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Ole Sereni
Ranked #19 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Canton, Connecticut
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275 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
“Nice hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We stayed here for a night while travelling out to the Maasai Mara. Security is good at the hotel. We stayed in the Maasai Suite which was a beautiful suite. The only complaint is that the bed is extremely uncomfortable but that was the only complaint we had for the room.

Unfortunately, we didn't have time to use the amazing bathtub but it really was beautiful. The bathroom was very nice with a great shower.

The hotel itself is beautiful and if you eat at the restaurant you can overlook the park which is so peaceful. They have some great statutes and it is decorated very nicely. Service in the restaurant was extremely slow when we ate and the staff wasn't overly attentive.

Room Tip: Maasai Suite was beautiful
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your feedback which is very appreciated.

Our sincere apologies on the bed discomfort and the slow service in the restaurant. We will have these concerns addressed right away.

We hope you will consider our services during your future travels to this part of the world.

I look forward to welcoming you back.
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The Ole Sereni is around 15-20 MInutes from NBO international airport and next to the city's own national park. The rooms are nicely furnished and clean, my view from the small balcony unfortunately faced the adjacent parking lot. The hotel's restaurant has a good selections of menues, the local beef was so delicious I had it twice for diner. Breakfast was served on the terrace with a great view over the park, the buffet selection did not leave any wish unanswered. Through the local travel desk, I booked an early morning safari to the park where we spend 4 hours watching giraffes, buffalos, zebras, gazelles, rhinos, ostrich and lions. Definitely a trip to be recommended, especially if you don't have a lot of time but still feel for some African adventure.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
I sincerely thank you for taking time to give us your positive reviews.

You have given us Top Marks across the board and for that we are greatly humbled.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Truro, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a couple of nights. We choose it because of the location next to The National park. Our room was small but very nice. The first night we had a lovely meal in The Eagle restaurant on the 4th floor. The staff were excellent. When we asked for a wine recommendation they matched the wine superbly to our chosen meal. The only down side of our stay was the noise. It sounded like table and chairs being dragged across the floor from very early morning. That said we would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your positive feedback.

I am glad you found Eagle's a fine culinary experience.

We do however apologise for the noise pollution on the floors and will address is right away.

We look forward to having you with us soon.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I stayed here for several nights last week. I went on 3 safaris with the hotel. We saw so much wildlife at Nairobi National Park. We even saw a pride of 11 lions stalk and kill a zebra! Amazing. Our game driver was Benson, he was amazing, knowledgeable and he knew where to take us for the best safari experience.
This hotel is more than just a great place to stay, it is a destination for great safaris!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank jungleRN
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your raving reviews.

I recollect us watching those extra-ordinary images of the Nairobi National Park especially the one with 11 LIONS!!!! I have not met any of our guests who had a game sighting as you did.

Thank you for acknowledging 'Benson's' efforts and we wlook forward to welcoming you back.

You just might see 12 LIONS next time:)
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San Diego, California
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33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We only stayed here one night but it was lovely, a very nice first introduction to Kenya! The outdoor dining patio was great and overlooked a wide expanse of land. The breakfast was lovely and the staff were great.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank whiskersonkittens
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thank you for sharing your positive feedback.

I am pleased that you had a pleasant experience.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I enjoyed my most recent visit to the Ole Sereni and found it better than last time. It is very well located for a night or two, if you want to be near the airports and/ or the Nairobi National Park etc.
The rooms are a tad small, but fine for a short stay. The Hotel appears to have toned down its Sports Bar cum Club feel of late and maybe now recognises that a wide range of guests want to stay. Some upgrading and re vamping is taking place, including a new bar area, on the top floor, with great views. The menu, whilst not stunning, is fine and ok , quality wise. In my opinion, this hotel is a good quality three to three and a half hotel, that gives guests what they pay for ie not luxury but quite a good package, without being stunning.

Room Tip: Remember if a light and early sleeper, to avoid rooms above the open bar area, as it is quite noisy...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Ian C
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thank you for taking time to give us your reviews.

I am glad that you have noticed the changes / upgrades we ahve been working on to enhance guest experience.

I can assure you that your future visit will encounter a delight at Ole-Sereni.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Excellent access to Nairobi International Airport. Good restaurant, cordial and competent staff. Clean, modern rooms. Business center and wifi throughout. I don't think I would stay at this hotel if I needed to be in Nairobi for meetings or tourism, but it was great for the night I arrived from the airport and I will use it the night before an early morning flight out. Also has good access to game parks and other tourist activities, and packages to support travel to them.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank 730108Traveler
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Ghulam S, General Manager at Ole Sereni, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
I sincerely thank you for taking time to give us your positive reviews.

It is truly overwhelming to hear from a satisfied guest.

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:
#12 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#13 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#15 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#18 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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