| A number of rhinos have been moved to the park from other parts of the country, but
Nairobi National Park still can't claim to be a Big
Five park, as there are no elephants.
The park isn't teeming with animals, and its quality as a game viewing area cannot be
compared with Kenyan prime parks such as Masai Mara.
If you have half a day or a day to spend in Nairobi, you may enjoy a tour to the park.
It has relatively few visitors during the weeks, while weekends can be crowded.
Lodges and hotels
You may stay anywhere in Nairobi, as the park is just outside the city.
Sarova Stanley is a high standard hotel in central Nairobi. It has 200 rooms,
ranging from deluxe to presidential suites. There are three restaurants, a bar,
swimming pool, conference and function rooms, gym, spa, massage etc.
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Web site: www.sarovahotels.com
Serena Hotel has high standard, and is situated in a central yet quiet part of Nairobi, not
far from the city centre. There are 180 rooms, of which 20 are different types of suites. The hotel
has a 25 m/80 ft swimming pool, two bars and two restaurants, one of the latter very ambitious.
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Hotel is a hotel in a quiet suburb area overlooking Nairobi. There are some 150 rooms and 50
apartments, two restaurants, bars, a garden pool, conference facilities etc. The hotel is 20 km/12
mi from Nairobi's international airport.
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Fairview Hotel is not far from Nairobi's city
centre. It has 103 rooms with ensuite bathroom, satellite television, safe and
mini bar. There are three restaurants, bar, first class lounge, business centre
and conference facilities, wireless internet, gym, sports television room, swimming
pool, and security camera monitoring.
Web site: www.fairviewkenya.com
Hilton Nairobi is a large hotel in a central location in Nairobi.
It has close to 300 rooms, ranging from standard rooms to suites. The hotel describes
its rooms as 'contemporary'. They may have been a long time ago, but are now rather
traditional hotel rooms, as to interior design. There are four restaurants, a
pub, lounge, swimming pool, beauty salon, fitness centre, conference facilities,
gift shop, and currency exchange.
Web site: www.hilton.com
The Norfolk Hotel may be the most traditional hotel in Nairobi; it's 100+
years old, close to as old as the city itself. It is set not too far from the
city centre. The Norfolk has 168 rooms with plush carpeting, satellite television,
air conditioning, etc. There are six restaurants, bar and lounge, business centre,
conference facilities, car rental, currency exchange, garden, and heated swimming
Web site: www.fairmont.com
The Panari Hotel is situated in the outskirts of Nairobi, along
the road from the city to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK). It's
a convenient location for stays in connection to international flights. Panari
is new, has a modern design and offers good standard. The hotel has 137 air-conditioned
rooms (including suites) with satellite television, safe, phone and Internet.
There is a restaurant and bars, indoors swimming pool, fitness centre, business
centre, and conference facilities.
Web site: www.panarihotels.com
Nairobi is a large hotel in central Nairobi. It has close to 400 rooms (including
suites), and was recently renovated. All rooms have ensuite bathroom and the normal
facilities for a good hotel. There are three restaurants, bar, health and fitness
centre, shops, swimming pool, casino, business centre, meeting room, and currency
Web site: www.ichotelsgroup.com
Inn Nairobi (former Mayfair Court Hotel) is set some 4 km/2.5 mi north of
the city centre. The hotel has 171 rooms, two restaurants, bar and poolside bar,
fitness centre, swimming pool, beauty salon, gift shop, and business centre.
Court Hotel is a tourist class hotel just outside Nairobi's city centre. It
has 85 rooms, all with ensuite bathroom, satellite television, phone, and balcony.
The hotel has two restaurants, sports bar, rooftop swimming pool, gym, conference
facilities, and business centre.
Web site: www.meridianhotelkenya.com
La Mada is set in forest vegetation near the Karura forest some 10 km/6 mi
north-east of the city centre. The hotel has 35 rooms (including four suites),
restaurant, lounge and bar, conference facilities, business centre, gift shop,
and swimming pool.
Web site: www.madahotels.com
The Oakwood Hotel is a small hotel in central Nairobi. It has 20
self-contained rooms, all with ensuite bathroom, television, safe and phone. There
is a restaurant and a bar. The hotel's interiors are dominated by its oakwood
Web site: www.madahotels.com
Six Eighty Hotel is a tourist class hotel in central Nairobi. No
frills, really, but a good location. It has 340 rooms, all with satellite television,
safe, and phone. One floor has non-smoking rooms only. There are dining facilities,
shops, and conference facilities.
Web site: www.sentrim-hotels.com
Boulevard is not very far from the city centre of Nairobi. The hotel has 70
rooms with ensuite bathroom, satellite television, safe, Internet, phone, and
a balcony with garden or pool view. There is a restaurant, three bars, conference
facilities, and a swimming pool.
Web site: www.sentrim-hotels.com
Regency Hotel is a luxury hotel in central Nairobi, facing Central Park. The
hotel has 194 rooms (including suites), all with ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning,
safe, phone, satellite television, and Internet. There are restaurants, bar, gym,
heated swimming pool, casino, business centre, meeting rooms, shops, and fitness
Web site: www.laicohotels.com
Safari Club in central Nairobi is a fairly new hotel. It has 146 suites (with
ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, safe, satellite television, etc), restaurants,
bar, swimming pool, fitness centre, conference facilities, business centre, currency
exchange, and gift shop.
