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“Fine but overpriced” 4 of 5 stars
Review of InterContinental Nairobi

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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 122 Hotels in Nairobi
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
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11 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fine but overpriced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2010

This hotel is quite old but well maintaned so it has its standard. We liekd the buffet at the restaurant very much. it was on December 24th and we got our turkey there, quite good actually. The rooms is good but as always in Africa the price of the hotel is unacceptable for what you are getting. But then agian they are all in it togeather.
Service was good and friendly an food prices are ok.
Good option if you want to stay downtown Nairobi.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2010

Spent 6 nights...had to wait in line for more than 15 minutes to check-in...and this happened in the Priority Club desk...staff were friendly (esp. Restaurant and Kitchen staff..personnel at Front Desk looked weary)...Lobby area would look like what you'd expect from an InterContinental but once you get to your room, it's a whole different story...the size and cleanliness of room were no issue...furniture were quite old and needs to go..had torn curtains with duct tape to "cover the holes?"..the bathroom was shocking...it felt like a bathroom you'd find in a bad hostel..it had stains all over the wall, sink, bathtub, etc...to be honest, it was kinda nasty...housekeeping were friendly too but everytime I had a request (laundry, towels, etc) it would take them at least 2-3 hours that a couple of times I completely forgot I called them in the first place...I still don't understand how guesthouses include WiFi in your US$20 room yet the InterContinental still charges this service to their guests...location was the main reason we stayed here since it was a couple of blocks from Conference Center...not a place I'd stay if I were on a Leisure trip.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

An over fullconference hotel..depiste booking six months ago people sin out groups till not getting their rooms. or then only after midnight whilst being cleaned. ITotall full an dservices suffer as a result. It seems top dollar pays over long term reservcations. As busy attracting conferences the poolsid e and garden is used as a venue so not possible to swim or lie./relax outdoors the week I was there unless surrounded by suited men.
Thel ifts dont function well so either go newhere or are long delays to get to rooms. Rooms OK but very out dated. The chrome on my bathroom fixtures had been worn thorugh to the brozne/brass below and the seal around the bath ( obviuolsy renewed many thimes) had black mouldy patches in the hard to reach areas. the floor was stained.
Littel no AC in the crowded gym so smelly and offputting.

Cahrging for room an dwi-fi internet outragous in this day and age
I think it could go back to its former self with a face lift upgrade and some realistic management for conferences. As it is I wont come again but with a little thought put in to renovations and staff attutudes I might

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi (Delhi), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2010

Its situated in the heart of the city Nairobi and offers nice views. Buffet breakfast is just awesome with quite a no. of varieties. Staff though very slow in responding, but overall its a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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InterContinental_10, Manager at InterContinental Nairobi, responded to this review, November 24, 2010
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about The InterContinental, Nairobi.

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Hotel and please be assured that we have taken note of the slow response time in service. InterContinental Nairobi promises to deliver breakfast buffet in style and efficient service for when you are back here to stay with us.


We look forward to hosting you at the hotel in the near future.
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2010

We had booked connecting rooms - and had these confirmed by the hotel - only to arrive to find there were none available. No help was given to fix this problem.
The lobby was shabby, with curling up carpet and unfriendly staff.
The rooms were disgusting.... cheap and nasty, both the bath tap and the overflow cover came off in my hand. There were brown stains on the bathroom floor, mould up the walls and flaking and peeling paint. I didnt actualy want to get in the shower to wash!
The restaurant food was poor and the service really slow.
It was more like a cheap two star travel lodge. Ideal for a quick stopover but dont expect decent standards.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

Like most Intercontinental, the InterCon in Nairobi was comfortable with large rooms and a stone's throw from Uhuru Park. The staff was exceptionally helpful and went out of their way to make sure that everything was fine. The hotel's has good conference facilities and several meeting rooms. The breakfast spread was large and great value for money. The hotel's security is also good which made one feel safe and comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

As a business traveler, I have stayed at Intercontinental Nairobi on six different occasions. However my recent stay (Oct 2010) made it more obvious why I will not be staying at this hotel again:
Pros:
1. The waiting staff (waiters) at various restaurants throughout the hotel were great and made effort to ensure that one was well served
2. Location
Negatives:
1. Charging for internet –unlike competition in town, Intercontinental Nairobi charges (high) for internet connectivity within your room/business center. Also wireless connectivity is very low
Delayed check in: I arrived at 9:00pm and even with my "priority card membership - it took 45 minutes to check in. The excuse - the check-in lady was on training. However, there were four check-in staff manning the desk and I tell you, I have never seen such rude attitude towards guests. The check-in delay is an ongoing thing which I have experienced at this hotel during past stays
2. I was checked into a room with no lights/working phone. It is difficult to comprehend that this could happen at Intercontinental hotel but yes it did happen. It took another ten minutes to relocated me to different room
3. Not allowing quests into rooms in the evening: This policy is not even worth mentioning.
4. Duty manager: during my stay, the duty manager was very rude to me. In the past, duty manager at this hotel has been very responsive to questions, requests/complaints.
5. Creaky elevator/dirty room – I can’t explain it.
For my next trip to Nairobi, I will opt for competition.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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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
#14 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#17 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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