We stayed at the Stanley on three separate occasions over a 3-week period, and am really struggling to find something bad to say about the place. It is a pricier hotel than we would normally choose, but I do honestly feel that it is worth every penny we paid (we paid £134 per room per night B&B). The positives were: very nice rooms (especially the twins) - well kept, clean and well-appointed and good quality fittings, very efficient and friendly service, very good food (at the Thorn Tree cafe), good quality and generous breakfast, reasonably gym (free for hotel guests) and swimming pool. In terms of atmosphere, it was luxurious (at least compared to what we are used to!) but not at all snooty.
Only negatives were: the first room we stayed in was very noisy (Friday night disco opposite), but they immediately changed our room when asked. Subsequently we always asked for and got a room facing into the hotel courtyard, and all these rooms were very quiet. The only other minor criticism is that many of their optional extras (eg, laundry, minibar items, mineral water) were extortionately expensive - but of course you can always opt to buy this stuff elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kenya’s first luxury hotel, Sarova Stanley opened its elegant doors in 1902. Since then, it has been making history- hosting royal safaris and legendary personalities such as Edward Prince of Wales and Ernest Hemingway. Today, as the hotel enters its second century, it continues to maintain its unique heritage and provides state-of-the-art services and facilities for business and leisure travelers. All guestrooms are a blend of luxurious Victorian grandeur and modern comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sarova Stanley Hotel Nairobi
- Sarova Stanley Nairobi