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“Expensive but good for Nairobi transit night” 3 of 5 stars
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The Panari Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mombasa Road | P.O Box 4372, Nairobi 00506, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #45 of 145 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Expensive but good for Nairobi transit night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

I stayed one night in this hotel near NBO airport, en route to another destination in East Africa. The hotel is close to the airport, which is great for avoiding the infamous Nairobi traffic. The hotel is in part of a high-rise building right on the main road, with Reception up a lift on the 3rd floor (which seems strange on arrival). The hotel has a shuttle that will pick you up and drop you off at the airport for $12 each way. My room was very nice, seemingly recently renovated, with very comfortable bed, good bathroom, and views out over the road and the game park beyond. I asked for a high floor (I was on the 8th, down the hall a ways from the lift), and so the noise from the road wasn't bad (though you could hear some traffic), and the hotel was quiet. I was there on a Sunday and holiday Monday, so traffic was lighter than usual too. The WiFi didn't work at all the day I arrived, but was working again in the morning, and seemed to work well in the room (and they didn't charge me for it). The highlight was the gym, which is quite large, with a number of machines and plenty of weights. Although some of the machines are rather old, and the gym itself seems old (although this is not a very old building), I enjoyed it, and was impressed with the lovely manager/trainer on charge that day (Jared), who was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet was extensive and quite good.
Although it's expensive, I would stay there again when in transit in Nairobi.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Port Allen, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

I had a problem with sheets they had not been changed it was corrected asap my over all stay was good i will stay thier again you will be safe thier it's lots of security and close to airport 3-30-11 shawn harris port allen louisiana

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2011

I've had to stay at this expensive dump a few times when stranded at the Airport. The last time the back-up generator, wi-fi, hot water and computer system all didn't work. Front desk attitude was shockingly poor. For $200 a night I vowed NEVER to return.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank KrissySAUK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

Hi, I was at Panari hotel from 21th to the 25th of March 2011. Hotel is correct, reception is at third floor. Food is ok, breakfast was correct. Pay attention to the room, I suggest to choose one on the other side of the road. All rooms just have a simple window and Mombasa road is a major way to Nairobi => noisy during the whole day (and of course night). If you're there for the week-end, forget the swimming-pool because there's a roof !! Don't ask me why, I don't know. But fitness area is nice. 10 minutes walk to Airtel Kenya. Very far from Nairobi centre.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Breizh_MyHome
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2011

The Panari Hotel, most probably the nearest good hotel from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. For Nairobi, staying near the airport is not an option but a must, because during office hours if you really need to board a flight, you need to satrt at least 3 to 4 hrs to travel 25 kilometers within the city. You will face huge jame on every crossing of roads. Hence Panari is locationally advantageous as you need not to cross any major crossing to reach to the airport.
The second good thing about Panari is it is located along with a big shopping complex (owned by the same group) and you can get good food courts, movie theatre, pharmacy, wild life tour operators under the same roof.
Now lets come to the hotel quality. Its good and very basic. The rooms are airy, bright and have good view of the Mombasa Nairobi Highway. The restaurant is pretty big and offers good spread of continental and oriental cuisine. The gym is very well equipped though little cramped. The bar is attached to the reception, spacious and offers good variety of drinks and also live music.
The only drawback of the hotel is it is located little away from the main city, to reach to the city centre you need to board a taxi. But keeping in mind the traffic jam, one would prefer to stay near to the airport, especially when he needs to catch an early morning flight. Overall a good value for money for convenience.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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2 Thank bochabasu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

If you want to lose 700 Euros in a night then get victimized and suspected for stealing your own cash then this is the place to board. FYI no compensation therefore make sure you are insured against any liability before booking a room. too much security detail for nothing since they themselves will steal from you. They provide 'safes' for valuables. How ironic coz they actually work out the combination. They call their own police who they liaise with and pretend to investigate the matter until you just fly out of the country...This was my worst experience in a hotel.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2011

If you don't fancy the journey into the city and have a stopover this is the place for you. I've stayed here a couple of times now for the proximity to Nairobi Airport and nothing else.

The public area decor is a tad strange and the prices are rather on the high side for what I use the place for but it certainly beats sitting in Nairobi rush hour traffic.

The rooms are spacious enough, clean and very comfortable. The wifi on the upper floors can be a bit hit and miss though. This can be a bit of a pain when they charge $8 per hour for the pleasure.

You'll probably find it best to take dinner out of the hotel if you can. The choice is really quite poor. Although the fish dish was perfectly poached and very tasty.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank TheBounder
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Address: Mombasa Road | P.O Box 4372, Nairobi 00506, 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 Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#28 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
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Hotel Class:5 star — The Panari Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Panari Hotel is the closest hotel to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi. Located 7 kilometers from the airport and 8 kilometers from the city center, we have your convenience at heart. From the rooms, our guests enjoy a captivating panoramic view of The Nairobi national park on one side. On the other side, you have a full view of the City in the horizon. The hotel is one of its kind being the only venue with an Ice Skating Rink in East and Central Africa. For our guest's convenience, we have a bank, forex bureau and a hair salon all under one roof. We also have a variety of food outlets alongside the Hotel's main restaurant "The Red Garnet." For a night out, you need not go elsewhere, on the second floor of the hotel, "Shooters and Dips Lounge" is the hottest entertainment spot along Mombasa road. No need to interrupt your keep fit regime while traveling. Get a full work out at The Dolphin Health Club. The health club is fully equipped with all the modern workout machines, steam bath, sauna and an indoor swimming pool. The Panari Hotel boasts a very large conferencing area with sufficient, secure and ample parking space to fit 450 cars. The Panari Hotel "A Luxurious Way of Life." ... more   less 
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