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Cheapish place i Nairobi?

Hello there,

I will be in Nairobi October 6th – Oct 25th. Does anyone know of a cheap (but secure for gear etc) place to stay?

All the best,


by [a former member] at 2005-09-26 06:35:51 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Kathmandu , Nepal | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Goddag Jonas – og tak for sidst!

There is a place in Nairobi which I can’t quite remember the name of. It is like a "Missionaries’ Hostel"… I know that a couple of students(1 writer, 1 photographer) from my school stayed there while they where doing a story. (It should be safe, though when they asked they bell boy whether is was safe to go the restaurant down the street so late in the night, his answer was: "Yes, if you are courageous like lions!". True story and of course everything was fine)
I was there in March, but since the paper payed, they forced us into that 100 bucks a day Stanley Hotel…

I remember I talked to a girl in Perpignan who’s a Nairobi resident, I’ll try to come up with her name in the next couple of days and let you know. She can probably figure something out. 

Take care, David

by [former member] | 26 Sep 2005 06:09 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
Yo. The place he may be referring to is called the Methodist Guest House

i’ve stayed there…it is cheap, extremely bare bones, reminded me of an old school college dorm. it is pretty damn cheap, and mos def safe and secure. it is VERY out of the way as related to downtown NBO but if you stay downtown you’ll need to pay big bucks if you want security. the have meals there for real cheap too, but we’re not talking gourmet by any stretch of the imagination.

Another option is a place called The Woodmere in the Kilimani neighborhood. They’re serviced apts. meaning they’re just like home. Well sort of, they are fully furnished, last time I was there they had Wi-Fi (pay per use), although it was pretty spotty reception and connection, they have a pool and a small gym which is nice. And you have a kitchen so you can cook for yourself. It is pretty strategically located on a lot of matatu and bus routes so you can get around and it is next to the Ya-Ya center, a western style mall, where you can grocery shop, clothes shop etc. There is a hiking outdoor store and a book store there as well. There are a few pretty damn good restaurants in the area (cedars lebanese restaurant, moonflower restaurant, this jazzy night club called casablanca, where D.A. Harvey shot for his Nat Geo Nairobi story, and a little joint for grilled chicken called the green house, with some nice live music. This option is a little more expensive but depending on your budget is way cheaper than a hotel for the length of your stay. Just a guess but the last time i was there it was probably about $500 bucks for three weeks. And this place is totally safe and secure. The owner is american married to a kenyan woman and has lived in Kenya ever since he was a peace corps volunteer some forty years ago.

I’m sure there are cheaper places but you definitely compromise security. I’ve heard the stories and met quite a few people that got completely rolled and lost all their gear.

Word. Have a good trip…

by [former member] | 26 Sep 2005 13:09 (ed. Sep 26 2005) | Mt. Pleasant, Washington D.C., United States | | Report spam→
The Methodist Guest House does have a big pool.

by Allison Shelley | 26 Sep 2005 13:09 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
shit, a pool? damn, i never noticed the pool…

by [former member] | 26 Sep 2005 16:09 | Mt. Pleasant, Washington D.C., United States | | Report spam→
Jonas, I have a photojournalist friend in Nairobi (used to work for the Standard, now freelance) who was super helpful to me while there. He’s in the states at the moment but will be back in Nairobi by the time you get there and says he’s happy to show you around. Felix Masi: cell 0721-53-8972 (if you are dialing from Nairobi). http://www.lightstalkers.org/felixmasi —allison

by Allison Shelley | 26 Sep 2005 18:09 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Hey thanks a lot everyone, I really appreciate it!


by [former member] | 26 Sep 2005 23:09 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
hi jonas, 
I remember a quite recent work  on the National Geogr. by   your collegue ,David Alan Harvey,  in  Nairobi .You may try to contact him, if not already done. 


by Nik Borghi | 27 Sep 2005 04:09 | Ahmedabad, India | | Report spam→

I know you have loads of contacts but a Japanese photographer I know is currently in Nairobi learning French (preparing to go to Congo)
mail him if you want to know where he’s .&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="mailto:ryokameyamahotmail.com">ryokameyama@hotmail.com


by [former member] | 27 Sep 2005 11:09 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
you are going to nairobi!! i am going to nairobi!! what is that all about :) hope all is well

by [former member] | 30 Sep 2005 13:09 | stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→
Hey Jonas,

Sounds like you have a lot to go on, but if you’re still looking, send me a message and I’ll put you in touch with two photogs based in Nairobi and probably know it back to front.


by Neil Harris | 01 Oct 2005 09:10 (ed. Oct 23 2005) | New York City, United States | | Report spam→

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