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“Hit or miss” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #3 of 226 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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“Hit or miss”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

a great location with huge, beautiful gardens... the staff was pleasant, and the rooms in which we stayed during the first half of our stay were beautiful. But avoid at all cost the rooms ( 9-10-11) that are not next to the tennis court : they are dark, a bit shabby, and most of all there is a very noisy water pump situated somewhere above the ceiling, which caused us a couple of sleepless nights. Breakfast and food in general were good but a bit bland sometimes, which I guess makes sense in a place designed for work, study, and worship...

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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MennoGuest, General Manager at Amani Gardens Inn, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Thank you for your feedback and your stay with us. We are happy you loved our gardens and staff. You caught us at the beginnings of some major changes to our services and room accommodations. We have been going through our rooms in the older block and updating them to a much higher standard. The rooms you specifically mentioned are some of the next in the queue.

We are sorry about the water pump. Water pressures are often a challenge in Nairobi but this situation is currently being addressed and the next time you are here you will not hear the pump.

We are redesigning to be a place for all types of guests. We hope to see you again on your return visit.
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Musoma, Tanzania
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Mennonite Guesthouse is a wonderfully relaxing place to stay. It's where my wife and I always go when passing through Nairobi. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. I have never been disappointed with the meals and you can meet lots of interesting people around the dinner table. The reception staff are always helpful when it comes to planning for meals and taxis and other things.

Room Tip: If possible, get a room in the newer wing, they are a bit nicer.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank andthebooksays
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MennoGuest, General Manager at Amani Gardens Inn, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Thanks for your stay with us and your great review. We want to be your comfortable home while you are in Nairobi. As for the rooms in the older wing, we are currently remodeling these rooms and bringing them to a higher standard. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised the next time you are with us.
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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The grounds really are as beautiful as the pictures! The staff is friendly and one feels as though you are in someone's home, rather than an impersonal hotel. The very best part is hearing the stories of the other guests, at meals and tea time. Each day we met fascinating people, mostly missionaries and short term medical personnel, such as surgeons, medical students, and nurses, spending a night or 2 in Nairobi on their way to or from hospitals and clinics further afield.

The beds and pillows are comfortable. The bathrooms are not the level of a Hilton, and you may lose electrical power now and then, but I still give the Mennonite Guest House 5 stars; my stay here was one of the highlights of my trip.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank IRKIE68
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MennoGuest, General Manager at Amani Gardens Inn, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thank you for your kind review of our guest house. We strive to be welcoming to everyone who stays with us. As you have seen we have people from many different walks of life who stay with us and contribute to the stories around meals and tea times.

We hope to see you again on your next visit to Kenya.
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Mwanza, Tanzania
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

A really warm welcoming place to stay. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, not what we expected in the centre of Nairobi!
The first time we stayed in an en-suite room in the 'new' block and the room was beautiful with a double balcony. When we returned after a few days away we stayed in a cheaper room with a shared bathroom, this was in the older block but still a good room, plenty of space.
We had a couple of evening meals here, both were surprisingly good! Breakfast was fine - simple but filling, the only problem is that it is served from 7.30-8.30 and then they pack it away!
Tea and coffee are always available, and a nice touch is the freshly made coffee and cake at 10am and 4pm!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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MennoGuest, General Manager at Amani Gardens Inn, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thanks for your nice review. We are happy you liked your stay here. We aim to be a retreat for people in the middle of a busy city. We have hard-working gardeners who try to preserve the beauty of our grounds.

Come back anytime!
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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We stayed here with our two young children and loved it. It is really the best place we know of in Nairobi for families to stay - lots of green space, a playground, a climbing tree and swing. Very affordable, especially for Kenyan residents. The only reason this review isn't "excellent" is because the online reservation did not work.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Colin C
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MennoGuest, General Manager at Amani Gardens Inn, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Hi Colin- Thanks for your nice review. We always want to be oriented toward families and have a place were kids can run and play. I'm sure your kids made great use of our tree swings while they were here.

As for our online reservation system, we are sorry there were a few glitches. We recently added this into our registration process and there were a few days of transition. It's fully operational now.

We look forward to seeing you next time!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is a great value place in a convenient part of Nairobi (though a bit further from the airport than some, so make sure you leave plenty of time for the journey there (half an hour if there's no trafffic, very early morning or late night, more than 2 hours otherwise!).

Wonderful gardens, very peaceful, decent food though not very flexible with meal timings; still, they left dinner out for us which was a nice curry to heat ourselves in a microwave. Friendly, quiet, good beds and bathrooms, clean. Exactly what you hope to find in a guesthouse.

Room Tip: the new block is a higher standard than the old colonial building but maybe a bit less atmospheric
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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MennoGuest, General Manager at Amani Gardens Inn, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thanks for the great review. We are glad you stayed with us. Please visit us again when you are in Nairobi.
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Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

The rooms were excellent. Hot running water. good beds, room to move, pleasant atmosphere, nice food, a good quiet spot, TV room enjoyable place, cost - very affordable, staff - most helpful, sure, easy to find. Spacious gardens. Pay using America Express - yes.

Feel like you need a place you can be confident about. And any easy to arrange, booking place? Do it!

Room Tip: All seem fine, really.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Trevor661
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Property: Amani Gardens Inn
Address: 71 Church Road, Westlands, Nairobi 00800, Kenya (Formerly Mennonite Guesthouse)
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 226 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amani Gardens Inn, formerly the Mennonite Guest House has a 50-year reputation of warm hospitality and quiet gardens. Located in Westlands, our guest house is situated conveniently close to major shopping malls, banking centers, and restaurants, yet the place still retains the feel of a retreat in the countryside with our old English-style buildings and ancient trees. You can spend the morning quietly reading under a 100-year old jacaranda tree, or hop in a taxi and be exploring down town a few minutes later. Amani means peace in Swahili which is a distinctive of the Mennonites. We hope you will find our gardens a peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling city. Amani means peace in Kiswahili. Spacious gardens, friendly staff, and traditional American food bring our guests back again and again. Amani Gardens is under the Mennonite Board of East Africa. ... more   less 
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