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The Heron Portico
Ranked #9 of 168 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 29, 2012

Close to downtown, friendly staff, quiet location, clean comfortable rooms, I would stay here again. Really poor resturant unfortunatly, service is really poor and the food is tasteless, assuming you get what you ordered.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

We arrived in Nairobi on a flight where the plane missed the run way and got bogged in the mud, so we were bussed to the terminal and waited for hours to get our luggage. The Heron Hotel was a comfortable, calm retreat from the Nairobi mayhem. Our room was comfortable and mostly quiet although there were the happy sounds of children playing and singing from the adjacent school. The staff were friendly and helpful, the meals were good. The hotel is not in the middle of the shopping or business district, but not far away however the staff recommend taking a taxi rather than walking. We did take a walk- there are no real pavements, and the traffic is horrendous! In the Heron Hotel you were sheltered in the lush treed environment.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

I do travel through Nairobi quite often for business and leisure.

So fare I haven’t found a better place to stay at concerning value for money, location, parking, stuff…

Positioned in quiet area of town but convenient as located on walking distance to city centre.

Recently they did major renovation on all their rooms plus added fantastic gym and sauna. Besides that they have all the facilities of modern hotel like conference centre, internet store, boutique, hair dresser, swimming pool and 2 restaurants both with garden view.

There is a safari operator located near by their reception EyesOnAfricaSafaris[dot]com, who can take care for all your safari needs from short city tours to all round East-African expeditions.

Welcome to Nairobi!

Room Tip: Superior rooms are good enough! If you prefer open plan rooms with small kitchen and leaving area t...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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5  Thank RomanEOA
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

The plus
-The hotel has obviously undergone recent renovation and my room (deluxe) was exceptionally large, clean and modern looking; included marble countertops; flatscreen tv; mini kitchen with microwave, fridge, toaster, cutlery, coffee/tea maker; large sitting area with sofa, coffee table; comfy bed; slightly small but well designed and functional bathroom.
-Location is good and relatively quiet.
-The staff were exceptionally polite and professional.
-Internet; included in room rate and was very reliable (FYI: it is wired, don't forget your ethernet cable).
-Breakfast was ok, but too safe in my opinion.

The minus
-The restaurant is the lowest point for this hotel; menu is uninspired and the food is mediocre, but VERY expensive (similar fare downtown costs about a third). Service is on the slow side.
-Location; safe neighborhood, but not much to do or see or eat within walking distance.
No AC - but overhead fan (mostly) did the job.
-Noise; I agree with a previous reviewer about some noisy guests; I also encountered a group of young noisy men on one night of my stay. The management could do better on this. The rest of my stay was very quiet though.

Left luggage - they apparently do not offer left luggage service, so please plan accordingly.

Summary; this hotel could potentially be the best value in Nairobi with some tweaking by the management. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: bring an internet cable for your laptop
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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8  Thank MsafiriTexas
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

I have stayed at the Heron seven times over the past 12 months and after the last in a series of disappointments decided not again. The restaurant has not failed to disappoint every single time. Rude staff and items on the menu not available (all seven times!!!) On the second last stay, a group of very very load young americans took over the lobby and yelled at each other and laughed boomingly until two in the morning. We complained FIVE TIMES and still the manager on duty failed to quiet them down. Their noise reached up to the third floor.
The last visit to the Heron, we decided to go for a short walk and outside the hotel decided to rather take a taxi. We approached the taxi from the Focus group, whom we knew from previous trips to the airport. A mini war broke out around us because he was second in line and the taxi people outside insisted we take the first one. We stood our ground and said it is our choice who we choose and we wanted the Focus taxi because of previous good service. In Nairobi you don't get into any taxi.They started threatening each other and then it turned into a tribal word fight and we retreated back to the hotel. When I complained at the front desk, the clerk was rude and unhelpful and said it wasn't the hotel's problem. Really Heron, do you even want guests to return? Finally the main reason why I won't go back is simply the noise levels. Guests who arrive late are load, the acoustics of the front area is such that all noise is sucked up and can be heard in all the rooms. The butler helping guests with their luggage and room keys is load and everything that happens in the corridor can be heard inside the rooms. Compared to Country Lodge where there are notices everywhere asking the guests to be quiet and respectful towards other guests, the Heron really fails when it comes to guest relations. When I travel I want to sleep well and feel rested in the morning.

Room Tip: As far away from the lobby as possible. The new wing is better but noise outside the rooms late at n...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank Kaboekaki
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

The Heron Court was clean and nice. The people were nice and friendly. Rooms fine. Nothing splendid or fantastic - but nice, middle of the road, solid hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

We stayed there prior to and after our safari..We enjoyed the staff who treated us well right from the small coffee shop to the dining room. Though the rooms may have been on the small side, we had all the amenities at our disposal.We enjoyed seeing the variety of people who stayed there and the ability to go for a walk not in the city or behind a walled fort. We would/will stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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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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