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“A good choice near the international airport”
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Ole Sereni
Ranked #16 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
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Reston, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“A good choice near the international airport”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

In recent years Nairobi's traffic has become infamous, in part due to the traffic circles (roundabouts) which are fine with light traffic but become choke points at heavier densities. Over the years many businesses have migrated away from the city center toward the Westlands suburb, which is now as congested as the city center once was. The Ole-Sereni occupies the former site of the US Embassy, which replaced the old city center site which was bombed in 1998, and then was replaced by an even newer Embassy location in Gigiri, west of the city). The Ole-Sereni occupies a long narrow lot along the road to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, in an area which is mostly industrial, and is even closer to the domestic/charter airport (Wilson). The location makes the Ole-Sereni very convenient for onward travel (whether domestic or international), but somewhat less convenient for doing business in Westlands, Museum Hill, or city center.

The unique draw of the Ole-Sereni is that the hotel is immediately adjacent to the Nairobi National Park, and the layout of the restaurant, bar, swimming pool, etc. have been designed to maximize the view of the park. A watering hole is just over the fence from the hotel, and in the dry season a wide range of wildlife (antelope, zebras, giraffes, birds) come to drink in the early morning and evening hours. The building is set back from the road such that traffic noise is not an issue, though when I was there some construction was underway in an adjacent lot.

Rooms are comfortable and modern, though I found the mattress very firm. The mini-bar drinks were lukewarm, but the walk-in shower had plenty of hot water. WiFi was free and had a strong signal. The only restaurant (the "Big Five") has a good mix of international and African-themed dishes, and an outdoor grill/ buffet is popular during evenings and weekends. The pool is on the small side but the fitness center is well-equipped. The barrista prepares espresso, cappuccino etc. to order, but note that these are not included in the breakfast price.

One drawback of the location is that there are no other restaurants, shops, ATMs etc. within easy walking distance, which means that one is somewhat confined to the hotel unless going out by car or taxi. There is a gift shop selling Kenyan souvenirs, coffee, maps, caps, etc. Staff are friendly and well-trained, and the hotel overall is a very good choice provided one does not need easy access to the western parts of Nairobi, and doesn't mind the somewhat isolated location. A cold Tusker beer while gazing at the national park is something none of the other hotels can offer!

Room Tip: Even-numbered rooms face Nairobi National Park, odd numbers face an empty lot or the road. The odd n...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
I sincerely thank you for taking time to give us your feedback.

I also appreciate the way you have described our services and highlighted all the areas.

I am pleased to learn that your stay was a pleasant one and look forward to welcoming you back.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Stayed a few nights at Ole Sereni, and I was pleasantly surprised! I's quite close to the airport, therefore quite convenient for anyone looking for a short stay. I found it quite luxurious looking for an airport hotel. The staff were friendly and courteous. What made the hotel was the view of the National Park. It was quite beautiful! There's free WiFi, and breakfast was included too. The breakfast buffet was amazing, but the dinner service was only so-so. Also, the service at dinner was lacking, there was never anyone around to take my order. Another bad quality about the hotel was that the towels were frayed and were stained throughout my stay. The curtains were also quite frayed and old. Overall, it was quite a nice hotel and I would recommend it for a short stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your positive feedback.

I am pleased to learn that your stay was a pleasant one apart form slow service in the restaurant and room related issues.

Please be assured that we will tackle them right away.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This hotel is only 15-30 minutes, depending on the traffic, from both airports. So it is handy as a stop over, for a night. It is a popular choice with flight and cabin staff, who appear keen to 'let their hair down', after a long haul flight. The rooms are ok, nothing special, but ok. The food is reasonable and served inside or out, also in the bar as well. The hotel is keen on it's large screens for music and sport coverage....so not a quiet option for a drink! The hotel overlooks the National Park and we did see a few Zebra, from the bedroom window. It would not be my choice for anything longer than one night, but is fine if your flight arrives late or leaves early in the morning.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the National Park and on an upper level, if you want a quieter sleep.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your review.

We see that you did not find our comforts up-to your standards but rest assured we will look into the options of enhancing it.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is a nice hotel which is around 30 minutes from Nairobi's main airport. Getting to/from the airport doesn't involve driving through the centre of Nairobi which is a real plus for anyone who has experienced the driving in Nairobi.
The hotel is spacious with pleasant bars and restaurants. Food is good and staff are pleasant and helpful.
Most of the rooms overlook a Game Park but even with binoculars we failed to see a single animal during our stay - I'm sure they're there somewhere!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thank you for taking time to share your feedback.

I am pleased to learn that your stay was a pleasant one apart for any game sighting.

I hope your future visits will include this delight.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

I deliberated on the title of this posting / review. I did not want to come across to harshly as this is the first time I have stayed at the Ole Sereni in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a nice hotel with an awesome view over the game park when one sits in the restaurant and from some of the rooms. While one overlooks the game park the chance of seeing something closeby is probably slim. We did see some buck clsoe to the watering hole and some birds of prey passing by. In general I cannot rate this as an excellent hotel...it is a good hotel but could be so much better. The finishes inside are looking tired. I found this hotel pricey compared to others I have stayed in in East Africa for the quality of the facilities on offer. The food was good but as in many places service is slow. Having said all this I would gladly stay here next time compared to where i have stayed before...which itself was not too bad. It is close to the airport and also the site I needed to visit for business which is an important consideration in Nairobi since traffic in the capital can be unbelievable if travelling through or close to the peak times and when there has been a rain storm.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your valuable feedback.

I have taken stock of your concerns and we will address it with highest priority.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Had an amazing time, the bar was the highlight. The rooms are clean and well furnished with all the amenities one would need. The breakfast is more than adequate and the service is excellent. Thank you all for such a great stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your feedback.

I am very pleased to know that your stay was a pleasant one.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Property: Ole Sereni
Address: Mombasa Road, Nairobi 00500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#13 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#15 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#16 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ole Sereni 4.5*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ole Sereni is a premium wildlife resort strategically located just off the Mombasa road overlooking the Nairobi National Game Park. Centrally positioned between the international airport and the city center, this is the only hotel bordering the wilds of the National Park. Ole Sereni offers all comforts and services to the business as well as leisure travelers and enjoys proximity to the central business district, international organizations, financial institutions, government offices and industrial area. ... more   less 
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