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“Only if your desperate” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Nairobi International Youth Hostel

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Ralph Bunche Rd, Nairobi 48661 , Kenya (Upper Hill Estate)   |  
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Ranked #71 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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“Only if your desperate”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2009

I shared a room with someone who'd been staying there for 3months (who was studying nearby), the room was tiny and pretty grimmy, I didn't touch the sheets. Cold showers with no locks on doors and the toilets didn't lock either. People at the desk were nice although I think be wary. I booked a coach through them from Nairobi to Malindi which turned out to be a big scam and we were left stranded in Mombassa. Do not book through them. It turns out they took 4 times the amount it should have been and the journey was one big mess (I won't bore you with all the details). I get the impression all the people who stay here are studying nearby.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2006

The Nairobi Youth Hostel (NYH) is a great bargain located very close to downtown Nairobi. You do get what you pay for however. The rooms are small and not especially clean. The bathrooms can be a little scary if you are not a frequenter of third world countries. That said it is very hard to beat the value and the staff at the NYH. Shared rooms go for about US$9 per night, and private rooms are about US$15 per night. There are also two apartments that can be rented out that have private baths, a kitchen, and can sleep four easily. Apartments are frequently rented out so book in advance.

The food there is basic but cheap and not a health risk for travelers. A small on-site store allows purchase of basics. You can also cook in the main dining area, not a bad option if you are traveling in a group. The final advantage to the NYH is that it always has an international cast of travelers and many locals staying there. As with many youth hostels it is an economical place to stay, where you can get some good travel advice, and is generally safe. It is not the Hilton, but then you aren't paying $150 per night either.

Some recommendations are to shower downstairs where there is usually hot water, (ask at the desk if there is water! before you start), Pay for the private room, bring mosquito repellant, close your windows before it gets dark and spray room, this will reduce mosquitos. Bring your own towel and bedding, and a mosquito net if you have one.

  • Liked — Price and location
  • Disliked — Bathrooms
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring earplugs
  • Stayed September 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2005

I'll start off by saying that the staff we very nice. It's too bad that the Hostel couldn't live up to the same level. We stayed in a room for two people ($22 USD) for five days (we were stuck there because I had prepaid it online). For that price there are much better options in the central business district of Nairobi that have private bathrooms, hot water and bigger rooms.

The bathrooms at the Hostel were disgusting and where seemingly never cleaned, although we’d see the cleaning guy everyday. When we stayed there some floors didn't have running water, and none had hot water. The bed sheet provided were dirty and the double room tiny.

For the price they charge for two people, you can do much better staying somewhere else.

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Address: Ralph Bunche Rd, Nairobi 48661, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Upper Hill Estate
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Ranked #71 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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