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“Our stay at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya” 5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi Serena Hotel
Ranked #3 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
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Vancouver, Canada
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157 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Our stay at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is one of the finest hotels we have stayed in...beautiful rooms with all the amenities, including robes & slippers. A gorgeous pool area, luxurious spa facilities, a great gym with saunas, steams, showers, lockers and all the equipment you could want.
There are several restaurants to choose from, an excellent gift shop with affordable prices, beautiful art pieces all over the hotel. A courteous, helpful staff, lots of security, an attractive bar, a salon with full services, a lounge and free Wifi.
The lobby area is beautifully appointed and the concierge and business services are readily available.

Room Tip: The rooms over the pool have a lovelier view, but the rooms over the entrance are quieter as one doe...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Hotel is somewhat dated in terms of decor but everyone is very nice, friendly and good service. Had a bad experience ordering food in the bar however - waited 40 minutes and cancelled the order for chicken wings. Not sure where they were getting them from! Stick to the restaurant where possible!

Being able to bill taxis to the hotel bill directly saved me a big headache.

Friendly staff.

When next in Nairobi I will probably try a different hotel but wouldn't cry if I had to stay there again.

Room Tip: Do not get a room on the corner as the traffic will keep you awake and disturb you during the day...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The hotel is very clean and it's very proximity to the Nairobi City centre. It's a walking distance to the town. They have ample packing and their staff are most helpful. Their meals are wonderful and the rooms are very clean. You get value for your money.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the popular Central park and town centre are wonderful. You get a very good view of...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank FavourSafaris
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Benton, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our recent 3 week trip to Africa began with 2 nights at the Nairobi Serena. The hotel is a secure and well run hotel with several restaurants, a beautful swimming pool and all the in-room amemities to help a traveler overcome jet lag and multiple hours on an airplane in an economy seat!

Room Tip: The rooms were very quiet and comfortable but the beds had hard mattresses. We found this to be the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank ckaszubski
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I've been staying here regularly for the last 5 years. Always excellent and friendly service from the team. Great lap pool. Very nice buffet dining room for breakfast and lunch. Nice bar. Small but efficient business centre. Well equipped gym frequented by local VIPs .

Room Tip: City view is best, And the 3 garden suites are very nice with sun lounger and gazebo and direct ac...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Marc F
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had a fantastic stay at Nairobi Serena Hotel! I loved the atmosphere, the art, the meals and the friendly and service-minded staff. The room was large and comfortable with a large lovely bed. The pool area was beautiful and relaxing. I even had the opportunity to join a salsa course for the first time at the gym, quite different from skiing in Norway. I would love to come back!

Room Tip: Don´t be to close to the elevator
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Cecilie F
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Hook, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Been to the Niarobi Serena many times, as it is a lovely hotel and we like to stay here before and after safaris. On our last visit however we were not so happy. The problem was having to vacate the room by 10am when your BA flight to London departs at almost midnight. We asked if it was possible to keep the room for a little longer, and were told the hotel was full and they needed the rooms,(which is fair enough),but if we paid then it would be ok to keep the rooms until 6pm, but the charge would be about 150 dollars per room. We paid, but felt the charge was a little excessive, as most hotels would not charge as much.Having said all that we will probably return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank peter r
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Property: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Address: Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi, 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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Nairobi Serena Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 183
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Justly famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World'. Despite its pivotal central hotel location in Nairobi, Kenya, the Nairobi Serena remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa's most vibrant capital cities. Offering a wide range of dining experiences, The Nairobi Serena is also renowned for its 'Mandhari' fine-dining restaurant, which is universally acknowledged as one of Kenya's finest. ... more   less 
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