The Oakwood Hotel

The Oakwood Hotel

Kimathi Street Elite House, Nairobi 00100 Kenya
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3.5
#115 of 245 hotels in Nairobi
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.1 of 5 bubbles
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The Oakwood HotelThe Oakwood Hotel is a small exclusive and perfectly located property, in fact, it's ideal accommodation for guests who enjoy the hustle, bustle and non-stop night-life of Nairobi.The Oakwood resides in the Elite House. building, formally Livingstone House. The property was built in the 1950s and although it maintains its colonial Architect.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Bar / lounge
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Salon
Wifi
Paid internet
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
Room features
Room service
Safe
Bottled water
Iron
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Centrally Located

Location

Kimathi Street Elite House, Nairobi 00100 Kenya
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport
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Bob T wrote a review Jan 2023
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been using the Oakwood for years. It was always a reasonably priced hotel in the heart of downtown Nairobi. We decided to check it out over the weekend and it hasn't changed much apart from a new entrance that is totally out of character with the rest of this small cozy hotel. Steel grills and off white tiles really do take away the old school charm that was always something we enjoyed. It feels like walking into an antiseptic dental surgery and we immediately missed the old wood lined walls that exuded charm and warmth. The rest of The Oakwood is much the same. The marvelous ramshackle rooms and furniture remains unchanged. Unfortunately it seems the owner decided to increase the cost of a cold refreshing beer to an extortionate KSH 400! This was the subject of much discussion with the disenchanted staff reporting that customers were jumping ship for more regular prices in less iron clad establishments. Sadly we decided to follow the herd and moved on! Shame to see such a venerable old establishment fall into the same trap as so many other old charmers.....!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Paweł G wrote a review Oct 2021
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Oakwood hotel for 2 nights. The staff was really nice and welcoming even though we checked in way later than planned, they stayed up for us. We really appreciated our first Kenyan breakfasts. The atmosphere of this hotel is homy and cosy thanks to the wooden furnitures. The room was clean, everything ready as well in the bathroom. There's a safe in each room too. The quality price ratio is very satisfying.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ngarua wrote a review Dec 2011
London, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms looks quite nice with the oakwood but thats seems to be the only partition hence noise from the next rooms.I could't ask more from the location but they could make it a posh place with it.The Buffet area for breakfast is abit shabby although food is quite nice and has a local influence.The staff are also quite nice and helpful.Check out time aslo should be 11 if not 12.00
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Date of stay: December 2011
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Benson W wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited the place for a business lunch with friends and was very happy with the location and the service provided. The hotel is located in the CBD and is very convenient. The menu price, quality of food and service is excellent.
I recommend the place.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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AkotD wrote a review Oct 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Five stars...No frills nor nonsense. Phillis and Mirriam provided classy, friendly hospitality. Located in the heart of modern Nairobi, Oakwood is a perfect break from the hustle and bustle. If you need to do any business, come to this cozy classic.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Dariusz S wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pretty lovely place with amazing atmosphere right in centrum of Nairobi,
everywhere close pretty amazing staff with lot of love to the customers. A lot of nice place to visit pretty close like a national museum or Uhuru park. 11/10!!!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Kenyan_Connoisseur wrote a review Apr 2007
Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Alright, I'll give them marks for being a low budget hotel in the center of the city so everything is within reach. However, I recommend it as a one-night only hotel. We were there for four nights and each day exposed another flaw in the works.

1. The place is infested with roaches. They vary in size from ant to pet rat. The little ones I can handle but the big ones...eek! They spray the rooms religously and housekeeping is quite dilligent in maintaining a clean room, so much so that whatever it is they use to get the roaches can make for an unpleasant morning. I woke up once (thank God I had flipflops) and had to make my way through a minefield of dead and almost dead roaches. The sheets were clean but worn and torn, and I was definitely bitten by a flea on the second night. I managed to kill it hence was able to identify it.

2. The hotel's central location actually works against it in some ways. It is situated right across from the Stanley Hotel (ridiculously overpriced hence the choice of Oakwood) and also on a busy street. Be sure to ask for a quiet section and don't pick the rooms facing the street. For one, you're facing all that traffic and the city goes to sleep late or lulls momentarily before picking up again. And those rooms (201 - 205 I think) are right above the bar which gets very noisy. Our room was relatively quiet but we got the back traffic noise of very loud matatus and chugging buses.

3. There is no airconditioning throughout the hotel so be prepared to sweat it. We didn't want to leave our windows open at night as we were only two flights up and there didn't appear to be any security in the back. i.e., no bars on the windows or at least a high wall. Also, the lighting is very bad. There was only one bedside lamp and flourscent lighting to make up for the rest of the room. The beds themselves are somewhat comfortable but the design is terrible. Our double bed had the side drawers built as part of the head board and sticking out and not back, so you could actually risk poking or knocking a part of your face out if you turned over a bit too far in your sleep! Also, there was no mosquito net above our bed. A bit disconcerting as we were bitten every night and would have to cover our heads when that annoying whining of a searching parasite began and since there was no AC....very uncomfortable.

