Scoring a Suite at Hilton Nairobi

A fter being on safari for four days, eating remarkably well and seeing such animals as cheetahs, lions, baboonselephants, giraffes, zebrasrhinoceroses, monkeys, birds, African buffalo and other animals, I had one night left to spend in Kenya; so I chose to stay at the Hilton Nairobi hotel property to wind down and relax before my flights back to the United States via Amsterdam.

Location and Arrival

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The Hilton Nairobi is located in the central business district of the bustling city; but the hotel property is under tight security — including concrete barriers surrounding the property; and scanners at the front entrance of the hotel similar to those found at airports located.

Hilton Nairobi

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Once past the scanners and security, I entered the spacious lobby.

Hilton Nairobi

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Off to the right of the lobby is the grand staircase…

Hilton Nairobi

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…and underneath the grand staircase is a shop used as a travel agency.

The Suite

I was upgraded to a suite at no extra cost, which was a very nice surprise.

Hilton Nairobi

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When I arrived at my room — excuse me, suite — I opened the door at the entrance to the hallway inside, of which I present three views.

Hilton Nairobi

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There was one flat-screen television which swiveled between the living area and the bedroom of the suite.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I did not use the mini-bar underneath the television in the living area of the suite.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The hallway is on the right, with a view of the living area from the bedroom area.

Hilton Nairobi

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On the left is the view of the living area from the bedroom; while on the right is the hallway with the entrance to the guest bathroom on the right.

Hilton Nairobi

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On the left is the desk in the living area with assorted cookies, coffee and tea; and on the right are a bouquet of red roses with two complimentary bottles of water on a nightstand next to the bed in the bedroom area.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A wicker basket was stuffed with assorted teas and coffee — along with sweeteners and other items.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Along with the coffee and tea were assorted cookies wrapped in cellophane which awaited my arrival on a tray.

Hilton Nairobi

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The coffee table was in the living area in the suite.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Also awaiting my arrival on the coffee table in the suite was a plate of fruit — including two apples, a banana and a tamarillo, which is also known as a tree tomato.

Hilton Nairobi

Photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

There was plenty of space to store luggage and other belongings; and two robes were available in the closet off of the hallway.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The bed was comfortable. I slept well in it.

Two Bathrooms

Hilton Nairobi

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On the left is the bathtub and shower area of the master bathroom — the entrance of which is located in the bedroom area of the suite — while on the right is the toilet area.

Hilton Nairobi

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The master bathroom was stocked with assorted amenities — including soap, shampoo, conditioner, a deluxe shower cap, body wash with microbeads, a shoe mitt, and a deluxe loofah.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This is how the bathroom amenities were originally arranged.

Hilton Nairobi

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There were two large folded towels on a shelf in the shower area of the bathroom.

Hilton Nairobi

Photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

On the left is the toilet area of the guest bathroom; while on the right is the sink and vanity with the bathtub and shower in the background.

Swimming Pool Area

The heated outdoor swimming pool is part of the spa and health club of the hotel property. I did not visit the spa and health club itself; nor did I visit the fitness center.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Tables and chairs of the dining area is located at poolside.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A fully-stocked bar under a canopy is located near the swimming pool.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

After I took a photograph of the swimming pool itself, I was approached by a security guard who asked if I was a guest at the hotel. I thought that was a little strange, as the swimming pool is not located on the ground floor of the hotel property; so someone would have to successfully bypass the strict security to get to the swimming pool. He turned out to be nice; and we had a chat about security itself, as the hotel has had its fair share of security scares in the past.

Views From the Suite

Hilton Nairobi

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As Hilton Nairobi is one of the taller buildings in the city, the suite offered some great views.

Hilton Nairobi

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There were views of parts of the city overall.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This scene is late afternoon in Nairobi.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This view of Kimathi Street on the left is towards the northwest.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This view is facing north-northwest from the hotel.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This is another view of City-Hall Way facing southwest from the hotel suite.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This view is facing south-southwest of the Hilton Nairobi.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The Kenyatta International Conference Centre — located on the right side of the photograph — is the fourth tallest building in Nairobi.

Hilton Nairobi

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The building in the foreground is Kencom House.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

One view of the sunset…

Hilton Nairobi

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…and another view of the sunset a few minutes later.

Hilton Nairobi

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…and yet another view of the sunset a few minutes later.

