€171.34 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in 7 May 2014 Check-out 8 May 2014

Sarova Stanley

5 stars
KIMATHI STREET & KENYATTA AVE., PO BOX 30680, Nairobi,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
11 reviews
Nice hotel, Amazing Service with Standout Thai Restaurant

The hotel is in a historic building, so it's a little on the dated side, but rooms were large and... See full review

  • LHM108
  • 22 Oct 2013
The Stanley in Nairobi offers value

We were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of this hotel. Everything was simply... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • 1 Aug 2011
A rooftop swimming pool with sun deck, a modern health club and gym, florist, chemist, beauty salon, travel agent and modern conference facilities are all available to guests. This property remains one of the best hotels in Kenya. TO/0709 Originally built in 1902, this is an eight-storey colonial building painted white and renovated as recently as 2003. Located in the very heart of Nairobi city, close to the best art and curio shops as well as the city's best restaurants. The hotel is 19km from Nairobi International Airport.

Sarova Stanley Rooms

Guest Rooms
The rooms are spacious and elegant, offering facilities such as air conditioning, colour television with in-house film channel, video, radio, direct dial telephone, minibar, 24 hour room service and non-smoking rooms.

Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
General
Air conditioned
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Exercise gym
Sauna
Dining
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Services
Business centre
Laundry service
Childcare Service
Shops/Commercial services
Car rental desk
Boutiques
Porters
Parking
Parking
RV or truck parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Room
Cable or sat. TV

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Hotel Map

-1.2831 36.8218

Nearby points of interest

  • Karen Blixen Museum: 14.4 km
  • Naboisho Camp: 176.7 km

Dining

Restaurant
Made famous by Ernest Hemingway, the hotel's Thorn Tree cafe offers light meals and drinks with indoor and outdoor seating. In addition, the hotel has recently added a Thai restaurant.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by ebookers.ie

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Guest Reviews (11)

Ratings and reviews for Sarova Stanley

Overall score

4.3 / 5
11 out of 11
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.7
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.5
Value:
4

91% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

4
LHM108
Dubai, UAE
22 Oct 2013

Nice hotel, Amazing Service with Standout Thai Restaurant

The hotel is in a historic building, so it's a little on the dated side, but rooms were large and clean. The food and service make up for it though - one of the best thai meals we've ever had and the free breakfast buffet is quite a spread with lots of tasty varieties. A good stay for one night before heading on safari.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: In Hotel

Thai Restaurant in hotel is EXCELLENT

Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

4
Rrroxy
Boston, MA, USA
3 Oct 2011

Great deal for the money

This is right downtown in city center so it is a good location. Food, spa and room were great. The only suggestion I would make if you're looking to book here is to request a room on as high a floor as you can. We were on the 3rd and it was uncomfortably loud from the downtown hustle.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1 Aug 2011

The Stanley in Nairobi offers value

We were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of this hotel. Everything was simply perfect...the room, the bed, the bath, the service, the food. We couldn't have asked for more.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

4
ttirremr
Business
Atlanta, GA, USA
30 Jun 2011

Excellent stay

The Sarova Stanley is an interesting departure from your big brands. Too large to qualify as a boutique hotel. But unique and interesting. The service is all-around is excellent. Comfortable, large room. Everything is spotless. The Thai restaurant is great if a bit pricey. Breakfast is very pleasant. Workout room is quite adequate. I found the staff to be very responsive to any request. I made a complaint about the music in the pool restaurant and they were falling over themselves trying to figure out how to satisfy me. Highly recommended.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Holiday purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Avoid the restaurants at the Hilton two blocks away. Not many other choices in walking distance.

Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

4
blw
Business
San Francisco
9 Jan 2011

Central Nairobi

The hotel is centrally located with taxi stands right outside and other public transportations around the corner. Wifi is present but it could be spotty sometimes. Breakfast and service is great but it is a bit expensive.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Holiday purpose:

Business

Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Business
Bainbridge Island, WA.
11 Feb 2010

LOVED this hotel

If you stay here, you must have breakfast at the Cafe Gava, near the local school. Just follow the school children and you'll find it! It is where the locals eat. You'll have your eggs cooked on the spot by the cook in the restaurant itself. The kitchen is funky but the food is handled well. I was here to do photos of people and life in Kenya. The owner and staff let me back into the kitchen itself and the staff were so friendly and played to my camera alot giving me wonderful images.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Holiday purpose:

Business

Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Washington, DC
27 Jul 2009

Very Comfortable Stay

We had a one day layover in Nairobi and were looking for a comfortable, secure and clean hotel to stay in--the Stanley fit the bill perfectly. A little on the expensive side, but it seems like you have to lay out the big bucks to get decent and secure accommodation in East Africa. We arrived at 6:30 AM and were allowed to check in to our room directly, which was great. Food was also quite good, and the hotel is walking distance to a few nice restaurants as well.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

3
Anonymous
Business
Menlo Park, CA
12 Jul 2008

Functional and clean but not memorable

The hotel served my purpose of an affordable overnight stay near Paddington Station. But it should perhaps be noted in the marketing that you can feel the vibration from trains at Paddington in your room, and the trains run from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight. The room was VERY small, but it was clean and the staff was polite.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Holiday purpose:

Business

Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
USA
22 Aug 2007

Old world comfort

We stayed at this hotel twice (a total of five days)during our latest holiday in West Africa. It was the first time we stayed there and in the future we will be sure to return. The two rooms were different from each other but both were spacious. Room to move is important when you are staying for several days. The decor has old world charm- lots of wood and historical photos of Nairobi. Our second room had a balcony with a fantastic view of the main street. There is a security guard on each floor which is reassuring. There are also good shops right in the hotel complex- souvenirs, beauty/barber shop (much needed after having been on safari!), a good breakfast selection and a very helpful concierge who arranged taxis at reasonable rates and gave accurate advice on sightseeing. The staff were very friendly and welcomed us back on our return visit. The only improvements that the hotel could make would be to speed up the table service at the bar and improve the food in the pool area. The waiter said that the chef promised to do better the next time! The avocado was brown and the shrimp was seriously overboiled! The waiter didn't chrage for the coffee so he did his best to improve the situation! We have already recommended the hotel to our friends.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Visit the Giraffe Center. To see a giraffe in the wild is one thing but here you can feed them. They are soooo gentle! Buy a souvenir at their reasonably priced garden stall and then have a relaxing lunch at the nearby Karen Blixen Garden and Restaurant. A very quiet atmosphere after the traffic and noise of Nairobi.

Review of Sarova Stanley

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Miami, FL
20 Aug 2007

Great Place for Resting up Between Safaris

After reading all of the scary stories about Nairobi, the Sarova Stanley (the oldest hotel in Nairobi) was the best place to begin out African journey. The lobby and bar areas were full of charm and history. The staff was welcoming and the rooms were spacious, clean, with wonderfully modern baths. In addition, the restaurants in the hotel are wonderful (especially the Thorn Tree) and the bar is beautiful, definitely worth stopping by for a drink. The breakfast (included int he room price) was fantastic with both western fare, wonderful pasteries, jouices, local specialities and omelette bar. We also found the hotel to be extremely secure with guards posted on every floor and security in the lobby. The only constructive critism I have is that the beds and furtniture in the rooms is in need of update. Overall, the location (quite central), security, and charm more than make up for it. I would definitely recommend staying here for your first trip to Nairobi and especially for resting up between safaris!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: In Hotel

We were plesantly surprised by the mix of all the western fare we were craving after a long safari and fantastic local cuisine for the adventurous. Make sure to try the nyama choma with ugali!

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