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“Out of Africa, Giraffes and Hotel with 108 Years of Excellence” 5 of 5 stars
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Sarova Stanley
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Corner of Kenyatta Avenue and Kimathi Street | PO Box 30680, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #8 of 110 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Out of Africa, Giraffes and Hotel with 108 Years of Excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

From The Bull to The Buffalo Part 2 Nairobi The Sarova Stanley 20 & 21 Sept.

The British Empire, much criticised by the chattering classes and politically correct, bequeathed to the 21 century great communications roads, railways, air travel and fantastic hotels The Stanley opened in 1902 is itself a living testimony to both Empire and Independence.

Our flight by Kenyan Airways from Heathrow was as it should be comfortable, good airline meals, and peaceful sleep. We passed through Visa Control a little surprised by computer photos and electronic fingerprinting and reached the luggage carousel then The Pollmans desk in reasonable time.

We were soon whisked into Nairobi and greeted by The Mustard Coated Concierge outside The Stanley Hotel. We had to pass through an airport style metal detector upon entry. It looked totally out of place in a Victorian entrance, but it was a real statement of Sarova Management‘s intent to keep us safe. Mundane matters like check-in were processed by the Pollmans Team. We were given our itineraries in a smart folder. Dariusdave requested the Karen Blixen and Giraffe Sanctuary visit for the afternoon this was arranged.

We were eventually escorted to our room. Corridors inhabited by painters and landings by security guards. Original looking wood door opened and again the WOW what a room. Best described as L shaped what a shame we only stayed for one night. The window view is best not described. But our room had plenty of furniture, was large and had a first class bathroom. There may have been a television etc, but Dariusdave travels to Africa to see real life and TV was not switched on.

A brief sort out in our room, shower and change from airline clothes, then down to lunch. Lunch in the ground floor facility also used for breakfast reminded me of a typical 1950’s boarding school dining room. Furniture utilitarian, fine pictures and a friendly welcoming staff .Food was wholesome and we were all aboard the Pollmans Minibus to Karen Blixen Farmhouse Museum. Those of us who enjoyed both book and film “Out of Africa” treated this part of the trip as a pilgrimage to our shrine. Proof that whatever criticism there may be of Kenyan Governments in the western media, the Kenyan People have a sense of heritage. The superbly maintained building and grounds are a tribute to the tender loving care from a dedicated staff.

We then visited The Giraffe Sanctuary and photo should show how much Dariusdave enjoyed feeding the giraffes. The afternoon was a chance to start acclimatising and for our Safari Party to get to know each other.

Collective agreement was that the Images of Africa Safari Party would dine together, at the Stanley Hotel’s Thai Restaurant. A 3rd WOW was achieved, the ambiance at this restaurant was”manifique.” Dariusdave enjoys many eastern cuisines perhaps Sri Lankan would be top choice. However Monday 20th September provided an outstanding meal for all participants ranging the full width of the menu, rounded off with the very best Kenyan Coffee. I believe the collective happiness that lasted throughout the Safari. was very largely due to the foundation laid at a really great Thai Feast. There were no “plastic” ingredients food was real and worth every Kenyan shilling.

Yet again a Sarova hotel allowed Dariusdave and good Lady to sleep like African mahogany logs. Bed & bedroom were still wonderful come sunrise.

Tuesday 21 September we were up early, enjoyed a Mount Kenya sized breakfast, juice, fresh fruit or porridge or cereal, full “English Grill” lovely bacon and eggs toast with real marmalade accompanied by copper coloured Kenyan tea or coffee. The Sarova Bull could and should learn from The Kenyan Stanley how to serve breakfasts and run a busy restaurant.

We had come to Safari, but were sad to leave the splendour of Sarova Stanley behind. This historic hotel was indeed a great starting point for our Safari and would occupy a higher position in the Dariusdave Sarova League Table than The Bull. Would we return again? Yes happily would love to return.
Next stop Sarova Shaba Game Lodge.

