Some of the comments about the Nairobi Hilton are a little unfair. I stay there regularly and while it can be grossly overpriced, good management and excellent staff make up for an ugly and dated building. Some of the rooms are really nice (if rather threadbare), I've had none of the problems other guests describe, it has generally good vibes, the pool area feels particularly private and relaxing (unlike the InterContinental) and its buffets are amongst the best in Nairobi. It also has a nice little coffee shop and the executive lounge is OK too. It's true that at night - and even by day - the area is unsafe but that's unfortunately true anywhere in downtown Nairobi. There are newer, glossier hotels there but the Hilton is well-managed and unfailingly works. However I do have my doubts about security. There is a metal detector at the entrance through which guests and visitors are supposed to pass but this seems to be a rather random process. Because the hotel appears to be a symbol of America (though in fact it isn't) there's a risk of terrorism plus the endemic Kenyan risk of violent crime. There have already been incidents, or so I understand from owners of shops adjoining the hotel. So I wish the lobby area was a little better protected, though I do realise that a hotel can't be an army encampment.
- 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