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The 5 Popular 5-Star Hotels in Nairobi

Get ready to dive into Nairobi’s top-notch luxury scene! I’ve rounded up the five hottest 5-star hotels in the city. They’ve got everything from super fancy suites to service that’s off the charts. These places are where modern comfort meets cultural vibes, making your stay in Kenya’s buzzing capital absolutely unforgettable.

Villa Rosa Kempinski

This is the most popular 5-star restaurant. Popularly known as Kempinski. Kempiski Hoteliers have been in existence since 1987 making Kempisnski 126 years old.

Kempinski in Kenya was however opened in 2013, and it has quickly become a standout in the industry for its unparalleled excellence in luxury, style, sophistication, and hospitality.

One distinguishing factor is its prime location next to a highway in the Westlands neighborhood. The prices typically range between KSh 40,000 and 45,000 on regular days.

Impressively, with over 9,000 reviews, it maintains a stellar 4.7-star rating, mainly attributed to its exceptional service, personalized attention, exquisite furnishings, decor, and remarkable views.

The hotel boasts various amenities, including an outstanding spa, a cigar lounge, multiple dining options, and an excellent location considered one of Nairobi’s most prestigious spots.

While the hotel generally delivers high-quality service, there is a markup on extras, breakfast not included in some packages, smaller rooms for the price, and external noise from the highway as minor drawbacks.

However, what truly stands out is the hotel’s stringent security measures, ensuring a safe environment with thorough inspections of packages, luggage, and vehicles, supported by police dog checks.

The property also features a gym, premium bedding, an outdoor pool, and a beautifully crafted interior with a distinct woody ambiance. Guests are provided with top-tier Kempinski-branded toiletries, contributing to the overall lavish experience.

The best thing about Kempinski is the out worldly and attentive service. Checking the reviews, there is not a single complaint on this; the staff is just the best and it truly shows.

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Mövenpick Hotel & Residences

Mövenpick is a German name for seagull, maybe that is why the logo has some sort of wings?

While being a German name, the Movenpick brand was founded in 1948 in Switzerland. The brand started as a restaurant before transitioning to hotels. Currently, the brand has numerous hotels and resorts throughout the world serving sweet Swiss hospitality.

In Kenya, the brand is Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi. It was opened on April 5, 2018.

Movenpick has over 276 rooms with around 400 parking spots while offering various accommodations like suites, apartments, penthouses, rooms, and studios.

Prices for rooms start at around ( $ 200) KSh 27,000 on regular days, making it a slightly economical choice compared to Kempinski.

Situated in the Westlands area off Parkland Road, this hotel features the renowned “The View” 360-degree panoramic revolving restaurant, two additional dining spots, and a bar—namely, Baluba for all-day dining and Kijani Bar.

Facility-wise, Mövenpick includes a pool, gym, spa, conference room, a spacious ballroom, and exhibition halls.

The pool is not heated, and the gym has cardio equipment and weights.

The Spa by Revitalize Kenya at Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Nairobi offers body and facial treatments, hair removal services, and nail treatments

The internal housekeeping department offers laundry services, room cleaning, and upkeep of public areas. There’s no specific dress code, but designated smoking zones are available, and smoking in hotel rooms is not allowed.

Room options range from Superior King to Executive with various views and apartment types like one- and two-bedroom options. The rooms with pool views tend to have higher prices.

Cancellations can be made up to 48 hours before the stay, check-in starts at 2:00 pm, while check-out is at noon.

The hotel doesn’t allow dogs or other pets on the premises. While there are no dedicated facilities for children, there is a family program available, and children are welcome, with a kid’s menu provided.

Movenpick also doesn’t offer an airport shuttle service but can arrange taxi services for an extra fee.

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Sarova Stanley

Sarova Stanley is all about its location! It’s smack dab in Nairobi’s CBD, super close to The KICC. They’ve got 210 cool rooms and suites, awesome dining spots for global eats, a fancy bar, a rooftop pool, and even top-notch meeting rooms.

Their restaurants are top-notch too! You can chow down under a huge acacia tree at Thorn Tree Café, grab some continental or Indian dishes at Pool Deck, or go for an elegant Thai meal at Thai Chi Restaurant.

Sarova Stanley Nairobi

And get this, the Exchange Bar isn’t just a place for drinks. It’s where the Nairobi Stock Exchange kicked off in 1954 – talk about history!

If you’re planning a wedding, they’ve got spots indoors and outdoors. Plus, there’s this 1902 Club Lounge with killer city views, perfect for private meetings. Oh, and they’ve got a solid 4.6-star Google rating from over 8,000 reviews!

The place is dripping in history and looks amazing inside. It’s got that old-school vibe and a ton of heritage. Seriously, a pretty cool spot right in the heart of the city!

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Fairmont The Norfolk

Fairmont The Norfolk is a total gem dating back to 1904, a real piece of Kenyan history. Think suites with a mix of colonial vibes and a separate chill-out space. It’s like Sarova Stanley’s cousin, just in a different spot, right across Nairobi CBD, close to the Nairobi National Museum and The Maasai Market.

Fairmont The Norfolk

What sets Fairmont apart is that cozy, homelike feel with beautiful gardens all around.

Picture this: 108 rooms and 17 suites surrounded by lush gardens, decked out in chocolate, cream, and caramel colors, jazzed up with cool African-inspired art.

And when it comes to rooms, they’ve got options! Think guest rooms ranging from 30 to 35 square meters – Deluxe, Deluxe Courtyard, Fairmont Room, and Deluxe Veranda.

Suites? Oh yeah, they’ve got four sizes, from 40 to 80 square meters – 1937 Suite, Signature Suites, Karura Suite, and Junior Suite.

People seem to love it too – rocking a solid 4.6 stars from over 2,500 Google reviews!

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Nairobi Serena Hotel

In the heart of Nairobi CBD, you’ve got Nairobi Serena Hotel right on Kenyatta Avenue. It’s a decent seven floors high with executive rooms, suites, clubs, and a lounge that are all designed really nicely.

And let’s talk food – they’ve nailed it! Café Maghreb is where it’s at, with a cozy vibe, wooden touches, and a mix of African and international grub served all day long.

Serena Hotel

When it comes to crashing there, they’ve got options galore: Deluxe Room, Superior Room, Executive Floor (that’s on the 7th floor, fancy!), Garden Suite, Executive Suite, Business Suite, and State Suite.

And people are loving it – with a smashing 4.7-star rating from over 5,000 visits! Prices? They kick off at around 29 to KSh30,000 per night for the rooms.

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