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“Electricity blackouts!” 2 of 5 stars
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Ranked #91 of 185 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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86 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Electricity blackouts!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights and both nights there was an electricity blackout, which also means the bolier doesn't have electricity to heat water for the shower. This came at a bad time as we had to leave at 5.30am to begin our safari which meant packing in the dark. The room was okay, spacious, looking towards a large mosque. People working behind the desk weren't really friendly. I asked to see a couple of rooms when checking in and chose the best one. Paid EURO 25 for a double room with private toilet and shower which is cheap for Nairobi.

The neighbourhood is not good, filled with prostitutes in the night although there are a couple of good places to eat on the same street. Woke up in the middle of the first night by the sound of a woman screaming in the alleyway below.

I arranged a safari with Nelson who works at the hotel. The company is called Terminal Tours which is affiliated to the hotel. The safari was alot of fun allthough the driver did turn up 40 minutes late which made us a bit jittery as we had handed over quite alot of money for the safari.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank Gracie G
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English first
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185 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Terminal hotel is well located for downtown Nairobi, a very modern supermarket is situated directly opposite and there are plenty of cafe/take out places and banks around the corner. The rooms are nothing special, however they are clean, large, comfortable and there is plenty of hot water. There is wifi connection which despite not being fast is reliable. Compared to many of the nighbouring hotels this is great value for money!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Travelbloggeruk
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UK
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192 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

We spent one night in this hotel as we had an early flight from Nairobi the next morning. The gentleman on reception was very friendly and the hotel felt secure. We paid KSh1,000 for the room, which is a bargin in Nairobi. The room was basic but did have a wash hand basin in the bedroom and an ensuite bathroom with lots of hot water! The room had a double bed, fan and a mosquito net. The hotel is in a great location - it is across the road from a Nakumatt and near other restaurants, where you can get breakfast. We stayed on a Saturday night and there was noise from outside on the street and the bar across the road so it might be worth packing ear plugs!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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6 Thank UKonthego
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Alexandria, Virginia
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23 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

Terminal Hotel is not a special place, but if you want to stay in downtown Nairobi and don't want to spend a lot of money, Terminal is a good choice. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the hot water is reliable, and the location is great. There are plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance, a huge Nakumatt grocery/department store right across the street, and it's close to matatu parks and long-distance bus company offices.

Be aware, this place can be quite noisy at night. Downtown Nairobi is just a noisy place to be. There is an adjoining restaurant/bar which gets loud as the evening wears on, and there are other nighttime resorts of entertainment nearby. On any given evening, you can expect to hear loud music, people singing karaoke, drinkers shouting and laughing, etc. This can get annoying, but it's the price you have to pay for staying downtown. I have stayed at three different hotels in downtown Nairobi, and they were all noisy at night. Terminal is my favorite because it's reliable, clean, and cheap.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank dumpendebat
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

Same Nairobi standarts,bunk bed.mosq.net,fan,table & chair,no Tv, but,
ensuite rooms and the bathroom is O.K. Also an pricey but good located
and clean hotel.

Advantage is just opposite to the shopping mall including a small food court
and internet and wonderful thing is 20 meters to the Nakumatt Supermarket.
In the night grab your cold drinks and foods and all your needs come to your
room have your rest do not make you at risk.

Disadvantage is,in the street there were pubs and restaurants and might be
noisy at the night.Try to get the rooms looking for back not to courtyard.

Management is very friendly and security is OK.Will be a good place
for a couple of days for the business travels
but, try to avoid to the noisy side is must.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
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7 Thank IndianOceanTravel
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Hamburg, Germany
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98 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2010

I had a large airy room with nice hot showers at the Terminal Hotel. Furmiture and beds are ahowing their age, but for the price paid it's a perfectly acceptable option.
Close to Museum and Maasai market, directly opposite a shopping centre including Nakumatt. Walking distance to all points of interest in Nairobi city centre. Nice restaurant next door.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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3 Thank DidiJ
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Paris
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37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

The Terminal Hotel is a great choice for people that want a minimum of comfort in a central location. Rooms have their own bath and are generally clean, with few cockroaches only. It is also a very calm loaction - as long as you request a quiet room that does not neighbour the noisy street or the nearby night club.
The nice concierge might help you find reasonably priced safaris, excursions and overland buses - e.g. a minibus transfer to Arusha for 1300Sh (western tourists are often paying the double). If you are a single male staying in the hotel, you should be aware of the many young women that will try to make friends with you on the street and in the bars next to the hotel, and will turn out to be prostitutes.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank LuKn
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Property: Terminal Hotel
Address: Mama Ngina Street, Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Nairobi Central Business District
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Ranked #91 of 185 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Number of rooms: 17

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