Nairobi Serena Hotel
Justly famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena is a member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World' group and is consistently voted ‘Best Hotel in Nairobi' by airlines and international travel magazines. Despite its central location, the Serena offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa's most vibrant capital cities. The interior décor reflects an entirely pan-African theme featuring art and inspiration from Ethiopia, the Maghreb, West Africa and East Africa.
The hotel has a wide range of rooms and suites, all of which are elegantly presented in a fusion of international and pan-African style. All rooms and suites are equipped with: air-conditioning; 2 telephones with international direct-dial and voice-mail, Internet (WIFI and hard-wire connection), mini bar, digital safe, tea/coffee making facilities, LCD flat-screen satellite TV, 24-hour room service, dedicated resident's lounge, laundry, valet and shoe-shine.
While most of the rooms are designated non-smoking, a number of rooms are available for smokers, but these should be booked in advance. Quiet rooms can also be booked in advance.
The Nairobi Serena Hotel offers a number of dining experiences, and a selection of bars, coffee shops and café areas, both inside and out. The hotel also features a dedicated resident's lounge: The Bambara Lounge, which offers a café service, newspapers and private seating throughout the day.
On the first floor, overlooking the pool, is the Mandhari Restaurant (pictured left), considered by many to be Nairobi's finest restaurant. An internationally-themed buffet breakfast and lunch are served in the Moroccan-styled Café Maghreb, which also features a table d'hôte dinner menu and 24-hour brasserie service. Café Maghreb also opens directly on to the pool terrace where shaded al fresco seating is available. The Pool Terrace features the stylish semi-circular Pool Bar, which offers its own café-styled seating around the pool. A further option for drinks is the Ethiopian-inspired Aksum Bar, whose walls are decorated with classic Ethiopian icons, and whose ceiling is hung with hundreds of gold-edged umbrellas. Offering an unrivalled range of drinks and bar snacks, the Aksum also features a garden terrace and is the venue for a series of musical evenings with live bands most evenings, live jazz on Thursdays, and live ‘Salsa' music and dance on Saturdays.