On a random day out in Nairobi CBD, you’re likely to pass by a lot of hotels. These cater to every person’s taste, from food to accommodation and even entertainment. However, Nairobi CBD also has some pretty iconic hotels. So if you’re looking for a little something extra, here’s where you can find them.
Hotel Ambassadeur Nairobi
When Nairobians talk or think about Ambassadeur, it is usually in relation to meeting up in the CBD or getting a matatu at Kencom stage. However, did you know that Ambassadeur is one of the most iconic hotels in Nairobi? Opened in 1961, this three-star hotel has 85 rooms and has played host to many important historical figures in East Africa, including Kenya's first president Jomo Kenyatta.
Location: Between Moi Avenue and Tom Mboya Street
Iconic features: sound-proof rooms, conference facilities, hotel bar and restaurant
Founded as a members' only club in 1984, the Nairobi Safari Club is an iconic and unique part of Nairobi's history. It is the only all suite hotel in Kenya, which are divided into panorama, executive and studio suites. Due to being in the CBD, it is also very easy to go to different places in Nairobi from here.
Location: Koinange Street
Iconic features: award-winning restaurant, pool bar, wedding receptions, gym and spa
The Sarova Stanley was opened in 1902 and was Nairobi's first luxury hotel. This five-star hotel is a huge part of Nairobi's history and still retains most of its old school charm to date. It has also hosted many international celebrities, world leaders and even renowned authors.
Location: Kimathi Street
Iconic features: 1902 Lounge, health club, ballrooms, banquet and conferencing facilities
Contacts: +254 719 048 000, +254 709 111 000
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel
When it was opened in 1904, the Norfolk Hotel was a favorite for white settlers who wanted to experience luxury and escape the harsh realities of Nairobi life as it was back then. Although it now has a modern twist, this hotel is still a serene and luxurious retreat in the city when life becomes too much.
Location: Harry Thuku road
Iconic features: tropical gardens, heated outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, health club and spa
Contacts: 020 2265555
Nairobi Serena Hotel
Established in 1975, the Nairobi Serena Hotel is a walking distance from the CBD and offers a fantastic spot to chill and enjoy life. Its buildings and surroundings show a heavy Pan-African influence while maintaining elegance and charm.
Location: Kenyatta Avenue
Iconic features: gift shop, multiple restaurants and bars, conference rooms, wedding grounds