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“Staff make the place - concern over security procedures though.” 4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi Serena Hotel
Ranked #3 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Staff make the place - concern over security procedures though.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Restaurant and bar staff are fantastic, really go out if their way to look after the guests. Gym fully equipped and not busy when i used it early evening. Plenty of areas for meetings, drinks and food. Breakfast great but a little disappointed with food in The Mandhari restaurant, just didn't quite hit the mark. Staff though fantastic. Hotel car sent to collect us was unacceptable due to zero aircon, journey from airport to hotel was bad due traffic, hour and half, so not best pleased when checking in all hot and bothered. Reception deducted the cost and laid on a free return transfer which made up somewhat, but would have preferred not to have melted in the car. My main concern was security- we followed 2 cars into the hotel car park and these cars were allowed in without any checks, we were subject to the normal mirror under the car and boot checks. When we questioned the lack of checks to the 2 cars before us, we were informed that as they were UN cars they did not check them? I feel this is unacceptable and a huge gap in security, one that could be used to devastating effect. When I pointed out the recent attack at the Serena Kabul, the security guys just looked away without fully understanding that terrorists can be anywhere.

Room Tip: Had 3rd floor garden view which was quiet, comfortable and decent aircon.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stayed in Serena as our stopover before visiting the Masai Mara. We stayed two nights then came back and stayed for one night on our way home.

The Serena is not an Intercontinental hotel with marble floors, modern furnishings, and huge empty space rooms, this is the African way of a 5 star hotel and we liked it! If you like the homey feel, comfortable setting, clean rooms, and great staff, then stay here.

The staff was always helpful when I asked questions. The rooms were cleaned nicely when we returned.The restaurant, the spa and the breakfast buffet was great.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Beautiful oasis just in the middle of busy Nairobi.

Very comfortable rooms (although aircon in crap - this is the only thing I could complain about).

Nice outside pool, lush garden and several dining options.

Friendly staff at the hotel.

Excellent location just in the center of Nairobi.

Last time I stayed at this hotel was several years back - it has not changed much (which is good).

I would truly recommend for business or leasure travellers.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

I spent two nights at the Serena on business. I liked it - pleasant rooms and bar and restaurant areas where it is possible to sit outside and enjoy the climate at any time of day. Lots of options for places to sit and have a drink or hold an informal business discussion. There is a pool in the gardens and it doesn't feel like you are right in the city - given that it is near the downtown area. About 20 minutes from the airport (if you arrive out of the rush hours). Food in the a la carte restaurant upstairs is good and the breakfast buffet and evening informal dining were also good standard. Wifi was efficient too. Staff friendly and efficient.

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Beautiful serene atmosphere, lovely outdoor pool and great restaurant. Staff are friendly and courteous although could be a little faster. There are plenty of comfortable communal areas and the situation of the hotel is easy for the airport and business connections.

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Heart of Herts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Great hotel for a one or two night stop-over. Quite business-orientated but good range of facilities to suit all travellers. Lovely beds, very pleasant bar area & gardens, nice relaxing poolside with bar, decent currency exchange rates!

Room Tip: Cant say if any rooms better than others.. bathrooms getting a bit dated so maybe ask if any with re...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Traveling to Nairobi is one of the joys of my current post, the Serena is one of my favourite hotels. Situated on the road to the Presidential Palace it boasts a wonderful garden setting within the heart of Nairobi. The hotel is built to human scale with two floors. At the centre of the hotel is a wonderful pool alongside a bar and a restaurant.

The rooms are clean and well kept up. TV and internet services are well provided for. I particularly enjoyed sleeping with the window open – just finding a hotel that has a window that opens is a rare treat these days. The food is good – but can be priced high. Wine selection is unimaginative and needs a rethink. I do recommend the local beer.

I used the car service from the hotel on short notice to get around – they are excellent, safe and waited for me during the day. All charges were added to my hotel account which was helpful.

It is the best place to stay, excellent place to convene meetings and host people. I would highly recommend the hotel, a step up from the Standly where I used to stay.

I paid about 230 USD per night for a king bed

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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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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