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Sarova Panafric

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi 72493, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

The worst bit first. The bedrooms were last updated probably when built and are rather worn and in severe need of attention. However they are spotlessly clean and comfortable. The staff (with only one exception I found) were very friendly and tried exceptionally hard to help. The public areas are much better, and the food and service at the hotel's... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

Travellers cannot expect honest and genuine services from this hotel. My shirt was torn by the laundry service. None of staff showed and extended sincere apology, rather, try to hide it. Reception work is not organized and is not attentive to individual guests・・・. Anyway, you should find other hotels if you would like to enjoy your days in Nairobi.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2009

Stayed in this hotel for a conference. The conference facilities, restaurant and bar areas are fine, a bit old and run down, but ok. I suspect that the ground floor facilities are the same that were there when the place was opened in 1965. The rooms are dismal and certainly not of 3 star quality. I was told that the... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2009

Just like any other big hotel in the US. Pretty impersonal and generic. Stayed overnight between safaris and although it was nice to have endless hot water and electricity, I would have preferred a smaller, more intimate place for one night. The food is pretty good. It is far from the international airport, but close to Wilson Field.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2009

Hotel was fine, if beginning to show its age and looking slightly shabby, friendly staff, good breakfast buffet, dinner OK but slow service, overall nothing special. Fine for short business stay, but for a holiday I would choose somewhere smaller and less impersonal.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

I booked two nights at the Panafric, my first and last nights on a three week trip in East Africa. The hotel was not the best first impression of Nairobi. I arrived early in the morning since my flight arrived at 6:45am. I was told that there was nowhere to eat within walking distance so I ended up eating the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2009

I stayed in the Panafric for 4 nights in late August. Being a frequent visitor to Nairobi for business, I usually try and stay at the Fairview, but its often full, so the challenge is to find another acceptable hotel within my company's travel budget of $150 per night. This is not easy in Nairobi since most of the good... More

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Maun, Botswana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2009

The location is about 30min from the airport, next to a huge public park & in walking distance to the Intercontinental and Serena Nairobi hotels. Even the "city center" can be reached by foot and I think it is no problem to walk there alone by day. I have stayed in July / August 2009 at the Panafric a total... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

I stayed in this hotel in July 2009 and had my bag, containing my passport and other items stolen from the hotel restaurant as we ate dinner. Be very vigilant with your possessions whilst in this hotel.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

Outdated hotel with great swimming pool and breakfast area. The lower class Sarova hotel is an aright hotel. Clean rooms with no air-conditioning, outdated decor of the rooms and common areas, but clean and with a great choice of beauty and massage treatments. Doesn’t feel particularly safe. But does have a great swimming pool, a fantastic choice for breakfast in... More

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Address: Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi 72493, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sarova Panafric 3.5*
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Idyllically located 5 minutes drive from the CBD and 18 Kms from Jomo Kenyatta Internationa Airport, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, Sarova Panafric offers 164 rooms in a range of standard, superior, club and suites- all recently refurbished and decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style. Named in honor of the Pan African movement, Sarova Panafric was inaugurated by the first president of Kenya H.E. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on the 5th January 1965 and truly represents Neo Africa. Enjoy leisurely meals at the lively and warm Flame tree restaurant, once the watering hole for freedom fighters, spies and foreign correspondents and named after the Flame Tree that holds pride of place in the gardens. Sarova Panafric offers state of the art banqueting and conferencing facilities with a range of meeting and function rooms equipped with the latest audio visual and WIFI equipment. To wind up the day, take a dip in the pool or go for a leisurely massage – or simply enjoy a cool drink to the soothing sounds of Africa’s rhythm Sarova Panafric is also located a short 0.5 Kms from Kenya's Landmark 'Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)' , an events venue in Africa. ... more   less 
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