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“Convinience at a budget price” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nairobi International Youth Hostel

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Nairobi International Youth Hostel
Ralph Bunche Rd, Nairobi 48661 , Kenya (Upper Hill Estate)   |  
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Ranked #51 of 92 Specialty lodging in Nairobi
Moshi, Tanzania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Convinience at a budget price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I booked for my stay at the hostel via email, the management was prompt in replying. On arrival I managed to negotiate the price for a double room which was great. A taxi ride from the main bus station to the hostel cost me 400Tshs but I then learned that buses to Kenyatta hospital pass by the area which is a major save.

The environment:

It is located in a very quite street, there is a cafeteria at the front gate that serves fast food, local food and buffet at reasonable prices. Java coffee shop is a few feet across the street.
The rooms are serviced, have basic furnishing and bedding that reminded me of my days at boarding school. The double room I lodged in had bunker beds :-))They book same sex in shared rooms unless you make a special request before hand. The charge is per bed.
The bathrooms are shared and not always clean, some times there is no hot water and the floor can be flooded.
They have self-service apartment for rent but it is usually booked up for several days. There is a TV room at the ground floor, an internet cafe and tour operator. The manager is very friendly, helpful and always available.
I loved my time at this hostel, it's not much but it is peaceful and clean.

Verdict:

Would I go back?
I would definitely go back when traveling solo or with a sibling or friend.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Superior Food, service, rooms ! Excellent hotel ! easy changing of currency. Concierge very helpful. Good wifi service in lobby. central location. Near Parliament, Basillica, shopping, and museum. Exceptional breakfast, many different choices, excellent variety.

Room Tip: ask for room facing front and watch the storks in the trees in front of the hotel
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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15 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Stayed here for five nights around safaris. We thought it was quite expensive for what we got, but after speaking to other travellers, we thought this was good value for Nairobi. We had a private room which was very basic, with shared bathroom facilities. Hot water is practically none-existent so had many cold showers. The deputy manager, James, was friendly and helpful. Only toilet roll and sheets provided, no toiletries, quilt etc. On-site cafe is cheap and filling, and there is a coffee shop over the road with free wifi. Whole place could do with a spruce up but good location (30 mins walk from downtown Nairobi) and helpful staff made this place better than some other hostels we have stayed in.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I stayed at this place with my family for two days, when we visited this city to attend a birthday party of my friend. All the things were good like the room, food, facilities, etc. But, the staff is really wonderful. My wife lost her diamond ring and they helped us for four hours in finding that. Thanks to the entire team. Thoroughly Recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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comoros islands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

toilets - aggggghhhhhhhhh. none of the flush works.
quiet dorms, neat sheets - plenty of mosquitoes, so carry a power adapter as well as mosquito mats.
restaurant is passable. but better options on the street.
the small shop at the car park charges you double for everything; so if you can just walk round the corner to the Total petrol station, the convenience store sells you almost all your needy stuff at cheaper rates.
taxi fare to airport is around $15 -17 outside and through the office or the tour operator, it comes to $25.

Room Tip: dorm no 1 ground floor has some passable toilets but the ones on the first floor is a disaster.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bedfordshire
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26 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

First impressions were not good as there was no water soothe toilets were disgusting, and however on my return journey was much better. For the price as a youth hostel it was very good.
I would stay there again

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Friendliness of staff does not match the facilities. Toilets and Showers were terrible, and what's worse is that nothing serious is being done about it, considering the high number of tourists moving in and out!!
Location is good, but I would advice people to take good care of their personal belongings, especially electronics.

Room Tip: Book online before travelling. If you arrive at night, the nightguard can sometimes be misguiding.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ralph Bunche Rd, Nairobi 48661 , Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Upper Hill Estate
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Ranked #51 of 92 Specialty lodging in Nairobi
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