Nairobi is fast consolidating its status as the nerve centre of the East African economy. The continued rising number of international and local conferences and conventions is fast changing the landscape of this city. Every time you visit Nairobi, whether it’s for the first time for a business purpose or otherwise, you can’t overlook the fast changes it is undergoing. Every time you are greeted by pleasant changes here and there.
A new business hub has emerged in the Westlands area, on the outskirts of the central business district (CBD). Parking here is much convenient due to still better management of traffic. And, you will not miss any of the attractions and services that you might have got used to in the heart of the city.
Here, you have a list of some of the prominent hotels of Nairobi that you may consider patronizing on your next business trip to Nairobi. They are truly stylish and would most certainly surpass the standards that an international business traveller’s experiences.
Very close to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will find the newly opened Crowne Plaza Hotel Nairobi. Though this five star property opened its doors to visitors just a few months ago, it’s already being counted among the perfect hotels of the country. It has an all round excellence. Advanced designs, a brilliant architecture, a breathtaking view of the city, with a courteous and smart staff that go to make an excellent experience.
Of course, being a new hotel it has all the modern amenities that guests could look forward to. All the rooms, tastefully decorated, include high-speed wireless Internet connectivity. You get a 24-hr state of the art gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool and such.
All requirements of business meetings are met with pillar less ballroom and 6 boardrooms with state of the art equipment for effective business meetings or presentations. The hotel also houses two vibrant restaurants Baraza and Sikia, which serve exquisite international cuisine. The Crowne Plaza Hotel Nairobi is away from the CBD area and tactically located in the latest Upper hill financial district.
In August 2010, another five star property opened in Westland area, and is already being recognized as the destination of Nairobi: the Sankara Nairobi hotel. This hotel offers all the modern luxuries of five star hotels with a new African flavour. It boasts of the most respected collection of modern African art.
This hotel has provision for three large multi-functional meeting rooms, a club lounge, a gym and the first Angsana spa in Eastern Africa.
And, the dining experience here is simply outstanding: every meal is a gastronomic delight developed by the top Italian executive chef, Gaetano Sgroi, whose name was linked to the Park Hyatt in Johannesburg. The Gallery deli and wine bar has on offer more than 5,000 bottles and serves up to 40 wines by the glass.
The recommended list of hotels will be incomplete unless we add the name, Palacina the Residence and Suites, perfectly located in the Central Business District, in the serene gardens of the State House Valley.
For worn out travellers who have patronized many hotel rooms, the Palacina brings a breath of fresh air, away from the traffic and noise of Nairobi.
It’s a boutique hotel with soothing neutral tones, teak woods and crisp cottons while the emphasis remains on comfort and style. You can expect all the luxuries of a five star hotel, with highly personalized service in a peaceful atmosphere and great attention to detail. The luxurious rooms are installed with both, showers and Jacuzzis tubs. The Palacina’s a’ la Carte Moonflower Restaurant serves the finest fusion of Mediterranean & Swahili cultures. It also features a live Jazz band as well as background Jazz music.