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“Excellent felt like home” 5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi Serena Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #8 of 145 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Excellent felt like home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I visit Nairobi every year on business but this was my first stay at the serena. After the first day I felt at home.... The front desk, the concierge, room service all first class with a smile. Bathroom amenities excellent with great towels!! I will be back

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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135 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The Serena is a lovely hotel that has a wonderful polite and friendly staff. The food at the hotel is great - the breakfast buffet is quite large,(fresh waffles and crepes were especially good). Dinner at the Mandhari was excellent. Even the conference food was top class.

The room is clean, and the beds are wonderful. There are Penhaligon's amenities and a pillow menu if you want something different. Wifi in the hotel was impressive. The gift shop has some great finds, and the prices are not over blown compared to local tourist shops. I actually found some things were cheaper after looking around.

My point of contact for reservations was Mr. James Macharia - made sure everything ran smoothly and he was a pleasure to work with. Would recommend this hotel for business and family.

Room Tip: Loved room 616 - had a great view of the park and city and quiet to sleep in.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed here on three different occasions during our holiday to Kenya and Rwanda. It's about half an hour from the airport in the city centre but you wouldn't know that as it seems a very calm oasis surrounded by the bustle of the city. It's very welcoming and the rooms are spacious with a huge bed and fluffy pillows. After a long flight from the UK or the basic accommodation in Rwanda this hotel seemed luxurious. We left various pieces of luggage here while we went on safari or to see the gorillas and this worked well. The breakfast was one of the best with freshly squeezed juices and a wide variety of food available. The dinner was excellent with delicious food and reasonably priced. We bought some sun-tan lotion in the hotel shop which was about
£ 30 rather than £10 at home which seemed a bit expensive.This was a good stop-over hotel and it was a shame we didn't have more time here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Boston
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Excellent hotel, beautiful rooms and superb breakfast. Very friendly staff who always have a smile. We had dinner at the hotel on several nights and all of there were excellent. we were picked up at the airport though our flight was delayed.
I have to mention Mr. Simon Kiberenge, the duty manager who went out of his way to make sure we were looked after well. Special thanks to Simon.
Though it is expensive, I would very highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Talk to the people at the desk.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

This was a welcome retreat after a long overnight flight from the UK. The service and food was excellent and the connecting rooms magnificent. It was great to sit around the pool watching all the birds fluttering around the garden.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Rooms Excellent, Hotel Excellent, Breakfast and Dinner Menu's Excellent - staff excellent. Great Location, Great food and Wine and great Rooms and staff.
Can't say enough about the comfortable pillows and beds, clean fresh towels and lovely toiletries provided.
Its a very safe and secure hotel in the middle of a very busy city and although you are right in the centre of it all, you cannot hear any noise at nights and the hotel gave a lovely calm, quiet ambiance.
Breakfast was amazing - the fresh fruit available was delish and the juices were all freshly squeezed. A fantastic start to the day. Serena Hotels have all been outstanding quality, locations, friendly and I would highly recommend them as a hotel of choice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Wiltshire
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a truly great hotel.
The decoration is wonderful, the staff are friendly and the breakfast is amazing.
We stayed here on arrival prior to starting a Safari and felt totally refreshed after a long flight.
The only negative that I can think of was that our guide book advised us not to go outside the hotel at night, but you can't really blame the hotel for that.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 145 Hotels in Nairobi
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Hotel Class:5 star — Nairobi Serena Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 183
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Justly famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World'. Despite its pivotal central hotel location in Nairobi, Kenya, the Nairobi Serena remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa's most vibrant capital cities. Offering a wide range of dining experiences, The Nairobi Serena is also renowned for its 'Mandhari' fine-dining restaurant, which is universally acknowledged as one of Kenya's finest. ... more   less 
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