I wrote a review for this place after i stayed here a few months ago. I stated this was not a 5 star hotel, in spite of the claims made. I then got contacted by their sales team, who offered me to come stay again, at a discounted rate. Since i had to spend a night close to the airport, i decided to take them up on the offer. Interestingly enough, they first asked me how much I paid before before telling me the discounted rate- i guess they didn't want to offer me too much of a discount. In they end i paid 150USD tax and breakfast included.
I guess for $150 the place is OK, but lets be clear- this is not a 5star hotel. more like a glorified 3 star. There is no outside pool. The indoor pool area smells vile. The Internet did not work during my stay. The fridge/minibar was empty, and didn't work (so i couldn't cool my own water bottle). There are no sockets near the desk in your room to plug in a computer of phone charger, which is important to me as a business traveler. none of this is insurmountable, but simply not up to 5star standards. I later stayed at the Serena- now that is a real 5star hotel. and the rate there was 220USD- not that much more for much better service.
My stay was OK as it minimized my airport connection time, and i used the well-equipped gym after my late arrival. But it's not the kind of hotel where you would leisurely spend a full day enjoying yourself-unlike the Serena with its gorgeous pool.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Panari Hotel Nairobi