Hotels Around Kenya
Outspan Hotel, Nyeri (Aberdares)
Outspan is situated in the town of Nyeri in the Aberdares, it is a gracious solid and comfortable hotel set in a well tended tropical garden with rolling lawns. The 44 rooms are spacious and airy, most with fireplaces and garden access. The eight rooms in the Chania wing are wood paneled with a fireplace, balcony, satellite television and minibar.
The remaining rooms also with garden access are older in style, reminiscent of the 1920s with large bathrooms, a legacy from Colonial days.
The majority of the rooms have baths only while 11 have both a bath and a shower. Breakfast and lunch are taken on a wide veranda with views of Mount Kenya. In the evening dinner is served in a baronial style dining room complete with parquet floors, Chippendale chairs and white linen. The furnishings and fabrics in the comfortable lounges and public rooms are particularly tasteful.
After lunch you can visit the Kikuyu Village in the grounds of the hotel where authentically dressed Kikuyus perform traditional dances and songs. There is a bird walk at 7am and a river walk at 10am that should not be missed. Your guide will identify the flora that grows on the banks of the Chania River, the highlights of which are the massive five hundred year old Mugumo Tree and a waterfall gorge where the river squeezes between black rocks.
Within the 30 acres of the Outspan there is a swimming pool, squash and tennis courts and a snooker room. In addition guests are welcome to use the challenging 18-hole Nyeri Golf Course next door to the hotel. The two conference rooms each take 70 delegates comfortably and make an ideal venue for meetings. Excursions such as visits to a coffee farm and the nearby Chania Falls, fishing expeditions to Lake Naivasha and Lake Nukuru or game drives in the Salient, Solio and Samburu game parks can be arranged at an additional cost. With a round or two of golf and a visit to nearby Treetops, the Outspan is a very special country hotel.
The Landmark Hotel, Nairobi
The Landmark is a well-equipped comfortable garden hotel in the heart of the Westland's, a suburb of Nairobi. Its location avoids the noise and bustle of the city yet the charms and attractions of the city remain accessible. This is an ideal hotel for visiting business people, for a conference, or as a Nairobi base for your safari. Rooms are quiet and tastefully furnished.
The central ceiling fan and satellite television are welcome features. Best of all each room has a proper workspace with desk and chair for writing and an electric socket for a laptop. A comprehensive business centre is equipped with conference facilities, laser printer, photocopier, fax, e-mail and telephone. Direct dial telephones are also available in the rooms. A secretarial service can handle everything from the internet to binding a document.
The elegant and spacious Safari Bar looks out over the swimming pool and shaded garden area for sipping sundowners. The Gazebo Banda, alongside the pool can host a banquet, product launch or a cocktail party for up to 400 guests, while the Pizza Garden is popular for wedding receptions. One of Nairobi's best-kept secrets is the particularly attractive Safari Café, a light airy restaurant designed in pavilion style. At lunchtime there is a choice of buffet or an extensive a la carte menu.
At night it is elegant with comfortable wicker chairs, a lofty wood paneled ceiling, flowers and candles on the tables. You can dine here a la carte or choose a three course set menu. The Landmark is particularly well equipped for a conference from four to 70 people. The Jacaranda Room holds 25 delegates in board room-style and 40 delegates in theatre-style. The Palm Room takes 50 to 70 people respectively. A full range of audio-visual aids is provided and further additions to the conference facilities are planned.
Nairobi Hilton, Nairobi
Nairobi Hilton is located in the central business and shopping area of Nairobi, well situated for access to the Nairobi National Park, the Great Rift Valley and other places of interest. The hotel is situated 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. There are 302 rooms each having an en suite bathroom with bath and shower, air-conditioning, safe, TV, telephone, mini bar and hairdryer. The public facilities include four restaurants, a pub, a coffee shop, a hair and beauty salon, an outdoor heated swimming pool and a health club with a gymnasium, jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath.
The hotel also offers massage therapy. The ballroom and meeting rooms can host up to 500 people and a wide range of conference facilities and business service centre are available. Being situated in the heart of Nairobi, the Nairobi Hilton can arrange, at additional cost, excursions to places of interest. These include access to the Royal Nairobi Golf Club and visits to the National Reserves, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum, the giraffe Park and Snake Park and to a variety of shops.
