Fodor's Expert Review Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

Harry Thuku Rd., Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya

This grand old colonial lady will take you back to the heady early days when settlers, adventurers, colonial officers, and their ladies arrived in the capital to make their names and their fortunes. Built in 1904, the Norfolk was one of Nairobi's first hotels and quickly became the meeting place and waterhole for everybody who was anybody in the colony. The hotel is now part of the Fairmont chain of hotels, but the original mock-Tudor facade and colonial opulence still remain, so you can easily imagine yourself back in the early days as you sip your G&T—it's always called G&T, never gin and tonic—or an excellent local Tusker beer on the Lord Delamere Terrace or in the leather-chaired bar. If you're there on a Sunday, do not miss the lavish high tea.


  • The breakfast buffet is incredible
  • The terrace is a great place to watch the world go by
  • Large heated swimming pool


  • Lost a bit of its old-world charm in modern refurbishments
  • Can be dominated by large conferences
  • Very good but expensive restaurants




Phones: 020-226–5000


170 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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