Five(5) Best 5 Star Hotels in Nairobi

1. Best Western Plus

Best Western Plus, Westlands Nairobi
Best Western Plus, Westlands Nairobi

The Dubai-based independent hotel management company Aleph Hospitality  has opened the Best Western Plus Westlands hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Best Western Plus Westlands is located in the heart of Nairobi’s social and entertainment hub, the vibrant Westlands district, home to shops, restaurants and numerous corporate headquarters, making it a popular destination for Kenyans, expatriates and visitors.

With an unrivaled location in the heart of Nairobi’s vibrant Westlands district, the brand new, purpose-built, Best Western Plus Westlands combines enhanced style and creative dining experiences with all the convenience, safety, and comfort required for a restful stay.
Whether travelling for business or leisure, this hotel in Westlands Nairobi provides thoughtful touches to enhance every visit, including freshly brewed coffee at Craft, its all-day-dining restaurant, lobby bar, and coffee shop, a dedicated meetings floor, free Wi-Fi, a fully-equipped gym and a 49-inch television, 24-hour room service and complimentary bottled water in all 101 air-conditioned guest rooms.

2. Villa Rosa Kempiski

Villa Rosa Kempiski
Villa Rosa Kempiski

Offering the perfect fusion of European luxury and Kenyan hospitality, Villa Rosa Kempinski is a unique destination where guests can spend time relaxing or working.
In addition to the 200 rooms and suites distributed throughout its ten floors, there are exquisite dining opportunities here. Its luxury dining selection includes Cafe Villa Rosa, K Lounge –  which is its lobby lounge; Balcony Bar, Chinese Restaurant 88; Italian Restaurant LUCCA; and its Levant – style lounge and restaurant Tambourin.
The hotel also has a grand ballroom and Kempinski The Spa.
Kempinski White Glove Services has been the culture set in place to gurantee employee and client health, at all times, the world over.

3. Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

Fairmont The Norfolk
Fairmont The Norfolk

The Norfolk Hotel opened its doors on Christmas Day 1904 when the original owners, Major CGR Ringer and Robert Winearis, welcomed their first guests.

The building had a signature Tudor architectural style and was constructed in stone and a tiled roof around a quadrangle, giving it a cool environment. It was Kenya’s first true luxury hotel.
Many visitors took refuge at the Norfolk from the hot and dusty countryside surrounding Nairobi. Truly, the history of Nairobi revolves around The Norfolk.

The old railway alignment passed near The Norfolk as it snaked its way past Ainsworth Bridge towards Kirungii (Westlands). Sometimes the train would stop outside the hotel to allow important guests from upcountry to disembark.
Upon his retirement as the 26th president of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt travelled to Kenya and launched the biggest and most lavish hunting safari ever from The Norfolk. Many other rich and famous guests have patronised the hotel.

The Nofork has seen lots of history being made in Kenya, from the 1922 “Harry Thuku Incident” where enraged mob of Africans demonstrated demanding the release of Mr Thuku from police cells resulting to the deaths of many as police responded with guns to the cheer of the then colonial patrons. The road past the hotel was re-named Harry Thuku Road after Independence to commemorate this event.

The Hotel changed hands severally, to WHE Edgley in 1923 who later sold it Abraham Block in 1927, making the foundation for block Hotels dynasty over the next 60 years. Tiny Rowlands bought it in 1989 and made it part of the Lonrho Hotels conglomerate.

On the night of December 31, 1980, a bomb planted by a terrorist exploded at the hotel killing 20 and injuring 80. The hotel was extensively damaged. Renovation work commenced immediately.

The business changed hands one more time in 2004 when IFA bought the hotel and placed it under the management of the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Group.

4. Emara Ole Sereni

Emara Ole Sereni
Emara Ole Sereni

Owned by Placid View Properties, the Ole Sereni, first opened its doors in 2009, is an African themed establishment overlooking the Nairobi National Park.

The park and its wildlife have been a great selling point for the establishment, and that its extension a whole new establishment Emara Ole sereni was fast tracked.

The construction started in 2016 for the new five star hotel brought about 13 floors of structure into the sky. It has 148 rooms broken down into suites, standard rooms, apartments and a presidential suite. And to boost its conferencing facilities, the hotel has three large meeting rooms, a banquet lounge and a ballroom that can comfortably fit a dinner-style set-up of up to 500 people.

The former Ole Sereni Hotel, still a 5 star hotel, offers guest 134 exquisitely furnished, air-conditioned rooms and suites spread over three floors. Clients have a from 58 superior or 48 deluxe rooms, 26 city or park facing club rooms and 2 suites with private Jacuzzis facing the park. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV and Cabled internet.

4. Hilton Garden

Hilton Garden inn is located on Mombassa Road, at seven kilometers close proximity of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. There is a  free to and fro shuttle service. The Nairobi National Park East Gate is 9 km away, and Nairobi’s city center is 18 km away. The Great American Grill® restaurant is on hand for all your enjoyment, accompanied with a drink or snack from a convenient shop.

5. The Safari Park Hotel & Casino

The Safari Park Hotel & Casino

The Safari Park Hotel & Casino, is Nairobi’s famous resort and Africa’s largest and most exciting conference destination. It is an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Nairobi, as it blends stylishly elegant African architecture with supremely luxurious accommodation; sparkling water gardens with an inland beach and beautifully landscaped gardens, with a wide choice of international restaurants

Cosy, Colonial-style rooms have satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and patios with garden views. Suites add living areas, and tea and coffeemaking facilities; upgraded suites have kitchenettes and whirlpool baths. Up to 2 kids age 11 and under stay at no charge with a parent.

There are 8 bars and restaurants, as well as a casino, a nightclub and live shows. Other amenities include a beach, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and a spa, plus sports courts, gardens and an expansive conference centre.

The Safari Park Hotel is unique in that it has been hosting Global Training Solutions and capacity building programmes run by global management gurus such as; The Re-Imagine!
Leadership Seminar with Tom Peters, The Leadership Habits of East Africa’s Business Champions, Lead without Title with
Robin Sharma, unlocking the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid with C.K Prahalad, The Values Based Leadership
Seminar with John C. Maxwell, The Strategy Execution Seminar with Ram Charan amongst other.

Indeed “The Safari Park Hotel & Casino”  is the privileged go to destination in East Africa for influential and inspirational persons to share their knowledge, and dissipate power since “Knowledge is Power”.