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Ole Sereni

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- Convenient location near airports
- Extensive facilities
- Modern city hotel

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Ole Sereni is a large, modern hotel conveniently situated about twenty minutes from both Wilson and Jomo Kenyatta Airports, southern Nairobi, Kenya. Functioning largely as an airport stopover, it offers the comforts and services of a city hotel while simultaneously bordering the wilds of the Nairobi National Park. The neighbouring waterhole provides opportunities, albeit limited, to see rhino, zebra, buffalo, and antelope.

Formerly the US embassy, the hotel may have a somewhat impersonal feel, but has retained its bustling atmosphere. Its layout is long and thin, with polished surfaces and floor-lighting illuminating a contemporary, if somewhat garish, décor. On the plus side, the hotel boasts an enormous range of facilities, including conference halls and meeting lounges, numerous bars and lively restaurants complete with entertainment shows, as well as a gym, spa and rooftop pool, perfect for relaxation after a long flight. The Big Five Restaurant and Eagle Steakhouse & Bar offer a tasty a la carte menu, and the neighbouring waterhole and national park can be seen from the terraces of both the Waterhole Sports Bar, and the Ngong Pool Bar. Realistic expectations are a must since wildlife sightings can be sparse.

Ole Sereni has 134 tastefully decorated rooms complete with wood-panelling and African-inspired features. All rooms have twin or double beds and are well-equipped with an extensive range of modern conveniences including air conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. The 58 'Superior Rooms' house a walk-in shower, whilst the 48 'Deluxe Rooms' contain combination shower/bathtubs. Even-numbered rooms face south overlooking the park, and the odd-numbers face north, with urban views of the city streets. Note that any guest requiring a quiet stay should request rooms far from the Waterhole Bar. The 26 'Club Rooms' are a little more spacious and boast private balconies, whilst the 2 'Suites' are the most luxurious, with four-poster bed, private lounge, and jacuzzi.

Although the majority of guests come here to seek rest rather than adventure, the travel desk can arrange a variety of wildlife recreations, including tours of Nairobi National Park, visits to an elephant orphanage or giraffe centre, as well as longer trips to Nakuru, Amboseli, and Aberdare National Parks.

What Ole Sereni may lack in charm it makes up for with convenience, allowing guests to avoid the choked Nairobi traffic when making an airport transfer from an international flight to a safari destination. The hotel will suit any traveller seeking a lively atmosphere and excellent facilities for some quick-fix relaxation en route elsewhere.

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    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

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    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

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    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

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