Sarova Stanely

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Since the early 1900s when Sarova Stanley opened its doors, the hotel’s permanence in Nairobi became clear, and the Victorian façade was quickly expanded to embrace the immeasurable greatness that originated within its walls. 1922 saw the first order of a locally brewed beer, and the hotel’s authentic Exchange Bar sowed the seeds that grew into Nairobi’s […]

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Since the early 1900s when Sarova Stanley opened its doors, the hotel’s permanence in Nairobi became clear, and the Victorian façade was quickly expanded to embrace the immeasurable greatness that originated within its walls. 1922 saw the first order of a locally brewed beer, and the hotel’s authentic Exchange Bar sowed the seeds that grew into Nairobi’s first and only Stock Exchange.

With each enchanting suite and conference facility named after an important person or place in the hotel’s history, the Sarova Stanley’s illustrious guests play a supporting role in the grand traditions of the hotel and are engulfed in the warm hospitality, architectural charm, and unparalleled service. The guests are entitled to enjoy luxurious services offered by top 5 star hotels in Nairobi and all other high-tech facilities at one place.

Today, Sarova Stanley’s heritage character is preserved whilst offering modern hotel services and amenities to create Nairobi’s most special city hotel experience. The hotel is also a member of the Preferred Hotel Group under the category, Summit Hotels & Resorts. If you crave to enjoy the luxurious amenities provided by the 5 star hotels in Kenya or taste world-class cuisines, then booking an accommodation here lets you achieve it.

The moment you pass through the century-old revolving doors, you enter another world, the heat and bustle of modern Nairobi left behind as you tune into the cool Victorian elegance of Sarova Stanley. A newly renovated spacious porte-cochère, with its patterned marble floors, chesterfields, old clocks and ancient photographs all come together to transport you to another era. Sarova Stanley, which is one of the eight hotels owned by Sarova Hotels, Resorts & Game Lodges, offers a wide range of accommodation and services with all rooms elegantly furnished with an ambience that remains as friendly and welcoming as it has always been since its humble beginnings in 1902. Sarova Stanley has 217 guest rooms over eight floors in different categories including Heritage Suites, Executive Suites and Club Rooms. Dining facilities include the legendary Thorn Tree Cafe; Thai Chi Restaurant, which has been named the most authentic Thai restaurant in East Africa; Exchange Bar, which was once the venue for Nairobi’s first stock exchange; Pool Deck Restaurant; and 24 hour in-room dining. Apart from exquisite cuisines and sophisticated facilities it provides exceptional standards of competency and services. The guests can not only enjoy all the luxurious facilities that best luxury hotels in Kenya offer, but also can have city view with bright lights glittering throughout the city’s skyline. Business facilities include wireless internet, fully-equipped business centre, meeting rooms with varying capacities, and secretarial services. The heated pool on the 5th floor adjoins a fully equipped health club with gym, steam, sauna and massage facilities. Sarova Stanley’s mini shopping arcade houses gift shops, newspaper stand, bookshop, boutique, curio shop, chemist, optician, locksmith, art gallery and car rental outlets.These attractive and luxurious options allow the guests to enjoy the ultimate pleasures offered by luxury hotels in Nairobi along with best experience that is truly unforgettable. Guests can also ask for a Historical Tour of the hotel to view old photographs and heritage suites. The hotel also organizes for guests to go on a Heritage Walk around the hotel to view some of the oldest and most historical buildings in the area.

Guest rooms at Sarova Stanley offer a blend of Victorian elegance and comfort, combined with all the practical, executive amenities of the modern age. Antique furnishings and restored period details envelop guests in royal mystique. Sarova Stanley exceptional suites symbolise all the comfort, warmth and elegance of the “Sarova Stanley style” par excellence. The prestigious suites pay homage to their famous past residents.The fine settings and ambience offered by the hotel suites, allow you to have a soothing and enchanting stay at one of the most premium hotels in Kenya. In addition to the suites, there are three categories of guest rooms all of which feature: outdoor or atrium view, air-conditioning, black-out curtains, sound-proofing, satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities, mini-bar, safe-deposit box, direct dial telephone with VOIP, wireless internet connectivity, private bath, shower and WC, hair dryers (voltage of 240 volts) and 50 cycle razor outlets operating on both 220 and 240 volts.

Sarova Stanley room categories are:-

Deluxe Rooms (160)

Deluxe rooms at Sarova Stanley offer the rare luxury of space, the largest in their category in the city, having been built at a time when space was never a constraint. The rooms are done up in classical style with chintz furnishings and plush carpeting.

