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10 Best Hotels to stay in Nairobi


Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city always called the green city in the sun. It is a

popular destination for many seeking either business, pleasure or both.

The city is 22 minutes away from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This city is also home to many international companies and non-governmental organizations.

The city boasts of the Nairobi arboretum close to the city, a national park at its borders, endangered Rhinos, elephants and Giraffes reserve a few minutes apart from each other. 

Other than natural beauty, Nairobi city has modern shopping malls with indoor games such as bowling alleys, indoor golf simulator, cinema halls, and trampoline parks.

It is only best to get a hotel that will place you at the center of these beautiful places and its good-natured people.

Here are some of the best hotels to stay in while visiting Nairobi. 

1. Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel

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The Fairmont hotel has a tale of two worlds to exhibit. This historical hotel was built in 1907.

The hotel has an elegant and classic touch to it from the entrance to the rooms.

Get to learn about the history of Kenya through themed rooms that honor historical and influential Kenyan leaders.

The rooms with their large windows give an elevated view of the peaceful tropical garden.

It is a walking distance from the Kenya Cultural Center where the National theater is for entertainment.  

2. Hotel Hilton

Hilton Nairobi hotel -Exterior Entrance

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Situated at the heart of the central business district, is the towering iconic hotel that is a landmark in the city.

It is the best place to stay due to its convenience to the Masai market, Kenya international convention center, banking halls, and government offices.

The rooms in this high-rise tower give exceptional views of the city with soundproof windows silencing the busy streets below.

The dining experience at the hotel varies from Italian, continental and African cuisine.

Relax in their spa and sauna or take a dip at their preheated outdoor pool. There is a fitness center at the hotel too.

3. Parkinn Radisson Westlands

Park Inn by Radisson, Nairobi Westlands - Exterior

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Parkinn Radisson is located in the heart of Westlands, Nairobi. The hotel has one of the best architectures in the district making it stand out. 

There is a terrace on the rooftop gives a picturesque view of the city by the poolside.

There is cocktail making classes at the hotel where one gets to interact with the best mixologist in town for a fun experience.

The bar on the rooftop plays chilled music creating a perfect ambiance as you sip away your drink.

Their rooms are trendy with a perfect blend of bold colors and white offer the best vistas of the city and the distant Ngong hills. 

The Nairobi arboretum park is quite close by for a stroll.   

4. Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upperhill

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill - Reception

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This Hotel is located in the Upperhill area of Nairobi’s business district, and 20 minutes from the airport. 

The hotel has a magical skyline view of Nairobi city with its skyscrapers and gives premium modern accommodation to its guests.

The location is quite peaceful with beautiful views of the city and the park from the rooms and pool on the rooftop.

It is a perfect place to stay for a city experience while enjoying nature at the same time.

The open-air pool offers the best spot to enjoy the warmth of the morning sun. The gym and spa at the hotel are also available.

This hotel is located close to a bus stop to the city center which is quite affordable. 

5. Ole Sereni Nairobi hotel

This hotel is one of the best to stay at while visiting Nairobi. It is located close to the airport and overlooks the Nairobi National Park.

The interiors of the hotel lobby is quite pristine with the rooms have individual characteristics. 

The large windows not only flood your room with natural light but also an unforgettable view of the national park and the city that is 10 minutes away.

Get a refreshing and relaxing treat at the spa in the hotel. 

A souvenir shop at the hotel allows one to carry the memory with them or gift their loved one back at home.

6. Nairobi Serena Hotel

This hotel is in a serene location overlooking Nairobi Central Park and Uhuru park; and a walking distance to Nairobi’s CBD.

This 5-star hotel has a rich blend of Ethiopian designs.  

The rooms at the hotel have blended global decors and pan-African touch. They each have unique views of the city, from the Central Park to All Saints Cathedral church across the street.

These rooms have warm and soft lighting matching the room decor of mahogany furniture with Swahili and Ethiopian art.

Their dining experience is inspired by both African and international delicacies.

There are enough options to choose from for the best gastronomic experience with a pool bar to serve delicious cocktails and Kenyan beer.

7. Movenpick Hotel and Residences

The Movenpick Hotel and Residences offers a unique experience to its guests. 

It has an uplifting ambiance with charming African designs, open airy spaces and a panoramic view of the city. 

The hotel is located at the Westlands suburbs a perfect location to explore the city and the neighborhood with ease. 

It has a rotating restaurant that gives the best panoramic view of the city and beyond by the time you finish eating your delicious meal.

The View restaurant offers Mediterranean and signature dishes from Switzerland, while the Baluba restaurant has an all-day dining, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Their rooms have a touch of African with red/orange and earth-tone colors that are quite calming. There are entertainment facilities, AC and free Wi-Fi for the guests in the rooms.  

Two bars and a lobby lounge area by the pool where one can enjoy delicious cocktails.

8. Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi

The Hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski is a 5-star luxurious accommodation that offers exceptional hospitality. 

It is 30 minutes away from the airport and 10 minutes away from the city center, a minute away from Westlands, an affluent neighborhood in the city and 5 minutes from the Nairobi National Museum. 

It has a unique blend of both European luxury and Kenyan hospitality.

The restaurants have special activities for families on special holidays like Easter, and Christmas. The kids can enjoy an Easter egg hunt 

The rooms at the hotel have beautiful soft furnishing and are elegantly decorated. The spaces have also equipped with the necessary conveniences such as a mini-fridge and an in-room electronic safe.

There is a live band that provides entertainment to the hotel guests by the balcony bar, a ballroom and a spa at the hotel too for a relaxing massage.

9. Four Points Sheraton Nairobi, Hurlingham

This Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in Hurlingham is 10minutes away from the busy city center in a quiet suburb.

The hotel has double-pane and soundproof windows that allow for a quiet peaceful time while at the hotel. There is free high-speed Wi-Fi for hotel guests.

The ground floor lobby is airy, well decorated with beautiful local art. There is a heated pool at the rooftop, a fitness center and a bar for refreshments. 

This boutique hotel has rooms that are comfortable, well lit and have cool color pallets and relaxing decor and furnishings. Some rooms have balconies with a view of the city.

The hotel is at a nice location near two big shopping malls, banking halls, forex bureaus and one of Nairobi’s lively nightlife scenes. It is 3 km away from the Nairobi National Museum.

There are two themed restaurants at the Hotel; Pablo’s Restaurant that serves delicious and juicy burgers, authentic Italian pasta and pizzas, Asian, Continental and Swahili cuisine.

The second onsite restaurant, Mezze on the Deck, serves the best traditional Mediterranean and middle eastern cuisine. Both dining areas offer the best views of the city.

There is a coffee house on the ground floor and a lounge and bar with a panoramic view of the Nairobi skyline on the rooftop. Wind your day at this perfect location for a chilled evening with friends or solo. 

The location of this hotel is at the heart of Hurlingham, for a different experience on the adventurous experience of Nairobi, dine at one of the many cafés at the malls or Chinese restaurants nearby then end your night at one of the night clubs close by. 

10. Giraffe Manor Nairobi

This is an exclusive boutique hotel in Karen Langata, Nairobi’s lush suburb.

As the name suggests, the property is home to the endangered Rothschild Giraffes. You not only get to see them but dine with them too.

It is one of the oldest hotels in the city and has retained its appeal since the 1930s.  

The hotel has sophisticated interiors, beautiful gardens and a pleasant courtyard.

A stay in this hotel is quite an experience mostly described as being walking onto a dreamy movie set.

The rooms at the hotel still holds its delightful character and charm years on.

Wake up to feeding the Rothschild Giraffes that crane their necks through the wide-open windows for breakfast.