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“Oasis in downtown Nairobi” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fairmont The Norfolk

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Fairmont The Norfolk
Ranked #4 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
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Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Oasis in downtown Nairobi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

We arrived at a ridiculously early hour of the morning, just after sunrise, and we were welcomed with smiles and immediately shown to our ground-floor room that looked onto the beautiful, shady garden courtyard. The accommodations were excellent: crisp, smooth sheets on a comfortable king-sized bed; high-quality toiletries in the prettiest hotel bathroom I've ever seen, although it was on the small side; fresh fruit and bottled water every day. The breakfast buffet was decadent (and expensive) so we chose to eat from the pastry and coffee table only for 1/3 the cost - the pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit and juices were ample enough to satisfy even my husband's big breakfast habits! We ate two lunches and one dinner out on the town with friends, and one dinner on our own at the hotel's Tatu restaurant. The steak was out of this world, and the entire meal was a complete pleasure. Something not to be missed: High Tea, ordered from the Tea Room, and taken on the brick terrace. Culinary decadence in a lovely, quiet, grassy and shady courtyard. Like living a scene from "Out of Africa." We also enjoyed after dinner drinks, taken outside on luxurious leather sofas, at the Cin Cin wine bar. The historical appeal combined with modern amenities and excellent service make Fairmont the Norfolk a must-stay in Nairobi.

Only three "complaints" to note: the shower head was in need of replacing; I wonder if the security checkpoint (which is much appreciated!) might be moved to a location that doesn't block the entrance to, and dominate the view from some of the table at, the terrace where breakfast is served; the hotel laundry service was the most expensive I have ever encountered.

Room Tip: We loved our room on the ground floor, with a small terrace, that gave onto the courtyard. It was q...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

We have just spent 2 nights at this hotel in Nairobi and what an excellent choice.Wonderful service, very friendly and helpful staff. We hired the hotel car to take us sightseeing for the day and found David to be a very helpful and knowledgeable guide. David showed us around Nairobi as well as taking us to the elephant orphanage (highly recommended).We had been a bit apprehensive about staying in Nairobi, but felt very safe and would definitely return.Loved it!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Richard K, General Manager at Fairmont The Norfolk, responded to this review, February 8, 2012
Thank you for taking time to share your feedback.

We are pleased that we were able to meet and exceed your expectations. Thank you for your kind comments about our colleagues and service and in particular, your compliment to David, we shall share your feedback with the rest of the team.

sincerely,
Richard
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Walking in the majestic doors of the Fairmont in Nairobi is like stepping back into the Colonial era. Passing through the strict security provides a sense of comfort and security in the midst of a fairly chaotic city. The elegant lobby and shade of the serene garden court are perfect for a midday lunch or evening cocktails. The rooms are slightly dated but charming. Beware, there are not screens on the windows and while there aren't mosquitoes during the day they come out by the scores come sundown! Don't recommend opening the windows!! Hotel staff was very helpful in preparing a take away breakfast so that we could make very early flight. Ask for a room in the more historic part of the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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arlington, va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

I fyou are looking for a nice, clean, safe, and friendly place to stay in Nairobi, you wont be disappointed with the Norfolk. A historic place and one that you can tell why it's been a staple for so many pre and post safari.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

were there for new year 2010 and had a great time....like a little slice of england in the heart of nairobi.....

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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

We would have appreciated if the plaçe would had maintained better butneverything you need is there, the food is great, and staff very nice. Super safe spot with police station a block away.

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Whistler, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

As a Fairmont this hotel is fairly average. Having said that, in the context of Nairobi, this is a very high end hotel.
Pool and spa services are good as well. Tatu restaurant is top notch as well.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Fairmont The Norfolk
Address: Harry Thuku Rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#6 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont The Norfolk 5*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just minutes from Nairobi's best attractions, including the home of Karen Blixen, from the Academy Award winning film 'Out of Africa', Fairmont The Norfolk offers luxurious guestrooms and suites, set amidst tropical gardens. It features plush furniture, flat screen TV, minibar, rainfall showers, and tea and coffee maker. Built in 1904, the hotel has been completely refurbished with a heated outdoor swimming pool, health club, sauna and steam rooms with massage facilities, tropical landscaped grounds, and award winning restaurants and bars from steak and seafood at Tatu restaurant, afternoon tea to Lord Delamere Terrace for international cuisine. The hotel is walking distance from artisanal craft shops, modern shopping centres, Sheldrick's Elephant Sanctuary, National Museums of Kenya and is the launch point for 'bucket list' worthy safari tours, which can be organized at the 24 hour concierge desk. A free shuttle bus is available to and from Jomo Kenyatta International airport, located 11 miles away. Business Guests are also offered a complimentary return shuttle ride to their office with free WiFi on board. ... more   less 
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