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6 Cheap Airbnb in Nairobi Worth Bookmarking

The Red Container
Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Living in a world where travel expenses put a strain on one’s budget, it’s only wise to settle for cheap Airbnb in Nairobi during your visit. Nairobi is relatively expensive, but it is worth that trip you are planning because it’s truly amazing as the reward is immeasurable. From numerous tourist attractions to vibrant nightlife and excellent restaurants where you savor mouthwatering local cuisines, your stay in the capital will be memorable.

Enough talk, let’s now get to the good stuff which is actually why you are here – cheap Airbnb in Nairobi. We have done our research and picked six ideal vacation rentals to spend a few nights or even a month while in Nairobi without breaking the bank.

1. Boushel Place

Boushel Place

Boushel Place. Photo/ India.

Boushel Place is a one-bedroom apartment located in a quiet and secure location in Nairobi. With great proximity to the central business district, major highways and shopping malls, this is the place to be if you want to experience Nairobi at an affordable rate.

Boushel Place is fully equipped with kitchen, a dining area for four, a comfy seating area with fast WiFi and a private balcony. However, there are several eateries within walking distance for those who prefer not to cook. A night at Boushel Place costs slightly above Ksh 2,600.

2. Penthouse Studio

Cheap Airbnb in Nairobi

Penthouse Studio. Photo/

Penthouse Studio is a spacious rental property located in a safe and secure residential area. It is one of the cheapest Airbnb in Nairobi and is fully equipped with a private bathroom, furnished kitchen, queen bed and a spacious furnished lounge. Downtown Nairobi is less than ten minutes drive from the property, which means you can conveniently go for shopping and get a feel of the city’s nightlife.

3. Lemac 1108 Furnished Prime Apartment, Westlands 

Lemac 1108 Furnished Prime apartment, Westlands should be on your bucket list if you want a cheap Airbnb in Nairobi. The property boasts beautiful decor, free high-speed WiFi, and DSTV and Netflix subscriptions. It is located just 15 minutes to United Nations (Gigiri). Spending a night here costs just $55.

4. The Red Container Ngong

The Red Container

The Red Container. Photo/

The Red Container is a spacious unique off the grid stay in Ngong. It is well-insulated and creates the perfect getaway with all the essentials you will need during your stay. Here, there is an outdoor grill readily available if you want grilled meat, and a bonfire if you want to enjoy Nairobi’s cold nights while staring at the beautiful stars in the sky. A night at the Red Container costs $40.

5. The Brandy Bus 

The Brandy Bus is not only one of the cheap Airbnb in Nairobi but a unique one too. This revamped school bus in the outskirts of Karen is the place to go if you want to skip the dullness of a hotel room and enjoy a peaceful retreat in the outskirts of Kenya’s capital.

At Brandy Bus, a full-size bathroom and sun loungers are at your disposal. In the evening, you and other guests can sit around the outdoor fireplace and share stories. The other good thing about this rental property is it’s ideal location as it is close to restaurants, shopping centers and tourists sites such as the Giraffe Center.

The Brandy Bus

The Brandy Bus. Photo/ Host Unusual.

6. Raha 

Located at the heart of Westlands, Raha is a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment in Nairobi. This Airbnb is quite affordable considering its location, which is just a walking distance from Nairobi’s biggest malls and tourist attractions. The rental property boasts a spacious dining area, a plush bedroom with a private bath, a private balcony with beautiful views of the capital and free WiFi.

How much Does Airbnb Charge in Kenya?

Airbnb (the website) charge a brokerage commission of about 3% of the total paid by the guest. This means that if you list your property at Ksh 10,000 per night, Airbnb will automatically deduct Ksh 300. As of 2023, there are more than 10,000 Kenyan listings on Airbnb.

What Is the Cheapest Place to Live in Nairobi? 

  1. Pangani Estate
  2. Roysambu Estate
  3. Ruaka Estate
  4. Kasarani Estate
  5. Embakasi Estate
  6. Kikuyu Town
  7. Kahawi Sukari
  8. Donholm Estate

Does Nairobi Have Airbnb?

Make yourself comfortable in Nairobi choosing from some of the most booked rental properties. According to the Airbnb official website, there are over 12,530 vacation rentals in Lavington Estate, over 3,460 vacations rentals in Parklands and over 2,270 vacation rentals in Roysambu Estate.

About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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