A good business hotel needs to be more than a place where the corporate traveler sleeps for eight hours, fires off the occasional email, and has a meeting or two. Considering the premium prices that business travelers pay, they should eat well, drink well, get pampered, and have top-of-the-line technology at their fingertips — a fast hotel wireless connection alone isn’t enough. Here are some business hotels in Nairobi that meet all these criteria.
Conveniently located in the business hub of Westlands, just 20 minutes away from the Nairobi’s central business district, the Tribe Hotel melds business functionality with presidential comfort. It also features two separate conference facilities tailored to the needs of the most demanding VIP. The Tribe’s Executive Resource Centre, in particular, can accommodate up to 130 people and is specifically crafted to meet conferencing needs.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Situated in the heart of Nairobi’s up-and-coming Upperhill neighborhood, the Crowne Plaza is the business hotel of choice for many. It boasts a 24-hour business center complete with technical concierge and office supplies. It also features many must-haves for the typical business traveler on the go such as a fitness center, conference facilities and a wide variety of restaurants.
Best Western Premiere
Located in one of Kenya’s commercial hubs, Hurlingham, the Best Western takes you away from the carbon monoxide-choked Central Business District. Business travelers have lauded the hotel’s understanding of dynamic conferencing and its facilities are state of the art. Apart from business, the Best Western features facilities that allow guests to unwind after a long day’s toil. Whether you decide to catch a drink at the rooftop sun deck with infinity pool or visit the sophisticated bar or modern health-club – it’s up to you!
The Nairobi Serena hotel is the gold standard of Kenyan business hotels. It offers an unrivalled choice of executive suites, global connectivity, business support, conference-planning proficiency, product launch expertise and high-profile international corporate events venues. It’s also well located near the central business district and leisure attractions, yet offers an oasis of serenity among the hustle and bustle of the city.
For business travellers, the gracious, historic Sarova Stanley is the calm in the eye of the commercial storm that is downtown Nairobi. Guests can not only access nearby clients’ offices easily, but can also bring meetings to them. The Sarova’s business facilities include conference rooms of varying capacities, each of which is named after an important person in the hotel’s history, a business center and high speed Wi-Fi. And when it’s time to play, the heated pool on 5th floor is a must! The Exchange Bar, which was once Nairobi’s first stock exchange, is the perfect place to network and seal the deal.
Sankara, located in a relatively quiet part of the Westlands suburb, is ideal for those who won’t settle for anything less than VIP service. The Business Center offers both Macs and PCs, cell phone chargers, secretarial services and complimentary internet. When not immersed in work, guests can sample the spa, butler service, and fine dining. However the prime pampering at Sankara does come at a hefty price!
Ole Sereni Hotel
Ole Sereni is a great business hotel with a distinctly African feeling. Located on the outskirts of the central business district, this is the only hotel that borders a national game park. Guests wake up to stunning views of wild animals before setting out for the day. A 24-hr business center, multiple conference rooms, technology support staff, and audio- visual equipment make doing business easy; at the end of they day guests can relax at the spa, spot game from the poolside bar, or indulge at one of the three top-notch restaurants.
Villa Rosa Kempinski
Italian glamour meets practical business functionality at the Villa Rosa Kempinksi. This elegant five star establishment nestled in Westlands, a short distance from the Central Business District, offers a spa, pool, fitness center, and unrivaled gourmet dining experiences. It’s the perfect setting for a business meeting or a large function such as a conference or tradeshow, as the hotel has a ballroom, large foyer, and several other spaces suitable for large groups.
Fairmont the Norfolk
Take a trip back in time and enjoy a business trip experience enhanced with old world romance at Fairmont the Norfolk. This landmark Victorian-era property offers everything for work and play: eight conference rooms, the largest seating 175 delegates, a heated outdoor swimming pool, health club with gym, sauna and steam room, and various gift shops. Lord Delamere Terrace, the Fairmont’s famous watering hole, is the perfect place for a business lunch or cocktail, and if that’s full up there’s always Cin Cin Wine Bar or Tatu restaurant.
Eka Hotel and Suites
Located mere minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Eka Hotel is the perfect pit stop for jet setters who need to get in and out of Nairobi fast. Among the excellent business amenities are three meeting rooms, two executive boardrooms, state of the art audio-visual equipment and a business center. During downtime guests can enjoy the three restaurants, gym and an outdoor swimming pool set in lush gardens.
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