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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 #8 of 122 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
New York City, New York
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel in an excellent location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed in July 2014 at the Nairobi Serena for 4 nights. Our plan was to stay someplace very comfortable after a 24 hour journey from New York, recover from jet lag, see a few sites in Nairobi, and then depart on a Safari. The hotel exceeded my expectations: the facility is top notch, with a beautiful gym/spa (including excellent massage), great outdoor pool, nice restaurant, and good, reasonably priced room service. The hotel is easy walking distance to downtown, including the City Market (where we found better prices for crafts than we found many other locations once we were on the road on our Safari).

Finally, the hotel doctor: I've traveled all over the world and rarely gotten ill, but on this trip, I did catch something on our 3rd day, and the hotel doctor was an enormous help: he came to my room within 90 minutes, spent a good amount of time checking me out, provided the necessary meds (antibiotics, anti-nausea, hydrating salts), and then was available to us by phone even after we'd left Nairobi on our Safari, which I greatly appreciate; and his bill, by American standards, was extremely reasonable.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

You want a great feeling in the city? Nairobi Serena is your preferred choice. pop in for lunch if you got no time; great delicacies! But I would recommend one or two nights.... Serena is preferred by Serena Williams and you know why. Last time she came the hotel was her home so why don't follow the footsteps?

Room Tip: East facing if you want a city view.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abuja, Nigeria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Weekend break to Nairobi, wanted somewhere with a convenient location, but also safe and nice!! This definitely fitted that description, convenient location to get to the main sights from, felt safe and the decor and ambience are nice too. Bed in particular very comfortable!!! Food and drinks nice, service very good, not cheap but then you wouldn't expect it to be!!

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Looks and feels tired and a bit 90s. It needs a major refurb. However, the service more than makes up for it. The food, the bar, the security, the reception and the gift store. All good. Everyone greets you and genuinely so. i loved both the breakfast and lunch buffet with a bit of local foods. Both buffets were brilliant.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Went on business and stayed a week. This is not a slick 5 star hotel, but one which evokes the charm of Africa. It is an older hotel, well maintained and has its unique feel.

The good:
- Arranged a hotel car for airport pickup as I was arriving at 2 am. Efficient, and a nice Mercedes with a good driver.
- Spacious but not large room, well maintained by housekeeping. The staff on my floor were both friendly and good.
- Solid service evident in all staff
- Good spa - went for a massage one evening and the masseuse did a great job. A bit pricey but good.
- excellent breakfast which was included in my room rate. I also had some dinners there and the food was generally good.

What can improve:
- There is only one Elevator, and its pretty slow. Needs an upgrade
- the shower is a bit out of date and they could be replaced by newer units which provide a nicer jet
- The gym though nice is just too crowded with equipment and they need an expansion. You have to negotiate between equipment and people to get to your target.
- they could soundproof the rooms a bit better as you can hear the traffic near by


Tips - if you have a day free try doing some of the outdoor sights e.g. Nairobi National Park, the giraffe center and the David Sheldrick center (elephant orphanage - superb!). I arranged this though the concierge in advance, and though expensive was worth it. $ 240 or so for the entire trip in a dedicated van for myself.

Select your hotel based on your business location as Nairobi traffic can be pretty bad. For me this wasnt great but I managed. Also use the hotel cars for a reliable ride.

Room Tip: Higher floor facing the pool
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

As a family of 3 we stayed at the Nairobi Serena Hotel for 1 night before going on to a safari holiday. We were very impressed with the hotel upon arrival and it didn't disappoint during our short stay. We got there about 8am and although check in isn't usually until much later they let us into our rooms straight away. Room very comfortable, had joining door to my son's room, very helpful staff who told us about where to go in Nairobi. Very spacious hotel, lovely pool and facilities, gorgeous breakfast!!!! Only downside is we didn't get to stay longer. A lovely place.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Just returned from wonderful weekend in Nairobi. First time staying at the Serena and would definitely go back. Service was outstanding, views from suite were spectacular. Everyone on staff just excellent and what a beautiful place. Oustanding garden! Great location. Loved it.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 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:
Bar / Lounge 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 #8 of 122 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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