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Palacina Residence & Suites
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Kitale Lane, off Dennis Pritt Road | State House Area, P.O Box 48728, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #5 of 100 hotels in Nairobi
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Stopped here briefly with the family on the way back from Madagascar to London but was stunned by just how good this hotel is. I have no idea how good a location it is within Nairobi, but once you are inside it is an oasis of calm and well-being. They gave us a beautiful suite and dinner was a true pleasure.

Try to stay on Saturday night if you can as they have an excellent live band including Kenya's answer to Louis Armstrong.

Room Tip: The suites are awesome.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

When I first started coming to Kenya for work, I stayed at a few other hotels in the area (The Fairview, Sancara), etc, but after finding Palacina, there is no way I would stay anywhere else. Nairobi is one of the most hectic, traffic-filled, and sometimes dangerous cities that I visit for work. The Palacina transports you to a place of tranquility and zen, and is not over pretentious or overly opulent. Everything is clean, and breezy. Feels very beach-like. The restaurant is great - I've eaten here on multiple occasions, but the hotel is also located a short cab ride away from other places. They have a complimentary cocktail night on Thursdays with wine, beer and small bites (a great way to meet other guests and get to know the staff better). If you plan to stay on this side of Nairobi, stay here. If you're in Westlands or Gigiri, I'd probably stay at the Tribe.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great - I've seen a bunch!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stayed here for our short stay in Nairobi on our way to Zanzibar. The Palacina picked us up at the airport and immediately made us feel welcome and safe! We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by name, and offered room service since the staff could tell we were tired! We were shown to our room (very clean, comfortable, five star room) and immediately ordered from the menu. The food was great - an excellent meal to start our adventure. We used the Tour Africa Safaris as our guide for a safari. They work closely with the hotel, and made us feel in completely good hands the entire time. They kept our luggage and helped to confirm our flights to Zanzibar while we were away on safari. The staff was a picture of going above and beyond. The Palacina had a friendly, authentic, and clean vibe to it. We would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Nairobi. We wish we could go back sooner than we can:)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 August 9, 2012

I stayed in the one bedroom apartment for five nights. Bed was small and really only ideal for one person. Rest of apartment was great. Food and pub were of a very high quality. Service was great. Some evenings they supplied high quality snacks and drinks on the house which was a nice surprise

Room Tip: Try the suites or a bigger apartment
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Spent 5 nights in Nairobi to visit friends and had a great experience at the Palacina. There is a great restaurant attached which is nice because its so hard to get around Nairobi. Trips and cabs through the hotel are very expensive relative to calling a cab, so if you get the name of a reliable cab driver, use them.
Has a fitness center, which is not much but is fine for a quick workout and a spa which is just a massage room but is relatively inexpensive and massages are good.

Room Tip: Get a room in the main building
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We arrived here late in the evening just as the restaurant was about to close. They kept it open and made a lovely dinner for us. Their attitude was pleasant. We stayed one night on our way to a safari. I would recommend as much as a one night stay's info would allow.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Palacina is a dreamy small boutique hotel (I swear I thought up this title and only afterwards noted on their website that Lonely Planet says the same of it!). I used to stay their regularly when I was able to score reasonable rates particularly because I always loved the fabulous food and jazz (Friday nights) at Moonflower. The bar area is fantastic -- definitely harkens of Nairobi days of old and the outdoor setting area is reminiscent of a safari camp. Certainly try their grilled snapper - it's always a great way to go. I stopped staying there as the price couldn't quite compete with Fairview, but I would if I could!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: Kitale Lane, off Dennis Pritt Road | State House Area, P.O Box 48728, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#4 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#9 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#19 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Palacina Residence & Suites 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For weary travelers who have seen many a hotel room, Palacina is a breath of fresh air. Offering all the luxuries of a five star hotel, with special personalized service, a relaxed atmosphere and great attention to detail. As a family owned and run hotel the core emphasis is on making guests feel at home during their stay in Nairobi in an atmosphere of understated elegance and warm hospitality...Welcome to Nairobi's most relaxing address! ... more   less 
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