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Top Five Guest Houses in Nairobi

Updated on March 15, 2014
Most guest houses in Nairobi are a short distance from the park
Most guest houses in Nairobi are a short distance from the park | Source

Getting overnight accommodation for a traveller in Nairobi can a hassle especially during the peak tourist season. But unknown to many people, Nairobi has one of the best guest houses in the region.

Tucked away in the serene and wooded suburbs of Nairobi, these guest houses provide high quality accommodation comparable to many of the major hotels. This article reviews the best guest houses in Nairobi:

1. Miti Mingi Guest House

Set in the wooded side of Nairobi, this guest house provides a quiet atmosphere to stay. The friendly staff, fair prices and excellent service is comparable to any top hotel in the region. The feel of serenity amid the hassle and bustle of the big city is just amazing.

Facilities and service are first class and you would think you are in one of Nairobi’s best hotels or lodges. The nicely landscaped garden with beautiful trees and other plants gives a homely feeling of comfort and serenity.

You will surely enjoy the stay at Miti Mingi as the many positive reviews by past clients will show. Free, fast and reliable wi-fi is available 24hrs which means you can communicate without any hassle on the go.

The garden at Miti Mingi guest house
The garden at Miti Mingi guest house | Source

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Methodist guest house, Nairobi
Methodist guest house, Nairobi | Source

2. Methodist Guest House

This is a Christian based facility that started off in the 1970s as a place for missionaries to rest before moving on to their various stations across the region. The guest house also serves as a conference centre for corporate and religious meetings.

Though not as fancy as the other locations, the place is good for a quick stop over if you have trouble getting affordable accommodation in the city. The best thing about MGH is the location and setting which is equidistant to many other good places to visit in Nairobi.

If you are looking for a convenient base as you explore Nairobi and other surrounding areas, MGH is the best place to stay. However, if you are not moving around much you may feel a little bit disappointed as the service is just normal. Prices start from US$ 48 for bed and breakfast in a standard room

2. ACK Guest House

The ACK guest house is operated by the Anglican Church of Kenya and offers conference facilities and accommodation in Nairobi and Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. The best known of its facilities is located in Nairobi off Ngong Road a few meters from the Milimani law courts, a five minute drive from the city centre.

It is a Christian based operation that serves as an ideal place for the family away from the noise and traffic of the city.There are different types of accommodation available depending on your budget and prices start from US$ 55 for B&B in the basic plan.

4. Hibiscus Guest House

Hibiscus offers an affordable, comfy and friendly experience for the traveller. It has excellent service with friendly and helpful staff as rated by previous boarders. Located in Kilimani off Ngong road in Nairobi, the guest house is only five minutes from the city centre which you can reach by taxi or by walking as you enjoy the sights of Nairobi.

One small disadvantage if the presence of a populated housing estate nearby which can get loud especially during school holidays with children playing in the street. Other than this small inconvenience, the inn is a lovely place to board during your stay in Nairobi. The prices are way below what you will pay in most Nairobi hotels for a comparable service. For example, bed and breakfast for a standard room will cost only $67 a night.

Gracia Guest House front entrance
Gracia Guest House front entrance | Source

Other good guest houses in Nairobi include

LMS Guest House

Biblica Guest House

PCEA Guest House

Purple Olive Guest House

Chak Guest House

Khongor Guest House

Jupiter Guest House

Sandavy Guest House

German Guest House

Flora Guest House

Buxton Guest House

Secunda Guest House

Cromer Guest House

Be Home Guest House

Azee Guest House

5. Gracia Gardens Guest House

Just like the other guest houses mentioned earlier, Gracia Gardens is located in a serene part of Nairobi and is a quiet, affordable place to stay.

It is very close to the city centre near the Nairobi Arboretum and has beautiful lush gardens with exotic tropical plants.

Best suited for private visits, the facilities such as rooms and restrooms are in excellent condition with friendly staff at your service all the time. Prices are fair with a one night bed and breakfast accommodation starting at $60.

Note that cancelled booking which are later than seven days before your arrival will not be refunded and you are advised to make any cancellations much earlier.



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