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“What a great first nights stay & Intro to Kenya” 4 of 5 stars
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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
London, United Kingdom
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“What a great first nights stay & Intro to Kenya”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed at this hotel as part of our Kenya Classic safari with Hayes & Jarvis.
Firstly we were suprised that this hotel appeared to be quite a drive from Nairobi airport (considering it's titled a Nairobi hotel) - but we were delighted. It's like a little corner of paradise & you forget you're staying very near to the hustle & bustle of Nairobi.
The rooms were lovely with a balcony overlooking the gardens. The bars & restaurants weren't cheap, but quality was good.
Being our first night in Kenya we wanted to eat African - so went to the Nyama Chama (sorry if this is spelt wrong) restaurant, which has all the grilled meats of Africa - along with soup, salad, dessert etc. The food & service were excellent. They had a great band playing & then at 21:00 there was an African show. Now usually we avoid any 'cultural show' like the plague - but this one was brilliant 30-40 fantastic dancers & acrobats who were truely magical. It was a great introduction to Africa & I'd recommend it.
A plentiful breakfast was on offer very early in the morning (as most people are heading off early on Safari's).
A great introduction to Africa - thoroughly enjoyed spending our first night here.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Stayed here at a recent conference. Nice to have birds and frogs around, they do mask the noise and dust of nearby Thika Road. Hotel wanted to charge $25 per night for internet, on top of $180 for the room, at a conference. Breakfast was really good. They spray DDT for mosquito control. Staff was nice and friendly.

Room Tip: Get one down below that faces the pond, I was awoken every morning in the 600 block by someone sweep...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, Ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The kind of "luxury" hotel that nickel and dimes you to death. E.g., use of the gym costs extra, wifi is outrageously expensive (and spotty and doesn't work in the rooms), and, like most hotel bars in my experience in Africa, meticulously measures out the slightest pour of gin imaginable. With that said, the ambience is perfect, setting the state nicely for the (admittedly tourist) safari experience (the upstairs Hemingway bar could not be a lovelier setting...unless there was more gin in my drink and free wifi, of course). Lots of food options, including a 24-hour restaurant which, while not exciting, is acceptable.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms are a long walk from the main building, if that matters. But they all look onto a...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Beautiful grounds, very nicely decorated rooms and many food choices (dinner only) and one 24 hour restaurant which was the only one I visited. Nice breakfast buffet with all the fixings.
The upstairs Hemingway bar was a very pleasant place to be. Beware of the skimpy drinks-one oz of liquor measured exactly.

The casino is old looking and not much fun. Good selection of gift shops to select your souvenirs without bargaining on the streets.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maryland, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We started our visit to Kenya here and ended our stay here. The first part was excellent -- good service, good food for breakfast, nice room with comfortable beds on upper level. It is a beautiful property, tranquil and green. No complaints. We enjoyed our two night stay here and the meal and show in the night club area. The final one night stay was not so great. Lower level room with shower that completely wet the bathroom floor, wall, towels (only one was provided for this two bed room), etc. despite many efforts. Impossible to get dry bath sized towels, despite multiple calls to front desk. The desk person actually delivered one hand towel and two floor mats to us and did not understand the difference. Housekeepers totally unresponsive. I think they just did not have enough towels. This is a huge hotel and it was busy, but not filled. The Italian restuarant, though pricey, was good.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

I've stayed there a couple of time while on business trips. The location is on a major highway which make it excellent to move around yet the rooms are very far from the road and quiet you might think you are at a dafari lodge!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We had such a terrible experience at this hotel. I had loved it previously but will never go back again. Amazing setting but terrible service from front office staff spoiled it for me forever. Do not stay here!

Truly one of the worse experiences of my life.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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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