Club Rooms (32)

Club rooms offer a very comfortable stay featuring elegant interiors and amenities such as a fresh fruit basket on arrival, a floral arrangement in the bedroom, fluffy white terry towelling robes and slippers, daily newspapers, free internet access and 42 inch flat-screen televisions. Club room guests also enjoy evening canapés on the house followed by aromatic candles and chocolates for turn down service.

Themed Suites

Sarova Stanley suites offer the most distinctive experience amongst accommodation options in Nairobi. They feature the following facilities and services:

  • An outdoor or atrium view
  • Air-conditioning, black-out curtains, sound-proofing 42 inch flat-screen televisions with satellite TV Tea/coffee facilities, mini-bar, safe-deposit box
  • Room amenities such as fresh fruit, fresh flowers, cookies and chocolates
  • Direct dial telephone with VOIP, wireless internet connectivity
  • Private bath, shower and WC, magnifying mirrors, hair dryers
  • Private dressing area with spacious wardrobes
  • Voltage of 240 volts and 50 cycle razor outlets operating on both 220 and 240 volts.

The Windsor Suite (Penthouse Suite)

Located on the eighth floor, our Penthouse suite ‘The Windsor’ was so named to commemorate the attendance at a ball in the hotel in 1928 of the Prince of Wales (who later and briefly became King Edward VIII) and the Duke of Gloucester. It comprises a beautifully furnished bedroom and expansive sitting room with its own private terrace which makes it an ideal venue for high-profile cocktail and dinner parties.

The Stanley Suite (Presidential Suite)

This suite, which also serves as the Presidential Suite, is named after the explorer. Henry Morton Stanley, as was, no doubt, the hotel itself. It includes a spacious sitting room with dining area, powder room, large bedroom with dressing room and a well-appointed bathroom with Jacuzzi. Decorated in shades of green with period furniture pieces, antiques and old etchings, the suite exemplifies heritage elegance.

The Karen Blixen Suite (State Suite)

This suite commemorates the Baroness Blixen, Nairobi resident between 1914 and 1931, author of Out Of Africa and Shadows on the Grass who frequently lunched at The Stanley. The suite comprising a spacious sitting room, large bedroom, powder room and bathroom with Jacuzzi, is decorated with photos spanning Karen Blixen’s life in Kenya and reproductions of her famous paintings Juma and The Kikuyu Girl

The Lamu Suite (State Suite)

This suite is named after the exquisite Swahili/Arabic archipelago and island of Lamu, off the Kenyan coast. The suite’s decor is reminiscent of the island’s romantic ambience, boasting a four poster bed, antique Lamu style furniture including a Planter’s recliner, Lamu chests and Persian rugs. The suite has a spacious sitting room, powder room, large bedroom and a luxurious bathroom with a his and hers counter sink and Jacuzzi. The Lamu Suite is especially popular with honeymooners.

Junior Suites (3)

The Stanley has three double suites, each with two bedrooms connected through a common sitting room all overlooking the atrium. Ideal for families and those who like a little extra space, the suites are well appointed with elegant furnishing but with all modern facilities and services.

These are:

  • The Connaught Suite is named so to commemorate the first visit of a British royal family to Kenya – the Duke and Duchess of Connaught in March 1906.
  • The Tate Suite is a fitting tribute to Mayence and Fred Tate, the founders of not only the hotel but also the country’s hotel industry.
  • The Delamere Suite pays homage to Hugh the Third Baron Delamere, a colourful, unconventional pioneer and social leader who was a significant figure in the development of modern Kenya.

Executive Suites (16)

Executive suites feature a spacious bedroom with separate dressing area, en-suite lounge with powder room and well-appointed bathrooms. The decor reflects classical elegance with a contemporary touch. These suites make for an ideal home away from home and are particularly popular among regular and long-staying guests.

Sarova Stanley offers an eclectic mix of dining and entertainment options. One can enjoy the legendary Thorn Tree Café – reputed to be Nairobi’s first post office or the casual atmosphere at the Pool Deck Restaurant. Thai Chi restaurant is reputed to be the finest in Thai cuisine within the region. The Exchange Bar is an elegantly decadent, plush lounge bar; home to the Nairobi Stock Exchange since incorporation, for a period of over fifty years.

In-Room Dining

The hotel offers 24-hours room service with a special in-room dining menu with a wide variety of cuisines to satisfy your palate.

