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“Peaceful Guesthouse in a Convenient Neighborhood” 5 of 5 stars
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Hibiscus Guest House
Ranked #18 of 217 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful Guesthouse in a Convenient Neighborhood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Always a fan of Hibiscus. I've stayed here for more than a few weeks over the last couple of years. It's not a five star hotel, but it's everything I need with an excellent and incredibly friendly and helpful staff.

I have always stayed in the satellite building. The rooms are basic bust spacious and kept clean with nice personal bathrooms. All the rooms have a safe which is important to me in Nairobi. Everyone at Hibiscus is very friendly and accommodating. It's always my first choice for a short visit and I always visit when I'm in town.

The location is excellent. It is in a small house tucked off of a medium sized road in Kilimani. Without traffic it is just a few minutes driving into town or a bit farther to Karen, but the local area has lots of great restaurants and it's not too far to walk YaYa center, Prestige Plaza, and a short ride to the Junction Mall. It is also walking distance from the iHub which is convenient for tech visitors.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

A lovely and quiet (!) place to stay in Nairobi, with very kind and helpful staff and managment. The guest house has nice rooms with good beds and a spacious garden. The guest house itself looks lovely and with Karen and various shopping centers (Greenhouse, Junction, Prestige Plaza, Yaya Centre) nearby, this is a very good option for long and short term stays in Nairobi.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank T_Koomen
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Kakamega
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

While I only stayed at this wonderful guest house for one night, I wish that I could have stayed for at least a week. You instantly feel at home as when you enter the compound. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and will do everything they can to ensure that you are happy during your stay. The rooms are very comfortable and can suit the needs of any type of traveler, from business trips to a traveling backpacker. I highly recommend that you watch the chef work his magic in the kitchen, as he is creating art in there. The free internet usage was a wonderful surprise and very helpful. All in all, highly recommended to anyone who is to be traveling through Nairobi.

Room Tip: If you require more comfort, pay the little bit more and upgrade.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Tom C
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

The staff at the Hibiscus were wonderful and incredibly helpful. We stayed here at the beginning and the end of our trip. When we returned the second time, after traveling for a couple months, we were welcomed back with hugs and warm greetings from the staff. Upon request, they prepared my favorite Kenyan foods for dinner the evening before my departure. The rooms here are pretty typical for a guesthouse in Nairobi, there is wifi in the main house, and the grounds are very lovely. It's a nice place to escape from the city within the city and it's still within walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, and there is a tropical medicine specialist right down the street from the guesthouse if you need to stop in at the end of your trip...

The Hibiscus is my home away from home in Nairobi and I will be back to visit!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank ChimpChic
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Colombo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We just returned from a trip to the Maasai Mara, and spent our time before and after safari at the Hibiscus Guest House, which was a home away from home. Phyllis made us feel so much at home and was ever available to answer our questions on what to do and where, etc in Nairobi. The staff were so pleasant and friendly and ready to please. For budget travellers, there couldnt be a better place in Nairobi! Cool, clean rooms with wifi available, and decent clean bathrooms with hot water showers. Tucked away in a quiet residential area, Hibiscus offers travelers a home in Nairobi where one feels safe and comfortable. I highly recommend it to anyone who is travelling on a budget and doesnt require luxuries.

Room Tip: The rooms inside the main house are far better than the ones outside.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dominica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

Place is very clean. Staff are friendly, courteous and trust worthy. Very good chef. Rooms are pretty clean. The place has wifi in the dining area. Overall we had a pleasant stay and had nothing to complain about.
We also had some tour guides who took us around for shopping and sight seeing and they took very good care of us. They organized the entire trip and even at times packed a picnic lunch for all of us from the guest house.
Hibiscus guest house is very good if you are on a budget holiday. I would highly recommend this guest house and will definitely go back there again.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I enjoyed my stay in Hibiscus.it is cool and no noise and the staff are great.The security is very good.it is near the green house and other major shopping malls.I wish come again and recommend my friends.I plan to celebrate my birth day right here.its a great place and i loved it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank dan m
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Property: Hibiscus Guest House
Address: 195 Kirichwa Road | P.O. Box 47663, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 217 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hibiscus Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hibiscus Guest House is a comfortable and refreshing place offering the business,leisure and family traveler all contemporary comforts at an affordable rate. We are located in a serene neighborhood near Yaya Centre, Prestige Plaza, Junction Mall, Java House and many more. Rooms are clean, fresh and comfortable with unique aesthetic appeal specifically designed for guest comfort. We have family room with connecting door. We have 24hr security, electronic safes in the rooms. There is one large beautiful room that can host a group of between 4-6 traveling together at a discounted rate and with shared bath. The place is ideal for guests looking for a quiet environment. ... more   less 
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