If you apply local standards you will soon see that the Hilton has some outstanding qualities. If you try to apply standards seen in other parts of the world you may be easily disappointed.
We made our decision based on its central location and the outstanding security measures. We also wanted to be able to get to Wilson airport easily for an early morning flight. It took us 15mins by taxi to Wilson early on a Sunday monring. If you do not want to go too far the coffee shop and restaurants are good options. The reception area is very welcoming. Quite an impressive pool bar menu.
The rooms clearly vary. We stayed before and after our Safari and the 2 rooms were very different. The first room had previously had someone smoking in it. The smell was noticeable and not pleasant. We booked a double room and were given a twin. We also needed an extra bed in the room and the sofa converted to a bed but it was extremely uncomfortable. We were only there for 2 nights and arrived late on the first night so put up with it. The second stay was by contrast extremely comfortable. We had a much bigger room the extra bed was much more comfortable and we were very happy.
There are a variety of restaurants and a supermarket all within easy walking distance. We travelled with hand luggage and wished we bought all our toiletries in Nairobi as much cheaper than duty free in Heathrow. Only thing that was hard to find at a reasonable price was high spf sunscreen. (Not relevant to the Hilton review, I know, but a useful tip).
If you are lucky with your room we think it is a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the city's heart, the Hilton Nairobi hotel is next to the craft market and 25 minutes' drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Enjoy global dishes at the Traveller's Restaurant, try fine Italian cuisine at Sale E Pepe Restaurant or have a pint at the Hilton Nairobi hotel's Jockey Pub. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Nairobi Hotel Nairobi
- Hilton International Nairobi
- Nairobi Hilton International