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“A Jewel in the Sun” 3 of 5 stars
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Nairobi Transit Hotel
Ranked #49 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Jewel in the Sun”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

For a hotel in the heart of the CBD, The Nairobi Transit is all it proved to be, a well kept secret in Nairobi! When I came across it, I was a bit iffy considering the location it was in, surrounded by a busy market and a busy bus terminus! But call me euphoric! It was my birthday and it was a great experience! The 3 stars are for the impeccable service, the cleanliness of the rooms and the hot water in the showers (been unlucky before somewhere else)! However, the shaved off 2 stars are for the way they limited us to the local tv channels, which had bad reception except for 2 pay tv channels and yet they had DSTV installed, and the way they had a food menu which was not all that adventurous or vast, just too simple. All in all, it was a fabulous experience for that price, surprisingly, and maybe the the birthday euphoria masked a few other things, but don't knock it till you try it!! Come expecting a good time....

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side are indeed quieter!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank NMR_12
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NAIROB
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Stayed for one night, its wasn't bad. Rooms are ok a little more spacious than others for the same rate , good budget hotel. Breakfast was very basic, they give you a paper to tick and wait , not my favorite breakfast , they can improve if the occupancy are high. Staff are friendly .

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank MsMaa
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Ghent, Belgium
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19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The staff is very helpful, my special thanks to Mr. Kelvin en Ms.Grace.
Food is good, hotel clean but nothing special. Water in bathroom is difficult to adjust, mostly too cold. Bathroom is old-fashioned. Rooms are too dark, most lights did'nt work. Given the fact that most hotels in Nairobi are too expensive, this is a good more budget-friendly alternative for short stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank HILDE V
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Distance to Nairobi city centre excellent, but far enough out to not be so much a concern. Felt secure. Rooms were not at all like the pictures. Ours was a bit grotty in the bathroom. And the rooms felt a bit worn. They were pretty small. Rest of hotel alright. Food was simple but okay and the bar quite fun. All in all an okay place to stay for a couple of nights. Staff were helpful.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank StueyD
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Winnipeg, Canada
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Stayed at this hotel in Nairobi from Nov.11-15, 2012.
The room was clean, bed was comfortable, free WiFi, excellent made-to-order breakfast and fantastic balcony views of down town Nairobi. Front desk was always available for questions and arrangements for taxis to shopping areas and airport. The security was very friendly and always watching the gates. The walk to city centre and markets was about 15 minutes- very easy to get around Nairobi city centre without the need for a taxi. The local markets around the hotel give it an authentic feel without compromising your feeling of safety. Breakfast was included and made fresh to order. Laundry services are excellent- fast, clean, pressed and folded. Washroom had a stand-up shower with soaps, shower gels, shampoos and fresh towels.
I would highly recommend staying at this hotel and would definitely return during future trips.

Room Tip: We had a room on the second floor west facing to watch the sunset.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank RozaYWG
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rabat
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34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

After going from one horrible hotel in Nairobi after another, coming to the Transit Hotel was a god send... it is not that they did anything superhuman.... They simply had a clean hotel, friendly staff, an underground car park that is safe, a place to eat that had good, clean affordable food, a bathroom with working facilities and they give you all of this for around $50 (4300 KSH) an excellent deal in a city that prides itself on having horrible hotels, rude, dangerous police and smog and traffic tie ups that will make you cough black mucus for days.

Room Tip: This is a great hotel for someone who does not want to waste their companies money, and for someone...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank moroccannproud
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edinburgh
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

With one day to go i was told that my flight was cancelled so arriving in evening I had to get a hotel room PDQ. Got this one through expedia after checking the reviews, the price was much less that most other hotels.
They arranged a pickup from airport and on arrival @ 10:00 the taxi was allowed into the compound before dismounting.
Reception was friendly and efficient. The room was clean with ensuite toilet and shower although did not get any hot water, may have come through if I had persisted but preferred to get to sleep.
Woken at 05:30 when the matatu buses started to fill up under the window, prearranged wake up call was received as requested.
As I was leaving 6:30 next morning I do not know what the breakfast was like as only starts 07:00.
Would I stay again? If I needed to as a stop over I would not say no

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Alamo29
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Property: Nairobi Transit Hotel
Address: Limuru Road | opposite Jamhuri High School, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nairobi Transit Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nairobi Transit Hotel is a modern, affordable, business-friendly hotel on the edge of Nairobi's CBD. The hotel is situated in the business district and is close to Nairobi National Museum and Kenya National Theatre. The property is less than 30 minutes from the airport and conveniently located for onward safaris out of Nairobi. Room amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless internet, LCD televisions with premium cable channels and balconies accessible via sliding glass doors offering city views. ... more   less 
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