Web site: www.nairobisafariclub.com
The Village Market Hotel is a modern hotel in Gigiri, an area favoured
by embassies, diplomats and humanitarian workers, situated north of the city centre.
The hotel is set next to The Village Market, the most up-market shopping centre
in Nairobi. The style is contemporary. The hotel has 142 rooms (including suites),
all with open plan bathroom, wireless Internet, large LCD TV, and phones. There
is restaurant, bar, conference facilities, spa, and gift shop. The shopping complex
next door offers further facilities.
Web site: www.africanpridehotels.com
Golf Hotel & Country Club is a hotel in Victorian countryside style, not
very far from central Nairobi. It has 130 rooms in the main buildings and in cottages.
The rooms are elegant, and overlook the hotel's 18-hole championship golf course.
There are two restaurants, three bars, conference facilities, health club, swimming
pool and baby pool, tennis courts, squash courts, and horse riding.
Park Hotel & Casino is a resort style hotel some 15 minutes from central
Nairobi. It has 204 rooms (including suites), all with ensuite bathroom, private
balcony, mini bar, safe and satellite television. There are five restaurants,
conference facilities, disco, piano bars, dance performances, fitness club, tennis
courts, squash courts, jogging tracks, and swimming pool.
Web site: www.safaripark-hotel.com
Giraffe Manor is a former private home outside Nairobi that is now open for
guests. It is known for its tame Rothschild giraffes.
The Giraffe Manor has six guest rooms, and offers home stay style accommodation
in an elegant countryside manor house.
Web site: www.giraffemanor.com
Springs Hotel is a good 161-room mid-range hotel not too far north of Nairobi's
city centre. The standard rooms have ensuite bathroom, satellite television, and
wireless Internet, while superior rooms and suites have additional facilities.
The hotel has restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym and spa, conference rooms,
business centre, and gift shop.
Web site: www.silversprings-hotel.com
Luxury Homes is north of the city centre, offering stays in apartments and
good standard. All apartments have kitchen, bathroom with jacuzzi, lounge, and
LCD TV. There is a clubhouse, a gym and spa, and swimming pool.
Hotel is a garden hotel situated in the Westlands suburb north of Nairobi's
city centre. It has 121 rooms, all with ensuite bathroom, ceiling fan, satellite
television, and phone. There is a restaurant, bar, Swimming pool, health club,
business centre, and conference facilities.
Blixen Cottages (part of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Restaurant and Cottages)
are situated in Karen, a quiet suburb of Nairobi some 30 km/20 mi south-west of
the city centre. The cottages are set in a large formal garden, and can accommodate
up to 30 guests. It's not far from Wilson Airport, from where safari flights from
Nairobi depart, or from Nairobi National Park. Guests
have access to the golf, tennis and pool facilities of Karen Country and Golf
Web site: www.blixencoffeegarden.co.ke
House is a lodge set in the same area as Karen Blixen Cottages, overlooking
the Ngong Hills. It is a former hunter's home that has been extended to a lodge,
and now offers accommodation in spacious tree houses, cottages, a log cabin, and
in a suite in the main house. All in all, there are rooms for 24 guests, and a
pleasant mix of African and contemporary style. The lodge has restaurant, bar,
a number of fireplaces and a garden swimming pool. There is also a boutique by
fashion designer Penny Winter.
Web site: www.ngonghouse.com
of Waine is a former private home in the Karen suburb of Nairobi that has
been transformed into a stylish guesthouse. The house has 11 individually styled
bedrooms, all with ensuite marble bathroom, satellite television, phone, mini
bar, safe, and Internet. There is a dining room (meals are also served in other
parts of the premises), a bar, a pool bar, heated swimming pool, and a garden.
House is a small guesthouse in Karen, offering quiet lush surroundings and
good comfort. It has six bedrooms, lounges with fireplaces, restaurant, bar, swimming
pool, and boardroom.
Web site: www.macushla.biz
Hotel is 8 km/5 mi from Nairobi's city centre. It acts as a practical training
unit for students at the Kenya Utalii College, i.e. a hotel and tourism college.
It is a tourist class hotel with 57 rooms, all with television, air-conditioning,
phone, and safe. The hotel has restaurant, coffee shop, two bars, conference rooms,
business centre, gift shop, swimming pool, and tennis.
Web site: www.utalii.co.ke
Gardens is a basic tourist class hotel just north of the city centre. It has
87 rooms with ensuite bathroom, satellite television and phone. There is a restaurant,
a bar, and a business centre.
Web site: www.theolivegardens.com
Hotel is a basic tourist class hotel in a central location in Nairobi. There
are 35 rooms with satellite television and Internet, restaurant, meeting room,
and a next-door shopping mall. Alcohol is not served in the hotel.
Heron Hotel is a basic tourist class hotel situated outside the city centre.
It is undergoing renovations (2008) that should improve the standards.
Masai Lodge. A lodge
outside the southern park border.