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“Good value for your $$$..not full of safari tourists” 4 of 5 stars
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The Heron Portico
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Milimani Road, Opp. Provincial Police Headquarters | P. O. Box 41848, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #17 of 125 Hotels in Nairobi
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Whitehorse,Yukon
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Good value for your $$$..not full of safari tourists”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

We stayed there prior to and after our safari..We enjoyed the staff who treated us well right from the small coffee shop to the dining room. Though the rooms may have been on the small side, we had all the amenities at our disposal.We enjoyed seeing the variety of people who stayed there and the ability to go for a walk not in the city or behind a walled fort. We would/will stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Surrey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

We spent one night at this hotel. The room offered everything you would need, however we wasn’t too impressed with the service. We found the reception staff rude & unhelpful. We were leaving early the next morning & we were asking about breakfast boxes. We were sent to the restaurant who then sent us back to the reception who sent us back to the restaurant. We thought we had then booked this but in the morning no one knew what we were talking about. This is just one example & we really are not people who moan about this sort thing, it was the only time we experienced rudeness in Kenya.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

We stayed here on our last night in Nairobi.
Check in was really slow because there was only one person in the reception and 4 other guests checking in at the same time.

Bed room and bathroom are small, but very clean, and the bed was really comfy.

We had dinner in the hotel, again service was pretty slow but the food was good.

Early morning flight out of Nairobi, no hot water in the morning. which kind of sucked. But overall not a bad place for a quick stop before or after safari. Took us around 15mins to reach the airport which was not bad.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

I stayed here for 5 nights on business. The hotel is close to the centre of town. The room was good, very spacious with a separate seating area and a small kitchenette (sink/microwave/toaster). I had no view (unless you count the view onto the opposite corridor of rooms across a very small open space) but as I was working it didn't really matter. The bathroom is fine, there's a large shower with good water pressure. Breakfast is the usual cereal/fruit/bread buffet with eggs cooked to order. I ate dinner on a couple of nights and it was also fine, nothing fantastic. The biggest complaint I have is the extraordinarily slow service in the restaurant both at breakfast and dinner. The staff are all terribly nice and polite but if you're in a hurry I wouldn't bother ordering.
The pool looked nice although I didn't get a chance to use it. There is a sign for a gym but it seems to be under construction.
I would return on business but not on holiday. The reason I would return is primarily location followed by room size.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Went with a group for a safari so didnt choose this hotel myself. It was clean and comfortable, breakfast was not bad. It is in a leafy suburb of the city. Ok for a group trip.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gibraltar
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38 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

Spent one night here while en-route to South Sudan, the hotel is located in a quiet part of Nairobi just by the Police Headquarters, staff are friendly and the rooms are a decent size with internet and Satellite TV. Bathrooms are nice with a powerful shower. I think it represents good value for money and I wish I had the chance to test the swimming pool as it looked decent.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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Cairo, Egypt
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

This is a very good property in Nairobi, and a great value for price. The rooms are cute, and well priced. There is a decent swimming pool, and a good lunch place. In addition, the bar is quite good. There are several business travelers here. It is well located near the Pan Afric, and safe, because across from the police.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 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:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Nairobi
#9 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#14 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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