Mayfair Court Holiday Inn, Nairobi
The Mayfair Court Holiday Inn is set in 12 acres of lush, landscaped gardens and only 25 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. All 171 guest rooms have colour TV, radio, telephone, tea / coffee making facilities and an en suite bathroom with both bath and shower facilities. There are selected bedrooms for non-smokers. The hotel has rooms specifically designed fot physically handicapped guests. Executive rooms have a private patio overlooking the gardens, mini bar, trouser press and modem access point. The hotel has two restaurants and two cocktail bars.
For conferences and meetings there is a syndicate room and three meeting rooms, which can accommodate groups from 20 to 350. The meeting rooms are fully equipped and the Business Centre provides essential business services. Mayfair Court Holiday Inn offers free secure parking and has, a gift shop, safari boutique, beautician, hairdresser and the Mayfair Casino Club. A sundeck, two outdoor swimming pools and a fully equipped fitness room provide additional opportunities for relaxation. Activities at an additional cost include visits to the nearby National Museum, an 18-hole golf course or the National Game Park, for game drives and big five game viewing.
Situated in the heart of Nairobi's central business and shopping area and only 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Inter-Continental is ideal for both business and pleasure. The hotel overlooks the city's Uhuru Park. The hotel's 385 guest rooms and suites offer spacious accommodation and all have air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms with showers, TV, direct dial telephones and modem link up. Accommodation ranges from superior and deluxe standard rooms to superior and deluxe suites, executive suites and a Presidential suite. There are a number of rooms that have been allocated specifically for non-smokers and the physically handicapped.
The hotel has reserved one floor as the Club Inter-Continental Floor, it includes 30 standard club rooms, one suite and a club lounge where guests can enjoy a private check-in, complimentary breakfast buffet and all day refreshments. The private business centre and secretarial services are available to the guests of the club floor, as well as complimentary access to the health club.
Other facilities in the hotel include three restaurants which range from a casual lobby café to a formal, fine dining room, a bar, a fitness centre with a wide selection of equipment and a jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a jogging track, and nearby golf course. The hotel has four conference and meeting rooms that cater for up to 650 delegates. They are fully equipped with audio-visual equipment and delegates have the use of a business centre and secretarial services.
Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi
The Norfolk Hotel is one of Nairobi's oldest hotels, opened on Christmas Day of 1904. It is situated in the heart of Nairobi a short distance from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and from Nairobi's main business and shopping district. The Norfolk comprises of 81 standard rooms, 22 suites, 55 deluxe and nine executive and deluxe suites. All rooms have an en suite bathroom with bath and shower, a mini bar, TV and radio, direct dial telephone and air-conditioning.
The hotel has five restaurants and three bars, a swimming pool, a hair and beauty salon, shops and news stands and a health club with a fully equipped gym, saunas, steam rooms, aerobics classes and massage therapy. The Norfolk offers a choice of five air-conditioned conference rooms that can accommodate between 24 and 255 delegates. A full range of audio-visual presentation equipment is available as well as comprehensive secretarial and business service, with e-mail and web browsing facilities. Long established as the starting point for safaris beyond the capital, trained and knowledgeable staff at the Norfolk can advise and arrange a wealth and variety of sightseeing trips and safaris. Older than the London Ritz and younger than The Savoy, no other hotel in Kenya has as rich a history as the Norfolk Hotel.
The Stanley, Nairobi
Situated in the heart of Nairobi's city centre and only 20 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, The Stanley is one of Nairobi's oldest hotels being opened in 1902. The spacious foyer, with it's marble floors, leather furniture, and antique brass and wrought iron fittings, recalls a graceful era of fine furnishings, grand living and Victorian elegance. The luxurious rooms blend Victorian grandeur and comfort with all the amenities of the 21st century. There are 217 rooms in total, all of which have air-conditioning, direct dial telephones, direct e-mail access, a safe, mini bar, TV, en suite bathroom with bath and shower facilities and a hairdryer.
The Club Rooms, the most spacious rooms in the hotel, offer pure indulgence such, luxury bathrobes and slippers, deluxe toiletries and daily room courtesies. The expansive Executive rooms have spacious bedrooms, walk-in wardrobes, en suite lounges and two bathrooms. The upper floors offer new heights of luxury in the lavish Presidential, Penthouse and State suites.
