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“A piece of colonial history” 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 #14 of 106 Hotels in Nairobi
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
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“A piece of colonial history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Stayed here several times over the years, each time enjoyable, and each time the rooms were different depending on which room they put you in, so definitely asking about the different grades and options. Very enjoyable drinks on the terrace, and breakfast was always superb. Staff quality was always good. Can't fault it.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, June 20, 2014
Dear ChubbysHiFi,

Thank you for staying with us time after time during all your visits to Nairobi.

It is always a pleasure hosting you at Fairmont The Norfolk and we appreciate the great feedback.

We look forward to continue making your stays in Nairobi memorable.

Best regards
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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Proctorville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for one night during the month of April. The Norfolk is a nice hotel: clean, comfortable, and cozy.

The security checks and uniformed armed guards at the entrance were at first intimidating (given that we hadn't experienced this before) but with recent terrorist attacks in Kenya, this was understandable and reassuring.

The dining experience was mixed. For dinner, my wife ordered gluten free but the quality was well below our expectations. However, when we mentioned this to the manager, we were impressed by his willingness to listen and make amends. The kitchen staff went out of their way to listen to our concerns. They took down notes of our suggestions, and promised to address our concerns. We were highly impressed by the hotels willingness to listen and make amends to customer complaints. None of the people we spoke to (the manager and the kitchen staff) were defensive about our complaints. Instead, we felt like they genuinely listened to us and were determined to fix this. For this reason, we plan on staying at the Norfolk on our next visit to Kenya.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, June 20, 2014
Dear Richard A,

Thank you for choosing Fairmont The Norfolk.

We appreciate the great feedback and we are happy our team made your stay memorable.

We look forward to hosting you again during your next visit to Nairobi.

Best regards
Richard
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Tottenham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Excellent hotel. Reccommend highly.
Quality of Location, staff , amenities and rooms was impeccable.
Fairmont has acquired hotels with history and character and made them truly their own. Four Seasons or Fairmont - hard to choose.


  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 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, June 20, 2014
Dear Alan W,

We are thrilled to learn your stay surpassed your expectations! Thank you for sharing your experience and recommending Fairmont Hotels Worldwide on TripAdvisor.

It is wonderful to know you enjoyed our food, rooms, convenient location and outstanding service.

We look forward to continue making your stays in all Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide memorable.

Best regards
Richard
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Mexicali, Mexico
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A beautiful classic hotel in Nairobi. The room was very good with a lovely view to the inside patio. The service was excellent. We had dinner and breakfast at the Lord Delamere Terrace and it was delicious, we loved the cesar salad, onion soup and pizzas.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, June 20, 2014
Dear Marsafel 1,

Thank you for posting your review on TripAdvisor.

We are glad you enjoyed our delicious food, excellent service and good rooms.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Fairmont The Norfolk in the near future.

Best regards
Richard
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Kigali
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

good room; adequate amenities; I got messages from friends and colleagues timely and messages carriers are polite and professional ; I like the coffee and tea in the room, however, I could have done with more milk!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Calgary
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Historic photos all over, lovely gardens and pool/gym, good meals, helpful staff. Rooms are Fairmont quality- upgrades in the last 10 years excellent.
Easily the classiest hotel to stay at on arrival in NBO!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Cape Town
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Takes you back to the bygone years of old East Africa - hotel is steeped in history and olde world charm. Attentive staff, good choice of meals at two fine restaurants. Pool and gym facilities round off a great hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, June 6, 2014
Dear Alan B,

Thank you for the great feedback and we are happy our colleagues, meals, pool and gym facilities made your stay memorable.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best regards,
Richard
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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:
#8 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#9 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#11 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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Also Known As:
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel Nairobi
Fairmont Hotel Norfolk
Norfolk Hotel Nairobi
Fairmont Hotel Nairobi
Norfolk Nairobi

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