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“Good Location, Excellent Price and Hot Water!”
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Terminal Hotel
Ranked #100 of 204 Speciality Lodging in Nairobi
UK
Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
92 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Good Location, Excellent Price and Hot Water!”
Reviewed 11 January 2012

We spent one night in this hotel as we had an early flight from Nairobi the next morning. The gentleman on reception was very friendly and the hotel felt secure. We paid KSh1,000 for the room, which is a bargin in Nairobi. The room was basic but did have a wash hand basin in the bedroom and an ensuite bathroom with lots of hot water! The room had a double bed, fan and a mosquito net. The hotel is in a great location - it is across the road from a Nakumatt and near other restaurants, where you can get breakfast. We stayed on a Saturday night and there was noise from outside on the street and the bar across the road so it might be worth packing ear plugs!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2011

Terminal Hotel is not a special place, but if you want to stay in downtown Nairobi and don't want to spend a lot of money, Terminal is a good choice. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the hot water is reliable, and the location is great. There are plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance, a huge Nakumatt grocery/department store right across the street, and it's close to matatu parks and long-distance bus company offices.

Be aware, this place can be quite noisy at night. Downtown Nairobi is just a noisy place to be. There is an adjoining restaurant/bar which gets loud as the evening wears on, and there are other nighttime resorts of entertainment nearby. On any given evening, you can expect to hear loud music, people singing karaoke, drinkers shouting and laughing, etc. This can get annoying, but it's the price you have to pay for staying downtown. I have stayed at three different hotels in downtown Nairobi, and they were all noisy at night. Terminal is my favorite because it's reliable, clean, and cheap.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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Istanbul, Turkey
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2011

Same Nairobi standarts,bunk bed.mosq.net,fan,table & chair,no Tv, but,
ensuite rooms and the bathroom is O.K. Also an pricey but good located
and clean hotel.

Advantage is just opposite to the shopping mall including a small food court
and internet and wonderful thing is 20 meters to the Nakumatt Supermarket.
In the night grab your cold drinks and foods and all your needs come to your
room have your rest do not make you at risk.

Disadvantage is,in the street there were pubs and restaurants and might be
noisy at the night.Try to get the rooms looking for back not to courtyard.

Management is very friendly and security is OK.Will be a good place
for a couple of days for the business travels
but, try to avoid to the noisy side is must.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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7 Thank IndianOceanTravel
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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2010

I had a large airy room with nice hot showers at the Terminal Hotel. Furmiture and beds are ahowing their age, but for the price paid it's a perfectly acceptable option.
Close to Museum and Maasai market, directly opposite a shopping centre including Nakumatt. Walking distance to all points of interest in Nairobi city centre. Nice restaurant next door.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank DidiJ
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Paris
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2010

The Terminal Hotel is a great choice for people that want a minimum of comfort in a central location. Rooms have their own bath and are generally clean, with few cockroaches only. It is also a very calm loaction - as long as you request a quiet room that does not neighbour the noisy street or the nearby night club.
The nice concierge might help you find reasonably priced safaris, excursions and overland buses - e.g. a minibus transfer to Arusha for 1300Sh (western tourists are often paying the double). If you are a single male staying in the hotel, you should be aware of the many young women that will try to make friends with you on the street and in the bars next to the hotel, and will turn out to be prostitutes.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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Thank LuKn
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2010

Warm and friendly staff always happy to comply with requests, close to banks, shops, restaurants. Old rooms, reasonably clean. Had a few bed bugs otherwise ok.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank AUTP
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2010

I stayed at the Terminal Hotel for 3 nights in July. Now mind you, I was backpacking with 2 other friends who I was meeting with in Kenya. I was not traveling with a spouse, I did not have high expecatations of this hotel. It was cheap, in a good location, safe and clean. I never encountered any problems with bugs. Every bed comes with a mosquito net, but I never saw any mosquitos... not to say there weren't any. The rooms were basic, clean and decent. We did have a couple problems with the hot water, but I think we had the same problem in most low budget hotels in Africa.

Overall I would say the Terminal Hotel is perfect if you don't have high expectations. Its perfect for a backpacker, or solo travelers, but I would not recommend it for couples or anyone with "higher" standards. You get what you pay for.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank Iwillseetheworld
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Property: Terminal Hotel
Address: Mama Ngina Street, Nairobi, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi > Nairobi Central Business District
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Ranked #100 of 204 Speciality Lodging in Nairobi
Number of rooms: 17

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