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Sarova Stanley
Ranked #8 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Great location!”
Reviewed March 24, 2010

Clean, efficient, historical and centrally located, the Stanley is a great hotel. Our rooms were clean, the staff friendly and everything very comfortable. Nairobi can be a little intimidating but this hotel is not.

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Reviewed March 19, 2010

When I stay in Nairobi, I stay at the Fairview if I possibly can -- but I sometimes have to book at short notice and they don't always have a room. The Sarova Stanley, aka The New Stanley, is okay, but it isn't the Fairview. It's in a part of Nairobi where you should not walk around on your own, and there's very little parking. Okay, so you're not driving -- but will anyone be picking you up? They won't find it easy.

Breakfasts are so-so. Lunch and dinner in the ground floor Thorn Tree Restaurant are better, though by no means great. One evening the staff were at odds with each other, there was no direction and service suffered. Badly. A meal in the Thai Chi on the fifth floor was the best and most authentic Thai meal I've eaten outside Thailand -- but not cheap. You can also eat quite substantial meals on the Pool Deck. The Long Bar (also on the fifth floor) is enormous, comfortable, well-stocked and has good service -- but you may struggle to find a seat, because this is where the locals come for a drink after work.

Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. Service is mostly polite, pleasant and attentive. They have good security -- being where they are, they need it.

It's a good hotel. But it's not the Fairview.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

We stayed at the Stanley before and after our Safari trip. Excellent, efficient hotel with delightful, professional staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Food was excellent and I would recommend the Thai restaurant.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

Before and after our safari we stayed at Stanley and were very pleased. All staff was friendly. We checked in very early after our fligth and were immediately given a room.

The first room was quite large and the second one was ordinary city hotel size. Rooms and bathrooms were very clean.

Good food at the pool restaurant and at the ground floor restaurant. Breakfast was also good. We appreciated it very much that we were provided a satisfactory breakfast on our second stay when we departed very early to catch our flight.

All in all, I would be happy to stay here again if I come back.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

Very nice hotel. The hotel was spotlessly clean, the staff was attentive and welcoming and the rooms were fairly newly renovated.

The breakfast buffet had a decent selection and the hotel restaurants had reasonable food even if the service was a bit slow.

Overall ighly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

We wee moved here from the Jacaranda and what a difference! We were met by Doormen in Top Hat and Tails and friendly, polite staff. Each level had a security guard the rooms were big, clean and modern. The swimming pool was on the 5th Floor next to the pool bar. Everyone made you feel welcome and special. The food in the bar was great and fairly cheap (Main meal for ksh 800) The breakfast was superb with everything you can imagine from Full English to Curries! and even cakes such a big selection well worth staying here for both business and pleasure.

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Leeds, UK
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

Nothing could have been better during our stay, great location, staff brilliant, security top class and food/drink was great too!

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Property: Sarova Stanley
Address: Corner of Kenyatta Avenue and Kimathi Street | PO Box 30680, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#3 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#3 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sarova Stanley 5*
Number of rooms: 217
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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