Ole Sereni Hotel
A city hotel on the edge of a game park
Ole Sereni Hotel
Ole Sereni is a good place to stay if you've just arrived in Kenya, or are heading home after your safari. Conveniently close to both the domestic and international airports, the hotel overlooks Nairobi National Park and a waterhole, so you're quite likely to see giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo from your room or the guest areas. It's certainly an unusual setting – close to both wildlife and the bustling Nairobi's city attractions. Recharge your batteries in clean and comfortable accommodation, get your laundry washed, enjoy the good restaurants and bar, or have a treatment at the spa.
At the lodge
You'll find everything you need here. There are four restaurants: the Big Five, set on a veranda overlooking the park, serves grills, Italian, Indian and Oriental cuisine; the Waterhole Snack Bar offers light meals and snacks, plus wine and cocktails; Eagle's Steakhouse does what it says; and, at the infinity pool, Ngongo Pool Bar serves snacks and drinks. Clusters of seating dot the communal area, there's the aforementioned pool and spa, and facilities for weddings and conferences. Wi-fi throughout.
There are 134 tastefully decorated rooms: 28 standard, 60 superior, 14 deluxe, 24 executive and club rooms, six junior suites and two executive suites. The decor is calm and neutral, brightened with touches of African chic, and all the rooms have aircon, twin or double beds, en-suite bathroom, minibar, satellite TV, wi-fi and internet. The service is smiling and courteous.
The principal appeal of this hotel is its comfort, good food, relaxing atmosphere and proximity to the airports, but if you're stating for more than a day, visit the Travel Desk to investigate the tours on offer. Visit Nairobi Park (you can even arrange a meal in its bush), the Elephant Animal Orphanage, Giraffe Center, Out of Africa Karen Blixen's interesting museum and the Kazuri Beads factory. You can also venture further afield to Aberdare, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru parks.