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Old Jan 12th 2005, 11:39 pm
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we are arriving at night in Nairobi and are looking for a hotel. We
would like one with airport pick up as well. Any info will help
Thank you Asante
 
Old Jan 13th 2005, 1:28 am
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"swg" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > we are arriving at night in Nairobi and are looking for a hotel. We
    > would like one with airport pick up as well. Any info will help
    > Thank you Asante


Price is probably a concern, so what is your price range? I always just stay
at the Hilton, downtown.

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Old Jan 13th 2005, 1:32 am
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A couple of years ago we stayed at the Stanley. The staff was pretty much
the rudest people I have ever come across. We had a huge row because they
did the best they could to cheat us. But maybe it's just fine now.
Horrible food too, by the way. The worst ostrich I ever had.

Wolf


"swg" <[email protected]> skrev i melding
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    > we are arriving at night in Nairobi and are looking for a hotel. We
    > would like one with airport pick up as well. Any info will help
    > Thank you Asante
 
Old Jan 13th 2005, 3:09 am
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In message <[email protected]>, Wolf <[email protected]>
writes
    >A couple of years ago we stayed at the Stanley. The staff was pretty much
    >the rudest people I have ever come across. We had a huge row because they
    >did the best they could to cheat us. But maybe it's just fine now.
    >Horrible food too, by the way. The worst ostrich I ever had.
    >Wolf
    >"swg" <[email protected]> skrev i melding
    >news:[email protected].. .
    >> we are arriving at night in Nairobi and are looking for a hotel. We
    >> would like one with airport pick up as well. Any info will help
    >> Thank you Asante
Wolf,
I had terrible food poisoning from steak and chips I ate in the Thorn
Tree cafe at the Stanley.
For a mid priced hotel I would suggest the Fairview. It has a website if
you want to check it out.
If you have plenty of cash try the Serena hotel. You will definitely get
to the airport from there. I have stayed in both hotels.
Pat
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Old Jan 13th 2005, 4:12 am
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Johan W. Elzenga
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Pat Anderson <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I had terrible food poisoning from steak and chips I ate in the Thorn
    > Tree cafe at the Stanley.
    > For a mid priced hotel I would suggest the Fairview. It has a website if
    > you want to check it out.
    > If you have plenty of cash try the Serena hotel. You will definitely get
    > to the airport from there. I have stayed in both hotels.

He doesn't want to go from the hotel to the airport, but vice versa. I
don't think any Nairobi hotel has its own airport shuttle, running at
regular intervals. You have to take a taxi.


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Old Jan 13th 2005, 10:40 pm
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Hans-Georg Michna
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On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 07:39:57 -0500, swg
<[email protected]> wrote:

    >we are arriving at night in Nairobi and are looking for a hotel. We
    >would like one with airport pick up as well. Any info will help

Asante,

in addition to the hotels already mentioned, does the SixEighty
still exist? That would be an alternative if the others fail or
if you like the price.

I think it is more expensive than the Fairview, but less
expensive than the Serena or Hilton.

Then there is the stylish Norfolk Hotel, but there you pay for
the name.

If you need to go to a cheaper, but still OK hotel and don't
mind a somewhat dark, impersonal setting, the Silver Springs
Hotel comes to mind, near Nairobi Hospital.

Hans-Georg

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Old Jan 13th 2005, 11:21 pm
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Hans-Georg Michna <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 07:39:57 -0500, swg
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >we are arriving at night in Nairobi and are looking for a hotel. We
    > >would like one with airport pick up as well. Any info will help
    >
    > Asante,

Hans-Georg,

You of all people should know that 'Asante' is not his/her name, but
means 'Thank you" in Kiswahili.


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Old Jan 14th 2005, 12:49 pm
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In article <[email protected]>, Hans-Georg
Michna <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 07:39:57 -0500, swg
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >we are arriving at night in Nairobi and are looking for a hotel. We
    > >would like one with airport pick up as well. Any info will help

We emailed the Safari Club Hotel in Nairobi before arriving last
summer for a two-night reservation. We normally stay in cheaper places
but asked for budget accomodations there and if they could recommend a
good travel agent for two tourists on a budget. Our reasoning was that
a hotel with a reputation to protect would be unlikely to hook us up
with a travel agent who would disappoint us. It worked very well for
us.

The hotel room was about $90/night and they arranged for "their"
travel agency (Matembo Tours and Safaris) to pick us up from the airport
and ask us what we wanted in a safari itinerary. Maimuna, the lady who
runs this tour outfit, is a terrific lady and arranged all we wanted,
laying out all different options. Our 11-days there was reasonably
priced, far below prices of the big-name tours, and our driver-guide
was delightful, safe, competent in every way.

Point is: If you're arranging a tour AFTER you get to Kenya and don't
want to shuffle through the hundreds of tour operators there, picking a
good hotel may help you find a good tour operator. ---Ken
 
Old Jan 14th 2005, 2:52 pm
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You didn't mention your price range.
If economy is important, I think you
might be satisfied with the Boulevard.
 
