Hilton as a brand is known for premium living and dining. And the hospitality engine, with its thousands of properties across the world, has seemingly taken towards a path of rapid expansion in Kenya – joining its original Hilton Hotel within the CBD is the Hilton Double Tree which occupies pride of place along Ngong Road and most recently, the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn, adjacent to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Garden Inn is one of the brand’s segmented offerings, catering to business and leisure travelers alike, and offering the kinds of amenities that allow guests to discover and connect while on the road. This means placing emphasis on the types of services that allow them to be productive.
Nairobi’s Garden Inn opened in February, and even with just a couple of months under its belt, already seems to have carved its niche in an increasingly competitive space within and around the region’s busiest airport.
Modern design (including a series of murals by renowned urban graffiti artist Bankslave, coupled with a very easy and informal lounge, restaurant and bar set up, means that the hotel will not only find its share of airport travelers, but it also makes a great slightly-out-of-the-way visit for the regular city dweller who perhaps wants to take in a different atmosphere.
So a great design, inviting interiors, and you’re a hop skip and a jump away from the airport. But how were the rooms?
Two of the most important factors for me as a traveler in 2018 remain WiFi Access and the quality of the bed. As a Hilton Honors member, I have access to complimentary Wifi at all Hilton Hotels, but Garden Inn extends this to all guests, regardless of whether or not you are a member – a necessary option for a traveler. As for the bed? I slept like a baby.
Room service is available on a limited basis at Garden Inn, but because of the nature of the set up, this didn’t feel like a make or break point. There is a shop open 24/7 for those who prefer to grab something on the go – including food, alcohol and general toiletries. But the restaurant was for me the highlight, and I’d definitely take a break from my room during meal times just to take it in. Beyond design, Chef Nick was such a highlight – and the open plan kitchen showcased his interactions with his staff. They take food seriously, and it shows. Whether or not you’ll make it for a stay, make it for dinner! The Malindi prawns were absolutely heavenly, and my rib eye steak, divine. A great pick for a birthday dinner or celebration.
With remarkably competitive rates as compared to the nearby Lazizi and Four Points hotels in the vicinity, it was no wonder the guests kept streaming in at all points of the night.
Take note however. A consequence of being just off the country’s busiest highway means you will have to get used to the sound of traffic. The hotel has done remarkably well in keeping the sounds out within the four walls, however if you choose to sit outside, you won’t be able to escape it.
But perhaps the staff will cheer you up: service, with a smile – always.
Hospitality doesn’t get better than that.
A King or two twin beds with each room equipped with a 40-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator, and coffee/tea making facilities.
Offering a separate living area and sofa bed in addition to the above
All the amenities of the standard rooms, with added space and features for a more comfortable stay
(The price of a Standard king begins at around 100 dollars, while a King Suite starts from around 200 dollars upwards, dependent on other factors regarding stay. You can sign up for a Hilton Honors program gets you exclusive deals and discounts at all Hilton Hotels, worldwide.)
Jomo Kenyatta Airport Mombasa Road, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya