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“Unexpected gem...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sankara Nairobi

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Sankara Nairobi
Ranked #11 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Unexpected gem...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

Just returned from a trip to Kenya. Stayed in Nairobi for 2 nights at Sankara. This hotel is a gem in a crazy city. My husband and I arrived late at night, but check in was quick and easy. Our bags were were taken to our room for us. The room was modern, clean, and updated. After a long flight it was a nice to fall into a cozy king size bed. Close inspection of the room shows that there are some cosmetic issues with paint, fixtures, wall paper, etc., but nothing major. The bathroom was a decent size with separate bath and walk in shower. The personnel are excellent and will go out of there way to ensure that you are happy and comfortable. The restaurants are also very good, especially Muhibbah (excellent Thai food). Artisan has a decent breakfast buffet. There is a lot of construction around the hotel, but nothing is heard inside. Also you do not realize that you are at the hotel until you are in the lobby. Do not judge the hotel by its exterior. Sankara was an unexpected gem in the midst of a chaotic city, and I would recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lagos, Nigeria
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88 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

Stayed here in February 2012 for 4 days and was quite impressed with the hotel. In particular, the service of the staff there. The gym was 'compact' but did the job. The rooms and bathrooms where larger than expected which was plus. Room service was prompt. Overall a very good experience - one that I would gladly repeat.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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London
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

Stayed for 3 nights in July 2012. Nice hotel,great service but the hotel is already showing serious signs of wear.Very poor operation in showers,loose fittings etc. I dont think this hotel will hold up for another 5 years without major refurbishment. I presume this is the standard of build of most Kenyan hotels.

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

Friendly staff and a good restaurant; largish rooms, and small health club. Mostly business travellers, it seemed. Building work next door causes some noise and the entrance backs on to a petrol station.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

Excellent hotel, excellent restaurant (better than the Tribe), excellent service, great location near shopping centres and night clubs, wonderful hospitality! Sankara is the place to be while in Nairobi!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Torino, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

This is just to confirm the positive reviews. I like it because it reflects contemporary energetic Africa. The style is modern, rooms are comfortable and quiet with high quality bedding. The breakfast buffet offers a great variety of food. Good wine list.
I've been here twice already and will come back again.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

This is our new favorite hotel in Nairobi, better than the Tribe which was our previous favorite. We stayed in the Junior Suite which was very spacious and luxurious with excellent decor. The service was unsurpassed. The staff was friendly, helpful and professional throughout our two night stay. Eliab at the front desk, in particular, was incredibly helpful and friendly. The hotel is located in the heart of Westlands. Two of Nairobi's bigger shopping malls are within walking distance. Sarit Center is directly across from the hotel and Westgate is a few blocks away. This is also the part of town with the greatest variety of restaurants although the Asian restaurant at the hotel itself was excellent so there is little need to go out. If you are working downtown or in the industrial area you might choose to stay elsewhere to avoid traffic (especially in the rainy season) but otherwise this is THE place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sankara Nairobi

Property: Sankara Nairobi
Address: Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi 00606, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#11 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#11 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sankara Nairobi 5*
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sankara Nairobi combines international five-star standards with personal service and the authentic flavour of the new Africa. ... more   less 
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