The hotel's facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, three restaurants, a bar, a curio shop, travel agency, Newspaper stand, gift shop and chemist. The fully equipped health club has qualified instructors, cardio vascular equipment and free weights, aerobics classes, saunas and steam rooms. There are nine function rooms with conference, banquet and reception facilities for up to 400 people. A fully equipped business centre with all office and secretarial services is also available.
Nairobi Serena, Nairobi
Nairobi Serena Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Nairobi's Central Park, shaded by jacaranda, bougainvillea and acacia trees. The tranquil setting belies the location which is just moments from most city attractions, including art and cultural institutions, shopping, nightlife and entertainment, and conveniently near to local game reserves. The hotel has two restaurants, a bar, a swimming pool, massage therapy, a health club and access to a nearby golf club. There is 24-hour room service, a business centre and conference facilities for between 18 and 140 delegates.
The hotel offers 190 air-conditioned rooms, including seven suites and one state suite. The room interiors are inspired by Pan African design themes and furnished with intricate timberwork. All rooms have air-conditioning, an en suite bathroom, shaving outlet and mirror, hairdryer, writing desk and fully stocked mini bar. Views from the rooms are of Central Park to the east and to the west, acacia groves and lush gardens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Nairobi Serena Hotel offers exceptional standards of accommodation, service, cuisine and amenities. As such it is the natural choice of corporate executives conducting business in Nairobi or luxury adventure travelers en route to safari.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi suburbs
Giraffe Manor was built in 1932 and is situated on 120 acres of forested land just eight miles out of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville bought the house and the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W) was founded. The new owners of the house translocated five babies of the highly endangered Rothschild's giraffe and began, for the fist time in history, to breed them successfully. When Jock died the old colonial style house was opened to the public as Giraffe Manor. The house consists of a dining room, bar and lounge.
There are five bedrooms, four of which have en suite bathrooms and guests can chose between double and twin beds. The Rothschild's giraffes casually wonder around the grounds of Giraffe Manor, sometimes accompanied by warthogs, guests are invited to feed them and take photographs. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife has a visitors centre on the same property, it main aim is to educate people, primarily school children, about animals and the environment. This centre is separate from the Manor and day visitors do not go near the house although guests from the house are welcome to visit the centre.
Windsor Golf & Country Club, outskirts of Nairobi
A mere 15-minute drive from Nairobi's city centre in a peaceful, rural setting is the Windsor Golf Club. On a clear day the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya can be seen to the north. The Windsor Golf and Country Club is an ideal golfing and conference destination as well as a base for a Kenyan safari. The Country Room is the main dining area where all meals are served, but other venues include the Conservatory by the poolside and the elegant Windsor Room. A variety of indoor and outdoor venues are available for cocktails, conferences and banquets. There are 130 rooms available in three types of accommodation; the deluxe rooms, studio suites and cottages.
All rooms overlook the golf course and have a TV, safe, 24-hour room service and a spacious en suite bathroom with a shower. The championship golf course threads it's way through coffee farms and indigenous forests, it boasts lush springy fairways, fast greens and a sprinkling of attractive water hazards. The bird life is abundant, and even for the non-golfers, the course is worth the walk. In addition to golf the resort offers a variety of shops and boutiques, a swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness and health centre, five tennis courts and two squash courts. A shuttle service is available to take guests to the city should they wish.
Whitesands, Mombasa North Coast
Whitesands is situated on the north of Mombasa amidst the swaying palms and fragrant frangipani trees. The public area of the resort has been influenced by Arabic architecture and has four restaurants, four bars, a discotheque, a games room, a variety of shops and a hairdressing salon. Conference facilities are available for up to 400 delegates. The resort has 332 bedrooms, two presidential suites and six luxury suites. All rooms have an en suite bathroom and shower, private balcony, direct dial telephone, air-conditioning, mosquito net and an in room safe.
There are 70 deluxe superior rooms and two presidential suites with satellite TV. Recreational facilities include a fully equipped health club, water sports such as surfing, snorkeling, swimming pools and waterslides, four floodlit tennis courts, video shows and table tennis. Scuba diving and deep-sea fishing can be arranged at an additional cost. The animation team arranges team activities such as volleyball and water polo. Golf is available nearby. The open-air amphitheater showcases traditional dancers, variety shows, special events on request and live bands.
