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“Don't miss the show!!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Safari Park Hotel
Ranked #23 of 161 Hotels in Nairobi
Dallas, Texas
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Don't miss the show!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

I did not stay at this hotel. I did come here to enjoy a wonderful dinner and show. The food is served in style similar to Fogo Deo Chao. The food was great. Besides the norm, I ate crocodile and ostrich. Of all the meats, I think the crocodile was the best.

This next point is extremely important. The African Cultural show starts at 9 p.m. (at least it did this particular night). You should arrive around 8 -- 8:15 so you can enjoy the food and then sit back and watch a marvelous show. I was truly impressed! If you come too early, you might miss the show. Try to sit towards the middle the tables near the front. If you sit at the front tables, you are not able to see all that is happening towards the back of the stage.

We visited this place, this past July (which is Kenya's cool season) so sitting outside was extremely pleasant. The trip to get to this restaurant is worth it.

Don't leave immediately, when it is over. Stay around to have your picture taken with the dancers. The dancers invite the guests to come up on the stage to sit on a bench while the dancers sit and/or stand around you while the picture is taken.

There are few places that I would revisit in Nairobi, however, next year, when I return, I will bring my friends to this place. It is really that good.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Maryland
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24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

What a great introduction to Kenya. The hotel was fantastic. We had a very spacious, clean, well appointed room with a terrific balcony. The grounds are magical. The meal options are great with 5 restaurants on the premises. The Hemingway rooftop bar was a dream. I can't say enough great things about this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Darmstadt, Germany
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

I was in Nairobi for one day on a business trip and arrived at the hotel at about 0130. The hotel complex is huge and is an enclosed community with a manned security gate. The check-in process was quick and I was in my room within ten minutes of driving through the gate. The location was great for me, but might not be good for others on vacation who want to travel through the city center. My room had a large four-post bed with mosquito netting completely enclosing it. Breakfast the next day was typical of the European hotels with a good selection of fresh fruits, eggs cooked to order, and everything required for a full English breakfast. If you drink your coffee black, make sure you tell the steward first; otherwise, he will add cream without asking.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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411 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

A high standard Conference Hotel at the outskirts of Nairobi. Not ideal for sightseeing in anirbi as it is some distance from the city centre, but the hotel arranges excursions to local places of interest. The hotel covers a large area, and if you are put up in one of the blocks at the edge of the campus, you may have a ten minute walk to the breakfast restaurant. There are five restaurants to choose from, and the African Restaurant puts on a cultural show every night with some fairly impressive acrobatic performances.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stockport
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96 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

The Safari Park Hotel is in expansive grounds with wonderful gardens, beautifully maintained.
Its very quiet and restful and has excellent dining and leisure facilities.

The African restaurant is similar to the Carnivore experience with the wonderful Safari Cats show to follow.

Breakfast is substantial with a range of options.

The Health Spa and fitness facilites are first rate.

However, the rooms are dated and poorly maintained. There is no A/C which in the hot months could be quite unpleasant. Some of the furniture was broken and the bathroom fittings poor. Certain areas had not been regularly cleaned.

Most irritating was the charge for Internet Access at 1000 Ksh for an hour or 2000 Ksh for the day. Furthermore, you have to connect using wired ethernet to purchase the relevant plan - which is not so good when the cable doesn't work.

The hotel is quite a way out of town and some distance from the airport - which in Nairobi traffic can be quite significant.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank David B
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Naples, Italy
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

Having stayed at much nicer and modern hotels in Kenya previously, the Safari Park was quite a let down. The room was comfortable enough, but no aircon, and my room had no fan either. Bathroom functioned, but was also not too precisely cleaned.

The grounds are quite nice, though, and the breakfast was pleasant. Also, the Hemingway lounge is a good place to spend an afternoon and evening.

I sampled a few of the restaurants on the property as well. The Chinese place was not much better than mediocre takeout, but at much higher prices. The Italian place was adequate.

My biggest complaint is the nickel-and-diming for what should be standard amenities. The wireless was about $12 a day, and performance was lackluster. I had to stick with voice-only calls online. Also, the gym is also not complimentary. Absolutely absurd for a local hotel with this reputation.

Overall, the stay was no better than average.

Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

If you would like a secluded and isolated hotel to stay this is the one for yourself. However there was no privacy, staff entered your room at their leisure, when ever. Reception staff not as friendly as the other staff??
No animals except for a couple of birds in a cage outside the foyer area. Resturants very expensive and currency conversion was a total rought. Hotel mainly geared for convention stayers whom had no other choice of stay, Casino all wrong in terms of rules, food however was good.
I would not stay there again. Also check your account before checking out.

Room Tip: I requested a room in the main building so as not having to walk to the dining room to far. However...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Safari Park Hotel

Property: Safari Park Hotel
Address: Thika Road, Kasarani | P.O. Box 45038, Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Casino Hotel in Nairobi
#13 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#23 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Safari Park Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 204
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
‘THE AFRICAN PARADISE’ Surrounded by 50 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, the Safari Park Hotel & Casino combines the elegance of African architecture and art with an infrastructure at the leading edge of technology. Located only 15 minutes from the Nairobi city centre, the hotel offers calmness and serenity away from the fast pace of the city. The five-star hotel boasts 205 luxurious rooms each with en-suite bathrooms, antique African-themed four-poster beds and furniture. All the rooms have rear and front private large garden view balconies. ... more   less 
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