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Nairobi Serena Hotel
Ranked #5 of 167 Hotels in Nairobi
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Reviewed June 10, 2010

If you have chosen to stay at the Serena in Nairobi, you have made a good choice. If you have not, you may want to re-think your reservation. The Serena is an oasis in Nairobi. Comfortable, secure, friendly without hovering, and efficient. The in-room services from the Spa are a bonus! I had the jet lag massage; I recommended it if you are exhausted from traveling. My next trip, I am going to have the foot massage at poolside. The beds are extra firm, so keep that in mind if you like a soft bed.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

We spent one night here, and it was...alright. Small room, small bathroom, heavily carpeted, felt like a throw back to the 1970's. Pleasant enough staff.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 16, 2010

I found myself at home while staying at Serena. The hotel is very clean, rooms are spacious and well appointed, and provided with free wi-fi internet. Mine was in the front yard, only second floor, but the windows were very well insulated so I didn't hear any noise. Sleeps are simply perfect: I usually get back-pain, but this time I didn't because of the high quality of the bed. Every room is entitled to 2 half-litre bottles of water per day, (tap-water not being drinkable). You can have dinner either along the pool, at the bar-restaurant, or else you can go upstairs and eat french food at the Mandhari restaurant (there is a french chef ). There is a Spa/wellness centre and even a shop where you can buy souvenirs (very expensive) and things like tooth-brush, shavers, deos, etc.
Nairobi is very dangerous, even for locals, so make sure to get a safe taxi taking you everywhere. I hired during the whole stay Kenneth's taxi: he was very helpful and polite, and managed to take me everywhere on time and safe, despite the incredible jams in Nairobi and, most important, he is very cheap and honest (his mobile: [--]).
All the hotel staff is very friendly and polite, and ready to assist you in any request.
I really want to congratulate the hotel for the high quality of the service. I would definitively recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 12, 2010

I was traveling the last ten years trough eastern africa and did alway a stop for e few days in nairobi serena.I have seen the serena nairobi chaning from a welcoming hotel to a n unpleasant overdoing security as a military camp.The staff is always checking you even you are quiet know . they check even in the ainsles at the sleeping floors. breafast swiming pool are great .the matrasses hard an unconfortable.The first floor roof terasse restauant is really poor and expensive. A bad imitation of french cuisine.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 12, 2010

fantastic service, great food, exellent position for spending some time in Nairobi.
Certainly one of the best in the Serena chain, can't fault this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 16, 2010

After our long flight from Heathrow, the Nairobi Serena immediately made us feel we were in Africa again. The decor, staff and the buzz of business life in the hotel was very welcoming. We went straight out to the Elephant Orphanage but had time to rest in our room before going down to the bar before dinner. The bar especially was very African in his decoration and that, together with the sounds of the frogs and crickets outside, made us appreciate that for the second time we were back in Kenya. Our glasses of wine were brought to us with the bottle so we could see exactly what we were drinking, a nice touch. Dinner buffet style was very comprehensive in its choice and in a nice area, both inside and outside near the pool. The grounds were lit and the whole hotel area was a pleasure to walk around. In fact, tiredness notwithstanding, we went back to the bar for a nightcap and finally to bed for an early start the next morning for our safari.

Because of problems at Zanzibar airport on the day we were due to fly there from Nairobi, we had 2 nights back at Serena so we were able to take advantage of more trips both to the Karen Blixen house and the giraffe sanctuary. We would recommend the Nairobi Serena Hotel as a safe welcoming haven in the middle of the City and hope we shall return soon.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2010

Serena Hotel Nairobi is a nice hotel if a little dated. The rooms are on the small side although adequate for a short stay. The hotel is clean and the service is both friendly and efficient.

Sitting beside the pool, surrounded by trees and bushes, with a drink was an ideal way to recover from a long flight and to forget that we were near the centre of a busy city.

The food and drinks in the restaurant was reasonably priced and of good quality. We were also able to get an early breakfast in our room prior to leaving to go on Safari.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #5 of 167 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range: $247 - $377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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