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Kivi Milimani Hotel
Ranked #131 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“Too expensive for an average hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

We stayed here at the start of a two week tour of Kenya and Tanzania. We decided to stay here as this was the starting point of the hotel, however, we have since discovered from one of the girls on our trip that the Heron Hotel down the road is much better and cheaper! We weren't impressed by the broken tiles in the bathroom and the cold shower (if you could call it that - it was more a trickle). However, we weren't in the hotel for long periods so had the rooms been cheaper (we paid £70 a night for a double) we wouldn't have minded it being run down so much! But for that money you would get a much better hotel in England or Europe. The bar was good fun and the terrace was a great place to have a few beers...

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2011

My wife and I stayed here as it was a starting point hotel for an overland safari trip. The lobby is really nice with a bar (order a Tusker beer), outdoor patio and pool. The food is decent, but you may be waiting a while to get it. The rooms are basic and a little dated but they do the trick. I've read a lot of complaints of toilets not flushing...it's true that they don't always flush, but if you're staying there as part of an overland trip, get used to it! On a 16 day tour of East Africa, I think I encountered 4 or 5 toilets that flushed reliably.
If you stay on the first, second or third floor, you have to flip a switch to turn on the hot water. If you are staying on the 4th or 5th floor, you'll have to go to the front desk and ask them to turn your water on (it took a friend of ours 90 minutes for this to happen). Either way, there's not much water pressure.
You can upgrade to different hotels in the area, but a lot of them are European/North American chains. Just stay here and support a local company.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Daniel L
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Singapore, Singapore
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34 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

You are probably looking to stay here ahead of a tour or other event - otherwise if budget isn't your constraint go elsewhere.

Very basic, didn't seem very secure, shower was bad, beds rickety and old.... After a week on Safari and sleeping in tents this place felt like a palace! So it's really just a matter of perspective. ;)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Daniel D
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Central Coast
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82 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2011

stayed here for two nights prior to and one night after the intrepid tour. very basic rooms with basic bathroom facilities, toilet did not flush and bathroom pretty mouldy.
Food very basic for the price in the restaurant much better going to the Heron hotel short distance away to eat. Booking not registered on return and difficulty convincing staff to give us a room. ensure you have your paper work with you as was a long wait trying to convince them we had paid for the booking.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank borntotravel15
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

Service was slow during check in & check out. The rooms were clean and had good hot water. . There is a bar and restaurant. Food was quite good. The hotel is guarded so it is safe. There are also plenty of cabs available.

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  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kivi Milimani Hotel
Address: Milimani Road | P.O.Box 20681, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #131 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:3 star — Kivi Milimani Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you are the business traveler or the discerning holiday maker, The Kivi Milimani will cater for your every need. Located in the sublime surroundings of up market Milimani, Nairobi, stands the Kivi Milimani Hotel. It is a hotel offering tranquility within well developed mature gardens with a serene ambiance. Only 2km away form the city centre, 5min walk from the state house, and only 20min drive from the International Airport. ... more   less 
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