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I really enjoyed my stay at the Stanley. The staff was nice, they were very cordial and helpful as I tried to navigate certain things around the city. Special shoutout to the concierge, Steve is the best. The space and rooms overall were also very very nice. I will definitely be going back to the Stanley next time I'm in Nairobi.

Staff was exceptional. They are very attentive and friendly. The property is historic, so if you are looking for modern luxury this is not the right hotel for you. The Swahili breakfast available on Friday mornings is the absolute best.

The staff was very friendly and very accommodating. There was a problem with the air conditioning not working but as soon as it was reported, someone came immediately. I have stayed there several times and would stay there again without hesitation!

I thoroughly enjoyed my long-stay at the Stanley Sarova. The staff throughout the hotel were amazing and always attentive (in particular, Michael on the 2nd floor, Joan and Maxwell at the Exchange Bar, and Maxwell at the front desk). The food, particularly at Thai Chi and the Pool Deck restaurant, were fantastic. I highly recommend the grilled tilapia and the stuffed eggplant at the Pool Deck restaurant, and the Swahili breakfast at the Thorn Tree Cafe on Fridays. The location was very central, which was perfect for the meetings we had throughout the city. Would definitely stay here again in the future!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

My second visit to the Stanley was as wonderful as the first. We were traveling to the coast and back again to Nairobi. Our flight to the US wasn't until late in the evening and I had no problem arranging a late check out. We visited the business center to use the internet and also visited the pool to relax for a couple of hours before our long journey home. It is a very nice rooftop pool. My top choice for a stay in Nairobi.

Corner of Kenyatta Ave. and Kimathi St. Nairobi

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located in Nairobi Central Business District, The Sarova Stanley is within 2 miles (3 km) of popular attractions such as University of Nairobi and Uhuru Park. This 214-room, 5-star hotel has private in-room pools along with a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. Centrally located in Nairobi, the hotel is connected to the convention center, and a short walk from Teleposta Towers and City Market.


Dining

Enjoy the pool views at Pool Deck Restaurant, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


Rooms

The 214 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including private pools, coffee makers, and free bottled water. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and LED TVs with satellite channels. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs and free toiletries. Other amenities include laptop-compatible safes, phones, and desks.


Property features

At The Sarova Stanley, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a gym. Free valet and self parking are available, or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 30 per person one-way. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and tours or tickets. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a conference center.

Room options

Stanley Premium Club Room

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 2

Heritage Suite

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 2

Stanley Club Room

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 2

Stanley Twin Room

1 Twin Bed | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for The Sarova Stanley

Everyone (3) Couples (5) Business (4) Family (1) Friends (1)
5
Everyone

I really enjoyed my stay at the Stanley. The staff was nice, they were very cordial and helpful as I tried to navigate certain things around the city. Special shoutout to the concierge, Steve is the best. The space and rooms overall were also very very nice. I will definitely be going back to the Stanley next time I'm in Nairobi.

By on Jul 30, 2021

Review comment responded on Aug 3, 2021

Dear Guest, We are glad to note that you had a great time at The Stanley. Thanks for your compliments which will be shared with Steve. We look forward to hosting you once again in the near future, Kind Regards, Job Andove

4
Partner Couples

Staff was exceptional. They are very attentive and friendly. The property is historic, so if you are looking for modern luxury this is not the right hotel for you. The Swahili breakfast available on Friday mornings is the absolute best.

By on Jan 19, 2020

Review comment responded on Feb 21, 2020

Dear Anita, Thanks for staying with us. We appreciate your kind words for our staff as well as the Swahili breakfast. We hope to be of service to you in the near future for another opportunity to relate with our rich history. Kind Regards, Job Andove

4
Everyone

The staff was very friendly and very accommodating. There was a problem with the air conditioning not working but as soon as it was reported, someone came immediately. I have stayed there several times and would stay there again without hesitation!

By on Mar 19, 2018

5

great place to stay in the city center

Everyone

I thoroughly enjoyed my long-stay at the Stanley Sarova. The staff throughout the hotel were amazing and always attentive (in particular, Michael on the 2nd floor, Joan and Maxwell at the Exchange Bar, and Maxwell at the front desk). The food, particularly at Thai Chi and the Pool Deck restaurant, were fantastic. I highly recommend the grilled tilapia and the stuffed eggplant at the Pool Deck restaurant, and the Swahili breakfast at the Thorn Tree Cafe on Fridays. The location was very central, which was perfect for the meetings we had throughout the city. Would definitely stay here again in the future!

By , from USA on Mar 6, 2018

4

nice hotel, amazing service with standout thai restaurant

Couples

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.

By on Oct 22, 2013

5

the stanley in nairobi offers value

Couples

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.

By on Aug 1, 2011

4

excellent stay

Business

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.

By on Jun 30, 2011

4

central nairobi

Business

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.

By on Jan 9, 2011

4

loved this hotel

Business

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.

By on Feb 11, 2010

4

very comfortable stay

Couples

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.

By on Jul 27, 2009

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