• Location: Kenya, Nairobi
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable


Located in Kenya's capital Nairobi, this conveniently located hotel is situated close to the airport and city centre. Built in 1902, the hotel is famous for its elegant colonial decor and old-world charm - the marble floors, leather furniture and antique brass fittings recall the opulent living of the Victorian era.

During your stay, you can relax by the outdoor swimming pool, dine at one of the three restaurants or keep active in the fully-equipped health club. The health club also offers a range of massage treatments for you to indulge in before heading off for the next part of your journey

Recent accolades & press

  •  World Travel Awards 2014 - Kenya's Leading Hotel
  •  World Luxury Hotel Awards - Country Winners - Luxury Historical Hotel


  • Centrally located in Nairobi’s shopping hub
  • Peaceful refuge from the bustling city 
  • Elegant old-world charm
  • World-class facilities

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Sarova Stanley offers a range of world-class facilities for you to enjoy during your stay. The hotel features a lovely outdoor swimming pool and curio shop as well as the historic bar area, from which the Nairobi Stock Exchange once operated.

There is also a fully-equipped health club where you can enjoy a workout with cardio equipment and free weights or join an aerobics class. The club also offers a range of massage treatments, saunas and steam rooms.

General Facilities

    Babysitting service available
    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Laundry service
    Computer facilities
    Secure Parking
    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available


The Sarova Stanley Hotel offers no fewer than three dining options for you to choose from. Try the open-air pavement brasserie/bistro-style Thorn Tree Café with its excellent patisserie range. The centrepiece of this historic café is an acacia tree with a message-board dating back to 1959.

Alternatively enjoy healthy buffets, great salads, barbeque grills and tandoori specialities at the Pool Deck, a vibrant and colourful garden restaurant by the poolside.

For an elegant fine-dining experience, The Stanley's Zen restaurant specialises in award-winning international cuisine, served in an uplifting ambience.

Deluxe Room

Guest rooms at Sarova Stanley offer a blend of Victorian elegance and comfort, combined with practical and modern conveniences.

The Deluxe rooms offer the rare luxury of space - they are the largest in their category in Nairobi - having been built at a time when space was never a constraint. The rooms are decorated in a classical style with chintz furnishings and plush carpeting. Each room has either an outdoor or atrium view, air-conditioning, black-out curtains and an en suite bathroom.


    Air conditioning
    Mini bar
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Wi-fi available in room
    En-suite bath and shower

Other Room Types

Club Rooms offer a very comfortable stay and feature elegant interiors and amenities such as a fresh fruit basket on arrival, a floral arrangement in the bedroom and free internet access. Club room guests also enjoy evening canapés on the house followed by aromatic candles and chocolates as part of the Turn Down service.

Sarova Stanley also offers a range of luxurious Suite options. Each suite offers outdoor or atrium views, air-conditioning, sound-proofing, a mini bar and satellite TV. Rooms also offer a private dressing room area and are always supplied with fresh fruit, flowers, biscuits and chocolates.


  • Historical tours
  • Cultural tours
  • Day tours
  • Local village visits

Traveller Reviews

  • Stanley Sarova - great hotel, and a nice relaxing day, had lunch in the throntree cafe (which after years of reading lonely planets thorntree boards was a little underwhelming!!) great meal in the Thai restaurant there. if we did anything differently we would of gone straight to the mountain lodge and had 2 nights there.

    Sarah Fox, February 2014
  • The Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi was very nice with a great traditional ambiance and good service.

    Jens-Ole Koch, December 2008
  • The Sarova Stanley gave us a special candlelit dinner by the pool - was so romantic!

    Elizabeth Heiland, April 2008

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Maureen Stover

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"Legendary, centrally-located Nairobi city hotel. Perfect for a pre or post safari overnight for those who prefer to be close to the city's hustle & bustle. Welcoming ambience, with a rich historical feel."

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The Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi was very nice with a great traditional ambiance and good service.

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