Hilton Nairobi

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Nairobi at night.

Hilton Nairobi

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Shortly after I awoke the next morning, I looked out one of the windows of the suite.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The sun rises over Nairobi in the morning.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Kimathi Street is darkened by the shadows of the buildings because of the rising sun.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The blue building in the center of the photograph in the background is the I&M Bank Tower, which is the seventh tallest building in Nairobi.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Just off to the left of the center of the photograph in the background are the Teleposta Towers — one of which is the third tallest building in Nairobi.

Executive Lounge

Hilton Nairobi

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The entrance to the executive lounge is indicated by the glass French doors on the right of the photograph.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Upon walking in, the food is located to the right.

Hilton Nairobi

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To the left was the area in which to relax — complete with a television.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Much of the time of which I was in the executive lounge, I was the only person in it; and because of that, I received personalized attention from whomever was the attendant for the executive lounge at the time — but only when I wanted or requested it.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

During the day, there is a limited assortment of food available on which to snack as well as cold drinks — but there were plenty of them.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I am not sure as to what was on the left — nor did I ever definitively know what the bacon was wrapping in the center — but the spring rolls on the right were delicious.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You can create your own bruschetta on the right; or simply select from three different cheeses on the left.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Desserts included a chocolate brownie and a custard with sprigs of fresh mint.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

My plate has a sampling of some of the food items available in the evening — and I especially liked the Coca-Cola made with real sugar in glass bottles.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This is view of one half of the overall food area of the executive lounge during breakfast the next morning.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This view of the other half of the food area of the executive lounge includes a refrigerator — found in the lower right side of the photograph — in which assorted cold drinks were stored.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Baked beans and hard boiled eggs are some of the offerings for breakfast — although I was uncertain as to what the soupy white stuff was on the right.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You can choose from bacon, two kinds of sausages and sautéed mushrooms.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Assorted breads and spreads — including Nutella — were to the right of the hot buffet.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Cheeses and crackers are in the plate on the left of the selection of apple, pineapple, mango and fresh orange juices.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The dairy section included whole milk and low fat milk — as well as assorted flavors of yogurt.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Fresh fruit — which included pineapple, bananas and apples, amongst other fruits — were offered.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This station offered assorted breads, pastries, processed meats, smoked salmon and various garnishes.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Chocolate muffins, marble cake and doughnuts were part of the overall food selection for breakfast.

Hilton Nairobi

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The orange juice did taste like it was freshly squeezed — meaning that I could not stop at just one glass.

Summary

For the total room rate of $162.08 — including all taxes and fees — for the night, the stay was easily worth every penny. The staff was very friendly and helpful; the location was convenient; and I obviously had no concern about safety and security.

One of the few disadvantages of staying at this hotel property is that many sites on the Internet were either difficult to access or not accessible at all.

Although the hotel is located slightly greater than ten miles from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, keep in mind that the streets of Nairobi can be paralyzed with traffic sometimes and choked with traffic at other times; so leave yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. You will most likely need a minimum of one hour; but ask someone behind the front desk for more accurate information pertaining to when you should leave.

I shared a taxi cab with two other people to the airport; so I cannot comment about parking a car at the hotel. If you are the sole fare in the taxi cab, expect to pay approximately $25.00 — including gratuity — one way to or from the airport.

Overall, I highly recommend this hotel property — even without the upgrade.

Hilton Nairobi
Mama Ngina Street
Nairobi, 00100
Telephone +254-20-2288000
Fax +254-20-2226477

All photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

4 thoughts on “Scoring a Suite at Hilton Nairobi”

  1. I had a tasty cappuccino here one time. The hotel seemed nice, so it’s great to see what the rooms look like. Thanks for the review!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are welcome, Easy Journeys!

  2. Martinplas says:

    Stayed there years ago when Hilton was still offering the SAF8 safari trip part of their loyalty program.The trip began and ended at the Hilton in Nairobi Kenya. I found the Hotel exactly as you described. I did have my Amex Crecit Card info stolen at the front desk by someone who went on to charge two first class International tickets.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I remember that safari award, Martinplas — and I was disappointed when Hilton removed it as an option prior to my going on safari…

      …but I believe I was actually better off with the way the safari trip — along with a stay at Hilton Nairobi — came together.

      I am sorry to learn of your card information being stolen. I hope you were able to completely recover from that experience…

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