Sarova Stanley Nairobi

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Sarova Stanley Nairobi

From the day it opened its doors in 1902, Sarova Stanley, a 5 star hotel in Nairobi, has been making history – hosting royal safaris and a long line of living legends.

  • Rooms
  • Room Categories
    Deluxe-, Club Rooms, Executive-, Junior-, State- and Presidential Suites and one Penthouse
  • Food
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

About the Hotel:

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 spacious foyer, 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 Group of hotels, Resort & 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 awarded as 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. Business facilities include wireless internet, fully-equipped business centre, meeting rooms in 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. Guests can also ask for a Historical Tour of the hotel to view old photographs and heritage suites. The hotel also organises for guests to go on a Heritage Walk around the hotel to view some of the oldest and most historical buildings in the area.


As the country's first luxury hotel, Sarova Stanley has played host to royal safaris and a long line of living legends. These include such famous names as the writer Ernest Hemingway. It was in a Stanley hotel bedroom during 1933/34, recuperating from amoebic dysentery and prolapse suffered on a hunting trip below Kilimanjaro, that he thought up themes and wrote some of his most famous short stories and books, several of which mention Sarova Stanley.
These books, which were to make him a household name across the world, included The Green Hills of Africa (l935); The Snows of Kilimanjaro (l936); The Happy Ending, retitled The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. The Stanley has also been, at various times, the base for classic Hollywood film idols such as Stewart Granger, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, and Gregory Peck.