We held a conference here and I stayed for six nights. The grounds are lovely, with some impressive trees, the staff are pleasant, the food is good (except the Chinese!) and the beds are high and wide and firm, as I like them (though dreadful pillows and shabby bathrooms).
But BUT there are some big BUTS... Mainly that the hotel sees fit to charge exorbitant extras for everything, on top of already high nightly rates. For the internet, which is exceptionally slow, they charge a whopping Sh1,000 per hour or Sh11,000 per week - what you'd pay for a year as a private subscriber in Nairobi, or six months in London for top-speed broadband. They are not interested in waiving this charge for conference groups of business people - an amazingly uncompetitive attitude for which they deserve to lose business. Likewise, as several reviewers have mentioned, there is a daily charge for guests to use the (poor) gym (Sh1000 per time) and the meals and drinks charges are also extortionate.
The other huge BUT is the noise. Most nights and most rooms are quiet. But woe betide you if you have one of the rooms with an interleading door - the soundproofing is dreadful and it will not be fun if you have loud TV watchers or early morning shouters as I did next door. Then there are the parties - the hotel makes most of its revenue from conferences and weddings. The weddings are BIG and LOUD and can go on till past two in the morning. A couple of hours before the wedding, the hotel puts letters under the doors of residents to excuse themselves, but certainly will not move you to another room, take money off the bill or even give a little token of appreciation such as drinks coupons or suchlike. There were two weddings in the six days I was there, plus other events at the Nyama Choma, Cat's Night Club, gym disco and so on.
Take all of this into account if you are thinking of holding a conference at this venue.
- 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