Places to Stay in Kenya
Nairobi Travel Tip
by Lorry Patton
Most visitors to Kenya don't have choices when it comes to lodging because most visitors book prepackaged safari tours from home which always include accommodations. But there's nothing stopping you from arriving early or staying late and exploring Kenya on your own.
Lodging in Kenya is limited to guest houses on the outskirts of cities like Nairobi, however, within the cities, there are several hotels, some very charming and some not so charming and age has nothing to do with it. I spent one night at the very old and very charming Norfolk Hotel. Even though it was during their restoration program, if time had permitted, I would have stayed there a week. Historic Norfolk Hotel reeks of old movies, old mystery and new romance.
In major cities, if you're walking in off the street stick to hotels that have visible security and a taxi stand nearby. If you make reservations directly at the airport when you arrive ask how far it is from restaurants and shops and whether there's a night shift.
The most interesting accommodations in Kenya are on the outskirts of the cities. Unique as the spots on a leopard, some are private homes surrounded by thatched cottages, some are beach houses on the edge of the water and some are tented camps on game reserves. Best you read my Choosing a Hotel on our General Tips page, before you leave so you won't be disappointed. And check out our address directory to see what we have listed.