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Manyatta Backpackers
Ranked #66 of 198 Speciality Lodging in Nairobi
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“mean staff!!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed there and hated every minute!! The staff is soooo mean! Every day they were arguing with me that I didn't pay! Only the very fast wifi is good there. Far from the city, the showers aren't always hot. really hated this place :(

  • Stayed July 2014
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Manyatta Backpa... S, Front Office Manager at Manyatta Backpackers, responded to this review, 26 November 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience at Manyatta Backpackers we appreciate your feedback.Which is what we rely on to make service improvements and ehnance our services. we are glad your enjoyed the fast wi fi.

We regret that you did not enjoy your stay at the hostel. We however would have aprreciated if you had raised the complaint with the management to resolve it amicably before your departure. We have taken steps to ensure that all our guests are issued with receipts for all payments done at the hostel to avoid a similar misunderstanding. And incase of any issues they are raised and resolved appropriately.

We would be glad to host you again and offer better service to your satisfaction
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

In terms of facilities, you get more or less what you pay for. The staff here however are fantastic. They organised almost all of our tours and transport, and always had somebody available to assist us. Our main driver David Njuguna was also excellent, and does guided tours for Mt Kenya, and even picked me up from the airport (twice) at around midnight for a pretty reasonable rate. I can recommend both him and the hostel highly in terms of service.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Boulder,CO
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Hostel has a good location for getting into town. There is free fast wifi. Showers are warm-ish at best and the food is rather dull and microwaved instead of cooked when ordered. Probably had the worst ugali in Africa here, eat out in town. Staff is helpful and dorms are clean with 5 year old themed bed coverings (Winnie the Pooh, Telle Tubbies, etc). If I wasn't at the end of a 3 month trip in Africa I might feel inclined to check out another hostel.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Nairobi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Manyatta offers an excellent staff that will be ready to help with anything.
The place owns 2 showers and toalite but always clean.
Cheap prices for food and beer.
with strange reason, untypical to africa, the WiFi is on really high speed.

15$for shared room. There is also camping area.

Very good simple place.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Jeju, South Korea
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

The staff lack competence, although they are good about locking the gate. Like many in East Africa, they never have small money for change, a payment to one does not necessarily mean anyone else knows, and in general clarity is lacking. The bathrooms are all common, even for the "private shared bathroom" although all have closable stalls. The beds are standard fare for East Africa, a mattress with a dip in it.

They don't give you much in the way of furniture or hooks. They cook decent food, generally fresh fries/chips with tasty seasonings, but it's simple fare. I enjoyed the wood fire they made in the evening.

Wifi was fairly good and reliable.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank wonderfullyrich
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Manyatta Backpa... S, Front Office Manager at Manyatta Backpackers, responded to this review, 26 November 2014
We are glad that you Stayed at Manyatta Backpackers and experienced several good things (food and wifi ) about the Hostel. We endevour to provide Simple, Clean, secure and pleasant environment for our guests all the time and hence the price we have put is considering whats is available tto our guest. We have taken note of you feedback and are now training our staff to be courteous and helpful to all our guests.

We appreciate you also found the food to be decent and wi fi reliable.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Pros: Nice, pleasant place; hot showers; free and fast WiFi; good value for money. Breakfast is included, which makes it convenient and they also have a restaurant that offers affordable meals - great French fries! The staff is generally friendly except for one.

Cons: The jovial atmosphere is only ruined by a rude, sour, hostile cleaning lady with a permanent scowl on her face. Ruined our day each time we encountered her.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Manyatta Backpa... S, Front Office Manager at Manyatta Backpackers, responded to this review, 16 October 2014
We are glad that you Stayed at Manyatta Backpackers and experienced several good things about the Hostel. We endevour to provide Simple, Clean and pleasant environment for our guests all the time. We have taken note of you feedback and are now training our staff to be courteous and helpful to all our guests.

We hope you could visit another time and enjoy your stay and Wi fi.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

Really good place and the staff are super friendly and sorted out my climb up Mount Kenya which was perfect. My only main criticism of this place was that I thought it was expensive for what you get ($15 for a dorm, the most I paid for a dorm on my trip)... however having said that I had just come from Ethiopia where everything is cheaper and I know Kenya is more expensive. Other than that this place is very good. They organised my climb as I said and my guide Paul was brilliant, friendly and had perfect english. The food is basic but its cheap and pretty tasty and they keep you safe in a town that has a dubious reputation. I went back after my climb and would go back again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Manyatta Backpa... S, Front Office Manager at Manyatta Backpackers, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thank you for taking your time to review Manyatta Backpackers.

We are glad you enjoyed the climb. and found our place good. We welcome you back

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Property: Manyatta Backpackers
Address: Milimani Road | Nairobi, Kenya, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 198 Speciality Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Manyatta Backpackers is located on the serene leafy suburbs of Milimani only 30 minutes from JKIA, 15 minutes from the City Centre and 5 minutes walk from State House. We offer bed and breakfast to backpackers.We have a capacity to hold 30 people within the house. Our rooms comprise of Single, Double, Dual, 4 persons dorm, 6 persons dorm, with shared washrooms and 8 persons dorm which has it own wash room. We have a common comfortable sitting room and dining area. Outside the house there is a Restaurant which serves freshly prepared food, with an open fire place to keep warm on cold nights and a bar which serves a variety of alcoholic, and non alcoholic drinks. ... more   less 
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