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“Panari -- Safe, Clean, Comfortable”
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The Panari Hotel
Ranked #49 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Panari -- Safe, Clean, Comfortable”
Reviewed 3 December 2008

The Panari was obviously built to host westerners. It is near the location of the former US Embassy that was bombed in 1998. The hotel includes a shopping area and food court and even a small ice rink. The fitness center is well-stocked with weight and cardio equipment. The spa has a large indoor pool, dry and wet sauna…for no extra fee. Not the case for internet connection which runs about $8 per hour or about $35 for unlimited 24 hours. Connection is slow, but handled Skype video calls OK. The shopping area has two travel agencies that can make arrangements for one day or multiple day safaris. The food court meals of Chinese, Indian and will run you $10-12. There is a Brazilian restaurant with BBQ meat buffet that runs about $40 and a Middle Eastern place that runs about $20 a meal and has a great view of the Nairobi game park just across the busy road. There is a bank with an ATM where you can get Kenyan money…many places do not take credit cards. The hotel is close to the international airport, but about 30 minutes outside of the downtown area. If you are flying in to meet someone at your hotel, or have business near the airport, this is a decent place to stay. It would also be a good place to start a safari vacation. Cabs into town will run you about $10-12 each way.

  • Liked — Close to Airport
  • Disliked — Remote from central business district
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank CheeseConey
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2008

I stayed here just one night whilst in Kenya on business. The room was very neat and clean and the staff friendly, but the place just has no soul. I could have been in any city in the world - there was no hint that you were in Kenya unless you looked out of the windows. If you do have to stay here request a room with views over the National Park - much nicer than the city view to the rear.

  • Liked — Views of the National Park
  • Disliked — Soulless feel to the place
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank tiredandweary
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Epsom Surrey
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37 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2008

Why run the risk of down town Nairobi when this gem is only 6 miles away from the Intl Airport.

Although only a 24 hour stopover this hotel should carry a 4* rating.

The staff (all local Kenyans) are well spoken, educated and freindley in a true sense. Smiles around.

The hotel itself sits within a complex that offers a good selection of food outlets, Ice Rink ! disco and a few bars.

More importanley its location is a must for going on Safari

Dont' miss the Brazilian Pampa Churrascaria Steak House which serves more that 12 cuts of meat incliding local game including the likes of Camel and Crocodile. All swallowed down by cool Tusker Lager.

  • Liked — Service, location and view of National park
  • Disliked — No Roof Terrace Bar !
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank Alphaone
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Claremont, CA
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Reviewed 1 August 2008

The Panari is a perfectly pleasant, immaculately clean hotel near Nairobi airport. With a late-afternoon arrival and a morning departure, we had neither the time nor the interest to go into Nairobi, especially as we had heard that traffic was really bad at rush hour. The Panari is just ten minutes from the airport, and the hotel arranged for a driver to pick us up. It is in the middle of nowhere though, on the road to the airport, so if you want to see or spend time in Nairobi, this is not the place. Nonetheless, it is a very modern hotel, with all the expected amenities including TV, bottled water, and toiletries. The beds were comfortable, the bathroom spacious, and there was a nice fruit plate waiting for us in the room. The service throughout the hotel was excellent: someone helped us with our bags, and check-in was quick. Our rate included the breakfast buffet in the morning: it was a huge spread, and the food was excellent, including eggs, breakfast meats, Indian-spiced vegetables, breads, fresh fruits, juices, and really good coffee. Again, the service was excellent. The buffet begins at 6:30 am, giving us just enough time to eat before leaving for the airport. The attached shopping mall was a big disappointment, with very few shops, though it was pretty cool to see the ice skating rink - the only one in Kenya. There was also a large indoor pool. No complaints whatsoever, and highly recommended if you are passing through Nairobi airport, need a place to stay that's relatively close, and don't want to spend an arm and a leg.

