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“Nice staff and good rooms” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fairmont The Norfolk

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Fairmont The Norfolk
Ranked #4 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Michigan
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72 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice staff and good rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2009

The staff at the norfolk were nice and accomidating. The taxi service through the hotel was superb, as they had the taxis wait for us when shopping and come back after dinner. They also negotiated rates so we didn't have to. There was no elevator though so you had to walk a litttle ways and up stairs to get to your rooms. The hotel itself was beautiful and clean and the rooms comfortable. The restaurants were VERY expensive but yummy!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

The most beautiful hotel I never been in Africa. Classic but magical place, amazing people and better accommodation

Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Sampa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2009

We stayed at the Fairmont for 4 days and really loved it. The staff were nice, the place and gardens are beautiful, the room is lovelly and the food is great. It is the very best place to stay in Nairobi. We loved the pool, and the massage also. We only disliked the internet acess that was really slow.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank LiliCps
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raleigh
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

we have enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this hotel. The staff is quick (saying lots for Africa) they are accommodating and customer service oriented!

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars
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tonga
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2009

Just back from a week long stay at the Fairmont and I must say that coming "home" to this place each night was a pleasure. The rooms have just been renovated (we were the first to stay in ours) and look very nice and are LARGE. We had two rooms, one with desk and closets and hard wood floors and then another carpeted room with a sitting area and a bed and the bathrooms are very large (bath and shower separate).

I think the reason you may see some slightly negative reviews of this place is because people expect a completely western Fairmont experience in the third world, which, in my opinion, isn't a reasonable expectation. For example, the service in the restaurant is not always consistent, often slow and sometimes borderline negligible, but the food is pretty good (and didn't make any of us sick!!). Our shower didn't work the first day we were there, by day two it worked but no hot water, and by day three we were set (so long as you let the hot water run for about 10 minutes before showering) - to some this would be unacceptable - we were happy to have running water considering the drought.

The location was great - not quite in the city center so very quiet at night but this also allowed for the grounds to be massive. There was a beautiful gym, pool and garden area, and never saw a single mosquito while there.

Only complaint is the price - amazing to us that they can demand a hefty per night room charge - but to get western amenities while in the third world is something you have a pay for, I guess. Enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed September 2009
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank kikkosake
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

This was a wonderful property - Great restaurants - Great Staff that couldn't do enough for you. They went above & beyond. Beautiful views and rooms. All in all a wonderful
stay I highly recommend this property. This was y second visit and I will definately return again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank mtbarber
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

This hotel in the center of town is one of Nairobi's first and premiere hotels. After recent renovations its lost a bit of its traditional and historic charm in favour of modern decor. This takes away from what made it special, unique and set it apart. When you are inside you could literally be anywhere in the world. In its favour the food and service are on point but I do feel that the rooms are over priced when compared to the competition.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank NatalieM83
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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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