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AN ISLE OF CALM, MOMENTS FROM THE CITY CENTRE
Sarova Panafric boasts of a rich history. When the quest for Africa’s independence raged in the 1960’s, the hotel hosted many of continent’s nationalists under the umbrella of Pan Africanism, hence the eventual name, Panafric.
Over the years, our name has come to signify the finery of cultural creativity. Our suites are a tapestry of rich Neo-African splendor. Our Superior and Standard rooms are stylish masterpieces, while our conference rooms are beautiful, modern and technology-laden. The hotel flagship restaurant, The Flame Tree, offers a wide range of local and international cuisine. It is an intimate, quiet location that is perfect for business lunches, meeting with friends, having a few drinks or simply taking some time out to think and ponder the world.
Today, Sarova Panafric represents the best of Neo-Africa: All the comforts of the modern world but with a rich African tradition and style.
the best of Neo-Africa: All the comforts of the modern world but with a rich African tradition and style.
The Panafric hotel first opened its doors to the public on 5th January 1965. It was opened by the first president of Kenya H.E. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, who was a staunch supporter of the Pan African movement. It was he who adopted the name Panafric hotel. At that time the hotel consisted of only one block, which contained 100 rooms. An economic boom during the Pan African era led to an ambitious expansion plan of the hotel. A second block was officially opened on 6th February 1969.
In 1991 Sarova Hotels bought Sarova Panafric from African Tours & Hotels (AT&H) making it the third Sarova Hotels acquisition, after The Sarova Stanley and Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa. From 1965, Sarova Panafric has curved a special niche in Kenya’s hospitality industry being among the oldest and most heritage-valued hotel in Kenya.
Sarova Panafric has today changed so much that the name sounds familiar but her face is easily unidentifiable, thanks to various phases of renovations and rehabilitations to keep a pace with new trends in hospitality industry.
The hotel was brainchild and home to the authentic cultural theme nights that sought to bring Nairobians together in celebration of traditional food, music and lifestyle of various Kenyan communities. Today’s Sarova Panafric is imposingly set in a quiet residential suburb, which commands a panoramic view of the Nairobi city thus a popular meeting place for local businessmen and politicians.
The 162-roomed hotel has in addition 42 furnished and serviced apartments and has undergone a systematic product development project which has seen extensive refurbishing of accommodation and conference rooms. Among famous guests Panafric has hosted include: President Jomo Kenyatta, founding father of Kenya, Kwame Nkurumah, 1st Independent President of Ghana, Tanzania’s President Julius Nyerere and President Dr. Milton Obote of Uganda.
THE HISTORY OF NAIROBI
GREEN CITY IN THE SUN
Originally a particularly swamp-like area, the city now known as Nairobi was named after a watering hole known in the Maasai language as Enkare Nairobi, meaning “cool waters”.
Nairobi was founded in 1899 as ‘Mile 327’, a supply depot for the Uganda Railway which was being constructed between the coast of Mombasa and Uganda. Nairobi’s position was not a carefully selected one. It just happened to be the last open space and level ground where the trains could shunt before the platelayers began to lay their rails up and over the eastern escarpment wall of the Great Rift Valley.
A halt was called during the railways construction to undertake necessary repair work. Tents were put up on the plains by the railway workers and makeshift shacks erected. When the railway workers moved on, they left their shacks behind. Soon, other travelers arriving from Mombasa used these for want of better accommodation, and added to them. In the early 1900s, Nairobi had to be totally rebuilt after an outbreak of plague and the burning of the original town.
Nairobi replaced the port city of Mombasa as the capital of the British East Africa Protectorate in 1905. The railway brought wealth into the city, which fueled dramatic growth. It was soon Kenya’s second largest town after Mombasa itself. As the British colonialists began to explore the region, they were using Nairobi as their first port of call. This prompted the colonial government to build several grand hotels in the city. It was soon an important center for the colony, teeming with adventurers, hunters and travelers from all over the world.
Nairobi continued to grow under British rule, and many British citizens settled within its suburbs. The continuous expansion of the city began to anger the Maasai people, as the city was devouring their traditional nomadic pastoral land to the south. It also angered the Kikuyu people, who wanted the land returned to them.
In 1919, Nairobi was declared a municipality. Between 1920 and 1950, the number of white settlers within Nairobi rose from 9,000 to 80,000. And so did the friction between these settlers and the indigenous peoples.
Nairobi was granted city status in 1954. Kenyan independence from Britain was achieved in 1963 and Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya. After independence, the city grew rapidly and today it is a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, with a skyline that has been compared to some European and American cities.
Our rooms & suites
The Afro-chic guest rooms at Sarova Panafric offer a comfortable stay with all the first class hotel facilities and services. The décor and ambiance of the rooms are an expression of African art and culture. Inspired by different regions and cultures in Africa, the Sarova Panafric suites have a spacious sitting room and bedroom with one ensuite and one guest bathroom. The sitting room is furnished with a four-seater dining table to suit your in-room dining.
