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“Amazing Stay” 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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“Amazing Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stayed there for one night and I can not begin to describe just how amazing the whole stay was. We had transport from JKIA which worked amazing; we were held in customs for about an hour and we still were able to find the concierge who called the drive for us. When we got there, the staff was very helpful. Helped us through the check-in process, gave us all the details including the log-in for the free wifi. The room we had faced the streets but I think being Kenyan I'm used to the nighttime noise cause we slept amazing. The bathrooms were excellent; only thing I'd suggest is adding fans in the bathroom because it gets really hot in there. We ordered some room service because we checked in a few minutes before 11pm and it was amazing. It was delivered in good time and tasted amazing.

Next morning, had an amazing breakfast. One of the girls at the buffet counters was amazing. I asked if they had any strawberry yogurt for my daughter and she actually searched for it in the back then asked if I would be back the next morning for breakfast so she can make sure they had it!

Overall an amazing stay and we will definitely be coming back there whenever we're in Kenya.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paolo M, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear Guest ,

Thank you for the feedback on your recent stay with us and for sharing your pictures too. It is an absolute delight reading your review.

We are glad to receive your compliments and will certainly congratulate the team for going the extra mile in exceeding your expectations.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Sarova Stanley. We look forward to welcoming you back again.


Warm regards,
Paolo Marro.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Staff was excellent and the room was very nice. The bathroom was fantastic and amenities were first class. Wifi was very easy to connect to, and there is plenty of space at the desk for a large laptop and other business items. The television offered a variety of European, American and African stations so that was also good. I had two experiences which did not impress me: the in-house restaurant is called Thorn Tree, and the dinner meal was terrible! Everything was very overcooked, and one simply doesn't overcook seafood. Even the dessert was terrible and the description of the brownie sundae very misleading. Secondly, the location is in the center of town. I didn't mind that so much until my driver, seemingly proudly, pointed out that Nairobi's most famous "red light" district was just two blocks away! It was a Saturday night so the street noise from the crowd kept me up most of the night; it stopped briefly around 4:00 am only to resume with normal large city noise by 5:00. I would definitely stay at the other Sarova hotel in Nairobi, which is located in a quiet area very near the park. I did go into it, and it seemed to be much better.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paolo M, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to write a review of your last stay with us.

We highly appreciate your sharing of the areas we excelled in; the team’s hospitality, in-room amenities and complimentary WiFi.

It is most disheartening to read about your disappointment on the two issues raised. Be assured, that your comments have already been followed up and we will be reviewing each of our processes and procedures with a view to exceeding our guest expectation.

It will be our pleasure to host you not only at Sarova Stanley, but also at our sister hotel – Sarova Panafric, at the Stanley we would however welcome an opportunity to welcome you again to have the opportunity of changing your impression of the above mentioned areas.

Warm regards,
Paolo Marro.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I visited the hotel in the past to eat at but not for a stay which I did this time. Great and welcoming service from the minute you arrive. Very helpful staff. I was surprised when two hotel staff knocked at my door with a birthday cake and sang for me. Very nice touch. Rooms are very spacious and well maintained. Breakfast in the cafe on the street level is very sumptuous and offers a variety of food. Restaurant by the pool is ok, but nothing to write home about except for the excellent service. The Thai restaurant is really good. Excellent service all around and highly recommend for your Nairobi stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paolo M, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback.

We were humbled to have hosted you at Sarova Stanley on your birthday and we hope you enjoyed the cake. Thank you for pointing out some among our most outstanding areas and services; our welcome, spacious rooms, breakfast variety and Thai Chi dining experience. We appreciate your recommendation for all who wish to visit Nairobi.

Looking forward to hosting you again.

Warm regards,
Paolo Marro.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Stayed at the Stanley again for the first time in a year or two and it's still excellent. The feel of the hotel is hard to beat with the wood panelling, pool area on the roof and the breakfast corner on the street under a thorn tree. The rooms are spacious and the service generally is very good. The wifi works well for the most part. Very convenient if you are having meetings in the city centre but traffic is always a challenge if you have to drive during peak times. Still one of Nairobi's best.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paolo M, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback.

We are pleased to learn that this was your second stay with us while travelling on business.

Our history and heritage spanning over 111 years, is displayed by the fixtures, furniture and décor of the whole hotel. We were happy to have shared this piece of Nairobi’s history with you. We are also pleased to learn that our services were very good, WiFi was strong and stable and our location was convenient for your meetings in the city centre.

Again thank you for staying with us and we look forward to hosting you again.

Warm regards,
Paolo Marro.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I have been here several times and their service is top notch! The staff is amazing and very helpful :) The banqueting office was very helpful with what I was looking for. I cannot forget the rooftop poo, definitely a gem !

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paolo M, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your review and for the high rating.

We appreciate your loyalty to Sarova Stanley and we are grateful for your comments on our Pool deck restaurant. Your sentiments on our team’s efforts have been shared to all as a source of motivation.

Looking forward to welcoming you back.

Warm regards,
Paolo Marro.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I've travelled to Nairobi quite a bit and tried all the mainstream hotels and for the first time stayed in a really memorable hotel.

I'll definitely go back to the Stanley due to the combination of the great service (a standout was waitron Everestus in the Thorn Tree eatery on the ground floor) and being in the thick of Nairobi's city life.

Food in general was great - the breakfast buffet was impressive.

The rooms are comfortable - everything works exactly as you'd expect it to.

The company I work for, along with a Kenyan bank, held a joint breakfast press conference on the hotel premises and it worked out really well, accommodating press/media personnel as well as the various stakeholders/dignitaries.

From the Stanley I was able to walk to meetings in the city and on the one occasion I needed to drive, the Stanley provided the most friendly, efficient driver (Eric).

The hotel is about 20 mins drive to/from the international airport during off-peak traffic.

Everything about the Stanley was easy and enjoyable.
The facilities meet one's needs.
Special mention must be made of the 1st floor bar/lounge area which is really peaceful, calm and comfortable - a great environment for discrete meetings.

I honestly can't think of a better Nairobi business hotel. The Stanley also seems to be well embraced by tourists judging from the organised tour groups I observed checking in/out and gathering for meals...

Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Paolo M, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for such positive a feedback.

The whole team thanks you for pointing out our "outstanding" standards of service throughout all the hotel. This is indeed our utmost reward.

We look forward to hosting you again.

Warm regards,
Paolo Marro.
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Group of 12 stayed for one night before our next morning departure for Safari. Excellent location in heart of Nairobi with high security. Staff is very pleasant, helpful and welcoming. Rooms are nice, neat and clean.

Breakfast was great and lots of variety and options. Checkout process was a bit lengthy and took some extra time then expected, we had 7 rooms perhaps that could be the reason.

Although slightly high on pocket but considering the limited options of high star hotels in Nairobi and being safety as a priority this is the best option

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paolo M, General Manager at Sarova Stanley, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

We are pleased to learn you enjoyed your stay with us and that we exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your comments on our security measures which contributed in making you and your party feel very safe, the comments on the warmth and pleasant team, great breakfast variety and spacious guestrooms will also be shared with all the involved.

We have noted your remarks on the checkout process and we are thankful you understood the reasons.

Once again thank you for the feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Warm regards,
Paolo Marro
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Additional Information about Sarova Stanley

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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