comfortable, great bathroom. The Staff was very friendly.

The buffet breakfast was excellent and the breakfast chef made me a great omellete.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EkaHotel, Manager at Eka Hotel Nairobi, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Cagolfher,
It was our pleasure hosting you briefly prior to your travel to Arusha. We look forward to another opportunity of service to you and friends in the near future.

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Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

we stayed for one night in nairobi before going on a safari to masai mara. the place has a good location between the airports (jkia and wilson). our room is modern and clean. fast and complementary wifi connection is a plus. staff were friendly too.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EkaHotel, Manager at Eka Hotel Nairobi, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Zchizzerz,
Many thanks for your review and its nice to know you had a fruitful stay at Eka hotel, We appreciate your outline of Eka and hope that you will give us another opportunity of service to you and your friends in the near future.

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Address: Mombasa Road, Nairobi 27695 - 00506, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #21 of 106 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Eka Hotel Nairobi 4*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eka Hotel a Nairobi hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district. If you are looking for safari hotels, Eka Hotel is within easy access to the city’s many attractions and entertainment venues which make Eka Hotel an ideal safari accommodation hotel. ... more   less 
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