Old Jan 14th 2005, 5:11 pm
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    >>we are arriving at night in Nairobi and are looking for a hotel. We
    >>would like one with airport pick up as well. Any info will help
    > in addition to the hotels already mentioned, does the SixEighty
    > still exist? That would be an alternative if the others fail or
    > if you like the price.
    > I think it is more expensive than the Fairview, but less
    > expensive than the Serena or Hilton.
    > Hans-Georg

I stayed at the 680 two years ago and the rooms were fine but it's not a
luxury hotel. Prices on their web site http://www.680-hotel.co.ke/ are $45
for single and $65 for double. I think I paid about $30 so prices have gone
up substantially. Not to mention the dollar sinking. I don't know about
airport pick up, but taxis are plentiful and fares negotiable.

Gail
 
Old Jan 14th 2005, 5:47 pm
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Gail wrote:

    > I stayed at the 680 two years ago and the rooms were fine but it's not a
    > luxury hotel.

The 680.. I stayed there in July, 1990 with a cameraman who
was with me; we were shooting a documentary. (This was during
my TV journalism life.) Political disorder with heavy handed
police action against protesters. Watched from the terrace
above the street at the 680 as the the police swept
the streets, brutally. Threatened to shoot me for watching.
Stupidly decided to hustle down to the Hilton to see
what it was like there. Not smart. Had to walk through
a squad of great big army guys with the red berets and
heavy duty weapons. Obviously, they let me pass.
This was the time of the Saba Saba demonstrations.
The hotel? Not bad. Nobody stole our equipment.
 
Old Jan 15th 2005, 3:19 am
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"Dave Patterson" <[email protected]> wrote
    > The 680.. I stayed there in July, 1990 with a cameraman who
    > was with me; we were shooting a documentary. (This was during
    > my TV journalism life.) Political disorder with heavy handed
    > police action against protesters. Watched from the terrace
    > above the street at the 680 as the the police swept
    > the streets, brutally. Threatened to shoot me for watching.
    > Stupidly decided to hustle down to the Hilton to see
    > what it was like there. Not smart. Had to walk through
    > a squad of great big army guys with the red berets and
    > heavy duty weapons. Obviously, they let me pass.
    > This was the time of the Saba Saba demonstrations.
    > The hotel? Not bad. Nobody stole our equipment.

Hmmm... sounds like the US took lessons, as that is now how they are
handling protests here. Check it out:
http://www.citizenstrade.org/ftaaphotos1.php . My daughter was there.
Protestors were peaceful. Police had plain clothes instigators in the crowd.
Local police at this protest were funded with $8 million from the war chest
Bush got for Iraq.

I was in Kenya during the presidential elections 2 years ago. It was
fascinating and exciting. Good thing the opposition won or there would have
been major unrest. It was clear the citizenry were looking for a change. Any
other result would have shown rigged elections. Hmm, sounds like the US
again...

Gail
 
Old Jan 15th 2005, 4:17 am
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On Fri, 14 Jan 2005 17:49:02 -0800, Incognito
<[email protected]> wrote:

    > We emailed the Safari Club Hotel in Nairobi before arriving last
    >summer for a two-night reservation. We normally stay in cheaper places
    >but asked for budget accomodations there and if they could recommend a
    >good travel agent for two tourists on a budget. Our reasoning was that
    >a hotel with a reputation to protect would be unlikely to hook us up
    >with a travel agent who would disappoint us. It worked very well for
    >us.
    > The hotel room was about $90/night and they arranged for "their"
    >travel agency (Matembo Tours and Safaris) to pick us up from the airport
    >and ask us what we wanted in a safari itinerary. Maimuna, the lady who
    >runs this tour outfit, is a terrific lady and arranged all we wanted,
    >laying out all different options. Our 11-days there was reasonably
    >priced, far below prices of the big-name tours, and our driver-guide
    >was delightful, safe, competent in every way.
    > Point is: If you're arranging a tour AFTER you get to Kenya and don't
    >want to shuffle through the hundreds of tour operators there, picking a
    >good hotel may help you find a good tour operator. ---Ken

Ken,

thanks for the nice story and the good hint.

Hans-Georg

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Old Jan 15th 2005, 4:17 am
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Hans-Georg Michna
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On Fri, 14 Jan 2005 13:21:02 +0100, [email protected]lid (Johan
W. Elzenga) wrote:

    >You of all people should know that 'Asante' is not his/her name, but
    >means 'Thank you" in Kiswahili.

Johan,

oh, of course I know that. I just thought that he or she had
also chosen it as a nickname.

But next to "Thank you", I should have noticed. This comes from
reading and answering at lightning speed. (:-)

Hans-Georg

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Old Jan 15th 2005, 4:17 am
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On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 00:11:02 -0600, "Gail"
<[email protected]> wrote:

    >I stayed at the 680 two years ago and the rooms were fine but it's not a
    >luxury hotel. Prices on their web site http://www.680-hotel.co.ke/ are $45
    >for single and $65 for double. I think I paid about $30 so prices have gone
    >up substantially. Not to mention the dollar sinking. I don't know about
    >airport pick up, but taxis are plentiful and fares negotiable.

Gail,

oh, that's cheaper than I thought! The 680 has apparently come
down. Some more years ago it was still comparable to the Hilton.

Hans-Georg

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