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“Nice, but not special” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Boma Nairobi

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The Boma Nairobi
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Red Cross Road, South C | off Popo Rd, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #3 of 111 Hotels in Nairobi
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice, but not special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Spent two nights here before safari. It is quite modern, clean and the staff is friendly. The food is better than average. The shower in the room had a real problem with temperature control, ranging from a bit cool to really, really hot. Also, it's a ceiling shower, so it was difficult to get out of the way. Lighting control is another issue - you can't turn on the bathroom lights without lighting up the rest of the room. I will look for a different hotel if I return, but I would not be overly disappointed if I stayed here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Aggrey B, Manager at The Boma Nairobi, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Seth W,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.

We have taken note of the areas where we did not wow you and corrective measures have been taken. We hope you will visit us again on your return visit to our city.
Regards

Aggrey
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Excellent place, great service, very neat and hygiene place stay. But not a place where you can expect good food. Boma has to do a lot of re-work on the dishes they serve. Food was aweful and I even fell sick (with tummy upsets). For the kind kind of property, food actually dets the image of Boma.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aggrey B, Manager at The Boma Nairobi, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Good day ShineSoans,
Thank you for sharing your views regarding our property. We regret for the illness during your stay with us as understand that an upset stomach is not only an inconvenience but quite uncomfortable especially with tight meeting schedules.

During the course of your stay, we had over 300 customers on a daily basis. Apart from you, no other customer has brought to our attention the issues of food quality and hygiene. Our Chef will therefore contact you for more details in an effort to determine where our quality control system might have been compromised.
Thank you once again for your feedback.
Regards
Aggrey.
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Have been in this hotel for different functions and i have found the place very good for people who want to do serious business,have conferences or meetings,or just have a quiet time of relaxation to reflect on life.the hotel is clean,food excellent and the ambiance great.The staff are courteous and well groomed they lighten ones day in the hotel. The rooms are well organized with well selected furniture which makes the room look executive,Ooh can't forget the cool music in the lifts you hardly notice that you are moving up or down The welcome a you get to the dinning hall up your appetite.MY conclusion its the best hotel you should look for.in town you will get value for your money.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Aggrey B, Manager at The Boma Nairobi, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Hello Philomena,
Thank you for giving us a chance to serve you. We are particularly happy that we were able to take good care of you and we look forward for a chance to host you again.
Regards,
Aggrey
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Lagos
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here because of its proximity to the airport and was thoroughly impressed with the place. I had pre-booked a car from the airport and the driver was punctual and professional. So even before my arrival and check-in, I was already impressed. The room was very spacious and the lounge and restaurants were quite good. Overall, very friendly staff and very accommodating. Only downside was the metal detectors before you enter the lobby. But then again, they have those in every hotel in East Africa!!!

Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Aggrey B, Manager at The Boma Nairobi, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Hello bbslagosone,

We are happy that all the arrangements we made for you met your expectations. We know the metal detectors are sometimes an inconvenience but we request for our customers indulgence as it has become a necessity.

Thank you once again for your custom and we look forward to your next visit.

Regards

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Port Elizabeth
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is my first stay at the Boma and compared with previous hotels I have stayed in, in Nairobi it is brilliant. The rooms are very well appointed and very quiet. The hotel was very, very busy over the weekend with a conference but this did not interfere at all with my stay. We had dinner in the Johari Restaurant and I can highly recommend it. I will certainly be coming back again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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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Aggrey B, Manager at The Boma Nairobi, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
nickandsheree,

Thank you for your feedback. We are grateful for your patronage and commendation. See you at The Boma soon!

Regards,

Aggrey
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Kortgene, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Sorry, could not find anything wrong in this hotel !! Simply the best in Nairobi for me !! Have stayed in the Boma several times now and everything was perfect all times. Pick up service on time, rooms super and clean, restaurant great food, reception fantastic, spa, gym and swimmingpool great staff and special thank to George Karanja ( allways there to assist you ) !!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Aggrey B, Manager at The Boma Nairobi, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Hi Okke,
We are delighted that our team has consistently met your expectations. George is grateful for your compliments and we look forward to your next visit.

Regards

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I travel a lot and this is a first. I left my camera in the room on Wednesday 5th June. Imagine my surprise when I got home to find a photograph, not taken by me, of the hotel room with the door wide open, a bucket clearly in view and a broom against the hotel door. Whether the intention was to steal the camera and someone else entered the room or what, I'll never know. However, fortunately, the camera was left where it was. I did wonder why everything on the desk appeared to have been rummaged through. How do I know it wasn't me - well the photo has all the file details and I was out of the hotel at a meeting at the time. Quite shocking for a hotel that prides itself in terms of its relationship with the Red Cross. Be warned!

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Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Aggrey B, Manager at The Boma Nairobi, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Good day RTW999,

Thank you for your feedback.

We hang our heads in shame at the photographic endeavors of one of our staff. The cardinal rule in our business is respect for our guests' privacy and we failed miserably this time round. The security of your belongings is assured as our electronic key cards and CCTV systems enables us to track movement in and out of guest rooms. The staff concerned has owned up and regrets playing around with your camera. He has been counseled and we are sure that he and his colleagues are unlikely to test any of their other "skills" on guests' properties.

RTW999, we hope this isolated incident has not irreparably changed your perception of our hotel and we hope to host you again on your next visit to Nairobi.

Thank you and regards

Aggrey
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Address: Red Cross Road, South C | off Popo Rd, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 111 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Boma Nairobi 5*
Number of rooms: 148
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hospitality has now become a new front in the fight against human suffering. Kenya Red Cross Society has taken this concept to the next level with the launch of The Boma Nairobi. This is a luxury deluxe hotel with an adjoining conference centre offering world-class hospitality, having every penny of profit funding the KRCS’s humanitarian work. This is 'hospitality with a conscience.' ... more   less 
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