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“Great area to stay and very warm welcome” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gigiri Homestead
Ranked #19 of 234 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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144 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great area to stay and very warm welcome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

For those who come for a meeting at the UN campus, this hotel is located perfectly between the UN campus and a shopping mall (called Village Mall) both within walking distances. I came to know that there are two houses (50 and 54). I stayed in a room on the first floor. Although my room had a bathroom separate, the bathroom was only for me and located next to it. The room itself is also at the end of a short hallway and I did not encounter anyone at least during my short stay when I went to the bathroom from my room. I heard some people upstairs did not get hot water but my bathroom did not have any issues and was clean/comfortable with a big shower outlet. Internet was also working very well. There is a shared living and dining area and the people serving guests are very nice, and I felt very much welcomed. The breakfast was also nicely served. Upon request, you can also have a dinner. The Village Market is also within a walking distance, although we took a taxi at night. The house is located in a very quiet area. I will definitely go back if I have a chance.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Fukuyan
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

I stayed in Gigiri Homestead twice recently, and had an excellent experience both times. From the large shower heads that give you a proper soaking to the hand made beds, everything has been carefully thought through. The staff are welcoming, courteous and accept feedback eagerly. The walk to village market (10 mins) and the UN (15 mins) is pleasant and safe. Breakfast hits just the right spot, and the staff will happily book you reliable, friendly and fairly priced taxis. If you want all the hotel extras like swimming pools etc, you can take a trip into town fairly easily, but I didn't miss this at all. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ImpactAlpha
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Stavanger
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21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

This review is long overdue and one of the reasons why I have become a member at TripAdvisor. We stayed at the Gigiri homestead in October 2010 and as a former Nairobi resident, I was pleasantly surprised by this place. If you really want to experience how wellheeled Nairobi residents live, than you could do no better than to stay at this lovely and pleasant homestay in the outlying suburb of Gigiri (close to the UNEP headquarters). The house itself is a typical Nairobi house built in the traditional colonial style and decorated with a an African touch with a pleasant garden surrounding it. After the heat and the dust of travelling through Nairobi traffic, this was a peaceful oasis to escape to. We never met the efficient Martha but were warmly welcomed by the charming and efficient Stella instead. Nothing was too much of a problem for her-from sorting out taxis to cooking us breakfasts at 6am. The bedrooms with the bathrooms are clean and well furnished and the whole experience was relaxed and informal but with every important detail taken care of. Martha and Stella know a thing or two about hospitality. Try this place if you want a real Nairobi experience.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank kitukidogo
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Blantyre, Malawi
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

having travelled various destinations in the African continent and i would pretty much say that i haven't had quite a warm welcome as the one i got while staying at the homestead.the staff are quick on their feet and willing to meet your needs inorder to ensure one's comfort during the visit.the meals are prepared on request and are exemplaryand am glad that when i was ready to eat, my meal wasn't delayed nor was it cold. the rooms are cosy with an extra blanket for chilly weather which is a norm.the bathrooms are impresively clean with hot water and the grounds are secure no need to lock valuables.....believe it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank walter b
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Petoskey, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

They also overcharged us and wouldn't refund money. 5 people in our group. We all had to ask for clean towels every other day. Twice had to ask them to remove the worms in the room. It was a secure place.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BV1968
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Nairobi
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2012

Very nice residence in a very quite area
Staff are service oriented but the rule led by the manager does not leave much room for extra service.
Nothing is included in the price, no even a bottle of water (but the day of arrival)
Cash payment in USD is accepted only
High price for a relatively poor performance.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sylvain D
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Rome, Italy
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2011

I use this as my base when working in Nairobi. It's in the north of the city so handy for the UN HQ, embassies, etc, but not if you want the national parks as most of the close ones are south, east or west and traffic congestion can be very bad here.
There are only a few rooms, most have shared bathrooms but are very comfortable. Breakfast is very good, lunch and dinner can be arranged if requested in advance (although snacks can be had easily enough). The Village Market Mall is close by which has plenty of food outlets serving foods to suit most tastes and a couple of very good restaurants.
There are no TV's in the rooms but a communal TV area downstairs, doesn't suit everyone but in my case gives me the incentive to do any work I have pending in the peace and quiet of my room.
Staff are very pleasant and attentive, my thanks to the ladies for all their work!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Smurfies
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Property: Gigiri Homestead
Address: Un Close | Off UN Cresent Road, HSE No. 287 Last house in the close., Nairobi, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Highridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 234 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gigiri Homestead is a beautiful residence that provides comfortable, convenient and quality accommodation. It is situated within the lovely suburb of Gigiri and is within walking distance of the Village Market shopping centre, UN Head Quarters and US Embassy. The house is nicely furnished and has experienced staff that are committed to making your stay in Kenya a wonderful experience. The nightly rate includes unlimited wireless internet access and a delicious complimentary buffet breakfast. Discounts are provided to guests who stay longer than 1 week. ... more   less 
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