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“Perspective depends on your level of "comfort" expected” 5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi Serena Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kenyatta Avenue/Processional Way | P.O. Box 46302, Nairobi GPO, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #9 of 129 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Perspective depends on your level of "comfort" expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We used this hotel as our stopover hotel between visiting Nairobi, the Masai Mara, and Rwanda. I was a bit concerned after reading some of the previous reviews. We had rooms 501 and 317.
We stayed three nights then came back and stayed for one night on our way home.

My husband and I travel quite a bit for scuba diving. As we have traveled more and more, I tend to try to book us at hotels that have a higher level of comfort, but not extreme. I do not need to have the "Taj Majal" look or feel to feel "pampered". If you are used to rooming in Intercontinental hotels with marble floors, modern furnishings, and huge empty space rooms, this is NOT the hotel for you. If you like the homey feel, comfortable setting, clean rooms, and great staff, then stay here.

Yes, its an older hotel, but I did not feel that that I did not get my monies worth. There was more than sufficient room for us and our luggage. There was enough dresser space and closet space for clothes taken out for our first three days. The furnishings and décor had a "homey" feeling. The bed was close to the size of our king sized bed at home, a bit hard for us. That's not their fault. The air conditioning unit was a bit loud, but it's like background noise; overtime you ignore it.

The breakfast buffet was great. Unless you are really picky about your food, there was food for anyone's palate. Fresh fruit, baked breads, crepes to order, local breakfast foods, omelets to order, juices, coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. We got the room package that had the buffet included.

The staff was always helpful when I asked questions. The rooms were cleaned nicely when we returned.

AS to location, I could not answer that. We had a private driver that picked us up and took us out.
They had a spa, but we did not use it. Had other things to occupy our time.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Serena Hotel is probably one of the more convenient hotels to stay while in Nairobi.
The hotel is conveniently located, if you just got off the plane in Kenyatta Airport (which is around 40 minutes away) unless you hit rush hour traffic.

The hotel is also suitable for business meetings, with nice lobby waiting area plus a very quiet business lounge area for a good private business meeting. The coffee house is located on the ground floor, and serves good breakfast buffet spread. There is also a nice outdoor area with view of the swimming pool, nice for cool mornings or late afternoons.

But this hotel with its overall wood finishing needs a bit of an upgrade. The rooms are rather cramp, with old airconditioning and very tight shower/tub.

Room Tip: Good for a short stay, great convenient leap off point for a safari trip.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Useful stopover for late arrivers being near airport (but on reflection maybe we should have just taken a night flight and connected direct). A plus is as it backs on to a game park you can get your first glimpses of Giraffe & Zebra.
In design and function its a classic city 4 star hotel that you'd find worldwide. But we did find the restaurant staff inattentive - I had to leave my table to ask for menus, then I walked up to place an order and to pay. In contrast concierge & reception were excellent.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The Serena is your typical comfortable hotel. Situated across a park from the central business district, it is convenient if you want to go into town but difficult with traffic especially in the mornings and evenings. We stayed one night en route to Samburu and I felt safe enough in the morning to walk around the nearby streets and the park, but was advised not to venture too far into another section of the park. The room we had was a fairly typical hotel style, clean, good beds, tv, internet etc. Ours was a bit noisy since we were at the end of the fourth floor where the airconditioning plant was whirring away all night, although I still slept well.
They have comfortable lounge and bar areas downstairs, with efficient staff for reservations, currency exchange etc. They take security seriously, with under-car inspections and metal detectors at the doors. The main restaurant was excellent. We had a marvellous meal there with great service and some fine piano playing for entertainment although it wasn't busy. The breakfast cafe also had a fine range of well-prepared dishes.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from the aircon
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

Being advertised as the bet hotel in Nairobi I expected slightly more on everything. However I guess this is quite a lixury in Africa. For tge price you pay you would expect more - cleaner room, more welcoming staff...
Overall it was nothing special however I guess still the best in Nairobi

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Serena is comfortable and friendly. However, the service in the restaurant is quite patchy: misplaced orders, very slow.
And it's awfully expensive.
Location just outside the main city centre is good - a pleasant walk, safe by day.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SerenaHotels, Front Office Manager at Nairobi Serena Hotel, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to write your review dated September 4, 2013

Please accept our most sincere apologies for the lapse in service delivery that you experienced when you visited our restaurant. Be rest assured that this is perhaps an isolated incidents which we will look into in more detail.

Management sincerely apologize for the slow service, misplaced food order and frustrations that you had endure and wish to assure you that remedial action has been taken to curb such situations never to happen again in future to you or any other guest.

It is Management’s objective to provide consistent professional service delivery ensuring guests’ expectations are meet and given value for their money. We hope and trust that we shall get an opportunity to be of service to you again in future.

Meanwhile, we once again sincerely regret the inconveniences caused and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Assuring you of our continued high standards of service delivery at all times.

Regards
Daniel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

After a long flight from Sydney via Perth and Johannesburg it was an absolute delight to arrive and be met by friendly obliging staff. Room was huge and lovely huge bathroom with bath. Great breakfast and dinner. Excellent room service I was certainly relaxed and refreshed to start my safari

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Kenyatta Avenue/Processional Way | P.O. Box 46302, Nairobi GPO, 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 129 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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