Even a few days would be fine. Can't comment as to location in relation to attractions/activities as it was only an overnight layover. About 15 minutes from airport if you miss rush hours. 2 1/2 hours if you have to navigate rush hour traffic. Transport cost 2500 KES (about $30 USD at this time) each way. You arrange through hotel and pay when you arrive - Visa or cash - and don't expect change in USD. You can pay for the return transport as well but remember to tell the desk that is what you want to do when you checkout. Otherwise you could be left paying the driver in USD instead of KES and he'll likely be confused. :)
Staff were very nice and the hotel restaurant was very good. Service was a bit unhurried but friendly and the food was quite excellent. The location felt safe.
The room itself was quite acceptable for an overnight or a couple of days. On the large side, I'd say. There may have been air conditioning but there was no thermostat that I could find. The fan did a fine job though and we were comfortable. The bed was better than the one we'd slept on the previous night, even though it was not something I'd buy for myself.
I'm afraid we made quite a mess in the bathroom with the shower door that only extended halfway to block the spray and no shower curtain. So we used the rest of the towels to make sure we weren't going to slip on the floor in the middle of the night. :) As with most places in Europe and Africa, if you want a washcloth for your face, you need to ask for one. There are hand towels and bath towels provided but no face cloths.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Heron Portico is Nairobi's finest and best known business hotel located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the city center and about 18 kilometers from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The hotel offers accommodations in 108 guest rooms and suites, outdoor swimming pool, Gym, Sauna, Steam room and Gift shop. The hotel is known for its food and beverage offerings, where drinks and meals are served continuously from morning till evening. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heron Hotel Nairobi