The Norfolk Hotel
Part of the Fairmont chain of hotels, The Norfolk Hotel is arguably one of the most iconic hotels in Nairobi. Built in 1904 it has withstood the tests of time including colonization, independence and a terrorist attack in the 80’s that caused a devastating fire. Then 2004 saw the start of a series of renovations to mark its 100th birthday – it is now a relatively smart business hotel.
Our view of The Norfolk Hotel
When we visited The Norfolk Hotel we found the staff to be friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere very pleasant. However, its location in the old business centre of the city is a bit far away from where modern Nairobi and its malls, restaurants and buzz are. It has also lost a lot of its old-world charm in the refurbishments that were a large part of the reason it was loved in the past. It remains a decent city-hotel but might not be as special as its reputation would imply.
The Norfolk Hotel is located in Nairobi’s city centre.