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You Won't Believe These Actual Guest-Taken Photos From Kenya's Giraffe Manor Hotel

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  Site Where: Nairobi , Kenya
May 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM | by | ()

There is a process that goes along with writing about a hotel, and the photos we present on the site are a big part of it. We always strive to use original photos that we personally took, but because the most important thing is to show the hotel as accurately as possible, this travel writer also peruses the website of the property as well as the rest of the Internet to see if there is something that would better accomplish that goal.

So with a story in mind about the Giraffe Manor Hotel in Kenya, I made my way onto social media to look for some good photos.

Yet the problem most of the time with stock photos of hotels is that they don't represent reality, typically involving dramatized situations, like a woman whipping her hips across the edge of an infinity pool, a rose-petaled bedspread, or a picture of a random plant. They try to tell a story, but you can just feel the phoniness. The same goes for a hotel's social media pages since most hotels just repost whatever is on the website.

When I began to browse the Giraffe Manor's Facebook page, the interaction between the guests and the giraffes seemed so overdone. Until I looked up towards the right hand corner and realized the photos had all been posted on the hotel's wall by guests.

When I figured out that they are real and taken by a regular person and not a photographer hired by the hotel, I had trouble holding back a smile. I am not a big supporter of zoos or animal captivity, but it helps that the manor was originally set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

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This Safari Camp Amenity Should Be Used Everywhere in the Winter, Don't You Think?

Where: Kenya
May 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | ()

During our trip to Kenya, we stayed in a variety of safari camps in the Masai Mara, Laikipia, and Nairobi reserves. As you'll see next week when we begin to highlight them, each camp is a little bit different in terms of what it offers in design, decor, service, and food.

Despite those differences, one amenity was common and consistent throughout. Because the camp rooms are all open air and the nights can get chilly, a hot water bag is placed in the sheets during turn-down service. The bag is soft and covered with a liner that keeps it insulated, welcoming those who return to their rooms after dinner with warm sheets. Depending on your preference, you can either lay on it, next to it, or simply remove it and enjoy the heat it has already created under the covers.

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At Giraffe Manor In Nairobi, Breakfast Is A Truly Communal Experience

Where: Nairobi, Kenya
August 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

It sounds like breakfast at Giraffe Manor is well worth getting up for—and not just for the coffee. Located in Nairobi, the 140-acre estate is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes, which are apparently some of the rarest on earth. And in the mornings, they like to put on a little show.

Guests are discouraged from approaching the animals as they roam the land, but it's a whole different story at 9am when the giraffes show up outside the hotel, poke their heads in through the windows and eat directly off the table like humans. Apparently, the protein pellets the kitchen serves up are some of the best in the area.

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Serena Williams Stays at the Serena Hotel

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  Site Where: Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya, 00100
November 13, 2008 at 4:06 PM | by | ()

Tennis superstar Serena Williams is in Kenya for a three-day charity tour and she's decided to shack up at a very fitting hotel for her, The Serena Hotel in Nairobi.

The one half of the William’s tennis sister-act and nine grand slam singles title winner, was befittingly whisked to Nairobi’s Serena Hotel where she will be based during her stay in the country.

Aside from having the same name as an athletic idol, The Serena Hotel is not a bad place to stay. The hotel has views of downtown Nairobi and the city's Central Park and has some of the modern comforts we need, like a pool, satellite TV and wireless internet hotspots. There's even an in-house salon for beauty treatments in case you spend a few days on safari.

While several reviews would probably not classify this hotel as luxurious in the vein of a Mandarin Oriental or Four Seasons, we're sure Serena is getting the star treatment in the hotel's presidential suite.

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· Serena Williams comes to Kenya [The Standard Online]

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Nairobi Hotel View? Great. Swimming Pool? Not So Great.

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  Site Where: Muranga Road, Nairobi, Kenya
March 7, 2007 at 2:14 PM | by | ()

If you want to step away from your desk for 30 seconds and get a hotel window view of Nairobi, Kenya, then here's your chance.

This was shot from a room at Nairobi's Meridian Court Hotel during the Tuesday market, with lots of vehicles and walkers going in every direction.

The clip doesn't exactly come with high praise for the hotel itself though. Here's the description:

A vid I shot from the Meridian hotel in Nairobi, on my first morning. The hotel was somewhat over priced and the swiming pool was full of green pond scum!! Later found a cheaper hotel just 5 mins from the national archive. But still I have lots of fond memories of my time in Kenya.

There's only one review of it on TripAdvisor, but judging by this review on Yahoo Travel, the place has a bit of a Twilight Zone feel about it.