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“Lacking a little of it's sparkle” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nairobi Serena Hotel

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Nairobi Serena Hotel
Ranked #3 of 161 Hotels in Nairobi
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St.Ives
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lacking a little of it's sparkle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

This is our second overnight stay here but we felt it had lost its way a bit. The service was a bit hit and miss. In the rooms the beds smelt of Cigarette smoke. They could do with being non smoking. The breakfast was good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Accra, Ghana
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56 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

For me this is a lovely hotel. Well run, elegant, quite well appointed and an air of colonial splendour about it. My 3rd stay and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Location wise it is convenient for the city centre but traffic does make access somewhat challenging. Then again, all city centre hotels will suffer the same issues.

Restaurants are lovely, bar is efficient and friendly. The pool is just perfect and seems well patronised. Breakfast by the poolside was one of my lasting memories.

My bedroom was nicely appointed but the furniture is perhaps a little dated now. Nevertheless it was comfortable, clean and presentable. Wifi connection was good and room service worked well.

I will always choose the serena when in Nairobi.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ghanabound
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Wisconsin
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

One does not have to be a registered guest to take advantage of the hotel's facilities. For a very reasonable daily fee of $25-30 one is able to use their fabulous pool and spa and well-equipped exercise room; of course one is also eat in one of their many resturants. A day there would sooth any travel weary body.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank litlady44
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Tripoli, Lebanon
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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

everything in this hotel is very old , decoration, furniture , even clothes and haircuts of waiters. rooms are very noisy , windows do not close well , far from hermetic , AC also is very noisy but you have to afford it otherwise it will be too hot to sleep.
quality of food is below average ( we tried dinner and breakfast ) some of the waiters are friendly

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tarek n
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Montreal, Canada
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42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed at the Serena Hotel for two nights prior to our safari. Rooms were nice and comfortable. Very pleasant stay and would love to go back! We ate of the hotel's seafood restaurant and were very impressed with its delicious and fresh choice of seafood.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tanzania
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143 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

perfectly situated in the center of Nairobi, easily accessed from different areas,
the rates are slightly on the higher side, but the hotel got everything to offer, good food, large garden offering very nice sitting areas to enjoy the greenery, for the bird lovers among you, if you pay good attention, you can find quite several birds species flying around the garden...you might get lucky and have one of them singing on your window in the morning.

remember to ask a room facing the garden, much better view and if you're early bird - you will enjoy a silluette purple sunset

Room Tip: ask for a garden facing room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shay M
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Arlington, Virginia
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

I'm a regular Serena guest. I must say though that I do prefer the Kampala Serena. The Nairobi Serena is simply just showing its age, I suppose. Its a bit darker, the furniture older, etc. But still perfectly lovely. Centrally located. Overall good and efficient service, decent-to-good wireless internet access throughout the hotel. Good selection of satellite TV options.

Breakfast buffet is good, room service is okay (wish for a larger menu -- but I say that about all hotels).

Avoid copy/printing business travelers, like most Africa hotels, crazy expensive prices.

I do like the gift shop -- actually they have two, one with toiletries, phone cards, snacks, postcards/stamps, etc. The other with jewelry, baskets, and other local crafts/arts (priced high of course, but no worse than the airport and much higher quality than you'll find there). You can change currency to Kenya shillings here, but cannot change Shillings back to USD/Euro/etc. There is an ATM right next to the hotel, less than a block away which is convenient.

I've now spent a total of 3 weeks in 2012 and 2013 here and overall I have been satisfied, though this time I had a terrible AC unit in my room that simply did not cool the room enough during the day.

Room Tip: Avoid next to the elevator if you suffer from jet lag insomnia like me! Also, the rooms that face th...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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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 161 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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