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Sarova Stanley

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    Sarova Stanley
 in Nairobi

History

Since its construction in 1902 when Nairobi was nothing more than a remote railway depot built in a brackish African swamp, the Sarova Stanley flourished into an enduring legacy offering elegant accommodations that provided a level of sophisticated comfort that was uncommon in the early 1900s and is unmatched today.

“That celebrated establishment [Sarova Stanley] has been so long a popular rendezvous of the colonists that it has acquired an individuality entirely of its own,” describes an article in The East African in 1930. The historical importance of the Stanley is aptly summed up in that abbreviated phrase. Burnt down in the Great Fire of 1905, the hotel’s prompt rebirth is a reflection of its enduring spirit. As the country’s premiere luxury hotel, Sarova Stanley has played host to royal safaris and a long line of living legends, including the American writer Ernest Hemingway, who recuperated for several weeks in his hotel guestroom after a serious illness. It was during these convalescent weeks that Hemingway penned themes for stories that most likely introduced the Swahili word “safari” to the English language, and several of which mention the Stanley.

The timeless elegance and precious comfort offered here also enchanted classic Hollywood stars such as Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, and Gregory Peck. In recent times, the charm and elegance of this treasured hotel has seen international celebrities stroll past its discriminating walls, including Isabella Rossellini, Barbara Streisand, and Sean Connery. Add to this list notable guests Kenyan President, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, Queen Nnaabagereka Sylvia Nagginda of Buganda, and Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Mathaai, and it is clear to see the broad expanse of distinguished guests who have etched themselves into Sarova Stanley’s history.

For over a century, the Sarova Stanley has proven to be much more than a luxury hotel. It has been a welcome refuge to Allied troops in World War II, a lavish host to royalty and dignitaries, and, for its guests, a landmark destination that continues to leave an eternal impression on the mind, heart, and soul.

Sarova Stanley, a charter member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2011, dates back to 1902.


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