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“Excellent hotel for an overnight stay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi

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Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Mombasa Road, Nairobi 00500, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #22 of 91 hotels in Nairobi
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“Excellent hotel for an overnight stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for our first night before going on safari and would recommend it as its close to the airport, directly opposite the Somak safari lounge so not far to travel the next morning and the rooms look out over the Nairobi National Park. Would definitely recommend staying the first night at the hotel as it gives you time to recover from the long flight. We arrived at the hotel at 08.30 and were given our rooms within an hour which was great so were able to grab some rest before lunch. We had planned to spend the afternoon by the pool watching all the giraffes arriving at the waterhole but didn't realise until we got there how cold it is in June so didn't spend much time by the pool. Also no giraffes only one solitary ostrich so slightly disappointed but can't complain as we had a great lunch and dinner at the hotel sat on the verandah overlooking the park. The service was great, all the staff were very helpful and the rooms had all the facilities you'd want and very clean. What more can you ask for?

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your positive review.

I am truly pleased to learn that your start off to the Safari was a memorable one.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I recently had the pleasure to stay at the Ole Sereni. I was there during the airport fire and the staff were very flexible and accommodating in a time where information was sparse.
The hotel is excellent, the staff friendly and the food superb. My only down side is the beds are a little firm.
All in all i cant wait to go back and stay there again. Superb

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your positive review.

Recently many travellers such as yourself have gone through hectic time due to the unfortunate Airport fire and we are pleased to know that our service delivery was appreciated.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

This is by far the best hotel I have stayed in for a long time. It's a rare find in Kenya and this is clearly an international hotel with all the services that belng to this. the rooms have beautiful views on the Park, great rooms and wonderful restaurants. The hotel also has a pool. European prices though...

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
I sincerely thank you for giving us your raving comments.

It only makes us very proud of what kind of Hotel we manage.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I visit Nairobi regularly and have stayed at most of Nairobi's hotels and highly recommend Ole Sereni. The hotel is very well run and in perfect condition, which is rare in other African hotels. The hotel is furnished with interesting decor and has a great atmosphere. The location next to Nairobi National Park means that you get a quiet sleep and can enjoy great views across the African savannah from the bar and restaurant. Ole Sereni is close to the airport, but the trip into the city center can take awhile in the notorious Nairobi traffic jams. A great hotel if you are on vacation, but city center hotels may be more convenient if on business.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thank you for sharing your positive feedback.

It is our constant effort to ensure that we provide the finest of comfort and services to all our guests and a positive feedback as this gives us the boost to perform better.

We look forward to wlecoming you back.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I was fortunate to haved picked this hotel on my first visit to Nairobi, it is an excellent hotel with good facilities, the staff are extremely helpful and go that extra mile to help you out when asked. The reception at the hotel is very good with friendly staff welcoming you and making the check experience easy. The food is very good and plentiful and the is not shortage of Tusker (Local Beer) if that's your want. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you are visiting Nairobi for business or pleasure. If you go find Shadrack at the hotel reception, an excellent member of staff and cannot do enough to help you.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your positive feedback.

Its overwhelming to hear that we made your first visit to nairobi a memorable one.

Thank you for acknowledging Shadrack as he is an integral part of our team and delivers phenomenal service. I will surely share your sentiments with him.

Once again, I sincerely appreciate your comments and look forward to welcoming you back.
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I stayed at this hotel on the way back from a safari holiday in the Central Highlands of Kenya.

The hotel is clean, stylish and located in a great position between the two main Nairobi Airports which meant travelling to and from it was effortless.

I was genuinely impressed with its outdoor bars and restaurants, its swimming pool overlooking the game reserve as well as the attentiveness of the front desk staff.

My room was very clean, comfortable and most importantly quiet which ensured a proper night's sleep

The hotel has been adept at displaying its African roots at the same time as appealing to the international traveller set.

My only development point is that the free WI-FI signal needs to be stronger throughout the hotel rather than in a few pockets.

I would certainly consider staying here again next time I am passing through Nairobi

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your positive review.

I am very pleased to learn that your stay was pleasant and upto your expectations.

I have taken note of the concern you raised on the WI-FI strength and we will address it right away.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

The reception was very good. I received a warmly welcome by the friendly staff. All the staff members that I have interacted with have displayed proffessionalism, friendliness, passion for their work. A great deal of respect has been displayed by all. I have noticed high standard of hygiene within the rooms as well as the dinning areas. The staff really make you feel important. This is particularly important for people that are on business as the business environment can be very hectic times. That been the case, nothing is more refreshing than being received with warmth, respect and dignity by the hotel staff. This just rejuvinates you and you feel recharged after a hectic day.

This unexpected invitation to the evening with the Managers was just a cherry on top, as it really made me feel important and most valued indeed. Keep up the good sense of appreciation of the what keeps you in business, and that is the people. This just affirmed by believe on the reason why we are in business and that is my own way to keep customers happy contrary to popular belief that we are in business to make money. Making money to me is the measure of how well we look after our customers.

Thank you and keep up the proffesionalism that is displayed by your employees and look after them as they ensure that they represent you well,which is sign of goog management and leadership behind.

Thank and I look forward to the next stay with you.

Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thank you so much for taking time to give us this overwhelmingly positive review.

I coudn't have described it better and I sincerely appreciate it.

Comments like these make us very proud of our trade and only reassures us that we are on the right track in treating our customers the way we always envisioned.

I hope you will continue to patronise Ole-Sereni during your future travels to this part of the world.

Once agin, thank you for sharing your sentiments and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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Also Known As:
Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi Hotel
Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi Hotel Nairobi
Address: Mombasa Road, Nairobi 00500, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#15 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#16 Family Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ole Sereni is a premium wildlife resort strategically located just off the Mombasa road overlooking the Nairobi National Game Park. Centrally positioned between the international airport and the city center, this is the only hotel bordering the wilds of the National Park. Ole Sereni offers all comforts and services to the business as well as leisure travelers and enjoys proximity to the central business district, international organizations, financial institutions, government offices and industrial area. ... more   less 
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