The Sarova Stanley

Kenya’s first luxury hotel, The Sarova Stanley continues to uphold its distinguished reputation by offering visitors the same high levels of accommodation and world-class dining experiences as it did when it opened over a century ago. There are 212 plush rooms at this handsome heritage property, featuring a nostalgic Victorian ambience yet fitted with all the amenities expected in a 21st-century premium hotel.  

This hotel is the home of the legendary open-air Thorn Tree Cafe, presided over by an acacia on which “tree mail” is pinned. This tradition began in the early 1900s, when travellers used the cafe as a kind of post office and meeting place, attaching letters and messages to the thorn tree’s trunk. It also houses one of Africa’s most authentic Thai restaurants, a colonial-style bar and a wonderful poolside restaurant.

Guests at The Sarova Stanley enjoy access to a full-service health club which contains a gym, aerobics studio, steam room, sauna and massage rooms. This comprehensive facility adjoins the swimming pool on the fifth floor of this historic hotel.

Location

How to get to The Sarova Stanley

The Sarova Stanley is around 17km or 30 minutes (depending on traffic) by road to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and just 5km (approximately 15 minutes) from Wilson Airport.

Activities at The Sarova Stanley

  • Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Centre visit
  • Daphne Sheldrick’s Animal Orphanage excursion
  • Lake Nakuru National Park day trip
  • Kibera Slum School or Ngong Hills Women’s Centre volunteer activity tour

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

The Sarova Stanley Highlights

  • A Nairobi institution since the early 1900s
  • Home of the legendary Thorn Tree Cafe
  • Nostalgic Victorian-style guest rooms
  • Located at the centre of Nairobi
  • Excellent onsite facilities and restaurants

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Fairmont The Norfolk

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Giraffe Manor

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Hemingways

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House of Waine

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Sarova Panafric

This comfortable hotel is located in Nairobi's city centre close to many attractions including the Maasai Market and Carnivore Restaurant.

The Panari Hotel

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The Sarova Stanley

Kenya’s first luxury hotel, The Sarova Stanley continues to offer the same high standards of accommodation and world-class dining experiences as it did over a century ago.

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Kenya Overview

Why should I travel to Kenya?
Since the early 19th century, Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

When is the best time to see wildlife in Kenya?
Excellent gameviewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

What is the culture of Kenya?
Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

What is the climate in Kenya?
Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

What can I combine Kenya with?
Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

How to get to Kenya?
The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.

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