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“Ok hotel in a park like setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Sarova Panafric
Ranked #15 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
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Munich, Germany
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22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Ok hotel in a park like setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2008

We ended up at the Panafric after a canceled flight.
The hotel offers affordable (although not cheap) rooms in a very quiet and almost scenic part of Nairobi. Only a short distance from downtown.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank el-gringo1
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USA
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2008

I had never been treated so nicely but then arrived to my room and was unable to rest because of a very uncomfortable beds and no air circulation in the rooms...

I would recommend to use this if its the last option of one night in Nairobi. If they change some of the room accomodations I would return in a heartbeat, because the people there are amazing. Everyone was incredible.

Ricardo

  • Stayed March 2008
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank ramirezsaad
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Milton Keynes
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2008

We only stayed at the hotel for an evening and a bit of sleep, prior to flying back to the UK in the morning. However, we found the hotel, having been described to us as budget, was very nice, with friendly staff, a complimentary bottle of wine as they'd found out we were on our honeymoon, and a great restaurant with BBQ to feed an army!!!
Overall, this hotel exceeded our expectations, and for people in a budget it is an ideal option.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Kirkson
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UK
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38 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2008

Great staff, especially Joseph the driver that picked us up from the Airports and Askari the guard.
Hortencia in the restaurant is a an excellent hostess.
The hotel is clost to being refurbished, despite this we had a comfortable stay.

  • Liked — Conveneient for oour purpose
  • Disliked — needs an upgrade
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Bwanakuba
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Paralimni, Cyprus
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2008

I would like to say we felt very safe in this hotel as there was a guard on each floor. We arrived in Nairobi on an independat trip- during what was a very troublesome time for Kenya,.
The flame trees restaurant which we visited on 3 consecutive nights we found rather expensive, but then we were on holiday after all!My Husband had the best steak he had eaten for many along while!
We did not go on any trips or safari, as we felt a little worried about the political situation, for that reason i will return to Nairobi/Mombassa one day as there was so much i felt i had missed in both resorts.

  • Liked — The Shower!
  • Disliked — nothing realy.
  • Stayed January 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank cyprusrascal
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Perth, Australia
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2008

We stayed at this hotel prior to going on Safari and found it to be OK.
Checked for bed bugs after reading an earlier review but the matresses looked brand new and no evidence of bugs.
Yes the place has problems - slow and disorganised check in but the rooms are OK - three star standard and the pizzas are good but expensive.
Lunch ( a pizza each) for 4 with four juices and 2 coffees came to $60 Australian. We sat out on the deck which has a good atmosphere.
Breakfasts are OK - hard to get used to the white scrambled eggs (battery hens have an off white yolk) and so so pastries which are common in many Keynan establishments.
Didn't find the road too noisy but most rooms do face it. Taxis are waiting next door if you need one. The consierges are lovely and always looking for a friendly chat.
Best attribute is its location - just a short walk into the city - which is actually not very exciting. If you have time in Nairobi visit the orphaned elephants and the giraffe discovery centre.
lastly we returned to nairobi during the 'troubles'. This is tribal and not targeted at tourists. Tour operators have a good handle on what is going on (spending half their time on the phone checking ahead) and will steer tourists around any potentially troublesome spots. Most problems have happened in the slum areas where people are disatisfied with their lot in life.

Stayed December 2007
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Thank Deryn
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Sydney, Aust
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2008

Stayed at this hotel as the starting point for a safari so it wasn't our choice.
The hotel is not in the centre of town but didn't matter to us.
The rooms were average but comfortable.
Restaurant was pretty good, if not a little expensive, with a good variety of food.
Okay for the one night but nothing flash.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Natalie D
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Property: Sarova Panafric
Address: Along Valley Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Upper Hill Estate
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#15 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sarova Panafric 3.5*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Idyllically located 5 minutes' drive from the CBD and 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, Sarova Panafric offers 162 rooms in a range of Superior, Executive, Club, Studio and Themed Suites - all recently refurbished and decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style. Once the watering hole for freedom fighters, spies and foreign correspondents, Flame Tree restaurant is named after the Flame Tree that holds pride of place in the gardens and offers leisurely meals. Sarova Panafric offers state-of-the-art banqueting and conferencing facilities with a range of meeting and function rooms equipped with the latest audio visual and WIFI equipment. To wind up the day, take a dip in the pool or go for a leisurely massage - or simply enjoy a cool drink to the soothing sounds of Africa's rhythm. And this hotel is centrally located, only a short 0.5 Km from Kenya's landmark 'Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)', one of the most prominent events venues in Africa. ... more   less 
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