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“Quiet and Secure”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Gigiri Homestead

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Gigiri Homestead
Ranked #20 of 250 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Mogadishu, Somalia
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“Quiet and Secure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2010

I had the pleasure of staying 6 nights at the Homestead. It is in a very quiet area of Gigiri and the grounds and house are very secure. Only a hop skip and a jump from both the UN and diplomatic quater, with the Village Market close by for all your basic needs. I can not fault the staff and would recommend this residence to anyone travelling to Nairobi especially with work in the Gigiri area.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2010

The location is quiet and secure but easy walking distance to amenities at the Village Market. The staff is consistently helpful. The food is genuinely "home cooked" and great. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. A great place to return to after a day of work in the field. An added bonus: if you are curious about the life of ordinary people in Kenya, you will learn more from the generous staff here than from any tour guide or hotel concierge.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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great brak river RSA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2010

no question: this is a good place to relax.
Friendly staff ( but we never saw the boss, Martha, who only interacted with us for email-bookings.)
Breakfasts are fine, diner on order was average (curry) - just to be a bit criticising... some accessories in bathroom start to age - neighbours dogs are a pain because environment is so quiet we regret their presence.
Area perfectly safe and close proximity of the Village Mall does not make the shopping centre THE place to shop for local items, but it is a nice one to have an outdoor diner if you do not forget: restaurants on the courtyard close at 8PM by Monday evening.

If Martha was willing to invest, it would make her place superb with a Swimmig Pool (we really missed one)

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2008

Gigiri Homestead is a lovely home in a quiet, residential area near the main United Nations complex in Nairobi and near many NGOs, The rooms are spacious and clean and the house is nicely decorated. But the highlight of the stay are the owners and staff. They are pleasant and accommodating and even offered to let me store some of my things while traveling for work in southern Africa. Gigiri Homestead feels like a home away from home. Chances are you will have a lot in common with the other guests if you are an aid worker or if you like to be with people who keep up with the news but are not at all stuffy. The food is wonderful--Daniel, the chef, is a wonderful person who does his best to please (I am a vegetarian and he and the other staff went out of their way to accommodate me). There are no TVs in the rooms, but there is one in the living room. The Homestead is a fairly short walk away from a great shopping center with all kinds of shops and some great gifts. If you like, you can take a cab. Great for short or long stays, I recommend Gigiri Homestead very highly.

  • Liked — Comfort and great staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2008

After spending two months travelling around East Africa for work, a couple of nights in the posh Gigiri Homestead was just what I needed before I flu back home. The staff are just so friendly, the gardens are lovely and the best thing is that they have these massive African beds with real mattresses!

I definitely recommend it as a safe, secure and relaxing place. Plus they have free internet and it is just around the corner from the UN Head Quarters and Village Market.

Check out the photos I submitted, it gives you a feel for the place.

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  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2007

I arrived in Nairobi completely overwhelmed by the crazy bustling streets, people and cars. Driving up the street to arrive at Gigiri Homestead, the scenery changed to beautifully manicured homes and lawns and a sense of serenity. Martha and her staff greeted me at the door and showed me into a comfortably furnished room. I enjoyed a
home cooked warm meal, good conversation with the others staying at the hotel and as an added bonus.. free wireless internet! Overall,
my stay was lovely. The staff were courteous and helpful, and I felt as comfortable at Gigiri Homestead as I would in my own home. The property is located in a great neighborhood, close to the UN and the village market. I felt safe throughout my stay. The homestead also helped me get around the city by helping me negotiate to have a great
cab driver show me around for half of the day. All in all, I whole heartedly recommend this homestead. Nairobi's an intimidating place, even for the most seasoned traveler and it's great to have a little oasis to escape to.

  • Liked — The cozy feeling of being home away from home
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled solo
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Arusha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2007

I arrived at the Gigiri Homestead to the warm greeting of Martha who was kind and welcoming for my one night stay in Nairobi. The homestead is beautifully decorated and has an African charm with handcrafted furnishings and incredible food! The beds are comfortable, it is very clean and just delightful for a short or long term stay.

Stayed September 2007
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Property: Gigiri Homestead
Address: Un Close | Off UN Cresent Road, HSE No. 287 Last house in the close., Nairobi, Kenya
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 #20 of 250 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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