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InterContinental Nairobi
Ranked #21 of 165 Hotels in Nairobi
Geneva
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Hopelessly overpriced”
Reviewed March 1, 2009

For what we paid (almost 400 dollars) the hotel is no value for money. It is a typical 5-star of a previous generation. Rooms are rather small, even at the club floor level. No major complaints, but it shouldn't have costed more than $ 200. The outdoor pool is small, don't expect too much.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 496 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2009

Have stayed here many times over the years and am pleased to say that the Intercontinental has improved during that time. The rooms are very average in quality, but spacious and well equipped with minibar, sitting area, safe, desk and irons. My bathroom was very small and a little dated but clean. My hairdryer and one bedside light did not work, but then this is quite usual here. The room has big ceiling to floor windows that open but the noise from the very busy road below meant I had to keep them shut all the time.
The best things about the IC are the restaurants and the friendly service. The pool is heated but small and the sunbathing/bar area very busy.
Very centrally located.

  • Liked — Restaurants
  • Disliked — Not everything works in the rooms.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2008

A good hotel, well managed with really thoughtful staff on the Club floor. African hotel experiences range from the surreal to the exquisite - this comes close to the latter. It's not pretty and the pool could be better - but you are in the middle of Nairobi!

If you are staying in a Club room (which I recommend) then you can avoid reception and go straight to the 6th floor to check in. Drink? Towel? When I found I'd lost my mobile phone charger the staff went looking for another guest with the same model and borrowed the charger for me. Outstanding.

Breakfast in the Club Lounge is good, as is the Indian restaurant. The pool bar is OK, while the main indoor bar is ugly and badly-lit. Sunday Brunch round the pool with a band is good, but very popular with screaming children...!

The concierge is pro-active and very helpful, and can organise for a car and driver to be paid shillings in cash and charged to your room in dollars.

I stayed in an ordinary room on another occasion and it was much more basic, rather tired, and the room service was markedly less responsive. Go Club and you'll be happy.

  • Liked — Thoughful service
  • Disliked — Baths not full size...
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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Mahe Island, Seychelles
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2008

We held a series of meeting in Nairobi this year (5) and were lodged at the Intercontinental. Hotel is ok and service is good except 2 things: overbooking management and confusion in room pricing. Even though I was on their frequent visitor program, I had to suffer from differences in price, and waiting for hours before getting a room although it was booked in advance by the company and my card should guarantee me "fast" check in.
Apart from that, stay was nice. The rooms are quite nice although a bit old, and there is barely no difference between a superior and a deluxe room (while there is 100$ gap between the two). I heard from colleagues that their standard rooms are not so good. As part of a big hotel chain, if you are used to Intercontinental, rooms look like the same
You appreciate the reliable Internet speed which is sometimes difficult in East Africa.
The food was quite good.
And for business, the location is well centered, but not suited forsightseeing.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — Overcrowded
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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74 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2008

We stayed in this hotel on the first night of a safari. We arrived about ten at night and left about ten the next morning so our experience was limited. It is a modern hotel with all the amenities you might expect. The room was very nice as was the staff. Breakfast was in a very large pleasant room next to the pool. The public areas were appealing and comfortable. The hotel is close to all the major public government buildings although we only saw them from a car. This is certainly a good choice for an overnight before or after a safari.

  • Liked — Comfort/staff
  • Disliked — Liked everything.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2008

The breakfast there is very great! Delicious & top class. ^^
Very nice room with all the facilities we need. Both air con & warming is available.

  • Liked — Breakfast & full amenities
  • Disliked — Nothing ^o^
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Moscow
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2008

This is good, strong managed on high "world the best" level. Very good for business travelers because of location, internal facilities and pricing.
Would recommend the bar on a ground floor (on a left side from the reception). You can meet a lot of interesting people there.
Rooms are very good. Food is good but expensive. Service is great.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled on business
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Property: InterContinental Nairobi
Address: City Hall Way | PO Box 30353, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Casino Hotel in Nairobi
#12 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#20 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#21 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Nairobi 5*
Number of rooms: 371
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A haven in the city, this Nairobi hotel is ideally located for business, next to the Parliament building,walking distance to Kenyatta International Convention Centre and the government hub.This hotel is the ideal choice for discerning business travelers boasting an award winning Indian restaurant - Bhandini, a dine by the pool restaurant, coffee shop and bars.Explore attractions close to our hotel whether it is handmade African artifacts at Maasai market or the beautiful Nairobi National Park. ... more   less 
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