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“Convenient hotel, go for it” 4 of 5 stars
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The Heron Portico
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Milimani Road, Opp. Provincial Police Headquarters | P. O. Box 41848, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #15 of 106 Hotels in Nairobi
england
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32 hotel reviews
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“Convenient hotel, go for it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

Nairobi hotels are quite expensive, and thanks to my daughter's friend advice we chose this one. Very well located, a nice street with lovely trees, moderate traffic considering the chaos that Nairobi traffic is. Good breakfast, with fresh fruit and fresh juices, eggs cooked to your taste and very nice staff. The bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities, television with foreign channels. We had a small balcony with a very pleasent view and they have a lovely very inviting swimming pool, for the summer months. The drains in the shower cubicle are slow so you have to be careful not to flood the bathroom(it is not a major issue). They have security at the gates 24 hours a day which is very reassuring. All in all a very good hotel for a business trip or a stop over from your safaris. Had a driver pick us up from airport, he is reliable and very nice and drives you around Nairobi. Edward was very helpful and always arrived on time. Please contact me if you need any information regarding him. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, if you want something better at a higher price there are other options.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the main street are nicer, at least that is what we thought
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Karatu, Tanzania
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39 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

I've stayed at this hotel several times although this was my first time this year and I think it improves with each visit. I've decided this is my hotel of choice in Nairobi. The Heron has many of the amenities of the much higher priced hotels in the area at a lot lower price. The location is good and if you use the Impala shuttle to Arusha the bus will come collect you. The staff were very accommodating and friendly although someone at breakfast was complaining about the service, I think he was stressed out to be truthful. The standards in Africa are just not the same as in Europe or North America and I found the service quite good for East Africa. The food is absolutely fine, in the evening you can dine outside which is nice. The breakfast choices are very good, they have several healthy options. The pool looked great although I didn't use it. There's a sauna also not tried and I noticed the new coffee shop but I didn't go check it out. The front desk staff were especially helpful. The rooms are perfectly adequate. I had no complaints whatsoever.

Room Tip: Be sure to bring a connection cable for your computer as the rooms do not have wi-fi
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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syracuse, ny USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

when i work in kenya, i usually stay at the heron while traveling through nairobi. the staff is very friendly, and the accommodations nice. there are some problems with the plumbing (shower doesn't drain well) and i've experienced issues with the internet. the staff will do anything in their power to help you - just ask! the restaurant and cafe both offer a good selection and excellent staff. don't be in a hurry, though, as it is typical in kenya to do things slowly. pole, pole they say. there is a business center with paid internet usage (although internet is in the rooms as well), and a nice souvenir shop.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

Stayed here for two nights and it is perfectly adequate. Its clean however we had them arrange a taxi for us from the airport and they completely overcharged us by about four times the going rate and the price of the rooms is very expensive for what you receive. If it was cheaper it would have been fine it was just very expensive for what it is. There is also a slightly eerie feel to the place and I was glad to leave it.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

This is a charming hotel with the friendliest staff. The rooms are extremely clean and tidy, the restaurant's food is delicious and the location is perfect. Security is also great. Thanks Steve for keeping it under control.
We thank you all for a pleasant stay. This will be my home away from home every time I'm in Nairobi. Dominic, thanks for keeping your eye out on the boys lol

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

We flew and stayed here on the first leg of a longer trip. Most importantly, we wanted something that was cheap and OK and it was cheap and much better than OK. I've not stayed in anything really upscale in Africa so maybe I'm unduly pessimistic, about what a high-end place might deliver but the Heron was great. Good response to email enquiry, efficient pick-up at the airport and nice restaurant and good place to acclimatise. On a non-hotel note, remember Nairobi is at altitude so it was surprisingly cold in July. If you are arriving and want something safe and reasonable, this is it.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

Rooms a bit on the small side and noisy, but clean. Facilities were good and staff were very helpful. Restaurant a bit on the expensive side for Nairobi but food was tasty.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Milimani Road, Opp. Provincial Police Headquarters | P. O. Box 41848, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Best Value Hotel in Nairobi
#12 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Heron Portico 4*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Heron Portico is Nairobi's finest and best known business hotel located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the city center and about 18 kilometers from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The hotel offers accommodations in 108 guest rooms and suites, outdoor swimming pool, Gym, Sauna, Steam room and Gift shop. The hotel is known for its food and beverage offerings, where drinks and meals are served continuously from morning till evening. ... more   less 
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Heron Hotel Nairobi

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