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“Pleasant stay and good restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
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Sarova Panafric
Ranked #14 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Gainesville, Florida
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68 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Pleasant stay and good restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This hotel was booked for me as part of a longer trip. I was very happy with the rooms (I stayed twice, first for two nights, and a week later for one night), and the reception staff, porters, doorman, etc., were all welcoming and professional on both occasions. The guests seemed to be mostly foreigners, but the hotel restaurant seemed to have a lot of Kenyan patrons, especially at breakfast -- I had the impression that local businessmen and -women like to meet there.

The room and bathroom were excellent. Wi-fi was free and decent.

The buffet breakfast was really great, with some Indian selections and nice pastries -- although the staff was a bit later than 6:30 a.m. (the official opening time) to get everything up and running.

For dinner in the evening, I found the menu to be overpriced. The setting is very nice, but the food at dinner does not warrant the high prices.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Macloo
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Mr_David_Gachuru, General Manager at Sarova Panafric, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of Sarova Panafric, your comments are very much valued.

We appreciate your comments regarding our facilities as well as our staff. We are wholly committed to exceeding our guests expectations. We take pride in being the first Pan African Hotel and have thus become the melting point for local business people as well as international travelers.

We are happy that you enjoyed the buffet breakfast and restaurant setting. We note that our dinner pricing seems high and while this could be so, we believe we offer a lot more for the value that we charge. We will however evaluate with a view of balancing out. We thank you for this observation.

We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Nairobi!

Best Regards,

Mr. David Gachuru
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Both my wife and i have just returned after staying at the Sarova Panafric hotel in Nairobi.

From the moment we arrived at the hotel, the magic started!!

Augustine Kutoyi, in his traditional uniform, made us feel welcome with the biggest smile we have ever seen. He looked after us throughout our stay and must be complimented and promoted for his total professionalism!!

Juliett at the restaurant for her extreme kindness, care and constant good advice, She too must be complemented and promoted for her total dedication throughout!!

Jihan at the restaurant too for her total dedication. She too must be recognised for her performance!!

Joseph Kariuki, our room attendant, who took care of all our needs and nothing was too much trouble. Please promote this man and he has a long future at the hotel.

All the other members of staff and management for the superb work and dedication that they do to make everyone very welcome/

Please ignore all the negative comments made by other travellers as we both experienced true hospitality, nostalgia and above all, the warmth and genuiuness of our brothers & sisters.

Room Tip: Our room (310) was perfect.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Larry B
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Mr_David_Gachuru, General Manager at Sarova Panafric, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
Dear Larry,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Sarova Panafric.

We take pride in serving our guests exceptionally and ensure they experience our Refreshing African Hospitality and I am glad that we made the entirety of your stay enjoyable. I am delighted to read your positive feedback and will personally share the same with the entire team who will be happy to hear your kind words.

Thank you for recommendation and we look forward to hosting you again.

Kind Regards,

David Gachuru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Sarova Panafric came to my rescue when I had to change the venue for an event I had planned for three months, three days to the event. They provided excellent support, accommodated my requests despite the short notice and were critical in making the event a success. I would go back again and again.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Harry K
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Mr_David_Gachuru, General Manager at Sarova Panafric, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
Dear Harry,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Sarova Panafric.

I am delighted to read your very kind words and will share the same with the entire team.

We take pride in serving our guests exceptionally and I am glad that we were able to make your event a success and you found our conferencing facilities to be excellent.

Thank you for recommendation and we look forward to hosting you again.
Kind Regards,

David Gachuru
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I stay here fairly regularly for business and I am always very happy with the accommodation.

The beds are extremely comfortable, the rooms clean and they all have nice bathrooms.

The restaurant food is really nice, breakfast is good for African hotels, with a huge choice available.

What really makes this place amazing though is the staff. They are simply wonderful. Always friendly, helpful and welcoming. I love coming back here and seeing friendly faces welcoming me, and it's always nice that they remember names and faces - makes it feel much more homely when travelling for business.

Whilst I use this hotel for business, there is a nice balance of business and holiday makers.

Looking forward to my next visit!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JennyLaRue
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Mr_David_Gachuru, General Manager at Sarova Panafric, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Dear Jenny,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Sarova Panafric.
We are glad to read that you have selected us as your hotel of choice and even happier to read that you enjoyed the entirety of your stay here, from the beds to the variety of food.
We take pride in serving our guests exceptionally and I will share your feedback to the staff who will undoubtedly be happy to hear your kind words.
Thank you for recommendation and please let me know when you next visit so that we may meet and chat over a meal or drink.
Kind Regards,
David Gachuru
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Arriving here late and exhausted after the day from hell (another story) the staff at the desk and elsewhere were helpful, kind and exactly what we needed. The room - allocated at short notice - was minus a few bits and pieces but these were provided within 10 minutes together with apologies. Comfortable, clean and safe - that's what we got and what we wanted. Breakfast next morning on the garden veranda was buffet-style, as usual, and excellent.

Room Tip: Ask for what you want - they want to help.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Elleron540
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Mr_David_Gachuru, General Manager at Sarova Panafric, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Sarova Panafric, we appreciate your feedback.

We are delighted that you selected Sarova Panafric and are happy to read that you enjoyed the entirety of your stay at the hotel. We are wholly committed to serve our guests exceptionally and I will personally share your feedback with the staff who will be happy to hear your kind words.

Thank you for your recommendation and we appreciate each word.

Kind Regards,

David Gachuru
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Cairo, Egypt
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Great Hotel clean and comfortable. Very convenient to the city and services. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The food at Flame Tree Restaurant and Bar has a great choice of delicious food and drink. No one should go hungry Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Caron W
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Mr_David_Gachuru, General Manager at Sarova Panafric, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Caron,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Sarova Panafric, we not only appreciate feedback but also welcome it.

We are delighted that you selected Sarova Panafric and are happy to read that you enjoyed the entirety of your stay at the hotel. We are wholly committed to serve our guests exceptionally and I will personally share your feedback with the staff who will be happy to hear your kind words.

I am glad that you found the food delicious at our flagship restaurant Flame Tree.

Thank you for your recommendation and we appreciate each word.


Kind Regards,

David Gachuru
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Ruislip, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We arrived relatively late at night and didn't expect much when we arrived. How wrong could we be? The staff made us feel so welcome even though it was 11 at night. The porters were very helpful and made us feel at home. The room was very nice and they'd even put a few swans made from towels on the bed to make us feel even more special. Breakfast was excellent; it was a varied choice of African, European and American foods - something for everyone. If we were staying in Nairobi longer I'm sure we would have been happy. The pool looked lovely.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank McBellers
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Mr_David_Gachuru, General Manager at Sarova Panafric, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Dear McBeller,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Sarova Panafric, we not only appreciate feedback but also welcome it.

We are delighted that you selected Sarova Panafric and are happy to read that you enjoyed the entirety of your stay at the hotel. We are wholly committed to serve our guests exceptionally and I will personally share your feedback with the staff who will be happy to hear your kind words.
I am glad you enjoyed the wide variety of the food as well.

Thank you for your recommendation and we appreciate each word.

We look forward to hosting you again and trust that the next time you will be able to enjoy the pool.

Kind Regards,

David Gachuru
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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:
#9 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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