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Parkside Hotel
Ranked #112 of 165 Hotels in Nairobi
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24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“For budget travellers”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

My husband and I stayed in that hotel 3 or 4 times for 1 to 5 nights.

Two good things about the place: central location and cheap price. It's also pretty clean, and the staff is ok. But don't count on high class comfort. The rooms are very very modest, although well-maintained. They are usually small, there is hardly much space to move around your bed. By the way, beds are not too uncomfortable and clean. Bathrooms are ok too.

What I quite like about the place is that you can always reserve a room by phone and the staff is pretty responsive that way.

The building is 4 stories high, almost all rooms are located on the 2nd floor and higher. Stairs are pretty narrow, and they don't have an elevator. So count on that.

And one more thing: DO NOT go for a walk in Jeevanjee Gardens - the park that contributed to the name of the hotel. If you do, all you will find is people sleeping on the benches and on the grass (a lot of them), and a large garbage dump in the bushes...

Room Tip: Ask for a room in a quieter part of the building, and you won't here noises in the corridor.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

The Parkside Hotel is right in the heart of the action in Nairobi and only a short walk fropm many attractions. As mentioned by other reviewers it is good for a night maybe two. We arrived late afternoon witout a booking and had no problem securing a room.
The hotel is showing it's age, but I believe still offer excellent value compared to other hotels nearby. We had a trplie room for one night and it cost 3500KS($41) without breakfast. The rooms are basic but still had they reasonable linnen and even a TV! The bathroom was a little grubby, suspect hotwater system but acceptable, once again considering the price.
We had room 312 at the rear of the hotel and it overlooked the bar in the lane behind and was quite noisey until the music turned down at midnight. That being said we slept sleep well as we had an action packed day.
The staff were excellent and it was no problem to leave our luggae in a secure storeage room at reception until our flight in the evening. They even had a room which we could change our clothes in before the flight.
All in all a good experience!

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the side sections of the hotel to avoid street or lane noise.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2012

I stayed at Parkside Hotel during a recent visit to Nairobi, Kenya I traveled solo and felt safe at this hotel.

I stayed at Parkside after my return from my climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. What reviewer didn't revealed is that this hotel doesn't have an elevator. Which wouldn't have been an issue if I hadn't just come from a 6 day trek 19,000 feet about sea level. My slow climb up 3 flights of stairs to avoid being next to or near the bar was a bit of a challenging. No elevator meant the nice doorman had to carry all my gear ( I over packed) to my room.

The hotel doesn't have a restaurant or computer room. I went across the street to Kenya Comfort hotel to use their computer which they charge by minute but is wasn't working. The room had a mosquito net for each bed. Which I found to be common at all the hotels I stayed at during my visit.

I found the room to be clean and comfortable for the money. The room was very basic. I just needed a safe place to sleep and shower. . Kenya Comfort Hotel is across the street and their rates are $20.00 plus higher. I paid with U.S. dollars and was able to save $15.00. Otherwise, they are basically the same hotel. The only real difference between the two is the fact that Kenya Comfort has an elevator and a computer lab. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the bar/club.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2012

We stayed here for two nights...central location...shopping malls / Market place / currency exchanges very near by... very basic facilities.. only one electric changing point in room that too not easily accessible ... hot water only in shower...restaurant was under repair...overall only good for overnight stop over...

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Cheshire,England
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

We stayed here for two nights...once at the beginning and once at the end of the holiday. Just a convenient stopover to fit in with flights. It is clean, comfortable and we did not find it too noisy. The staff were fine and for the money it was exactly what we expected. Paid 2700 shillings each time for double room.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

The staff were completely inhumane. How could they treat an expectant mother in such a manner. Had paid up for an entire weeks stay but developed a complication and had to leave immediately. The staff however did not care to listen a bit as they rejected her pleas for a refund of even a single day.
Oh what a shame!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Parkside is a old but good budget hotel near the city center.
You are close to the market, Nakumat, bars and restaurants, and just outside do you find taxis and shuttles.
The rooms are small and clean, but some noise from the bar behind the hotel.
Staff was always friendly
Wouldn't stay here for a longer periode

Room Tip: Couldn't find any Wifi
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Parkside Hotel
Address: Monrovia Street, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Nairobi Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #112 of 165 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The operators of this comfortable mid-range hotel place great importance on the well-being of their guests with the reception being open around the clock. The hotel has a total of 68 rooms (28 single rooms, 20 double rooms). The hotel is located in direct proximity to the airport (5.0 km). Your accommodation is easy to reach as it is located directly adjacent to the motorway. Safes are available at reception and in your room to hold your valuables. There's no chance of boredom in this hotel. The hotel's casino and disco will cater for your entertainment needs. You can hire a car direct from the hotel, and park it on the hotel's car park during your stay. Feel free to enjoy room service or the wake-up facility when staying at the hotel. The hotel operates a suite of business facilities. All rooms have air conditioning, and also offer other facilities such as cable TV, Internet access and a hairdryer in the bathroom. Do you want to book a non-smoking room? Are you traveling with your family and do you need a cot? We will gladly cater for your wishes - please indicate them when booking your room. The minibar in your room contains many tasty things. Forget the worries of the day as you enjoy a relaxing massage. All kinds of delicacies can be served in the hotel's restaurant (with tables outdoors) and bistro, with specialties for vegetarians and diabetics, too. The hotel bar has a large selection of drinks for your enjoyment. ... more   less 
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