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“wonderful hotel, great staff, excellent location” 5 of 5 stars
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Sankara Nairobi
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi 00606, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #10 of 102 Hotels in Nairobi
New York City, New York, USA
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“wonderful hotel, great staff, excellent location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sankara is in Westlands, a new suburb of Nairobi about 15 minutes drive from the busy city center and very close to the diplomatic enclave so most of the area is secure, well maintained with lovely gardens and modern architecture. The room we had was not huge but adequately spacious. The bed was very comfortable and the bathrooms clean and well designed with a separate shower closet and a tub. Sankara is a newer hotel while Fairmont Norfolk is an old style colonial building. We chose Sankara because we wanted a newer hotel with updated rooms and we were not disappointed. The gym is a good size with treadmills and weights and other basic equipment. I didn't have time to use the spa but a couple of people said it was great. 20% off for residents. The roof top terrace has events everyday like movie night, a live concert so its fun to go and hang out after a long Safari. The concierge was very helpful. Africab a cab company is just outside the door and reasonably priced. They charge $10 per hour if you need them to wait.
I've never stayed at a Sankara hotel but it is a great business and holiday hotel with a super club lounge that serves excellent canapés and a wonderful breakfast suited to those on the run, parents with kids or just someone on a leisurely holiday. Try their breakfast pound cake and their eggs benedict. The chefs were all very friendly and very kindly accommodated our tastes- vegetarian, no red meat etc.
What is really nice is that the service is not over bearing. You have your privacy and alone time. They also do a half day room rate and you can call the cleaning service pretty much all day. Several local restaurants will deliver to the hotel as well The business center in the lounge allows you to print without a fee.

Room Tip: our room was on the 6th floor just below the club lounge. very quiet with quick access to the gym, s...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sankara N, General Manager at Sankara Nairobi, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear spicelore,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you had an excellent stay and enjoyed the ambiance of our property as well as the facilities therein. We do look forward to welcoming you back to experience our personalized service and the authentic flavour of the new Africa during your next visit to Nairobi.

With Warm Regards

Moshi Perera, General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My first stay at this hotel in East Africa & what a fantastic upbeat vibrant energy this place has! The staff was amazing and always smiling. They are professional, positive and have a very professional demeanor. The roof top bar is done very well and a must see. The hotel is like an upscale European modern hotel. The breakfast is fresh, delicious and has many different varieties of fruits, ethnic breakfast as well as Meats and cheeses.
Overall very happy and blown off by service. Only thing is I wish they had better rates for staying more than 3 days cause I would have stayed longer! A must stay experience for any one visiting Nairobi.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sankara N, General Manager at Sankara Nairobi, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Zarinaj92,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are happy to hear that you had a lovely stay. We do look forward to welcoming you back to experience our personalised services and the authentic flavour of the new Africa!

With Warm Regards

Moshi Perera, General Manager
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Nairobi, Kenya
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Convenient location in Westlands and walking distance to shopping centres. Well designed clean and safe. Food quality is very good especially for the event ( lee had hired the hotel for a family reception) Hotel facilities were all very good including gym and pool. Although the staff were friendly and helpful, the room service was extremely slow. Ordered room service at lunch time and the order took almost 2 hours to arrive and were still expected to pay for the meal! Was very disappointed with the room service.

Additionally the room hair blow dryer didn't work and requested a new one and took 30minutes to bring a new one. Service needs improvement.

Stayed August 2014
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Sankara N, General Manager at Sankara Nairobi, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear sid_wise,

Thank you for sharing your feedback from your stay. We appreciate your kind words about our location and facilities. Please accept our apologies for the lapse in service in our room service and handling of the hair dryer request experienced.This is not the level of service we are accustomed to offering our guests and in keeping with the Sankara standards. Your comments have been shared with the team to prevent such situations from recurring.

We do look forward to an early opportunity to welcome you back to Sankara to restore your faith in us. To this end, please do not hesitate to contact us on stay@sankara.com

With Warm Regards

Moshi Perera, General Manager
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Chef Joshua takes care of the pool side area and VIP lounge. Meals and appetizers have been absolutely incredible. He does custom orders that are not on the menu and is extremely attentive to his customers. Hotel in all has been fantastic, Chef Joshua's services has been the icing on the cake.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sankara N, General Manager at Sankara Nairobi, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Dear Ricardo-roy,

Thank you for your kind review. We ​are happy to hear that you had a lovely stay and I will pass your compliments to Joshua for the excellent service. We do look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy more of Kenyan hospitality and Joshua’s specially made cuisines.

With Warm Regards

Moshi Perera, General Manager
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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

nice room, excellent service, nice restaurant, pool is very small and too cold to swim in - they should have it indoors instead, wifi connection was free but was very patchy and slow. the taxi service is safe and very convenient.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sankara N, General Manager at Sankara Nairobi, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
Dear Spartacus666,

Thank you for your gracious comments about our property. We have noted your feedback on the slow Wi-Fi service and would like to apologise for this lapse. Regrettably we did experience some downtime from our provider during your stay and the band width for the backup link we have is not as fast.

We do hope you will be visiting us in the future and allow us to exceed your expectations

With Warm Regards

Moshi Perera, General Manager
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Sankara is a top quality business hotel in the heart of Nairobi. The usual suspects of international travellers - Intercontinental and Hilton in Nairobi are disasters in comparison. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, service is prompt and the food is excellent. The roof top restaurant and bar is great - with a pool and a crooner in the evenings.

Room Tip: Overall rooms are good - I've stayed here twice. However, don't expect any view - its in the...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sankara N, General Manager at Sankara Nairobi, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Dear RahulSG,

Thank you for your wonderful review; we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. We do look forward to welcoming you back for another experience at the stunning roof top pool bar to relax and unwind at the centre of Nairobi’s vibrant social and business life.

With Warm Regards

Moshi Perera, General Manager
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is an amazing hotel. I was here for 5 weeks for business, and was originally going to stay at the Intercontinental, but after reading reviews on trip advisor I decided to look for alternatives. Purely by luck I found the Sankara. The rooms are beautiful, luxurious and modern. The staff are very helpful, the gym is modern. Room service is good and the roof top bar is pretty nice way to chill out after day in the office.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Sankara N, General Manager at Sankara Nairobi, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Dear Michael K,
Thank you for your kind review.
We are delighted that you found us and we do look forward to welcoming you back at the Sankara on your next visit to Nairobi to enjoy a little more of the Kenyan hospitality, unwind at our top of the range Sarabi Supper Club at the roof top while taking in the panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

With Warm Regards
Moshi Perera, General Manager
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Address: Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi 00606, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#12 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#13 Family Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sankara Nairobi 5*
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