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Sarova Stanley

    Sarova Stanley
 in Nairobi


The Sarova Stanley launched itself into Kenyan history in 1902 by becoming the first luxury hotel in Nairobi and the gracious host of prominent world leaders, renowned authors, and international celebrities. These early years depicted the dawn of a new era, and the Sarova Stanley immediately distinguished itself as a beacon of luxury and unrivalled hospitality.

In the early 1900s when the Sarova Stanley opened its iconic doors, Queen Victoria presided over the largest empire in history, Conrad penned Lord Jim, Picasso painted Le Mouline de la Galette, and American R.A. Fessenden transmitted human speech over radio waves. Within just a few years, the hotel’s permanence in Nairobi became clear, and the Victorian façade was quickly expanded to embrace the immeasurable greatness that originated within its walls. 1922 saw the first order of a locally brewed beer, and the hotel’s authentic Exchange Bar sowed the seeds that grew into Nairobi’s first and only Stock Exchange.

The verdant location for numerous films over the years, the Sarova Stanley welcomed classic Hollywood luminaries such as Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, and Gregory Peck, and offered them a quiet repose under the shade of the acacia trees that frequent the outdoor gardens. A lavish oasis in the undisturbed Kenyan desert, the hotel entertained royal guests, including the resplendent ball for their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Gloucester in 1928, and a regal luncheon banquet for Prince Philip and, then, Princess Elizabeth during their world tour in 1952, shortly after which Princess Elizabeth succeeded to the throne to become queen.

With each enchanting suite named after an important person or place in the hotel’s history, the Sarova Stanley’s illustrious guests play a supporting role in the grand traditions of the hotel and are engulfed in the warm hospitality, architectural charm, and unparalleled service.

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

Fun FactThe hotel was Nairobi’s first luxury hotel and has hosted numerous celebrities, such as Grace Kelly and Gregory Peck, and world leaders, such as then-Princess Elizabeth.

Original Property Opened: 1902

Historic Hotels Worldwide toll-free reservations number +1 866 670 3764


Kimathi Street
Nairobi 00100

Check-in time: 12:00 p.m.
Check-out time: 10:00 a.m.

DiningBarIn-Room DiningBusiness CenterMeetingsWiFi
Fitness CenterGift ShopPoolSpaFamily FriendlyHistorical Tours

Hotel Amenities & Policies
Accessible Rooms: Accessible rooms are available. Please notify request at time of booking.
Age Requirements: Guests are required to be 18 years or older with photo identification to reserve a room and check-in.
Airport Transportation: An airport shuttle may be arranged through the hotel's concierge, $30 per adult one way, $20 per child one way.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation fees vary: For cancellations 14-35 days prior to arrival – 15% of the booking; 2-14 days prior to arrival – 33% of booking; within 48 hours of arrival – 100% of booking.
Cribs and Pack-in-Plays: Available upon request; complimentary.
Deposit: Credit card deposit required at time of booking.
Early Check-In/Late Check-Out: Subject to availability, fees apply.
Extra Person Fees: Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Hotel/Resort Fees & Taxes: All reservations may be subject to additional fees or taxes.
Occupancy Restrictions: Varies by room type.
Parking: Self-parking: Available; complimentary. Valet parking: Available; complimentary.
Payment: All forms of payment are accepted. Payment is required at time of booking. Visa, MasterCard, and Amex are accepted.
Pet Policy: Service animals allowed: No. Pets allowed: No.
Rollaways: Not Available.
Smoking Policy: Designated smoking areas.
The above list may not be comprehensive and information is subject to change without notice. Fees and deposits may not include tax. Taxes, fees, deposits, and policies are subject to change without notice.
Image Credit: ©Rashad Ashurov/Shutterstock

Turn of the Century, 1902 ~ 1913

The Sarova Stanley launched itself into Kenyan history in 1902 by becoming the first luxury hotel in Nairobi and the gracious host of prominent world leaders, renowned authors, and international celebrities.

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International Numbers

Austria 08000706176
Belgium 080081830
France 805542721
Germany 8007241217
Ireland 1800995320
Italy 800979444
Netherlands 08000200956
Norway 80054304
Spain 900814719
Switzerland 0800001798
UK 8009179622
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