A Member of the “Leading Hotels of the World” Location Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel stands in the city centre, immediately adjacent to the Kenyan National Theatre. Along with the Stanley Hotel, it is one of Nairobi’s oldest and most famous hotels.
This Nairobi (capital city) hotel is within easy reach of the city centre, international airport, central business district and other city hotels. The hotel accommodation makes the ideal base for a Nairobi holiday or start out to a Kenya safari. For more information on hotel booking, hotel accommodation and Nairobi hotels, please contact us.
Ambiance One of the great historic hotels of the world, and one of the acknowledged ’sights’ of Nairobi, the Norfolk is a Kenyan institution that has to be experienced. The exterior, which has changed little since the colonial era, features half-timbered mock Tudor black and white walls, covered in vines and creepers, a miniature bell tower and a taxi rank where old-style London black caps queue for business. A feature on Nairobi’s landscape since it opened on Christmas Day 1904, the hotel has featured in most of the many books and films about Kenya, and entertained such historic figures as Lord Delamere, Theodore Roosevelt and Karen Blixen. Recently exquisitely refurbished, the interior features an eccentric mix of cane chairs, sumptuous sofas, gleaming antiques, original black-and-white prints and massive oil paintings. Background The Norfolk began life as a tin shack in a temporary camp at the farthest point of the ’Lunatic Line’, the railway buit to link Mombasa to Uganda. The ’only place to stay’ for incoming colonials, it rapidly expanded to become ’the only place to see and be seen’. Once owned by one of Kenya’s best-known families, the Blocks, it has recently been taken over by the Fairmont chain, and is also a member of the ’Leading Hotels of the World’.
Accommodation This atmospheric and beautifully appointed hotel offers an unnusually wide selection of rooms, ranging from opulent suites to cosy cottage-style rooms set around a central garden courtyard, which features such quirky points of interest as a selection of antique cars from the colonial period. Specifically the hotel offers 167 rooms dived as follows: • Acacia Wing 44 rooms of which 35 deluxe rooms (10 double-bedded and 25 twins), 5 double-bedded ensuite executive suites each with a lounge area and bathroom, and 4 ensuite double-bedded Deluxe suites each with sitting room, extra bathroom, and dressing room. • Karura Wing 26 standard rooms comprising 23 twin-bedded standard rooms and 3 double-bedded standard rooms. • Delamere Wing 44 standard rooms of which 35 twin-bedded, 9 double-bedded. Of the 44, there are 8 pairs (16 rooms) of inter-connecting rooms, 15 of which are twin-bedded and 1 is double-bedded. • Kijabe Wing 18 rooms, of which 6 are standard rooms and 12 studio suites) All double-bedded • 1937 Block : 8 standard rooms. All double-bedded • Mugumo Wing 27 rooms of which: 7 split-levelled duplex suites, 2 of which are double-bedded and 5 twin-bedded. 20 Deluxe rooms, of which 7 double-bedded and 13 twin-bedded All rooms have: Air conditioning, Satellite television, Mini-bar, Hairdryers, porters, valet service and 24-hour room service.
Dining and bars Dining options at the Norfolk range from the famous Lord Delamere Terrace and Bar, which dates back to the original colonial hotel and is famous for the series of mad exploits that took place there – notably sundry members of the aristocracy riding their horses into the bar, shooting out the lights – and other such exuberant events. From this terrace, guests can see and be seen, plus take breakfast, lunch, supper or an excellent coffee. The Ibis Restaurant, which is one of Nairobi’s most highly-rated a la carte restaurants, looks out over the central garden courtyard and boasts a world-class menu and regular internationally themed events. The Poolside restaurant is light, airy and spacious and offers a range of excellent light but stylish options. The hotel also offers a charmingly presented central bar area, which features numerous antiques, and original oil paintings. Conference and event facilities The Norfolk is one of Nairobi’s most popular conference and meeting venues. It offers an elegant ballroom with its own terrace and washroom facilities plus a number of equally tastefully presented function rooms and dedicated garden patio areas. The banqueting competence of the hotel has been proven many times over. There is also a Business Centre with wireless internet connectivity available all over the hotel.
Weddings and honeymoons For a stylish ’Out of Africa’ wedding in the centre of town, yet with numerous charming photo-settings, the Norfolk is hard to beat. Receptions can be staged in the elegant ballroom, in the grounds, around the pool or in the delightful Ibis Restaurant.
Child-friendly Children are welcome, the hotel also offers the option of family rooms, children’s meals, cots and babysitting.
What to see and do The hotel is ideally placed for visits to Nairobi’s many attractions, such as; The Railway Museum, Nairobi National Park, the Central Market, The Kenyatta Conference Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum.
Other attractions The hotel has an excellent health centre with gymnasium, sauna, steam room, aerobic studio (daily classes) and a heated swimming pool. The hotel also offers its own hair-dressing salon and a selection of stylish boutiques. Unlike many other city hotels, the Norfolk offers its own secure car park.
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