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Review of Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel

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Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel
Ranked #62 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
Sechelt, Canada
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46 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Warm welcome awaits you.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2013

The Hotel Boulevard in Nairobi was the first hotel I stayed during my vacation in Africa. I appreciated the friendliness of the staff. I loved the buffet breakfast....it had a great selection from hot sausages, bacon and eggs, hash brown potatoes, pancakes, cereal, you name it but I found the lunch and dinner menu expensive compared to other Nairobi restaurants. There is no elevator but the staff willingly take care of luggage. My room had a lovely view, bed was comfortable, garden bar was a fun place to hang out.

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking the rear garden.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Diane F
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warragul
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

The Sentrim does not deserve the negative reviews. At the end of an 8 week 4WD trek in southern Africa this was a pleasant spot to finish. It does not pretend to be a five star hotel. The staff is very friendly, helpful, obliging and interested in its guests and the rooms are spotlessly clean. It is a 5 minute walk away from the museum and is surrounded by attractive and well maintained gardens.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the gardens away from the highway.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Carruss M
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Peachland
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169 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

This is a basic hotel but supplied everything I required for a two night stay. No luxury and yes they will charge for an extra person. My son joined us for one night and I ended up paying $45.00 but they did not supply a cot for him - he slept on the floor.

Room Tip: Our room had a fan on a timer - check to see if you can get one that goes all night. We heard other...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jan B
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Sydney
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16 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

This was my first time in Africa and what an unpleasant surprise when I turned up at the hotel!

The room smelled awful. There was nothing you could do to get rid of the smell. The bathroom was not very clean either.

There are no lifts at this hotel so you will have to carry your own bags up and down a flight of stairs.

Room Tip: Dont stay here!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank nate_wt
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

This was the drop off spot for our overland trip through east Africa. I had read reviews from other trip advisor members that had warned about the hotel charging for an extra person when someone leaves their bags in your room or uses the washroom. I luckily was not impressed by the reviews I read and had booked another hotel, but we did experience this. Essentially, the tour company we travelled with ended the tour at the Boulevard Hotel. For anyone who had a flight to catch later that night or who wanted to use a friends room to freshen up the hotel charged $65 extra to the room. This hotel is already over priced for what it is in my opinion any way, and they are just taking advantage of the situation that there are travellers from these overland tours who get dropped off there. It is convenient to have a room where the tour ends, but I would caution anyone who stays here about holding a friends bags or letting them use your room to change etc. if you don't want extra charges. Your money might be better spent at a different, more hospitable hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank ren22can
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Alexandria, Virginia
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72 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012

Whenever I fly into Nairobi, I have always stayed at the Hotel Boulevard. It is quiet, safe, and close to the city center. By no means luxurious, this is a basic hotel. The grounds are reasonably well kept and the view out the back over the garden is nice. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The shower is warm. In the room is a small safe for valuables, a small fridge and a fan. Sometimes they provide a couple of small water bottles. Although the windows have screens and there generally is a mosquito repellent dispenser plugged in, I always seem to be eaten alive by mosquitos in spite of precautions like inspecting the screens for holes and putting towels under the doors.

The porters are great and very helpful; sometimes the desk staff are friendly, but regardless they get the job done. Breakfast is ample and always a welcome treat. For lunch or dinner, the restaurant is OK and the bar serves cold Tusker Beer. Internet is available for a price and it works ok.

There is a tennis court and a pool, but it seems they charge to use these.

Many times I have stayed there, and it just feels like an old friend to me. That is the reason for my loyalty. But the prices keep inching up and the hotel seems to be a little more tired with each of my visits.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back facing the garden, preferably on the second or third floor. Check the sc...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Richard_Milsom
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Nairobi, Kenya
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138 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2012

This is a very basic hotel in a good location that is very central. The Hotel itself is very old, which is noticeable everywhere. The rooms are decent, but I was put off by the baby roaches running around in the bathroom. We asked for a room that overlooked the garden instead of the highway so as to avoid the noise of traffic. Breakfast is included and they had a good variety from cereal to eggs to pancakes and sausages. In regard to lunch/dinner, I would highly encourage going into downtown or taking a short cab ride to Westlands and eating a good meal outside as the hotel restaurant is very, very pricy and the food is not very good.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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 alkenya
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Additional Information about Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel

Property: Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel
Address: Harry Thuku Road | PO Box 43436, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi > Nairobi Central Business District
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sentrim Nairobi Boulevard Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form the Nairobi Province. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters." However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in theSun." Location: Sentrim Boulevard is located at the end of Nairobi’s Harry Thuku Road, an oasis of peace and quite with beautiful manicured gardens and lawns. There are 70 rooms in 2 stories. The main guest area consists of the reception, lounge area, Restaurant and bar. The Mezzanine floor has the conference facilities. ... more   less 
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