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“River Road as a tourist attraction” 2 of 5 stars
Review of River Road

River Road
River road, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
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“River Road as a tourist attraction”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

River Road is a bit of a seedy place, not changed that much since i lived there so many years ago, definately not a place to wander around on your own and no way at night.

Visited December 2012
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Cairo
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“Cheap & safe hotels in River Rd area (1000 - 2000 KSHS per night)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

It seems most travellers don't stay in Nairobi city centre presumably due to safety concerns, opting instead for the outer suburbs. But there are an abundance of cheap hotels (1000 - 2000 KSHS for a room with a double bed and ensuit) around River Road and I felt completely safe there.

I stayed at Hotel Arizona's, which is along River Road, next to the Consolidated Bank entrance. Tel: 0720 852 721. It was a lovely big clean airy room with reasonably wifi in the room. I bargained the reception down to 2000 KSHS per night including breakfast (down from 2200 KSHS) but beware that I was quoted a few different prices by different receptionists so taking a commission is certainly not below some of them.

I walked around at night to restaurants in the area and didn't have any problems but Hotel Arizona's (and many of the other hotels) has a decent restaurant and bar in the building too.

Visited September 2013
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nairobi
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“dangerous place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I was attacked in mis afternoon by 3 goons. in the middle of a crowd that did nothing to help.
After the attack I asked a guy that was looking like an insider to bring back my papers and to let them go with the money.
15 minutes later I got back my ID and other papers, and of course not the money.
Totally organised crime.

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“Visit it with caution”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is the down town of Nairobi and needs die hard to visit. If you are a visitor in Nairobi walk with caution or take a friend with you. Its very crowded as well.

Visited March 2012
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Nairobi
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“Watch Your Purse”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

River Road is in downtown of Nairobi and is always crowded owing to the fact that the bus terminus and most public vehicles terminus are nearby. It also caters for most small and medium business. You will not also miss out on a few idlers and hence, pick pockets, so watch your purse or wallet. However, if you want the best bargains in clothing, beauty products, household items, electronics, school textbooks you ought to visit the shops along this road.

Visited November 2012
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