4. Food - atrocious. Breakfast consists of three kinds of cereals, stale dry pastries, instant coffee and you if you have to ask for eggs be prepared for a 10 minute minimum wait. The juices are not fresh squeeze, rather the bottled-add water variety. We never dared eat anything other than breakfast so can't exactly vouch for the snacks or other offered entrees.

5. It can get very loud within the hotel itself. An enthusiastic cleaning staff woke us up very early in the mornings with brooms knocking the numerous wood panel walls around and loud chattering and gossiping between dusting.

I will say that the staff were friendly and helpful but the hotel is not in the best of shape. The concept is good, a low budget hotel in the city centre but they need to get rid of the insects, demolish the kitchen and start afresh, hire a new kitchen manager in fact.

Mada Hotels advertises another property on the outskirts of Nairobi, but I'll wait until I see a positive review on Oakwood's improvement before I venture out there.
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Date of stay: April 2007
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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AngloAfroHubi&Wife wrote a review Dec 2006
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here from the 2nd june 2004 for a few days when I went to meet my girlfriends family for the 1st time (She's now my wife). I contacted the the hotel directly along with several other hotels and this was the hotel that gave the most prompt and helpful answers and othe advise and organised a good if expensive taxi from the airport.

Even after my wife had returned to her familyfor a few days they were kind enough to only charge me the discounted rate for Kenyan residents in a Single room although I got to stay in the Double room.

Also they advised me to walk to the Akamba station with an Askari rather than catch a taxi.

The breakfasts were rather samey but at the price were fair and always well cooked, they also were more than happy to serve me breakfast early so that i could be in time for the bus to upcountry(or shags as it is better known to the younger generation). The bamburi weren't that helpful when we were coming back from the coast on this charge around Kenya meeting the possible relatives at the time (they now are relatives)
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Date of stay: November 2006
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Tarida2 wrote a review Sept 2012
Rutland, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose this hotel because of its central location. We stayed for 2 nights but with a night's break inbetween as we were visiting The Aberdares Park for one night. The first night's stay was OK, with helpful, friendly service, and copious amounts of really hot water. Our room was at the side and was quite quiet at night, but our friends' room was at the front and very noisy. Our room, however, had an over-bath shower which we didn't use in the evening as there was no shower curtain. We did use the shower in the morning and it flooded the bathroom, due to the lack of curtain. There was also no TV remote control in the room. The hotel stored our luggage whilst we went away for the one night, and then gave us different rooms when we returned. These rooms only had showers, and, whilst we had a curtain, our friends' didn't. We had 2 TV remotes this time, but no kettle and only one cup. These were supplied upon request by housekeeping. But the worst fault of all was when we tried to have a shower in the evening. The water was stone cold. We tried letting it run for a while, but still nothing, so we contacted Reception who told us to let it run! So we tried again, but nothing. Reception then told us that they had 'forgotten to switch on the boiler' so to wait 20 minutes. We waited, but still no hot water. This time Reception told us that the boiler was broken. We gave up and used a combination of cold water and hot water from the kettle to wash. Our friends also complained and were offered a move to a room on the 2nd floor where apparently the boiler was working (this was the floor we'd been on for the first night). By this time it was too late for us to be bothered to move, so we stuck where we were. Had we been offered the move in the first place, we would have accepted it. From reading other comments just now, it appears that lack of hot water is not a one-off occurrence so the story about a broken boiler seems disingenuous to say the least.
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Date of stay: August 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Rooms at the side are less noisy, and there seems to be a problem with hot water on the 1st floor.
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AnnaKh873 wrote a review Oct 2015
Shanghai, China
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect location. Close to markets, coffee shops. Safe to walk in the evening. Amenities clean, but not so well fixed as everything was installed ages ago. Friendly staff. Got a booking.com rate. Were able to extend check out time. Free wifi.
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Date of stay: October 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Location, location
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Suhani B wrote a tip Jan 2017
Mississauga, Canada34 contributions30 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"with wifi available"
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Geoff H wrote a tip Jun 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa24 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not many rooms have a view so best to ask if you want a look out."
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PerthJill wrote a tip Apr 2016
Queensland, Australia92 contributions37 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I like the inside rooms they are quieter"
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AnnaKh873 wrote a tip Oct 2015
Shanghai, China15 contributions20 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Location, location"
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Ericsosa wrote a tip May 2013
Xi'an, China68 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room facing the back to avoid the noise from the casino next door."
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PRICE RANGE
R 827 - R 1,258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
oakwood hotel nairobi
LOCATION
KenyaNairobiNairobi Central Business District
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Oakwood Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Oakwood Hotel?
Nearby attractions include National Archives (0.2 km), American Embassy Memorial Garden (0.4 km), and Jamia Mosque (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Oakwood Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Oakwood Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Oakwood Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Oakwood Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Thai Chi Restaurant - The Stanley Hotel, Thorn Tree Cafe, and Exchange Bar.
Does The Oakwood Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Oakwood Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Oakwood Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Oakwood Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dedan Kimathi Statue (0.3 km), The Galton-fenzi Memorial (0.5 km), and Brite Afrika Safaris (0.8 km).
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