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Where To Stay In Nairobi, Kenya

Where To Stay In Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi’s vibe is one that allures tourists from all over the world, perhaps after getting word of this city’s boisterous reputation. It’s no doubt that this is East Africa’s business and entertainment hub, with millions visiting to either get a piece of its bustling economy or experience its fun-loving nature. With famous attractions like Nairobi National Park, those who want to experience an African safari can do so from within the capital. Naturally, a destination that constantly welcomes visitors is bound to have a vast array of hotels and vacation rentals. If you’re planning a trip here, keep reading to find out where to stay in Nairobi, Kenya.


1. Villa Rosa Kempinski (from USD 202)

This is the perfect place to start; a lavish hotel that’s synonymous with affluence and luxury. Admittedly, Villa Rosa is for the deep-pocketed folks. In fact, former US president Barrack Obama had dinner here when he last came to Kenya. However, if your budget isn’t too tight, you might as well experience the extravagance, even if just for a day. Its location is perfect for businessmen, with just an easy 10-minute drive to Nairobi’s nerve center. If you want the full Kempinski experience, treat yourself to a meal at one of their restaurants. Lucca, a fine-dining Italian joint, is one of the best.

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2. Movenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi (from USD 152)

If you’re a frequent traveler, you might be familiar with the name Movenpick. This Swiss brand has left its footprint in Nairobi’s Westlands area, a bustling district that’s known for its lively persona. As you would expect from a highly reputed brand, Nairobi’s version of Movenpick is no different from what you would find in other cities. Its rooms are exquisitely decorated and elegantly furnished, with an option for anyone from solo travelers to families. If you desire to splurge, there’s a presidential suite that costs a tidy sum but is worth every penny you spend. Although their restaurant serves cuisines from all over the world, you ought to try out their range of African cuisines just to remind yourself that you’re on African soil.

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3. Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport (from USD 163)

This is perfect for those with a long layover in Nairobi or perhaps an early flight. Found in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport is where you head to when you first land in the city. Its proximity to the airport means you don’t have to deal with the crazy traffic, allowing you to have a drink in hand or a warm bath just minutes after landing. It’s certainly a luxurious establishment, evident from the sleek interior. And the comfort is resonated in the rooms that boast stylish furniture and fixtures. Facilities like a gym, sauna, and swimming pool are perfect if you want to blow off some steam.

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4. Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel (from USD 72)

Known locally as just Meridian Hotel, this establishment may not have the extravagance of Villa Rosa Kempinski or the affluence of Movenpick. However, it doesn’t fall short of luxury albeit at a more pocket-friendly price than the abovementioned hotels. Meridian is, indeed, a classic hotel with all the bells and whistles of a modern establishment: WiFi connectivity, televisions in the rooms, en suite bathrooms, and an on-site restaurant. It is also quite close to the heart of the city, just a walking distance from popular attractions like Kenyatta International Conference Center.

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5. Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport (from USD 138)

Another globally renowned brand, Sheraton Nairobi Airport is a great place for those on a short stay in Nairobi. With the airport terminals just a stone’s throw away, you should be settled in shortly after landing. As you would expect from the Sheraton brand, this hotel has beautiful rooms and modern amenities. They also boast a fitness center, jacuzzi, and an outdoor swimming pool. However, one of the best things about this property is the view, complemented by the large windows in all the rooms.

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6. Naisula Place (from USD 16)

From lavish hotels to a modest hostel, Naisula Place is for those on a tight budget. Despite its ‘hostel’ label, this accommodation option is actually quite homey and has a very cozy setting. The rooms are vibrant and lively, thanks to the use of multiple colors in the decor. Naisula seems unpretentious, allowing guests to let their hair down and explore Nairobi like a local. Its location places you close to the CBD, about five kilometers (three miles) away. Enjoy preparing your own meals in the shared kitchen, a place where you’ll also get to meet other travelers and make new friends.

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Vacation rentals

7. Serene and spacious apartment (from USD 35)

If you want a place all to yourself, then rent out this two-bedroom apartment that’s located in Nairobi’s Parklands area. This is a perfect place for a family or perhaps a group of friends visiting Kenya’s capital. A 15-minute drive should get you into the city center, but there are several shopping outlets and eateries located just a walking distance away. This apartment has everything you would need in a modern home. There’s a fully equipped kitchen so you can prepare your own meals. You also get free WiFi connectivity. The decor is chic and the African accents give it a unique appeal.

