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“Good value for money” 3 of 5 stars
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Silver Springs Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Valley Road & Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi, Kenya (Upper Hill Estate)   |  
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Ranked #27 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Johannesburg, South Africa
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33 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good value for money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

I stayed at the this hotel for two days in March 2012. Overall I found the place to be of an acceptable quality. Given the fact that the more fancy places in Nairobi could be quite expensive the USD 135 a day was reasonable for the service. The room I was given is small and it was quite hot as the AC was not working for the first night. The place seems to have been recently renovated which is a very good thing, but they could have paid more attention to detail in the process. In my room, for instance, an old door knob which is no more being used is still left on the wall and looks very curious indeed.
One thing which I found to be a bit disappointing is the food in the restaurant. Though they serve buffet for lunch and dinner I opted for a la carte menu which obviously proved to be a bad choice. The lamb I was served was very tough and the chips must have been done a week ago. They should really be careful about this and my advice is if you can dine out then do so.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool have a great view and i assume may be cooler as they don't face the sun.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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1 Thank MGH2011
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35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

I stayed in the "standard" rooms and in a "superior" room. The first standard room I had didn't have functioning A/C, no hair dryer, no convenient electrical outlets, and no fridge or minibar. The next morning, I asked to change rooms for a room with working A/C. Was shown 2 rooms, neither of which had A/C that worked. I ended up in a superior room in another wing of the hotel which requires a walk from the reception through the dining room, bar area, going outside through the swimming pool area, and up a back staircase. The superior room was larger (the standard is quite small), with hardwood floors, double sinks, antique hair dryer, fridge, A/C, larger desk, and better lighting. The lighting in the standard rooms is deplorable -- I had one miniature night table light and 1 small desk lamp. Very hard to read or work after dark. The superior room (about 4,000Ksh more than the standard) has better lighting, but still not great.

On my return to Nairobi, I stayed in another standard room that had good A/C but still small with little surface space that makes it difficult if you have more than 1 suitcase.

The sheets were clean but otherwise the rooms were not cleaned well. The floors were not swept clean nor washed regularly. Ditto the mirrors, walls, doors, etc.

The restaurant was fair. The buffet breakfasts are nice with lots of fruit and juices but nothing special. Other food is okay but the club sandwich had the distinction of probably being the worst club I've had. Service is unhurried. All staff are friendly and pleasant.

There is a tiny shop in the lobby that is fabulous in all that it stocks in such a small space. I bought a sim card ($4) with air time and was even able to get some throat lozenges there. Plus they have some small Kenyan crafts and newspapers.

The cost of the hotel was reasonable ($139 for standard room; $189 for superior), but I wouldn't want to stay here again as the location is not great -- nothing much to walk to but not far from central Nairobi.

Room Tip: Ask for a superior room but do check to ensure that the A/C cools and doesn't just blow air.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank StarryNight01
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Auckland, New Zealand
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133 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Been there for 3 days and 2 nights.
Nice room, absolutely good food, especially lunch!!!!!
Around the pool with a good beer!
Only brown water from the shower.
Personnel gives you a "feel-at-home" idea.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank lieuwe17
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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110 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

The Silver Springs hotel is located opposite the Nairobi Hospital. Its front desk staff is professional. I heard that rooms in one of the wings are better. I was in the wing to the left when leaving the elevator, and I suspect/hope the other wing was the better one ;-(
Breakfast buffet is OK, nothing special. Menu in the restaurant mainly shows a safe range of international meals; no typical Kenyan dishes. The color of the hallway and rooms is dull -beige-.
The room and bathroom were clean and everything worked. The light in the room is average. Two desks in my room, one of them having a main plug but lacked good light to work with. The view from my room was on the pool, which workers improved by laying new tiles around it.
Please note: Bed in the room is extremely hard. It isn't too expensive though.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank Karen B
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Doha, Qatar
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43 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

Spend only 6 hrs at this hotel (late arrival to Nairobi and early morning flight back home), but first impression was quite good. I was exhausted after 9 hrs jeep journey from Tanzania to Nairobi and so annoyed to misunderstandings by my local travel agency, that I was sure something will be wrong with my reservation. But fortunately, everything went so smoothly, service and briefing at the reception was friendly. Room was clean and had basic supplies, it look like newly renovated. Bathroom was quite ok, bathtub looked bit ragged and nasty, but it turned to be just scratched, not dirty. Hot shower was REALLY hot, it was diffcult to adjust cold and hot water, but I give one plus-sign of good water pressure, which isn't self-evidence. There was only one bad thing: they had pool area renovation going on and my room was on the pool side, so I got terrible paint and solvent stinks in my room, despite the closed windows and the fact that my room was at third floor. Dinner buffet was quite nice, wide selections both meat- and veggie foods and dessert table with all kind of sweets and fresh fruits. Overall: clean, peacefull and friendly place, nice for relaxing, at least for the short stop-over.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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1 Thank lauv
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Olgiate Comasco, Italy
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Just few days ago I has been guest to this hotel.
The courtesy is the first world, the rooms are adequate to international standards, very clean and most important are very quite.
In hotel can you find a very good outdoor swimming pool and a gym with top level accessories
All hotel area is really safe some guardian looking your stay
true V.I.P. PLACE very recommended
Have a good stay

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank FREDDIE_BLACK_EAGLE
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Curepipe
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Hotel is a bit far if you have to travel to the centre of Nairobi taking in a/c the awful traffic!. Rooms are very basic but staff are very helpful and dedicated. Fitness centre is quite good.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank RN717
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Property: Silver Springs Hotel
Address: Valley Road & Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Upper Hill Estate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #27 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Silver Springs Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 160
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