Review: Sentrim Boulevard Hotel in Nairobi

he only reason why I booked a room at the Sentrim Boulevard Hotel in Nairobi was because that is where everyone participating in the safari on which I was booked was meeting early in the morning. It certainly was not because it looked appealing by any sense of the imagination.

Fortunately — although one night at the Sentrim Boulevard Hotel would have cost me $98.55, which was the least expensive room rate I could find which included all taxes and fees — I was able to reserve the room at absolutely no cost because I used Orbucks to pay for my reservation. Even for free, the price was not worth staying at this dated, run-down hotel property.

The Room

I walked down this creepy hallway to get to my room…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I have seen hallways to classrooms in schools that were nicer and brighter than this. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I entered the room…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This is what I first saw upon entering the room. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I have not seen one of these “Please make up room now” signs in a long time. Do they really still exist? Is this not an obvious message that you are not in your room? Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Pull up a chair to work at this work space. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The room had no air conditioning unit at all; which meant that if I wanted fresh air, I would have to open a window — but then that would allow mosquitoes to enter the room. An oscillating fan attached to the wall was all there was to keep the room cool.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

That flat-screen television you see on the wall shown in the photograph above could not have been much larger than the screen on my laptop computer.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The two complimentary bottles of water were two of the few bright spots pertaining to this hotel property. The “coffee center” is located next to the bed. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

That is the closet in the background in the photograph below. I hung my clothes on the hook in the wall in an attempt to minimize any invasion of cockroaches in my clothes while I showered. You will know what I mean in a moment…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You are given a remote control for the television at the front desk when you are given a key to your room. I have never seen anything like this before. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

While laying on the bed in my clothes with all of the lights on, this looked cool — so I took a photograph. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The Bathroom

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I have never seen an old wooden door to a bathroom in a hotel room like this one. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

There were a couple of small bars of soap and a tube of a combination shampoo and body wash as amenities set up at the vanity in this dark and dingy bathroom.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

While in the bathroom, I saw something scurrying out of the corner of my eye. It was a cockroach.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I found a new friend who wanted to share a room with me. I put my foot down on that idea — literally. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Fortunately, I did not see any more cockroaches while I was there; but there are usually more hidden when one is visible. Switching my room would not have helped matters, I thought to myself; so I decided to leave all of the lights on and sleep in my clothes on top of the mattress. I was only going to be there for several hours anyway before the meeting time to embark on the safari.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The shower was probably the nicest part of the entire hotel room — but that is not saying much. There were many places were the wall met the ceiling in the shower that would be ripe for critters to enter. I kept an eye peeled as I showered.

Free Breakfast

I obviously did not sleep very well; so I decided to look at what was being offered for breakfast, which was included in the hotel room rate.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I recognize tomatoes and mashed potatoes — and probably baked beans — but I have no idea what the rest of the glop was in this photograph. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Trays of pineapple, watermelon, cheese and what appeared to be lunch meat were still wrapped. Good thing, too — with all of the flies buzzing around. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Sealed bowls of cold dry cereal, along with cut fruit. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The entrance to the dining area of the restaurant, which really did look gloomy and evoked an old greasy spoon diner. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Needless to say that between the cockroach with the possibility of more of them; the flies buzzing around; and what appeared to be poor quality food, I decided to forego breakfast.

Hotel Exterior

The exterior of the hotel property appeared rather worn and dated.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The security gate looked more like an entrance to a prison than to a hotel property.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This security gate made me wonder just what it was from which the hotel property was being protected. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Hotel Lobby

The decor of the hotel lobby spurred my imagination back to the 1930s and 1940s. There was even a place where keys were once stored behind the front desk.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I thought that this relic from days gone by was cool. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The artwork and African decor was interesting. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Hotel Swimming Pool and Outdoor Area

I was not sure whether or not the unappealing green color of the water in the swimming pool was simply the color of the walls inside of the pool itself or the color of the water; but either way, it did not look inviting — especially as there were small items floating around at the top of the water.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

There were also places to sit or lie down and relax at or near the swimming pool.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I thought this outside area had potential, actually.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Stated here is that “the management and staff is committed to making your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. At the Boulevard you can expect 5 star service and quality at an affordable price.”

Although the staff is welcoming and nice, do not count on a five-star experience. This hotel property needs some serious updates for that to happen.

The Sentrim Boulevard Hotel — a part of the small Sentrim chain of hotel properties — is located on nice grounds with woods at the rear of the property. The right investments — restoring some of the old charm and giving it some modernization while ridding the unwanted vermin — could go a long way towards greatly improving this hotel property.

 


Sentrim Boulevard Hotel

Harry Thuku Road
P.O. Box 42831
Nairobi 00100 Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 2227567, 337200, 337221
Fax: +254 020 317825
E-mail: reservationsboulevard@sentrim-hotels.com

One thought on “Review: Sentrim Boulevard Hotel in Nairobi”

  1. worldraveller73 says:

    Awesome experience. . . At least from a readers point of view.

    The Fairmont Norfolk is an excellent alternative for those that are travelling through. The rooms are in much better condition for around $300 USD a night. It also has on site food and beverage that you’d actually eat. A little piece of history as well.

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