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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 NairobiNairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
Top guest reviewsThe kitchen is well furnishedyou just feel home the minute you enter the house Its specious & comfortableThe 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 detailThe place is spacious and had everything you needkitchen is well stocked in terms of utensils
Host:and she was of great assistantVivian is a great host very attentive and available to any questions and requestsShe is a bright beautiful and loveable personShe took so good care and made all wishes come truewell lit and so naturalRead more reviewsThe location is prime walking distance to Diamond Plaza for groceriesYou just want to live therePerfect location and clean cozy place center of everythingthe flat was so quiet and peaceful Great location in the middle of parklands just a 15 minute walk to Westgate mallLovely place Even in the middle of busy streets and traffic
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. NairobiNairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
Top guest reviewsSpacious and modern with large balconies and ensuites in every roomall the amenities could ask for - andthe main road in front of the apartment complex is under construction causing a good bit of noiseThe place was very clean and comfortable as we previously experienced at her propertiesEleni's apartment is very spacious and comfortable I would stay here againPlace was beautiful and cleanThe apartment is beautiful very safe very nicely decorated and nicely equippedThe place is clean well decorated available all amenities
Host:the hosts were very helpfulWould definitely book again next timeWe 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 usefulall 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...Read more reviewsThe location felt safe and was minutes away from shopping restaurants and entertainmentPerfect mix between city puls and silence Perfect location and easy access to central Nairobi Interior is minimalistic and western touchThe location of the apartment is a quite distant from the main roadThe jacuzzi and swimming pool are greatGood location within the city however
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 KilimaniNairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
Top guest reviewsThe apartment is as the pictures show on AirbnbYou need to turn the hot water on by a switch and then wait an hourwarm and comfortable Wanja was always in touch to answer our querieswhen our flight was delayed we were able to have a really late checkout Perfect for our 4 night stay in NairobiThe apartment has everything you need and with ubers to get around the cityWe found the property to be cleanClean and very comfy beds
Host:she responded very quickly to messages and when we altered our arrival time the housekeeper was waiting for usWanja was a wonderful host and responded very quickly to my questionsWanja was extremely flexible and pleasant to communicate withWe arrived late and Wanja was very accomodatingWanja 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 comfortingRead more reviewsNice place close to many great restaurantsWanja's place is in a good location andThe location is great and the area is very safe with a host of restaurants and bars within walking distanceGreat location walking distance to a good shopping mall with supermarketBeautiful place beautiful location everything you want and need
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 ApartmentNairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
Top guest reviewsThe apartment was ideally located for me with a lift and thoughtful touches like tea coffee and water in the houseThere's security in the apartment and neighborhoodThe fitnessroom on the ground floor is a nice extra facilitythe place is very praticalExactly as advertised and basically perfect for the reasonable rate Would stay againvery clean and beautiful spacePlace was clean and very conveniently located
Host:a wonderful host Definitely had a great experienceThat shows how nice and caring she is as a hostShe was responsive to my questions and was available for supportShe is friendly informative and always ready to help her guests feel right at homeshe 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...Read more reviewsThe apartment is located in a very convenient locationstay Nice location in a quiet green and safe environmentsecure enticing and very well located within easy proximity to downtown and other mallsUBER taxis are a minute away and also very very cheapLovely place Centrally located in heart of Nairobi
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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