1. GREAT LOCATION
Overlooking the Central Park, Nairobi Serena Hotel is located just five minutes’ walk from the Central Business District.
The hotel is conveniently a 30-minute drive away from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (that is on a good day; traffic can be unpredictable so plan for a longer journey). The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in it’s airport shuttles which should keep you occupied while stuck in traffic.
It’s location near the heart of Nairobi means that you’re within easy reach of the city’s various attractions such as the Nairobi National Park and the famous Maasai Market.
2. GREEN HOTEL
In this day and age of climate change, I try to do every little thing I can to reduce my carbon footprint. This includes picking lodging establishments that are making a conscious effort to be environmentally friendly.
If you’re as concerned about going green as I am then Nairobi Serena Hotel is the place for you. The hotel is committed to eco-tourism, uses local materials, recycles and conserves natural resources.
For their efforts Nairobi Serena Hotel recently won the 2015 award for Africa’s Leading Green Hotel. This is no mean feat; the World Travel Awards are recognized as the ultimate travel accolade for those who excel in the travel industry. This is the third time they have won the award having won previously in 2008 and 2009.
3. EXCELLENT FOOD
With 2 restaurants – Café Maghreb, an internationally-themed buffet breakfast and lunch venue, and Mandhari Restaurant which offers a la carte meals with a Tuscan-styled outdoor terrace – your palate is certainly spoilt for choice.
Café Maghreb features a special ‘Seafood Night’ every Friday and a Kenyan Lunch every Thursday. For those with a sweet tooth there is a patisserie with a wide selection of traditional French pastries and gateaux, American muffins and spiced savouries.
I visited Café Maghreb during Nairobi Restaurant Week 2015 and for sure no other restaurant I visited afterwards matched up in terms of value and quality.
Mandhari Restaurant is the place to go to for a first class dining experience. The décor is elegant and the meals exquisite.
Throughout the year the restaurant hosts internationally renowned chefs who showcase the authentic cuisine of their countries in a series of themed weeks.
And as the ultimate activity for the day, head over to Ethiopian-styled Aksum Bar which overlooks the gardens. Featuring live bands on most evenings It is the perfect way to wind down after a long day.
4. GREAT SERVICE
We tend to take customer service for granted until we get terrible service. Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World therefore you are guaranteed great service.
Having stayed at other Serena properties, I can attest that the service has been above par. Staff are always friendly and polite, waiters are always smiling. All the staff aim to please.
Gym, unisex hair and beauty salon, anything you need is never more than a phone call away, not even their 24-hr room service.The rooms are well appointed with a total of 183 rooms there is a range of rooms and suites designed to fit every traveler’s needs.
I am not one for going regularly to the gym but if that’s your style you can visit Maisha Fitness Centre. There is even a heated pool so you do not have to worry about swimming outdoors during Nairobi’s ‘winter’. I’m more of a spa girl and the Beauty Treatment and massage services have got me covered.
A fully-equipped business centre, if you are visiting on business and on-site wedding and honeymoon services if you are looking to say “I do”.
Have you stayed at the Nairobi Serena? What was your experience?
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