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Safari Park Hotel
Ranked #24 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
Washington DC
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63 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“The Low Down on Safari Park Hotel”
Reviewed November 17, 2009

The hotel grounds are beautiful. The staff are nice. It is not a chain so has more local flavor. Rooms are decent. Nice breakfasts. It is not located near downtown Nairobi which could be a plus or a minus depending on how you look at it. Unfortunately, rooms had no fans, there were a lot of mosquitos everywhere. If you can get a special rate, it would be worth staying here, but frankly, not worth 260.00. On a side note, don't use the safari office at the hotel. It is much, much too expensive. You can hire a taxi for the day from the hotel and it will cost you a fifth of the price.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
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Waterford, Connecticut
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Reviewed October 4, 2009

We loved the Safari Park Hotel. It's beautiful grounds and quiet atmosphere were a striking contrast to the chaos of Nairobi. We were in Nairobi twice - once on the way to our Safari and once on the return. The city itself is constant traffic and people and dust everywhere. It's a great city to visit, but if you're struggling with jet lag, it's not the place to get a hotel. The Safari Park hotel is on the outskirts of town and is quiet, peaceful with well designed and kept grounds and clean/dust free rooms. The birds that visit the grounds each morning and throughout the day were beautiful. We were glad we stayed at this hotel!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
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32 reviews
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Reviewed September 12, 2009

We spent a night here before catching a flight to Zanzibar. After a week of camping we were so happy to see this hotel was of a very high standard. It is a large hotel with 5 retaurants and many rooms but is in a nice setting considering it is in a city centre with plenty of facilities and space. We ate at the African restaurant which was excellent. During out meal there was an African show which was equally impressive. If you are looking for a large hotel, I would recommend this one.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

Stayed two nights before taking a safari. It was included in the cost of the safari. Nice, clean and spacious rooms. Rooms had Safe which was easy to programme.Bathroom bit outdated but OK. Atleast three different restaurents which includes a chinese and an italian. Breakfast was very good. Full buffett. At night a free dance and acrobatic show which very good. A travel desk which can arrange for trips etc. Nice gardens with water falls. About 40minutes drive from the airport at night without trafic. Staff and service was excellent. Taxi to attractions, city center and airport was expensive due to its distance.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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mansfield england
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Reviewed August 11, 2009

We stopped at the Sarai Park for two separate nights, one prior to our safari and one after. The first night the room was very large with a double bed. Breakfast was plentiful as it was a serve yourself buffet with a large selection. The room also had tea making facilites. On our return from safari the room had two queen sized beds, fine for singles but not if you want to sleep together and no tea making facilities only water. During the day there were virtually no guests visible and the extensive grounds were ours to enjoy. The lady in the hotel shop went to some trouble to contact us to let us know she had overcharged and owed us money! The Italian restaurant served two excellent meals and overall the time there was incredibly relaxing. There is entertainment at one of the restaurants but my wife wanted Italian, although we caught the show on the way back to our room. If, from there, you are travelling to the airport it is not a good choice. The journey to the airport took us 1hour and 45 minutes through incredible crowded roads where, at traffic lights, street hawkers appear.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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dar es salaam
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Reviewed May 27, 2009

first of all, the hotel is not as bad as some of the reviews imply it to be. especially considering that it is over 20 years old, privately owned and not part of a chain. on arrival we were greeted with smiles and passion juice after a long, scary plane ride. the rooms are spacious with a separate lounge area. linen - clean, water - hot, tv - works, internet - high speed broadband. what more do you need? now on to service...  room service - SLOOOOOOOOW. staff at the reception and porter service downstairs is pretty efficient. if you're a light sleeper, this is not the place for you as you can hear the sounds of the city around you.. nothing a good pair of ear plugs can't fix! overall not a bad place to crash.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Oslo
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Reviewed April 22, 2009

My only purpose to go to this “5 star hotel”, was to relax and have a problem free day and night, and pamper my self a little bit after a long safari.

Do NOT spend your money at this hotel, go to Holiday Inn, Serena or Hilton instead. They are real 5 star hotels.

This hotel could only get 5 stars if they bought them on E-bay. A real 5 star hotel would not have:
- Spent 1 hour finding your reservation pre paid by MasterCard
- Treated you like a con man as they searched, and offered no excuse afterwards
- Given you a room with a not working toilet
- Remembered your wake up call and the pre ordered breakfast to your room.
- The “superior” room was not close to 5 star standard.

By all means, this is not a dirty and bad hotel, but choose one with real quality when spending 200 USD.

The hotel covers a great area and is green and fresh, but you will have to spend 2 hours in traffic coming from the airport. It also has a lot of different restaurants, I just cant figure out why they had to play 90’s disco music dead loud in them?

Please stay elsewhere, this is bogus.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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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
#14 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#24 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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