My family (x5) have recently returned from a trip to Kenya (awesome)! We flew into Nairobi and stayed 1 night at Safari Park Hotel, then did a safari and stay at Watamu, returning to Nairobi via the train from Mombassa and staying for our last night at Safari Park. This hotel is beautiful with showing it's old colonial style with its architecture, many lovely gardens, it's colonial pool and many different restaurants. The staff are smart and extremely helpful, always willing to lend a hand. The bedrooms are large and extremely comfortable; though on the first night the put up bed for our younger daughter managed to make a sandwich of me, so she slept with us in a four poster so large we didn't know she was there! Good coffee/tea making facilities within the room. It's such an attractive and large venue that on our last day there we noticed there were 3 wedding receptions taking place, all of which had their own private venues and no crossovers! - I don't think there are many hotels in the UK with that facilility. The bathrooms, marble interiors are definitely jaded, but we the grace of this lovely building overcame that. We had room service, as we simply were too tired from our safariing to choose which restaurant all of us wanted to go to! Beware on this score, the hike in price for delivery of chips and pizza was really rather cheeky and given we were at the end of our holiday we were looking to watch out for every shilling! The hotel will change monies for you, at a fair price. Though it wasn't as good as our contact in Watamu - thank you Abul!
One big challenge is that the Safari Park is on the far side of Nairobi, which given the state of the roads at the moment is MORE than challenging! It's ok if you going out by jeep to safari in the Aberdares/Samburu etc, but the trip back, at night, in heavy rain, to the airport was one we won't forget in a hurry - in fact we've called it "an adventure" - driving round the M25 in the wrong direction, no lights, heavy rain and potholes, with people milling around is a calm description! The breakfast was more than continental,with a lot of Koreans visiting, we experienced their foodstuffs as well as good old English breakfasts and a continental fare of which we were more accustomed to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ‘THE AFRICAN PARADISE’ Surrounded by 50 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, the Safari Park Hotel & Casino combines the elegance of African architecture and art with an infrastructure at the leading edge of technology. Located only 15 minutes from the Nairobi city centre, the hotel offers calmness and serenity away from the fast pace of the city. The five-star hotel boasts 205 luxurious rooms each with en-suite bathrooms, antique African-themed four-poster beds and furniture. All the rooms have rear and front private large garden view balconies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Safari Park Nairobi