The Stanley offers a convenient and safe place to stay while in Nairobi. The hotel is decorated in an early 20th century style - elegant, lots of dark stained wood, with a colonial feel. This facility includes a large area for breakfast, a separate restaurants, bar, swimming pool, and health club. The rooms vary in size, but most are comfortable and spacious; the bathrooms are large with the usual features.
The breakfast buffet is excellent, with a wide variety of foods available, from a traditional European "continental" style to a range of hot items and eggs cooked to order. Western travelers will see some things that you don't recognize (especially among the vegetables), so you will have a chance to try something new. The restaurants and bar are also nice places to eat or visit. The health club is well maintained and has a wide selection of equipment.
Security is good, with screening for all guests entering the lobby. Security guards in the stairways prevent problems at night. They are always friendly. Strike up a conversation and learn some Swahili!.
However, be prepared for the realities of visiting a third world country. Of course, don't drink the water. Bottled water is always available from the hotel, and local stores are a short walk, where you can buy additional food and water. The internet connection is not always reliable, and sometimes the electricity goes out. The hotel does a good job of trying to shield the guests from these issues, but there is only so much that they can do. Please be patient with them; it is rarely their fault.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kenya’s first luxury hotel, Sarova Stanley opened its elegant doors in 1902. Since then, it has been making history- hosting royal safaris and legendary personalities such as Edward Prince of Wales and Ernest Hemingway. Today, as the hotel enters its second century, it continues to maintain its unique heritage and provides state-of-the-art services and facilities for business and leisure travelers. All guestrooms are a blend of luxurious Victorian grandeur and modern comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sarova Stanley Hotel Nairobi
- Sarova Stanley Nairobi