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“Basic and simple” 3 of 5 stars
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Methodist Guest House
Ranked #104 of 217 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Diriamba, Nicaragua
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Basic and simple”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This was the only place we stayed in Kenya. It is dated but clean. Hot water all day. The internet is non-existent unless you log on between midnight and 5 am! The meals are the same every day and the quality decreased as the evening progressed. Often there was little selection and poor quality later in the evening. Staff was helpful -- they made the stay enjoyable.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Miami Beach, Florida
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

By African standards, this place is a palace. Safe, clean and affords you all of the comforts and securities of home. Laundry, good food, the only place I've seen in Kenya that brews coffee (typically you will see instant powdered coffee and hot water, or just tea). The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The wifi signal is weak pretty much everywhere on the property and even when you get a signal, it comes and goes. There is a beautiful pool and running water, even hot water (These are not easy to come by in Kenya). The front desk can exchange money for you and arrange for transportation. Very nice conference facilities. My one and only complaint is that the hallways echo and the hotel attracts large groups, so noise was a problem a few times. Tea time with fresh brewed coffee every day at 10 and then again at 4pm. I believe your room rate includes breakfast and dinner. You won't be disappointed. Fresh squeezed juice, fresh cut fruit and a custom omlette bar. If I go back to Nairobi, I will most definitely stay here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We could barely open the door to our room as the bed covered 90% of the floor space. The general atmosphere was good but for the price we paid this was not good value for money. There is a large swimming pool but this can be extremely busy so don't expect a leisurely swim.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Obazma
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

My room was $80 (single person) but even that was over priced for what I got. The shower and bathroom area (photos) were grungy. The bathroom made you not want to use it. The basic single bed itself was fair but the sheets were suspect. The dinner (buffet) was terrible. Spaghetti or over cooked quartered fish with bones, rice, fruit and cabbage salad. Look, I know that Nairobi is bi-polar; either great five star at $250+ a night or the backpacker hotels. But, really, unless you are backpack, Peace Corp or trying to do Africa on the cheap then sometimes in not so great places like Nairobi you have pay more to be safe and comfortable. I found the Sankara Nairobi Hotel for $156 (ouch) and I head there tomorrow. MGH Not recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank fdoamerica
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Alesund, Norway
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39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed here together with a big group in January.

Pros:
- The standard was quite good (for the price)
- Good service from the staff
- Free internet (or, it costs money, but so little that they give the login information to you for free)
- Nice swimming pool about 50 m from the hotel, free to use

Cons:
- Food is not so good, the meat was always chewy and/or bony and breakfast was quite dull
- Thin walls - you hear everything that's going on in the hallway

I don't know anything about the price since this was part of a group journey, but overall it's an ok place to stay. Very nice to have a pool :) I was in Africa for almost 6 weeks, and this was the nicest place we stayed - however, our trip was very low-budget.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Chiccabom
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Trinidad
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31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Stayed here for the first time the night before and the night after my safari in the standard room. It was average, but compared to other places, it was good enough for the price. Here are the pros and cons:

pros
- relatively good price (paid about 50 euro/night breakfast included)
- lots of security to get into the premises
- free internet
- rooms are good size
- I tried the dinner and breakfast, and both were very good. Lots of food, lots of choices, and it tasted good. Breakfast was eggs, bread, fruits, baked beans, bacon, cereal, juices, tea, coffee. Dinner one night was chips, potatoes, salad, ugali, rice, soup, bread, fish, beef stew, fruits.
- very friendly and helpful staff
- there is a store in the lobby that acts as a mini post office and place to buy phone cards. very convenient!

cons
- walls are paper thin. Expect to hear your neighbour singing or people's conversations in the halls.
- I stayed in room 311 one night, and the wifi signal was too weak to reach - no wifi
- whole place is a bit dated. Rooms and beds are a bit old
- there is simple push lock on all the doors. No chain lock or bolt. Staying by myself I did not feel very comfortable with that.
- Rooms clean for the most part, but the first night I checked in there was a mud stain near the bed....
- hardly any power outlets

Overall, good place to stay if you just need a reasonably priced place to sleep a few nights. The breakfast included makes it a good deal.

Room Tip: don't stay near the stairs (too noisy) or in room 311 (wifi signal too weak)
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank dpurpleorange
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Colma, California, United States
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This is our third stay at the MGH. Rooms are simple but clean, with ensuite bathrooms. There is plenty of hot water, in fact, trying to get a comfortable temperature for the shower can take a long time! The staff is very helpful, and there are guards to insure safety. We usually take two meals a day in the restaurant. It is adequate. Breakfasts include eggs made to order, cereals, beans, chips, bacon, sausage, and fresh fruit. Dinners always have several meats (beef, chicken, lamb, fish, goat), vegetables, soup, and lots of starches.
The guest house now offers free wifi, but it is spotty and unreliable. If you are having trouble with a signal, move to another part of the guest house.
MGH is just a short walk away from a bus/matatu stop, which can take you directly downtown.
Because we stay at least a week or more, we opt to pay in shilling instead of dollars, which always reduces our bill, even with bank fees.. Do the math between the room rates, before deciding which is best for you!

Room Tip: Ask for an upper floor
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Karen O
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Property: Methodist Guest House
Address: Oloitokitok Road, | Box 25086, Nairobi 00603, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
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Ranked #104 of 217 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
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Number of rooms: 82
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