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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

The hotel is really lovely, with first class ameneties and good food at the restaurants. Fantastic breakfast buffet included. The Thorn Tree Cafe was quite reasonable and has excellent live music nightly. The heavy security at the entrance and uniformed guards on every floor were a bit off-putting, and their presence made us feel less, not more secure. But I guess all the high-end hotels in Nairobi are similarly outfitted.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful and it was an easy walk to several attractions, including the City Market and National Museum.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KamauSusan, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking time to post a review on your stay at Sarova Stanley. We appreciate guest feedback.

We are glad to note that the hotel amenities, buffet breakfast, entertainment at the Thorn Tree, restaurant food and our staff met your expectation; leading to a memorable stay. We are also delighted you took time to walk and visit the various attractions around the hotel.

Guest security is of outmost importance to the hotel, therefore the presence of guards on every floor and at the entrance ensure full guest experience. However we shall continue to equip them with customer service skills to be more helpful and friendly.

Once again thank you and I look forward to hosting you again.


Regards,

David Gachuru
General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

The first and last night of our safari my wife and i stayed in this hotel. The hotel has all the basic facilities, the rooms are big enough and clean, the staff that we dealed with were professional and friendly, even when we wanted to have breakfast at 5.00 in the morning. It has several restaurants, the food is not outstanding, but also not bad...

The only problem we had is that we were located on the 'wrong' side of the hotel the last night of our stay and the due to that we didnt sleep much as we could enjoy the sounds of the nightlife in Nairobi which at that particular night lasted until atleast 3 o'clock at night.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KamauSusan, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking time to post a review on your stay at Sarova Stanley. The hotel is very proud of its team of professional yet friendly staff who go out of their way to meet and exceed customer expectation.

It is unfortunate our food did not meet your expectation. Kindly advise us on what you would like to see on our menu during future visits.

Our location in Nairobi’s central business district is full of life and fun activities, both night and day. However, we do have limited quiet rooms that need to be reserved in advance. Kindly send me your full contact details for guest history update for your next visit.

Once again, thank you and you can reach me on +254 2757000 or write to thestanley@sarovahotels.com

Regards,

David Gachuru
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights before our safari and one night after. Enjoyed the colonial character and and the access to PO, supermarket (Nakumatt) and other local shops.

The hotel organised a tour to the baby elephant sanctuary and giraffe centre which we probably paid a premium for but we enjoyed the day. The food was good with our preference being the pool cafe. Breakfast was always good.

Shalomi on reception/admin was great as were all the staff.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

The price you pay totally lives upto the quality and standard of the Stanley. We were given the club room on the 5th floor with a great city view. The room was newly furnished with modern interiors - LCD tv, Coffee, tea, etc. It was a huge and spacious room. The ambience of the hotel & room, location and proximity to city centre, thorntree cafe ambience, hotel staff.... all lives upto expectations and more!
The only hitch I had when I was there with my husband was the service of the 'thorntree cafe restaurant' staff. They were rude, a little inefficient especially when i ordered my lunch in a hurry as we were checking out - The waitress had the audacity to tell me the chef forgot to make my dish... and the whole order took exactly an hour to deliver. The food is very OK and does not demand the attitude the staff throw to customers. This part was shocking and disappointing.
Rest was all ok. Front desk staff, business centre staff and all others were very well behaved.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

This was my first visit to Nairobi and pleased to have had the opportunity to stay in this hotel with an interesting history and modern day charm.

My room was very large and comfortable though not one of the refurbished rooms seen on the website gallery. I found the staff to be helpful and very friendly (a special mention must go to the Security guard Alfred and the staff in the poolside restaurant). The pool area itself is very pleasant and a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

As others have mentioned the Thai restaurant is particularly good and worth eating at regardless of whether you are staying at the hotel or not.

All in all a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

In the center of Nairobi. Perfect service and very high security. Breakfast is overwhelming. Restaurants are more than ok. The hotel is close to shops. A supermarket is on the other side of the street. In the evening you can eat outside, next to the busy street. The guests of this hotel is a combination of business people and people who spend there a day before or after a safari. As in every big African city, take care of huge traffic jams on your way to the airport.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Corner of Kenyatta Avenue and Kimathi Street | PO Box 30680, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#4 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#6 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sarova Stanley 5*
Number of rooms: 217
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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