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Reviewed May 11, 2008

Got at first a terrible room smelling from paint. Not possible to stay there, so I switched to another, bigger one, in the main building. Same thing occurred to a colleague of mine. Can't understand how they could sell those rooms?

We switched to the Intercontinental after just 1 night's stay, which was a really good choice. It was like coming to castle -- from a cottage. In fact, the rate was lower at the Intercontinental as well. Thus I have some difficulties understanding how the Holiday Inn here @ TA is higher rated than the Intercontinental.

Note that there is no AC, just a ceiling fan.

Quite nice steak restaurant attached to Holiday Inn, called Spurs? Quite some additional obvious traffic there than just food & beer.

Like the breakfast viewing the pool area. Try the delicious pancakes!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 17, 2008

We used this hotel as a night stopover before going on safari or to the beach a few times and always find it welcoming, clean and the gardens really well looked after. There are two pools and the one at the back of the hotel is very peacefull to lounge after a long night flight or after a visit to Karen Blixen's house which we always seem to end up visiting. The food is good and breakfast plentiful and I wish we could have been there this year as we miss visiting Kenya

  • Stayed: February 2006, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank havasafari
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Reviewed February 17, 2008

This hotel existed in the Westlands area of Nairobi for several years before becoming part of the Holiday Inn chain. The rooms reflect the blandness of an American middle-class chain, but in an African city, this can be seen as refreshingly comfortable to Western tourists. Not all rooms come with air-conditioning, make sure you ask for it when you make your reservation. Reservation, check-in, check-out and a few small requests during our stay were handled promptly and courteously.

An upsurge in tourists in the last 4-5 years has dramatically increased the rates to more than $200 per double. This is consistent with most comfortable tourist hotels in Nairobi. If you're a business traveler planning to be in Nairobi for several nights, check out some other cheaper options such as Country Lodge. Otherwise, this is a fairly good location for a tourist hotel. It is close to the Triangle, where a jumble of shacks will sell you all the wood, stone, glass souvenirs Kenya has to offer, and Sarit Center, a mall with a food court, supermarkets, and some interesting shops, including the Banana Company, which sells handicrafts made by local artisans and women's groups.

The grounds are well-maintained, and the two swimming pools are maintained daily. But during the dry seasons, the grounds can take on a characteristically Kenyan look that is just slightly dilapidated, thanks to the lack of lush, green vegetation.

Like all hotels, breakfast is included, and is quite good, with a large variety. Fruit juices appeared to be fresh, and change with availability of the fruit. The compulsory egg and crepe stations will make your eggs to order, and delicious crepes and pancakes. The attached restaurant has an American Western and native American theme - but the food is so-so. Better to go out to the Westlands shopping centres and try the restaurants there - e.g., Tamambo, Open House (Indian), etc. Chowpatty serves pure vegetarian Indian food.

Walking around the hotel and in Westlands is generally safe, though you should avoid unlit areas at night, and if possible, be in a group.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank faura
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Reviewed January 4, 2008

we arrived into Nairobi on the evening flight from Kilimanjaro ,so when we arrived security was very tight and we were very glad to get to the hotel .
next morning we were delighted to see the ground lovely gardens and two pools and a small gym ,the breakfast was very good alot of chioce .
we never left the hotel due to the situation,after the election so we hung around the hotel for the day ,there are three shops to take a look at and we found all the staff to be friendly and helpful.we celebrated the new year and the evening buffet was also very good ,lovely atmosphere.if we ever returned to Nairobi we would stay at the holiday inn again

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank rkaty
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Reviewed January 3, 2008

The holiday Inn Nairobi does not sound terribly exotic or interesting, perhaps another of those bland, forgettable little inns where one spends the night in transit to someplace else.

However, the hotel is one of those truly rare gems: a place of considerable charm and worthy of a visit for its own sake. It is an old "heritage?" hotel of low buildings reminescent of an old colonial style hospital or extended guest house, set in lush and extensive gardens.

The gardens features massive, mature trees, carefully nurtured lawns, and beds of shrubs and colourful plants. Two swimming pools and brick walkways give the impression of a country estate, rather than an urban hotel.

The theme is carried on by the buildings themselves, with airy corridors, dark wood panelling, tiled floors, pastel walls, and those red-brick coloured tiles on the roofs and walkways. The layout, with open corridors linking buildings, reminds me of old colonial style schools and government buildings when land was still plentiful and cheap.

The rooms are nothing special, and have fans only, but they're modern and clean, and feature corniches, and parquet floors.

It's easy to forget that just outside this little haven is the noise and bustle of Nairobi city and that it's the 21st century, rather than colonial post-war Africa, when people in their woolen coats and discussed cricket scores over scones and tea.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Leeyuk
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