Thai Chi Restaurant

Thai Chi has been named the most authentic Thai restaurant in East Africa. With its traditional Thai decor and delectable Thai specialties prepared by experienced chefs from Thailand, Thai Chi is best described as a small piece of Thailand in Nairobi.

The Thorn Tree Café

The Thorn Tree Café is a legendary open-air, bistro style pavement café and is most famous for its message board located at the centre of the restaurant. Legend purports that the Thorn Tree Café – named for a single centrally situated acacia tree – became a makeshift post box for travellers who left mail pinned onto its trunk. ‘Tree mail’ endures despite email and the Thorn Tree Café flourishes as the crossroads of Africa. From time immemorial the café has been the perfect meeting place for friends and offers a remarkable dining experience in the central business district. It has a deli counter, serves pizzas from a wood-fired oven, fresh juices, beers, the widest range of coffees and a varied menu which includes popular continental and nouvelle dishes.

The Exchange Bar

History comes to life at The Exchange Bar, once the site of Nairobi’s first Stock Exchange, from 1954 until 1991. In 1922, The Long Bar, the Stanley’s precursor to The Exchange Bar, famously took delivery of the first ever order from the newly formed Kenya Breweries, makers of such famous local brews as Tusker and Pilsner, and now the largest brewery in the country. The Exchange Bar retains the feel of a traditional English Gentleman’s club with its decor while exuding a casual elegance and warm atmosphere that provides a lively meeting place for people from all walks of life. A perfect place to enjoy a single malt and fine cigar or sensational cocktails accompanied with a variety of bar snacks. The Exchange Bar stocks all major international newspapers and in keeping with its origins there is also a Reuters screen with the latest news and movements from major stock exchanges of the world.

Pool Deck Restaurant

Tucked away on the 5th floor of the Sarova Stanley is an Oasis offering refuge against the hustle and bustle of town. The Pool Deck is characterized by its al fresco dining concept – allowing you to relax and dine in the comfort of the open air.

Sarova Stanley, a luxury business hotel in Nairobi, Kenya offers all business facilities such as wireless internet, business centre with secretarial services, and nine fully equipped meetings and conference rooms with state-of-the-art technological advancements. In combination, the conference rooms can house over 800 people. 9 conference rooms including syndicate rooms Audio-visual equipment and secretarial assistance available Photocopying, fax, telephone, and stationery offered Personalised conference coordinator Business centre and WI-FI For those who are looking for the best executive class business hotels in Kenya, the Sarova Stanley gives great opportunity to access various top tech amenities and personal services for fulfilling business needs.

The Stanley Ballroom

Named after the famous British statesman and later Prime Minister who, as Under Secretary for the Colonies, visited Kenya in 1907 this grandiose room can seat 250 for elegant, sophisticated dining and host 350 for conferencing. Best venue for hosting weddings, cocktails and dinners.

Authors’ Suite

This is an enormous conference room that can, if required, be divided into three soundproof sections, each capable of seating 50 people, namely:

  • The Huxley, named after the authoress Elspeth Huxley a writer, best known for her books based on her experiences growing up in a coffee farm in Kenya.
  • The Patterson, named after Lieutenant-Colonel John Henry Patterson, an Anglo-Irish soldier, hunter, and author, best known for his book ‘The Man-Eaters of Tsavo’
  • The Hemingway, named after Ernest Hemingway an American novelist, short-story writer and journalist, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • Baden-Powell Named after Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement. He spent his last years in Kenya and is buried at Nyeri in the shadow of Mount Kenya. This room opens out onto the atrium for al-fresco dining or cocktails.

Batian and Lenana

These boardrooms are named after two legendary Maasai tribal chiefs whose names also grace two of Mount Kenya’s peaks


This room is named after Samuel Baker, the explorer who in 186l, with his wife Florence, set out on a 4 year search for the source of the river Nile.

Business Centre

This modern and professionally manned facility is located on the Conference Floor for easy access. Guests can access email, print, fax, photocopy and surf the net. The Business Centre opens daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Outside Catering

Sarova Stanley has a special outside catering product dubbed “Kitchens of Sarova” that specialises in outdoor catering for a wide range of occasions from corporate events, business lunches, office parties, Christmas parties, birthday celebrations, conferences, social events and weddings. Special attention is lavished on all the guests for making the occasion memorable. The impeccable service and amazing options of international cuisines are quite appreciable to those looking for business hotels in Nairobi.