I don't usually stay in American hotels abroad but because I was traveling with others who were are not used to staying at locally own establishments I booked the Hilton. Overall, it was fairly easy to stay here as a base for traveling in and out of the city but I would consider another place in the future. I agree with others...it is not the usual Hilton standard.
The Hilton staff will meet you at the airport and will take you to the Hilton Van. This is great!
The driver of the van will give you cold water for the ride.
The Pool area has good dining. Food is pricey for the area but the same as other Hilton properties
There is a business center
There is security everywhere
the fruit delivered to the room was great
Across the street from the outdoor market where there is good shopping
They will book you a sight seeing trip
There is a ATM right around the corner
They don't like to give you change or dollars but they will if you insist. Sometimes they have to go to the bank or money changers to get your change if you have large bills ($20).
The electricity goes out frequently (during the day)
My air conditioning didn't work...yes it was hot. They brought me a fan to use.
The business center is not open on the weekends so if you need to print a boarding pass you have to ask the front desk. They were so nice and et me use their computer but they should have more options.
Change for bills seemed to be an issue and they only took either American dollars or Kenya currency.
HINT: I would strongly recommend taking the HILTON VAN to the airport because right now they are stopping vehicles and searching them at the airport entrance. They recognize the Hilton van so your delay is brief. You have to book the van in advance and the hotel seems to push the taxis saying the van is not available. Not sure why. I tipped the hotel van driver very well and told him when I was going to the airport and he made sure he was there to pick me up.
ALSO: No one takes travels checks so leave them at home.
Just to note: There is lots of security. They check the vehicles for bombs at the gate and then you have to walk through a metal detector.
Leave for the airport at least two hours before you need to be there. Some times the traffic can be bad and the lines long.
One last thing. The Van driver pointed out giraffes at the airport...so cool!
- 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:
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