It is extremely rare for us to book 5 star hotels, we normally feel more comfortable down the scale a bit, however we discovered The Stanley through a safari booking where we were not given a choice and just booked in for a couple of nights before going on safari. We have since stayed again for a second time and enjoyed it as much as the first. It is a beautiful reception and you can imagine how glamorous it must have been to be there when it was first built...off the lobby is the fantastic Thorn Tree Café...a must, and a shopping area. The rooms are very large and spacious, the decoration is a little tired, but not enough to bother us, and the room was clean with everything you could need. The rest of the hotel is charming, large wooden staircases, old photographs and lovely furnishings.
One of my favourite parts is the rooftop pool, its huge! plenty of seating/sun beds, a nice changing area and a bar. We really enjoyed spending time there.
Finally the staff were lovely, I really wish I could remember names because they deserved to be mentioned...as we looked at the pictures a female member of staff joined us and started to explain what we were looking at giving us a potted history, she was just finishing her shift so we left the hotel together, her going home, us for a wander she very kindly offered to show us a few of the sights...it was so lovely just having her for company and giving us an insight into life in this city, her kindness was reflected in many of the other staff we came into contact with. WE would absolutely stay at The Stanley again.
- 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