Groggy and tired after 15 hours in the air from the U.S. we arrived in Nairobi about 3 A.M. We had asked our travel agent to book us into a good hotel, with an early check-in, for two days prior to starting our week long safari circuit of Kenya. We could not have made a better decision. Upon arrival at the hotel we were told that since the standard rooms we had booked were not yet ready, they had upgraded us to premium suites. The suites were comfortable, spotless and full of old world charm. Lots of old wood, plenty of marble, and the only plastic in sight were the large flat screen TVs in each room of each suite. Hotel security seemed quite good, but not overly intrusive. The staff was friendly and helpful. The interior of the hotel is smoke free, but there is a large courtyard on the first floor were smoking is permitted. We enjoyed lunch at the sunlit poolside cafe, and dinner in the Thorn Tree Cafe just off the lobby. The Stanley has been rebuilt, and enlarged several times over the past hundred years but it remains pretty much the standard for colonial hotels in East Africa. If you are looking for chrome and glitz, go elsewere. I recommend the Stanley highly.