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“Serene Oasis” 4 of 5 stars
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Fairmont The Norfolk
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Harry Thuku Rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #11 of 115 Hotels in Nairobi
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11 hotel reviews
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“Serene Oasis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a quiet, lovely oasis in the middle of a noisy big city. Beautiful, park-like grounds, spacious well-maintained rooms, very good restaurant and friendly staff. The birds can be a bit noisy in the morning, but that's much better than hearing car horns and traffic. Hint: Go to the front desk to join their loyalty program and the WiFi is free.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the grounds. Upper ones have balconies and lower ones have a patio.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard K, General Manager at Fairmont The Norfolk, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Jeff B,

Thank you for staying with us during your recent visit and the encouraging feedback.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to host you during your next visit to Nairobi.

Thank you

Richard
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ballarat, Australia
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191 reviews 191 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Fairmont The Norfolk was my home away from home in Nairobi. I spent a total of 6 nights there on and off in September 2013.
The friendly, obliging staff made my stay exceptional and the colonial ambience of the place drips safari history around every corner.
The garden is home to a host of fabulous bird species and the staff put discreet bird feeders within the flourishing kitchen garden, which makes viewing the plethora of local species that inhabit the lush, immaculately maintained grounds really accessible.
My room was fabulous and I was able to rebook it for my second visit. Its biggest plus was the balcony overlooking the lush tropical gardens with a perfect view into the canopy of yet more wonderful birds.
I didn't spend much time in the room itself. The grounds and bar, drew me out.
Oh the joys of watching distance races on the bar tv in the background, in the home of marathon runners.
Another joy of the place is that they make an effort to serve traditional Kenyan dishes, such as ugali, a corn based dish a bit like polenta, but way nicer and potato and pea mash, boma grill. Ah those succulent cuts of lamb, beef and chicken, cooked to perfection and the fabulous fish from Lake Victoria at the Lord Delamere Terrace Restaurant, all wonderful. At Tatu, the upmarket eatery, I had the most divine lobster I've eaten in years. Food presentation is stunning and there's a great local and international wine list to match. Try the minted pinapple juice at the generous buffet breakfast and the wonderful nibbles that are served with drinks at the bar, all made on site, using quality local ingredients.
The coffee is grown within kilometres or even from the kitchen garden, roasted on site and is exceptional.
But I have to come back to the staff; they made my stay!
They remembered me and welcomed me back by name on my second visit.
I felt like a celebrity, or royalty, such was the quality and dedication of their work.
The art of fine dining and silver service is very much alive and well at the Norfolk.
Take time out to interact with the staff and you will be quickly introduced to the vibrant middle class and contemporary culture that is modern Kenya. Historic the Norfolk may be, but its outlook is ever forward and progressive.
It is my favourite hotel in the world and Nairobi is a city worthy of considerable exploration beyond your safari.
No wonder this place has so many celebrity guests!
I can't wait to return and would have extended my stay, but for not being able to get an onward flight back to Australia for weeks!
For the birders amongst you, there are resident glossy ibis, sunbirds, hornbills, bee eaters, superb starlings, malabu storks, tiny finches and more. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Lord Delamere Wing. Room 519, with (smoker's) balcony overlooking the fabulous gardens. It was...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard K, General Manager at Fairmont The Norfolk, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Fional943,

It was a pleasure hosting you at Fairmont The Norfolk for 6 nights.

We are happy to read that our hotel's colonial ambiance, obliging staff, rooms, grounds and food presentation exceeded your expectation. We have shared your sentiments with the team as a motivational tool.

We look forward to hosting you again and again.

Thank you

Richard
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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed one night on arrival in Nairobi before starting our safari. We arrived about 10PM and were on the road by 8AM the next day. Given that, we had no time to appreciate, or even discover, all that the hotel had to offer. The room was weel appointed and the bed was comfortable; the shower was wonderful. The food at the breakfast buffet was varied and very good.

Wifi is free for members of the Fairmont President's Club, and we are glad we signed up for the free club prior to our travel, other wise internet access is almost $6 for one hour.

We arrived the evening before the unfortunate event at the Westgate Mall. Upon arrival, a security person went through my purse and carry on bag prior to entering the hotel. Interestingly, our suitcases did not seem to be checked at all.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the courtyard are more quiet than those facing out.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richard K, General Manager at Fairmont The Norfolk, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear travlr,

Thank you for the great feedback and we are happy our team and facilities made your stay memorable.

We appreciate the opportunity you gave us to host you for a few nights and are glad you had a great stay.

We look forward to hosting you when you are next in Nairobi.

Thank you

Richard
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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52 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

In spite of some minor issues on check-in (well, some systems do go down from time to time and you just being lucky to be the one who enjoys the longest registration process). However, everything else went just great. Inner garden of the hotel is awesome (grab a Tusker and enjoy the table right in there). Breakfast is also nice and you should take it on the terrace (weather permitting).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richard K, General Manager at Fairmont The Norfolk, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear renatmin,

Thank you for taking the time to comment about your recent stay.

We are glad to note that you have enjoyed your stay and we look forward to hosting you again.

Thank you

Richard
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Worcester, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Great hotel, very clean. Spacious, comfortable rooms. Lovely food and extremely friendly, helpful Staff. My only niggle was having to pay daily for Wifi, which I thought was unusual for this standard of accommodation. Unfortunately I was there during the attack at the Westgate Mall, but the Hotel Staff were amazing, keeping very calm in assuring guests of their security.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trail, British Columbia, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A beautiful setting and room, though we had difficulty getting hot water to our room. Staff eventually sorted it out. Food was good, and plentiful! A wonderful, relaxing oasis in the busy city of Nairobi!

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the courtyard have better views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Famous hotel in city, across from the University, Chinese construction but not a problem with noise. Not a good walk about area, but hotel is wonderful with restaurants, bars, pool, spa and gym to keep you busy. Staff friendly and helpful. Would go again and highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Ask for room in newer section. With a view if possible.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Harry Thuku Rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont The Norfolk 5*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel has played a leading role in Kenya's colorful history, and continues to be the best-known luxury hotel in Nairobi. The town and later the modern city of Nairobi grew up around Fairmont The Norfolk hotel, which still has its own private tropical gardens. The hotel is still the traditional starting point for safaris and the Lord Delamere Terrace is modern Nairobi's popular meeting place, where drinks and light meals are served continuously from morning till late evening.Fairmont The Norfolk was expanded in 1999 and subsequently renovated in time for its centennial celebrations in 2004. The Delamere & Acacia Wing were refurbished in 2012 to give the rooms a modern touch, whilst preserving their charm and unique personality. The Nairobi hotel now offers accommodations in 170 guest rooms and suites, has eight conference rooms, the largest seating 175 delegates, a heated outdoor swimming pool, health club with gym, sauna and steam room and gift shops. ... more   less 
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