The largest city in East Africa, to which pretty much every road in Kenya leads, is growing fast – it’s also one of the trendiest, most modern cities in the region. The Kenyan capital is the world’s safari capital and an excellent base for exploring the bushland beyond. Unsurprisingly, there are some pretty special hotels in Nairobi – all of which are bookable with Culture Trip.
Located in an affluent neighbourhood of Nairobi, shared by embassies and the Village Market, the Tribe Hotel fits right in with the sophisticated atmosphere of the area. The walls behind the beds are painted red, bringing a warmth that is felt throughout this property. At the onsite Jiko Restaurant, shelving contains locally made crafts – and the menu is equally inspired by rural customs, with seasonal offerings.
Southwest of Nairobi – near the Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary – the boutique hotel Hemingways Nairobi is a delightful, plantation-style property with upper-floor verandas and huge suites. Within, you’ll find oval writing desks, four-poster beds dripping with mosquito nets and walk-in closets. Towards the rear of the building, you’ll discover a trellis-covered terrace beside a fountain and large pool – which give way to lawns that sprawl out towards the countryside.
Cheery and welcoming, the dusty pink and white façade of the Villa Rosa Kempinski conceals an elegant and chic hotel within. Many rooms are decked out in pastel tones of blue and yellow – with gold brocade headboards and a mustard cushion or two for contrast. This enduringly popular hotel has a heated outdoor pool and deck where you can order drinks. If detox is on the agenda instead, check out the Kempinski Spa – complete with a sauna and steam room.
Even though downtown Nairobi has more than its fair share of five-star hotels, the Sarova Stanley still stands out – thanks to features such as the rooftop pool and its adjacent deck restaurant. There’s also a classy bar, where you can order a single malt and listen to jazz – and a Thai restaurant, among other dining options. Green marble bathrooms, red carpets and four-poster beds may sound a little antiquated, but they’re all part of the charm.
Another world-class hotel in Nairobi is the Sankara, part of Marriott’s premium Autograph Collection. The hotel’s mission statement declares that the staff aims to curate each stay to fit the guest’s preferences – but, in truth, that’s only possible because there are so many options under one roof. For example, when you’re feeling hungry, there’s a steakhouse and three other restaurants, after which you can explore the wine bar, champagne bar or patisserie at your own leisure.
Traditional African art and design can be found throughout Nairobi Serena Hotel, highlighting the vivid creativity found across the continent. Ethiopian patterns and paintings and handmade umbrellas fringed with gold lace line the walls of Aksum Bar – which has a garden terrace that is overlooking Central Park in Nairobi. Mandhari is a Kenyan fine-dining restaurant with seasonal menus and a beautiful mural of the Kenyan countryside, while Cafe Maghreb pays homage to North African style and tastes.
For the budget-conscious, the Best Western Plus Meridian is a great, centrally located hotel in Nairobi. The rooms are decorated using Best Western’s classic burgundy, grey and cream palette – and, although they are on the smaller side compared to other accommodations on this list, they come with plenty of useful amenities, such as a work desk and sitting area. The shared spaces feature two pool types: one for swimming in and one for playing with cues.
Close to the northern edge of Nairobi – where the land is dominated by rambling coffee estates – there’s a striking hotel with terracotta roofs and chimneys stretching around the perimeter of an 18-hole golf course. The whole picture looks vaguely like an English country manor in a tropical setting. Today, Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club is one of the most lavish hotels in the city, capable of hosting large events with up to 2,000 people.
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