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“Located in the Heart of the City” 4 of 5 stars
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InterContinental Nairobi
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   City Hall Way | PO Box 30353, Nairobi 00200, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #26 of 125 Hotels in Nairobi
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Located in the Heart of the City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

As informed by my tour guide, Nairobi city is located in a radius of around 20kms all around. The hotel is located in the center of Nairobi with easy access to surrounding areas. The room was with free breafast which is served in the restaurant on the ground floor. There is also an Indian Restaurant located on the ground floor in the hotel. I ordered Chicken Biryani through room service and it was tasty. The rooms are excellent, however there was no view from my room. There are many discos and pubs within a 1km radius of the hotel where one can walk instead of renting a car. On Mondays the Masai Market is very close to the hotel, within 1km. There is also a casino nearby and many banks and ATM's. You also have to option to take cash from the hotel, however they charge you a fee of 6% on the amount withdrawn. Visited the Nairobi Museum and Snake Farm as well as Kiambethu Tea Farm which is on the outskirts of Nairobi.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Very good, clean hotel. Very helpful staff. Quite considering hotel is just of the main highway. Not close to airport so inconvienent for early morning flights.
Good shopping area close by.
Food execelent and many options available. Internet speed fairly poor, not surprising as it is Africa. Executive lounge had many options during happy hour.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Taken out of the 80s, it needs urgently a renovation. Staff is very helpful, security is good.

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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pretoria, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

I stayed at the Intercontinental in Nairobi for a total of 12 nights in August/September 2011 (an 11 night stay and a 1 night stay). The purpose of my trip was primarily business, and I travel frequently throughout Africa, so I have a pretty good frame of reference.

On the positive side, the food was consistently good. I wasn’t served a single dish that I didn’t like. Room service was also very quick, typically taking only about 20 minutes. Additionally, the staff were warm and friendly, without exception. The concierge desk was also very helpful and I used them frequently for maps, dinner recommendations, transportation, etc., and to book some weekend day trips. The location of the hotel was also decent, within walking distance of many things.

However, on the con list…
- My first room (628) had the worst mattress that I have ever slept on in my life. Seriously, awful. The whole right half of the bed was permanently sloping downwards toward the floor – there must have been broken springs. (My second room (605) was much more comfortable.)
- Each room has a small tiled area near the window, where the desk and couch are located. The problem is that chairs moving across the tile make a lot of noise, audible from the neighboring rooms.
- The bathroom had mildew spots, and my toilet did not flush consistently.
- My first night there was a concert in the street just on the street just down from the hotel. While this is not the hotel’s fault, I had asked what time the concert would be ending and was told 8pm. However, the concert did not end until after 10pm. Had I been told the truth, I would have switch to a room on the other side of the hotel, because after a long day of travel I needed to catch some sleep before my early wake up call!
- The safe in my room was not functional the first day. I notified the front desk on my way to work, who assured me that they would fix it while I was out for the day. However, it was not fixed when I returned, and I had to ask again (to their credit, they were there very quickly after the 2nd request).
- I came from work one day and my room had not been cleaned, nor had my laundry been returned.
- The internet is SLOW, even by Africa standards (600 KSH for 3 hours).
- The spa needs some TLC. Only 1 jet worked in the hot tub.
- Both times, the porter that brought my bags to the room left them on the floor, rather than using the luggage stand (minor, but annoying, and not how it should be at a “nice” hotel).
- During check in for my last night, I was informed that there would be a 1 hour power outage from 5-6 for repairs. Okay, no big deal. However, what they didn’t tell me is that the hotel was running on a generator full-time, meaning that the air conditioner wouldn’t work. Grrr… Further, the power (and water too, as a result) went out completely from 6:15 – 7:45 the following morning. As this was a Monday, getting ready for work was therefore not easy. When the generator kicked on again, it was incredibly loud from my room at the back.

My opinion in summary is that for 1 or 2 nights as you pass through Nairobi the hotel will do. But if you have a lengthy stay, all of the little annoyances really add up, and you realize that you aren’t getting what you’re paying for.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Teaneck, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

For 2 days, July 19th and 20th 2011, my wife and I visited Nairobi,Kenya.We stayed
at the Intercontinental Nairobi and found the staff to be exceptionally friendly,courteous
and helpful. For our first day in Nairobi, the night concierge,Assad, helped us arrange a
day trip where he truly considered our needs and our budget.He found a great person
named Kennedy to drive us around the city. Kennedy was very personable and respectful
and made our day trip an amazing experience.
I highly recommend the Intercontinental Nairobi Hotel to stay at when you come to visit
Kenya. Also, ask for Kennedy to be your driver for a day.He's great!!!
Noel Mouldovan
Teaneck, New Jersey

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Kansas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

As always the lovely door personnel, security, front desk, servers, etc. ware all so welcoming and warm. The lobby area was nice, our standard room was also ok. The spa was pretty disappointing, in bad need of updating and repair. The restaurants seemed to need the same kind of attention. VERY comfortable beds compared others in Kenya so the restful sleep was wonderful.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

I stay in the IC Nairobi 3-4 times a year & I've known what to expect. Service is good & consistent, but not exceptional. The only reason I've not moved to the Norfolk is loyalty points. After checking out on my last visit I vowed never to return. The last 2 times I have stayed the hotel bar was overrun by raucous British Airways crew who were only ordering mixers, so they could add their pilfered from BA vodka miniatures & then openly throwing the empties on the floor. The same scenario happened by the pool with rudeness & contempt to other guests. I though the first occasion was a one off, but twice in a row is too much. I have chatted to many BA & KLM crew in the InterCon Nairobi before who up until my last 2 visits have been very socaible & knew how to behave. The hair that broke the camels back!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about InterContinental Nairobi

Address: City Hall Way | PO Box 30353, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Nairobi
#15 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#18 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#22 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Nairobi 5*
Number of rooms: 371
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
InterContinental Nairobi has for years been an oasis of luxury for business travellers as well as those who want to experience the wonders of Africa. The Parliament buildings are a short stroll away, Kenyatta International Convention Centre is right next door and Nairobi National Park, Museum Hill and the Elephant Orphanage are within easy reach. ... more   less 
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