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The Heron Portico
Ranked #9 of 168 Hotels in Nairobi
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

We stayed here on our last night in Nairobi.
Check in was really slow because there was only one person in the reception and 4 other guests checking in at the same time.

Bed room and bathroom are small, but very clean, and the bed was really comfy.

We had dinner in the hotel, again service was pretty slow but the food was good.

Early morning flight out of Nairobi, no hot water in the morning. which kind of sucked. But overall not a bad place for a quick stop before or after safari. Took us around 15mins to reach the airport which was not bad.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

I stayed here for 5 nights on business. The hotel is close to the centre of town. The room was good, very spacious with a separate seating area and a small kitchenette (sink/microwave/toaster). I had no view (unless you count the view onto the opposite corridor of rooms across a very small open space) but as I was working it didn't really matter. The bathroom is fine, there's a large shower with good water pressure. Breakfast is the usual cereal/fruit/bread buffet with eggs cooked to order. I ate dinner on a couple of nights and it was also fine, nothing fantastic. The biggest complaint I have is the extraordinarily slow service in the restaurant both at breakfast and dinner. The staff are all terribly nice and polite but if you're in a hurry I wouldn't bother ordering.
The pool looked nice although I didn't get a chance to use it. There is a sign for a gym but it seems to be under construction.
I would return on business but not on holiday. The reason I would return is primarily location followed by room size.

Room Tip: Ask for one away from the lift, it pings loudly every time it opens
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Went with a group for a safari so didnt choose this hotel myself. It was clean and comfortable, breakfast was not bad. It is in a leafy suburb of the city. Ok for a group trip.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Spent one night here while en-route to South Sudan, the hotel is located in a quiet part of Nairobi just by the Police Headquarters, staff are friendly and the rooms are a decent size with internet and Satellite TV. Bathrooms are nice with a powerful shower. I think it represents good value for money and I wish I had the chance to test the swimming pool as it looked decent.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

This is a very good property in Nairobi, and a great value for price. The rooms are cute, and well priced. There is a decent swimming pool, and a good lunch place. In addition, the bar is quite good. There are several business travelers here. It is well located near the Pan Afric, and safe, because across from the police.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

I stayed here for 7 nights, and was given a room on the east wing. This proved to be a quiet area, colleagues closer to the elevator were a bit disturbed by this (late night arrivals). Good beds, spotless rooms, large bathroom and decent internet made for a pleasant stay. Attentive staff, friendly and safe atmosphere was also appreciated. Breakfast was a treat, and dinners were good. Also tried the bistro one evening, which was also very good. I wouldn't know all that much about prices, but found the gift shop reasonable. Quiet area, too. A nice walk to downtown, but remember a hat and sun screen...

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

After almost 24 hours traveling and landing in Nairobi, being picked up from the airport and driven straight to the Heron was a treat. Charming interiors, warm and friendly staff and very clean and comfortable rooms.

Guests were a mix of business people and tourists. The restaurant was busy during breakfast and pretty quiet by lunch time. There was also a café with a big, shiny espresso machine (too bad we didn't get a chance to give it a try).

Located in a quiet, tree-lined street, the hotel is about a 20-minute walk to downtown Nairobi.

Room Tip: We were happy with the higher floor, corner room we got overlooking the front entrance of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Heron Portico

Address: Milimani Road, Opp. Provincial Police Headquarters | P. O. Box 41848, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Best Value Hotel in Nairobi
#12 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range: $90 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Heron Portico 4*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Heron Portico is a fine well-known Nairobi business hotel located 3 kilometres from the city center and about 18 kilometres from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The hotel offers accommodation in 109 guest rooms and suites, and features several conference rooms, a fully equipped gym with outdoor swimming pool, free car parking, and a gift shop. The hotel has 3 restaurants and is known for its good food and beverage offerings from morning till evening. ... more   less 
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