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The Sarova Stanley and The Exchange Bar.
  The Sarova Stanley
Getting there
The Sarova Stanley is situated in central Nairobi, a 30-minute drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK), and 15 minutes from Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), from where safari flights to the parks depart.
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The Sarova Stanley
The Sarova Stanley is a good hotel in Nairobi in southern central Kenya. It's a huge eight-floor building with some 200 rooms of different sizes. They range from deluxe rooms with for example safe, double-glazed windows (for soundproofing), minibar, bathroom with both bathtub and shower, to presidential suites. The top-floor penthouse suite has its own outdoor terrace.

There are non-smoking rooms and floors, and a few rooms with some adaptations for disabled guests. There is security staff on all floors.

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The Thorn Tree
The hotel has a few different restaurants, including the classic outdoor restaurant The Thorn Tree Cafe. Outside this restaurant is the acacia that passing travellers have been using for notice board during more than half a century. The acacia has been replaced by younger ones twice during these years.

The Sarova Stanley also features The Exchange Bar, the bar in 19th century style that was home to the Nairobi stock exchange for almost 40 years.

The hotel has conference facilities and function rooms for up to a few hundred persons. There is also a gym, a sauna, a spa and a heated swimming pool.

Pool-side restaurant at The Sarova Stenley.

The Karen Blixen suite.

Hemingway and actors
The history of The Sarova Stanley goes a hundred years back. The hotel has been moved and rebuilt a few times during these years, and has had guests such as Ernest Hemingway, Gregory Peck, Clark Gable and Grace Kelly.

Wildlife and safaris
The hotel is set in a major city, and you can't expect any wildlife around the hotel.

Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is situated just outside Nairobi, a 30-minute drive from the hotel. The park is mainly covered by open savanna, but there is also a river bordering the park. For being so close to the city, it has a good wildlife and many species, from antelopes to leopards and lions. There is even a small number of rhinoceros. You can't see the Big Five, though, as there are no elephants in the park.

Half a day or a full day in Nairobi National Park is a good outing if you have some time to spend while staying in the city.

Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is a 1.5-hour drive on tarmac from Nairobi, so it's a good destination for a day tour. It's not a prime wildlife area, although you may see antelopes, monkeys and hippos, but it's a beautiful place to spend a day and superb for birding.

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