All rooms have the following amenities: fully air-conditioned, safe deposit box, wireless internet connectivity, private bath with shower, WC and hair dryer (voltage of 240 volts, separate razor outlets), direct dial telephone with voice mail. Satellite TV with remote control, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
Sarova Panafric is arguably Kenya’s only hotel with suites that are themed based on different regions and lifestyle in Africa. Our four suites; namely: Kuba, Gedi, Ashanti and Ndebele offer the art of higher living and tasteful as synopsis of life in other scintillating parts of Africa.
Panafric Executive Rooms
The Panafric Executive Rooms are characterised by inviting furnishings and décor that create a contemporary yet convivial atmosphere. They have a comfortable princely bed, ensuite bathrooms with showers, and overlook the hotel’s swimming pool or lovely gardens.
With a unique view of the city, the Panafric rooms are superbly luminous with their floor-to-ceiling windows. They feature spacious bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and large wardrobes, cool granite tiled floors and richly coloured furnishings.
The hotel offers an additional choice of accommodation in its 42 fully serviced apartments which are located in a separate block within the hotel premises. Apartments have their own secure and ample parking space, with 24-hour security guard.
The Sarova Panafric fame in cuisine expertise goes beyond borders. Whether it is African, Intercontinental or local specialties, our widely traveled chefs bring a wealth of cumulative experience that translates into exquisite cuisine on your plate. Savour the selection of the many dining options at our restaurants and prepare your senses for a culinary experience like no other. From al-fresco dining to vibrant social nightlife, our restaurants and elaborate bar offer dining opportunities for any occasion. The hotel offers 24 hour room service with a special room service menu.
Flame Tree Restaurant
Flame Tree restaurant offers a fusion of cuisines with influences from Continental and Pan-African cuisines.
Flame Tree Bar
Set inside Flame Tree Restaurant, the Counter Bar is open from 8am to past midnight every day.
Pool Garden Restaurant
The elegant and spacious Pool Garden Restaurant is ideal for company cocktails, wedding receptions.
Sarova Panafric has a special outdoor catering product dubbed “Kitchens of Sarova” that specialises in outdoor catering for a wide range of occasions from corporate.
Meetings & conference facilities
Sarova Panafric, a business hotel in Nairobi, has some of the finest meeting and conference facilities in Kenya. Sarova Panafric offers wide range of facilities for meetings, conferences, banquets, receptions & weddings in the heart of the financial district of Kenya. With its 10 fully equipped meeting rooms and a combined capacity of 350 persons, it is perfectly designed to meet different requirements.
To book conferencing, just dial +254 20 276 7000 followed by these extensions – Reservations: 2209/2230 or Sales on 2210/2007
- Enhanced Morning Ice breaker (Tea/Coffee, Herbal teas, Cookies, Juices & Pan African snacks)
- Morning themed coffee break (Select one of themed break; Low Carb, Far Eastern, Indian, Kenyan, and Lady English)
- Afternoon health break (Tea/coffee, herbal teas, Fruits, smoothies, and sweet & savory Snacks)
- Extensive buffet lunch or working lunch with a complimentary soft drink
- Option of still or sparkling 1 litre mineral water per delegate in the room (½ AM and ½ PM)
- Refreshing mints & sweets
State of the art conferencing equipment provided at no extra charge include:
- LCD projector
- Flip chart & markers
- PA system inclusive of 1 wired microphone & 2 roaming and 2 four-point extension cables
- Conferencing stationery including executive pens
- Free photocopying facilities (max of 50 copies a day). Any extra copies will be charged @ KShs.10 per page
WEDDINGS AT SAROVA PANAFRIC
Sit back and relax as Sarova Hotels makes your special moments magical. From unique and fun engagements to fairy-tale weddings and glorious honeymoons, Sarova Hotels makes every step perfect. Whether you travel across town or around the world, we will meet your every need: superb settings, award-winning cuisines, ambiance, rich culture and refreshing African hospitality. A perfect Sarova experience for you as you relish your most special day.
The details that go into planning a wedding are what truly define the memorable event. Sarova Panafric has wedding packages that consider everything down to the smallest detail of your dreams.
Located in apartment room 19, Tulia Spa offers a tranquil experience and therapies are done by trained associates who can offer a variety of treatments including therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and beauty treatments such as pedicure and manicure.
In-house hotel guests can access our well-equipped fitness room on 7th Floor between 06:00AM – 09:00PM.
Accessible to in house hotel guests and it is open from 08:00AM – 06:00PM
**The swimming pool area at Sarova Panafric is currently undergoing a product upgrade and will remain closed. We apologise for the inconvenience.**