Green Ivy Serene & Spacious Apartment Nairobi
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
12 reviews
Entire condominium 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The kitchen is well furnished
you just feel home the minute you enter the house Its specious & comfortable
The compound where the flat is situated is not what one would expected but the flat itself is wonderfully decorated with lovely furniture designed by the host with a great attention to detail
The place is spacious and had everything you need
kitchen is well stocked in terms of utensils
and she was of great assistant
Vivian is a great host very attentive and available to any questions and requests
She is a bright beautiful and loveable person
She took so good care and made all wishes come true
well lit and so natural
The location is prime walking distance to Diamond Plaza for groceries
You just want to live there
Perfect location and clean cozy place center of everything
the flat was so quiet and peaceful Great location in the middle of parklands just a 15 minute walk to Westgate mall
Lovely place Even in the middle of busy streets and traffic
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8. Stunning apartment in Muthaiga (from USD 69)

An affluent neighborhood in Nairobi, Muthaiga is known for being the home of the well-to-do. It can also be your home away from home, in this magnificent three-bedroom apartment. Not only is the location one of the safest in Kenya’s capital, but it’s also just a short drive to the city center. If you intend on staying indoors, the luxury in the home should keep you comfortable throughout your stay. One of its best features is the glazed wall in the living area, through which you can walk out onto a balcony that offers a calming view of Muthaiga’s greenery. And if you stay here, you’ll have access to a swimming pool and gym, both of which are part of the building’s facilities.

Stunning apartment in Muthaiga, near U.N. Nairobi
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
25 reviews
Entire apartment 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Spacious and modern with large balconies and ensuites in every room
all the amenities could ask for - and
the main road in front of the apartment complex is under construction causing a good bit of noise
The place was very clean and comfortable as we previously experienced at her properties
Eleni's apartment is very spacious and comfortable I would stay here again
Place was beautiful and clean
The apartment is beautiful very safe very nicely decorated and nicely equipped
The place is clean well decorated available all amenities
the hosts were very helpful
Would definitely book again next time
We were welcomed to a spacious and exquisitely decorated 1st floor unit - complete with a fully stocked kitchen As one would expect with any gracious host Eleni and crew were quick to respond to...
The washer was very useful
all super professional and smooth Location is good and central - definitely ideal for those working in Gigiri - just be advised the road construction can make it a bit more circuitous to get to t...
The location felt safe and was minutes away from shopping restaurants and entertainment
Perfect mix between city puls and silence Perfect location and easy access to central Nairobi Interior is minimalistic and western touch
The location of the apartment is a quite distant from the main road
The jacuzzi and swimming pool are great
Good location within the city however
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9. Chic three-bedroom home (from USD 70)

Make this three-bedroom rental your home in Nairobi, the perfect accommodation for a family visiting Kenya. Kilimani’s proximity to the city center makes it an ideal location for visitors who intend to see popular attractions like Nairobi National Museum and Nairobi National Park. Nearby, there are several shopping outlets just a walking distance from the apartment. This elegant rental is a bright and welcoming space that’s equipped with all that you need in a place to stay. You’ll also get creature comforts like a flat-screen TV and WiFi connectivity.

Chic, luxurious 3-bedroom home in leafy Kilimani
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
20 reviews
Entire condominium 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The apartment is as the pictures show on Airbnb
You need to turn the hot water on by a switch and then wait an hour
warm and comfortable Wanja was always in touch to answer our queries
when our flight was delayed we were able to have a really late checkout Perfect for our 4 night stay in Nairobi
The apartment has everything you need and with ubers to get around the city
We found the property to be clean
Clean and very comfy beds
she responded very quickly to messages and when we altered our arrival time the housekeeper was waiting for us
Wanja was a wonderful host and responded very quickly to my questions
Wanja was extremely flexible and pleasant to communicate with
We arrived late and Wanja was very accomodating
Wanja was amazing with communication and met our needs as a wedding party new to the city I would highly recommend her place Very refreshing and comforting
Nice place close to many great restaurants
Wanja's place is in a good location and
The location is great and the area is very safe with a host of restaurants and bars within walking distance
Great location walking distance to a good shopping mall with supermarket
Beautiful place beautiful location everything you want and need
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10. Vibrant artist’s space (from USD 32)

It’s evident that this home belongs to an artist; there are photos and murals on the walls, which liven up the interior. Its decor is quite vibrant, and the bright splashes of color give this place a fun-loving personality. Couples will love staying here since the rental can host up to two guests. Located just 6 kilometers (3.6 miles) from the CBD, you should, ideally, take just a few minutes to enter the city center. Whether you opt to use public transport or a private cab, this rental is quite easy to access.

Big-Five One Bedroom Apartment
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
42 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The apartment was ideally located for me with a lift and thoughtful touches like tea coffee and water in the house
There's security in the apartment and neighborhood
The fitnessroom on the ground floor is a nice extra facility
the place is very pratical
Exactly as advertised and basically perfect for the reasonable rate Would stay again
very clean and beautiful space
Place was clean and very conveniently located
a wonderful host Definitely had a great experience
That shows how nice and caring she is as a host
She was responsive to my questions and was available for support
She is friendly informative and always ready to help her guests feel right at home
she arranged my early morning pick up from JKIA with a driver and allowed a flexible checkout Excellent communication is the key to a smooth stay and she was extremely swift and helpful in ensurin...
The apartment is located in a very convenient location
stay Nice location in a quiet green and safe environment
secure enticing and very well located within easy proximity to downtown and other malls
UBER taxis are a minute away and also very very cheap
Lovely place Centrally located in heart of Nairobi
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A place to call home

Kenya’s capital is certainly a vibrant place to visit, with lots to do whether you’re here on business, yearning for some time in nature, or are curious about the nightlife. With the list of places to stay above, you can explore the city knowing that you have a place to call home.

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