i think this is the 2nd best hotel relatively close to the airport. Nearby is the better Sereni Hotel, which used to be the temporary U.S. embassy. i assume the Sereni is more expensive. The sereni has better (and more expensive) restaurants.
The Panari is in a huge building, with multiple restaurants, shops, an ice skating rinkk, a disco and a great lounging area. The rooms are too small and too expensive for the price...but is typical for Africa.
There is NO hotel at the airport...think one is planned but will probably take years due to rampant graft and corruption in Kenya which makes everythimg slow and inefficient. The panari and sereni are the closest to the airport...downtown nairobi is much further, especially in bad traffic. The Panari is about 15" from the airport in light traffic and only 30" in heavy traffic. Downtown is 2 hours from the airport in heavy traffic.
If you want to stay in the best area, that is by the embassies. Downtown has the 2nd best hotel area. Westlands is the good entertainment area-near downtown. There is not much around the panari and sereni, but between the disco at panari and restaurants at both there is something to do,
Wednesdays, there is a big local craft market at the CapitalCentre-local shopping center-about 9 km towards the city. It is worth it if you want local stuff at cheap prices. For taxis, and local goods, u need to bargain HARD! The locals will rip u off if they can. The Capital Centre has a movie theatre, a great Indian restaurant and a big salon, among other things. The salon has manicure, pedicure, facial, massage, hair-everything and the prices are very reasonable.
For safety, no walking about after sundown, take a taxi...and use a taxi from the hotel grounds-get their name and number-call them when u need a taxi anywhere in nairobi- they will come pick you or will send a reliable taxi to pick you. Do not use a random taxi at night.
Like all places in nairobi, their are full and part time hookers in the disco and bars. if u dont like the girls there, i'm sure you can ask about anyone at the hotel and they will tell you how to find different girls...either where to go or sent to your room. also im 99% sure they have boys available too, for te ladies or the guys.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Panari Hotel is the closest hotel to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi. Located 7 kilometers from the airport and 8 kilometers from the city center, we have your convenience at heart. From the rooms, our guests enjoy a captivating panoramic view of The Nairobi national park on one side. On the other side, you have a full view of the City in the horizon. The hotel is one of its kind being the only venue with an Ice Skating Rink in East and Central Africa. For our guest's convenience, we have a bank, forex bureau and a hair salon all under one roof. We also have a variety of food outlets alongside the Hotel's main restaurant "The Red Garnet." For a night out, you need not go elsewhere, on the second floor of the hotel, "Shooters and Dips Lounge" is the hottest entertainment spot along Mombasa road. No need to interrupt your keep fit regime while traveling. Get a full work out at The Dolphin Health Club. The health club is fully equipped with all the modern workout machines, steam bath, sauna and an indoor swimming pool. The Panari Hotel boasts a very large conferencing area with sufficient, secure and ample parking space to fit 450 cars. The Panari Hotel "A Luxurious Way of Life." ... more less
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- Panari Hotel Nairobi