Located 10 minutes up the main Mombasa Road from JKIA int'l airport, this is a transit hotel or base for those active in the industrial areas southeast of the city, and also hosts local (small scale) meetings downstairs.
Location is the draw for those who need to be in this area, and it is definitely NOT for those who want to go downtown ... another 6km distant and with daytime traffic 30-45 minutes to/from the CBD area directionally depending on time of day and traffic flow.
Nearby buildings are warehouses, showrooms, and some brand new office buildings on Mombasa Road; while the hotel itself sits on a large plot of undeveloped open land 100m off the road by itself. The hotel directly fronts the Nairobi National Park 100 meters away, and one can see Zebra herds etc while you eat. The views and large empty scrubland space of the park makes in-your-face Nairobi seem distant.
There is absolutely nothing of interest within walking distance or nearby, but with two local shopping centers are a few km's in each direction if you need basic supermarket supplies with no traffic jams.
Run by the foreign Sarovar hotel group, the low-rise 4 story building isn't new as it was once upon a time the US Embassy. The building exterior is newly refurbished, as is the interior decor which is very new, modern, and artsy. Overall it has good security, it's clean, there's a 100% back-up generator for the infrequent power cuts, and staff are very friendly and helpful. Room decor and bathrooms is all very new, with flat screen TV, good wi-fi, nice firm mattress, and with it's semi-remote location .... quiet!
This is not a cheap hotel, so breakfast is to decent standard as would be expected; and also offers numerous hearty Swahili style vegetable-only dishes probably new to most people.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ole - Sereni Hotel, Nairobi Hotel Nairobi