Mombasa Serena, Mombasa North Coast
With the shimmering beaches and waters of the Indian Ocean stretching before it and set amidst beautiful, bougainvillea-filled gardens and shaded by gently swaying palm trees, the Mombasa Serena represents the ultimate escape. The resort subtly integrates indigenous design and materials with the highest standards of modern hospitality. It is a proud member of Leading Hotels of the World. Mombasa Serena offers a choice of three restaurants and three bars, a disco and a TV and video room. Then for the more energetic, a large outdoor swimming pool, four floodlit tennis courts, two squash courts, a table tennis and pool table, a volleyball court and a daily aerobics class.
The resort has a total of 166 guest rooms, which are divided into Village rooms, Garden rooms, triple rooms, junior suites and luxury suites. All of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, a telephone, a TV with two radio channels, a hair dryer, mini bar, safe on request and bathrobes. The resort also offers telex, fax and cable communication, secretarial services, 24-hour taxi service, babysitting, a courtesy shuttle to the airport and back, 24-hour room service and four boutiques/gift shops.
The Mombasa Serena can cater for conferences and seminars for up to 25 delegates, a fully equipped conference room is available as well as the use of business/secretarial services. Excursions can be arranged at an extra charge to destinations such as Mombasa town, Fort Jesus, Malind, Tsavo and Shimba hills or any of the nearby Game Reserves and National Parks.
Voyager Beach Club, Mombasa North Coast
Situated 7km (4.3 miles) north of the coastal capital of Mombasa, the Voyager Beach Club is set on the powder white sands of Silver Beach. Hidden in the shade of swaying palms and touched by the warm Indian Ocean, the Voyager Beach Club has been designed with escapism, excitement and entertainment in mind. There are three restaurants to choose from; the main dining room referred to as the Dhow Room, the Cave Restaurant, a small à la carte restaurant and The Deck Restaurant serving Italian cuisine. Adjacent to the reception is the Lamu Lounge and not far from that are the Captain Hook's Coffee Bar and Cyber Café.
The resort also has four bars, three swimming pools, a beauty salon, a fitness centre, a shopping mall, games rooms, tennis courts and babysitting. There are 240 twin cabins of which 130 look directly onto the beach while the remainder enjoy green views of the pools and gardens. Families can be accommodated in eight inter-leading rooms. All of the rooms have an en suite bathroom with shower only facilities, air conditioning, a mosquito net if requested, a TV and private verandah. A safe and mini bar can be rented on a per night basis. The suites have a ceiling fan, TV, mini bar, safe and private lounge. The more active and adventurous guests can indulge in a variety of water sports including, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, peddle-boating, jet skiing and at an additional cost scuba diving and deep-sea fishing.
Kipungani Bay, Lamu Island
Kipungani Bay Lamu is situated at the end of a 12km (7.4 miles) crescent beach on the southwestern tip of Lamu Island. Directly across the bay is mainland Kenya. The main building houses the dining room and bar area. The gardens are attractive and there is salt-water swimming pool. There is a large banda off the main pathway, which houses the gift shop and office. There are 15 bandas scattered in front of 25 acres of coconut plantation. The walls of the bandas are made of mikeka and the roof of makuki, all woven by the local villagers of the nearby Kipungani and Matondoni. The bandas are simply furnished with comfortable sun lounges on the private verandah, a mosquito net and an en suite bathroom with a cold water shower. The resort offers sunset Dhow cruises, creek and reef fishing, snorkeling and skiing.
Peponi Hotel, Lamu Island
Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic island of Lamu, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya. The island is very simple and way behind with regard to the modern world, for example no cars exist on the island and the narrow streets are just enough the let one fully laden donkey past. The dining area is as flexible as the time at which it is served, there is an indoor dining room and terrace but guests may eat outside at the grill where they can bury their feet into the soft white sand.
There are a total of 24 rooms at Peponi, are divided into superior and standard. All rooms have ocean views. The location, size, private outdoor area and furnishings of the superior rooms differentiate them from the standard rooms. All of the rooms have a unique is design and come complete with overhead fans, mosquito nets, fresh flowers, a safe and an en suite bathroom with shower only facilities. The resort has plenty to offer including water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, speedboat charters and deep-sea fishing.
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