A good hotel, well managed with really thoughtful staff on the Club floor. African hotel experiences range from the surreal to the exquisite - this comes close to the latter. It's not pretty and the pool could be better - but you are in the middle of Nairobi!
If you are staying in a Club room (which I recommend) then you can avoid reception and go straight to the 6th floor to check in. Drink? Towel? When I found I'd lost my mobile phone charger the staff went looking for another guest with the same model and borrowed the charger for me. Outstanding.
Breakfast in the Club Lounge is good, as is the Indian restaurant. The pool bar is OK, while the main indoor bar is ugly and badly-lit. Sunday Brunch round the pool with a band is good, but very popular with screaming children...!
The concierge is pro-active and very helpful, and can organise for a car and driver to be paid shillings in cash and charged to your room in dollars.
I stayed in an ordinary room on another occasion and it was much more basic, rather tired, and the room service was markedly less responsive. Go Club and you'll be happy.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Nairobi Hotel Nairobi
- Nairobi Intercontinental