Established in 1902, the Sarova Stanley is a Kenyan institution. The five-star hotel radiates timeless Victorian elegance, from the marble lobby with its green leather banquette sofas to the sumptuous suites named after famous explorers and novelists. Modern comforts include a heated outdoor swimming pool and a top-notch health club with yoga and CrossFit classes, while the legendary Thorn Tree Café, where travelers have long pinned messages on the central acacia tree, is as popular with locals as it is with visitors.
- Choose from 214 spacious guestrooms, club rooms, and signature suites
- Work out with a personal trainer, or relax in the sauna and steam room
- Treat yourself to a deep tissue massage, or a mani-pedi in the full-service spa
- Have a cocktail in the iconic Exchange Bar, the site of Nairobi's first stock exchange
- Book a club room or suite and enjoy complimentary access to Royal Nairobi Golf Club
- Spot lions and rhinos at Nairobi National Park, a 30 minute drive from the hotel
For more than a century, guests such as Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, and Queen Elizabeth II have enjoyed the graceful charms of Kenyan capital’s first luxury hotel. Whether you are in Nairobi on business, or setting off on safari in the country’s renowned game parks, Sarova Stanley is your ideal base in the Kenyan capital.
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Decorated in rich, Victorian-era colors like crimson and forest green, Sarova Stanley’s 214 guestrooms and suites offer an irresistible blend of colonial charm and contemporary style. Roam about in a fluffy robe, then collapse onto your plush bed, and with blackout curtains, a good night’s sleep is ensured. Deluxe rooms are among Nairobi’s largest, while club rooms feature thoughtful extras such as aromatic candles and chocolates at turndown. The themed suites pay homage to notable guests, including Out of Africa author Karen Blixen, and the explorer Henry Morton Stanley, and have four-poster beds, powder rooms, and Jacuzzi baths.
All rooms benefit from 24-hour room service, while club room and suites come with exclusive access to the 1902 Club Lounge with complimentary tee time at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club and nightly sundowners.
Dine at one of the most accomplished Thai restaurants in Kenya; enjoy international and Kenyan cuisine at the city’s most popular pavement café or eat alfresco by the pool. After dark, enjoy a tipple at the atmospheric lounge bar.
Thorn Tree Café – This open-air café is named for the acacia tree at its center that has served as a message board for passing travelers for more than a century. Choose from a menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and wood-fired pizzas.
Thai Chi – In an elegant dining room with white tablecloths and Thai sculptures, experienced chefs from Thailand prepare fine Thai cuisine. Look forward to dishes like pla rad prik (crispy fish with chili sauce) and fragrant green curry.
Pool Deck Restaurant – This casual poolside spot serves gourmet sandwiches and a tempting buffet during the day, and à la carte international cuisine by night. Classics include Caesar salads, grilled seafood and steaks, and spicy lamb burgers.
The Exchange Bar – The city’s top spot for a nightcap feels like a traditional English club, thanks to its mahogany bar, Chesterfield sofas, and old gramophone. Enjoy a single malt, or try the signature Dawa cocktail (vodka, lime, and honey).
Swim in the sun-drenched pool, or lounge on one of the bright yellow sun loungers that flank it. Keep fit in the adjoining health club, with cross trainers, treadmills, free weights, and rowing machines, or sign up for a Pilates or Zumba class. Unwind in the spacious sauna, steam, and relaxation rooms, and shake off any jetlag with an aromatherapy massage at the spa.
Outside the hotel, stroll to nearby Uhuru Park to stretch your legs among picnicking families, and barter for souvenirs in the Central Market, which has stalls selling wood carvings, Maasai jewelry, and clothing. Sign up for a half-day safari in Nairobi National Park, a 29,000-acre reserve on the southern outskirts of the city that is home to lions, cheetahs, leopards, zebras, gazelles, and rhinos, and visit the Giraffe Center, where you can observe, hand-feed, or even kiss one of the Rothschild’s giraffe.
In Nairobi's central business district, Sarova Stanley is walking distance to the landmark Kenyatta International Conference Center, as well as the bustling City Market, a well-known souvenir market. You can also walk to Uhuru Park and Central Park, two of Nairobi's most popular green spaces, while the Royal Nairobi Golf Club is a 20-minute drive away.
Sarova Stanley is 11 mi / 17 km from Nairobi's main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Wilson Airport is just 4 mi / 7 km away.
Syokimau Railway Station is 11 mi / 17 km away, with high-speed connections to Mombasa aboard the scenic Madaraka Express.