There have been a lot of controversy going about this hotel, location, services, prices, purpose therefore I would like to add one more opinion which is mine :)
I travelled to Nairobi in May 2010 to attend conference at Safari Park Hotel, since I did not have a clue what is the most convenient method of commuting in Nairobi and especially that security is a concern my manager suggested I stay at same hotel where conference is being held.
My flight arrived around 8am in the morning, which is the peak of the morning rush hour, driver had to drive through the slums and take of shortcuts, the hotel turned out to be far from city centre, it took me about 2 hours to reach the hotel and I was charged 35USD for the ride.
Upon arriving at the hotel I was amazed by the area, and the truly African style. The staff was very friendly sent me to my room straight away. I couldn’t wait to explore the hotel especially that this is one of the few places where you could be walking freely without walking about the security.
I came across squash courts, tennis courts, alot of restaurants, bars and a casino. All the pathways, greenery, landscape are VERY IMPRESSIVE.
Shortly I knew that I was in a very luxurious prison, u are very far from any shops or markets so you have to buy everything from the hotel. You could not imagine how much they would charge for phone calls and internet, an hour's usage of internet is more expensive than a month's subscription fee in Kenya and the same applied for both local and international phone, my roaming didnt work for some reason. So if you are staying at Safari Park the first thing you should is to buy a local phone line and local data sim and make sure you put in them enough credit. You could find Safaricom offices at the airport.
Squash courts, gym, tennis courts, are all for a fee and it's not cheap(fer to hotels website), I didnt understand why is the gym for a fee, it’s a very primitive gym. The only the thing is inclusive is the breakfast anything else you will be ripped off. So if you need anything try to bring it with you from with you whenever you are at down town.
The restaurants are very good, especially the Nyoma Chama ranch, alot of my colleagues who went to carnivore said this is more or less the same except that at carnivoie you could get ripped off and it's at your hotel you so do not have to go anywhere. The show at this restaurant is great.
Italian resturant is also great.
As for business conference it was a pleasant experience as most of the other attendees where staying in the same hotel so you get an ideal chance to socialize and make business relations.
Going to the rooms, I did not see Air conditioners anywhere neither in the conference halls or the rooms. Rooms are fitted with mosquito nets and I barely came across any insects. It was not hot, I went during May which is winter, it was a bit chilly in the night which was perfect temperature for sleeping. I am person who finds it difficult to sleep when changing places but this room felt like home. I really have no clue what the do no in the summer.
This was my experience hope you find it useful, and I would definitely return to this hotel again :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ‘THE AFRICAN PARADISE’ Surrounded by 50 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, the Safari Park Hotel & Casino combines the elegance of African architecture and art with an infrastructure at the leading edge of technology. Located only 15 minutes from the Nairobi city centre, the hotel offers calmness and serenity away from the fast pace of the city. The five-star hotel boasts 205 luxurious rooms each with en-suite bathrooms, antique African-themed four-poster beds and furniture. All the rooms have rear and front private large garden view balconies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Safari Park Nairobi