  • Liked — Convenience to Nairobi Airport; Cleanliness; Breakfast Buffet
  • Disliked — Shops in adjoining mall were a disappointment.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank jaa1965
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Huntsville,Al
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Reviewed 29 July 2008

Desk staff and night manager rude and very unhelpful.
We were booked into a day room. and arrived around 4:30 in the afternoon.Room was supposed to be available until we left for our flight( ~8:30). Staff told us we would have to exit room by 6:00 P.M. We explained that we had booked it until our transit to the airport. They were not willing to let us stay in room until 8:30 ( which would have been only 4 hours in room). I will not stay there again. Also - the decor is some 60's Space Jetson's theme. Very dated.

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  • Disliked — Staff
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank AuburnTiger84
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Reviewed 6 July 2008

Excellent hotel, the staff were very polite and helpful, very close to the airport and the national park ... Rooms Big and bathrooms modern...
The Pub Shooters & Dips was excellent, with the different variety of cocktails and i missed out on the show the next day as i was flying out.
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  • Liked — Shooters & Dips
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank Travelleroil
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 12 June 2008

This hotel is ideal for those who are only transitting through Nairobi airport and do not wish to see the city. It is in the middle of nowhere, between Nairobi airport and the city. Staying here will ensure that you don’t get caught up in the chaotic traffic of Nairobi’s city streets. It once took me 2 hours to get from the airport to a hotel in the city. So this is a great option for anyone stressing about getting to their flights. The proximity of the hotel to the airport also means the shuttle to the airport is also cheaper at 600ksh per person, compared to 1400ksh if you stayed at any other hotel in the city centre.

This is a modern structure of glass and steel. The hotel sits atop the Panari Sky Centre, so the reception is actually located on the third floor above the offices and shops. The hotel aims to go for the contemporary look, which may not be to the taste of some. The lobby is spacious and a little barren, but at least it’s clean.

The room continues the contemporary look, albeit with some of the furniture bordering on the tacky and weird. The beds are firm and is great for those who definitely need that rest before their next flight. The most impressive aspect of the room is the bathroom. It is massive, at about almost half the size of the whole room. It is a very modern bathroom with everything you would need.

The Red Garnet restaurant offer buffet meals with a good selection. You will have a great variety of salads, breads, hot meals from African, Western and Asian influences. Desserts are also very good.

The gym is probably one of the best of the hotels I have stayed in Kenya. It has the biggest range in equipment, is spacious and has a personal trainer at hand to assist with anything.

Given the hotel’s isolation, there is nothing to do beyond the gates of the hotel. The Panari Sky Centre does offer some kind of respite from boredom. It has an ice rink, movie theatre, tour operators, the largest souvenir store in Kenya, beauty salon and massage parlour, food court, a bar and a couple of foreign exchange outlets. If you are bored with all of these, the city centre is about a 20 minute drive by taxi if you avoid peak hour.

  • Liked — Ease of access to the airport
  • Disliked — Distance from the city and lack of anything interesting nearby
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank TravellingCarlito
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Property: The Panari Hotel
Address: Mombasa Road | P.O Box 4372, Nairobi 00506, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#22 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#34 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Panari Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Panari Hotel is the closest hotel to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi. Located 7 kilometers from the airport and 8 kilometers from the city center, we have your convenience at heart. From the rooms, our guests enjoy a captivating panoramic view of The Nairobi national park on one side. On the other side, you have a full view of the City in the horizon. The hotel is one of its kind being the only venue with an Ice Skating Rink in East and Central Africa. For our guest's convenience, we have a bank, forex bureau and a hair salon all under one roof. We also have a variety of food outlets alongside the Hotel's main restaurant "The Red Garnet." For a night out, you need not go elsewhere, on the second floor of the hotel, "Shooters and Dips Lounge" is the hottest entertainment spot along Mombasa road. No need to interrupt your keep fit regime while traveling. Get a full work out at The Dolphin Health Club. The health club is fully equipped with all the modern workout machines, steam bath, sauna and an indoor swimming pool. The Panari Hotel boasts a very large conferencing area with sufficient, secure and ample parking space to fit 450 cars. The Panari Hotel "A Luxurious Way of Life." ... more   less 
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