I stayed at Sarova Panafric for 2 nights in July, and overall really enjoyed the experience. The staff were extremely courteous, the rooms well maintained, and the restaurant had excellent food. I was given a complimentary upgrade after they realized that my room wasn't ready for check-in, which was also much appreciated.
The location is fairly ideal, with it being easy to get a cab to take me either downtown, or towards Junction. The extended driveway means you're removed from street traffic, and also feel extremely safe (given the crime issues in Nairobi).
The lobby and restaurant are definitely the best features of the hotel. Their morning buffet is excellent, and I enjoyed a mix of both continental and local cuisine with excellent variety. Their a-la-carte menu is also pretty solid.
The rooms are spacious, with good air-conditioning, decent wi-fi, good tv channel selection and a really nice shower. The only knock is that the hallways to access your rooms aren't sealed, and tiled with cheap tile, giving the hotel a slightly cheap feel (which it is decidedly not). It has the open hallway look that you expect of a motel, but the facilities and features are definitely top notch.
The only other issue is that I was hoping the hotel would have a gym, but I guess that isn't the norm in Nairobi. The pool area looking beautiful, but it was a bit too cold to swim in July.
Overall, I'd say this is a really good deal if you want a near five-star experience in Nairobi, without having to pay a five-star price. Also, given the alternatives, I'd be hard pressed to find as good a hotel at a comparable price point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Idyllically located 5 minutes drive from the CBD and 18 Kms from Jomo Kenyatta Internationa Airport, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, Sarova Panafric offers 164 rooms in a range of standard, superior, club and suites- all recently refurbished and decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style. Named in honor of the Pan African movement, Sarova Panafric was inaugurated by the first president of Kenya H.E. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on the 5th January 1965 and truly represents Neo Africa. Enjoy leisurely meals at the lively and warm Flame tree restaurant, once the watering hole for freedom fighters, spies and foreign correspondents and named after the Flame Tree that holds pride of place in the gardens. Sarova Panafric offers state of the art banqueting and conferencing facilities with a range of meeting and function rooms equipped with the latest audio visual and WIFI equipment. To wind up the day, take a dip in the pool or go for a leisurely massage – or simply enjoy a cool drink to the soothing sounds of Africa’s rhythm Sarova Panafric is also located a short 0.5 Kms from Kenya's Landmark 'Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)' , an events venue in Africa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sarova Panafric Hotel Nairobi
- Sarova Panafric Nairobi
- Panafric Hotel Nairobi