This certainly was a high quality hotel. The room I stayed in was tastefully decorated, spacious, clean and comfortable. I never heard any noise from neighbouring rooms (usually an issue in most other hotels).
The food in the restaurants was of the highest quality. The lobster and squid pizza was devine. The size of portions was generous. The bread basket was complementary and filled with at least 6 different types of freshly baked rolls. In the bar your first round of drinks is served with a generous tray of nibbles.
The hotel gym had a very good selection of equipment. The swimming pool is heated, and probably too much so (nice to relax in, but less good if you actually want to exercise).
If I had a criticism it would be with the waitresses in the Cin Cin bar. The waitresses appeared to have been hired for their beauty rather than their ability to serve customers. The waitresses wandered around doing their best to look glamorous, and deliberately avoided eye contact.
Generally the staff were friendly and helpful. There was one security guard who was a pleasure to see every morning; cheerful, huge smile and always welcoming.
The hotel is centrally located; opposite the National Theatre, the University, and the Kenyan Broadcasting company. The area is perfectly safe to walk around during the day, and only takes 10 minutes to get into the central business district. The downside of the central location is that if you are doing excusions, then you inevitably have to drive through the city rush hour traffic (crazy driving, slow moving traffic, and often heavy diesel pollution).
The hotel is expensive, but overall you get the feeling that it is worth the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just minutes from Nairobi's best attractions, including the home of Karen Blixen, from the Academy Award winning film 'Out of Africa', Fairmont The Norfolk offers luxurious guestrooms and suites, set amidst tropical gardens. It features plush furniture, flat screen TV, minibar, rainfall showers, and tea and coffee maker. Built in 1904, the hotel has been completely refurbished with a heated outdoor swimming pool, health club, sauna and steam rooms with massage facilities, tropical landscaped grounds, and award winning restaurants and bars from steak and seafood at Tatu restaurant, afternoon tea to Lord Delamere Terrace for international cuisine. The hotel is walking distance from artisanal craft shops, modern shopping centres, Sheldrick's Elephant Sanctuary, National Museums of Kenya and is the launch point for 'bucket list' worthy safari tours, which can be organized at the 24 hour concierge desk. A free shuttle bus is available to and from Jomo Kenyatta International airport, located 11 miles away. Business Guests are also offered a complimentary return shuttle ride to their office with free WiFi on board. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel Nairobi
- Fairmont Hotel Norfolk
- Norfolk Hotel Nairobi
- Fairmont Hotel Nairobi
- Norfolk Nairobi