We stayed here for two nights following an African safari through Kenya and Tanzania. The hotel's pool is very nice, as is the state-of-the-art gym. The area around the hotel is safe, although a bit boring. There is nothing really to walk to around the hotel. We ate most of our meals at the restaurant across the street, which provided a taste of the local atmosphere and a $5 large breakfast. The room is of high quality, which you'd expect from a Crowne Plaza. We enjoyed chatting with Ian, one of the doormen, who greeted us personally when we came and went. The day tour prices offered by the travel agency in the lobby were very expensive, so we hired a private driver based upon a friend's recommendation and had a wonderful day trip to see Nairobi's sites. It cost us US$30 for 4.5 hours of a hired car.
Our only complaint was the business center. While Skype is installed on the computers, only one computer has a headset with microphone and that microphone is broken. When asked, the business center attendant just said, "Oh yeah, the microphone is broken." The business center should provide business travelers with the option to video conference, given that microphones cost $15. Moreover, after I had set myself up on one machine, I discovered that Adobe Reader did not work and I could not open any PDFs. Again, the attendant just admitted casually that the program didn't work. The computer desktops were littered with users' files, adding to the impression that the business center needs some more attention to detail.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Nairobi is a new and stylish, 4 Star hotel strategically located in the commercial area of Upper Hill in Nairobi. The hotel is surrounded by multinational companies, diplomatic missions, banks, government offices, insurers and hospitals. Our pillar-less ballroom and 6 boardrooms with state-of-the-art equipments make it the ideal place to stay and meet. The Crowne Plaza Nairobi is just a 30 minute drive from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 10 minutes drive to the City Centre and 20 minutes drive to the famous Nairobi National Park and Animal Orphanage. Crowne Plaza Nairobi has 162 superbly appointed spacious rooms which include thirteen suites, a club floor with its exclusive lounge. All rooms are air conditioned and have high speed wireless internet connectivity. To compliment this is the Business Centre, the double story ultra modern fitness centre and heated swimming pool, Multiple restaurants and a double story bar, 24 hour room service, a gift shop, money changing facilities, beauty salon, travel desk, secure and ample parking space, and same day laundry facilities. ... more less
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