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Safari Park Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Thika Road, Kasarani | P.O. Box 45038, Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #25 of 103 Hotels in Nairobi
Maryland
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

What a great introduction to Kenya. The hotel was fantastic. We had a very spacious, clean, well appointed room with a terrific balcony. The grounds are magical. The meal options are great with 5 restaurants on the premises. The Hemingway rooftop bar was a dream. I can't say enough great things about this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

I was in Nairobi for one day on a business trip and arrived at the hotel at about 0130. The hotel complex is huge and is an enclosed community with a manned security gate. The check-in process was quick and I was in my room within ten minutes of driving through the gate. The location was great for me, but might not be good for others on vacation who want to travel through the city center. My room had a large four-post bed with mosquito netting completely enclosing it. Breakfast the next day was typical of the European hotels with a good selection of fresh fruits, eggs cooked to order, and everything required for a full English breakfast. If you drink your coffee black, make sure you tell the steward first; otherwise, he will add cream without asking.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

A high standard Conference Hotel at the outskirts of Nairobi. Not ideal for sightseeing in anirbi as it is some distance from the city centre, but the hotel arranges excursions to local places of interest. The hotel covers a large area, and if you are put up in one of the blocks at the edge of the campus, you may have a ten minute walk to the breakfast restaurant. There are five restaurants to choose from, and the African Restaurant puts on a cultural show every night with some fairly impressive acrobatic performances.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The Safari Park Hotel is in expansive grounds with wonderful gardens, beautifully maintained.
Its very quiet and restful and has excellent dining and leisure facilities.

The African restaurant is similar to the Carnivore experience with the wonderful Safari Cats show to follow.

Breakfast is substantial with a range of options.

The Health Spa and fitness facilites are first rate.

However, the rooms are dated and poorly maintained. There is no A/C which in the hot months could be quite unpleasant. Some of the furniture was broken and the bathroom fittings poor. Certain areas had not been regularly cleaned.

Most irritating was the charge for Internet Access at 1000 Ksh for an hour or 2000 Ksh for the day. Furthermore, you have to connect using wired ethernet to purchase the relevant plan - which is not so good when the cable doesn't work.

The hotel is quite a way out of town and some distance from the airport - which in Nairobi traffic can be quite significant.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Having stayed at much nicer and modern hotels in Kenya previously, the Safari Park was quite a let down. The room was comfortable enough, but no aircon, and my room had no fan either. Bathroom functioned, but was also not too precisely cleaned.

The grounds are quite nice, though, and the breakfast was pleasant. Also, the Hemingway lounge is a good place to spend an afternoon and evening.

I sampled a few of the restaurants on the property as well. The Chinese place was not much better than mediocre takeout, but at much higher prices. The Italian place was adequate.

My biggest complaint is the nickel-and-diming for what should be standard amenities. The wireless was about $12 a day, and performance was lackluster. I had to stick with voice-only calls online. Also, the gym is also not complimentary. Absolutely absurd for a local hotel with this reputation.

Overall, the stay was no better than average.

Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

If you would like a secluded and isolated hotel to stay this is the one for yourself. However there was no privacy, staff entered your room at their leisure, when ever. Reception staff not as friendly as the other staff??
No animals except for a couple of birds in a cage outside the foyer area. Resturants very expensive and currency conversion was a total rought. Hotel mainly geared for convention stayers whom had no other choice of stay, Casino all wrong in terms of rules, food however was good.
I would not stay there again. Also check your account before checking out.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

This is a most unusual hotel. It has the appearance of a game lodge (the presence of a few wild-ish animals in the grounds helps!) but works as a modern hotel.

There are several restaurants on site including one serving a big-game buffet (not as good as Carnivore but if you don't fancy a cab ride to the other side of the city it's a reasonable alternative) and a great bar that puts you in mind of Hemingway.

It's way out of town so don't expect to be able to explore Nairobi easily but if you want the 'safari' sleeping experience without going the whole hog then this might be an alternative that works.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Additional Information about Safari Park Hotel

Address: Thika Road, Kasarani | P.O. Box 45038, Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#17 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Safari Park Hotel 4*
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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