The Crowne Plaza is very new. As is typical Kenyan construction, it is already starting to show it's age, however. The rooms and bathrooms are VERY nice! Warning: Checking Out (and in) may take a long time (30 minutes plus), so plan some extra time on checkout...it depends on how well the Front Desk Staff that are serving you know their jobs. The food is OK. The cost is quite overpriced, as is common in all of African major cities: The poorer the country, the more overpriced the Western stuff is.
The immediate area around the hotel is very African. The eating/dancing place across the street is very safe, and is typical Kenyan food-you may not like it, and it IS easy to get sick on the local food. If you are new to Africa, I highly recommend eating across the street for the local flavour...try it at least once. Around the hotel there are a number of VERY local-type restaurants that most Westerners will have to be very adventurous to feel comfortable in. I wouldn't mind eating in them, but I lived in NBO for a year, and am very used to eating local.
The best part about the CP location is it is near to the best tourist sights in NBO: The best is the Nairobi National Park, which has a huge unfenced area that you can vehicle safari in, as well as a zoo/wildlife park to see fenced animals, the "Giraffe Center", where you can feed the giraffes by hand (or mouth) and see warthogs, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you can see baby elephants being fed at around noon (and I also saw a VERY cute baby rhino being fed!), and finally the Wilson Airport and Wilson Aero Club.
The Aero Club is great for aviation enthusiasts. It is local aviation history, good "British Pub" food and drink, and a children's play area...and you can watch the small airplanes come and go. Wilson was the old main airport for the city of Nairobi, and now has the smaller planes flying in and out. They have scheduled and charter air service to many nearby destinations, include Masai Mara here.
- 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 equipment 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 206 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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