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“Ndemi Place - the best guest house in Nairobi, Kenya” 5 of 5 stars
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The Ndemi Place
Ranked #43 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Ndemi Place - the best guest house in Nairobi, Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2011

We held our daughter's wedding at Ndemi and stayed there for a few days. The place is beautiful, the staff is great, the food was delicious, and the price was very affordable. We couldn't ask for anything more.
Bill Locke
Canada

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

Nairobi has very limited options for middle range lodging. Ndemi was reliable and consistent across my several stays there. The staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are generally okay and clean. And grounds are a really pleasant break from hectic Nairobi. Beds are comfortable and the place is usually quiet. However, it's basically a modified house so if you have loud guests, or the hotel staff decide to watch some late night Kenyan television (and the kitchen is the same building too), it can be a bit noisy. But again, options are limited in this price range.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 Thank NatCk
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Gaborone, Botswana
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72 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

Stayed in Ndemi Place instead of one of the city centre business hotels, looking for a home-from-home feel for a trip spanning 2 visits to Nairobi within a fortnight totaling 9 nights. This place definitely provided that home-from-home feel, with comfort, calm, great and helpful service. The larger double rooms, and the nice secluded yard and spacious garden, do definitely give the homely feel. Wifi internet was consistently good in one part of the property but a little weak and inconsistent in the smaller rooms closer to the kitchen. Breakfast was decent. Small drawbacks would include the showers which are in need of an upgrade, the 30-minute travel time to and from central Nairobi, and the absence of restaurants or shops within safe walking distance (albeit that the staff will helpfully order in from a nearby Italian place). Overall, though, pleasant and friendly, and in Nairobi, quite reasonably priced.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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2 Thank Adam_in_Africa
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Vernon, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2011

We stayed one day, two nights before we went on Safari. We picked Ndemi because of the reviews and the close proximity to many of the places we wanted to visit in the area.
We were able to rent a van for the six of us and saw the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, the giraffe sanctuary, Karen Blixens and Kazurii beads, all without having to be in the heavy traffic around Nairobi.
The hotel is simple,but clean. The staff are helpful and the breakfasts were good. They also cooked us a fine dinner. There are some nice grounds to relax in and the hotel is away from the traffic and dust.
The only downside, and it has been mentioned before, is the poor showers and the isolated location, but it easy to arrange taxis. I have no hesitation in recommending The Ndemi Place.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank clancy48
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Madrid
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

This is a simple and really nice hotel to stay in Nairobi out of the chaos of the city.
It is very clean. Monica, Tomas and all the people who work there are really kind and helpful. Don't forget the great dinners. Perfect place to stay if you are planning a few days in Nairobi.
No Spa but there is a place for it close by, as well a supermarket.
I would also recommend Ben, the taxi driver that Tomas called for us. He was always on time and estimated prefectly the time needed to move in the messy traffic of Nairobi

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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3 Thank Rizosmil
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2011

Very nice place to stay. Friendly staff and excellent dood and breakfast

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Pauluspp
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Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

We spent several nights at Ndemi Place (using it as a base when travelling to Masai Mara and Lamu). Monica was very prompt and professional when dealing with our booking via email (and very friendly in person).
Ndemi Place is located in Kilimani, away from the busy city centre (so bear in mind taxi costs; we had access to a friend's car for the most part. Incidentally, ask for Kennedy, if you need a taxi- he's reliable and negotiates reasonable prices). It's certainly a quiet, peaceful place to stay and has lovely gardens to relax in. The en-suite rooms were regularly cleaned and well-presented (though, the only criticism is that the showers are quite weak and water temperature is temperamental).
Breakfast was great (pancakes, toast, spanish omletter, various hearbal teas etc). There's also a TV in the lounge area and a computer with internet access (Thomas was very helpful in sorting out any internet problems).
I would recommend this as a good, safe mid-range option.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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1 Thank arcadefire84
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Property: The Ndemi Place
Address: Ndemi Close, off Ndemi Road | P.O. Box 76120, Nairobi 00508, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Nairobi
#25 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in a serene natural resort of Kenya’s capital city, The Ndemi Place is the ideal stop over for guests seeking peace and vintage charm in the city of Nairobi. Enjoy the warm and inviting touch of guest house hospitality combined with all contemporary comforts for the distinguished business or leisure traveler. ... more   less 
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