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Top 10 Five-Star Hotels In Kenya 2021

Sarova Mara Game Camp
Written by See Africa Today

Kenya’s tourism industry is rebounding after a big hit by Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

More international tourists continue trooping into the country as the government eases travel restrictions.

And for the first time in many decades, domestic tourism is also on a high as Kenyans enjoy their motherland. Travel restrictions – international and local – imposed in 2020 served a huge lesson to Kenyans.

Trustpilot recently issued a review of the top 10 hotels in the country. The globally renowned firm awarded Five Star Alliance a 4.8 star ranking on its list of top 10 hotels operating in Kenya.

Here are the best Kenyan five-star hotel according to Trustpilot reviews.

Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. [Photo/Jacada Travel]

Fairmont Norfolk Hotel is among the oldest hotels in Kenya. It was established in 1904 within Nairobi’s central business district. The 165-roomed hotel with three-storey buildings is among the most prestigious five-star hotel in the city.

It underwent a major expansion in 1999 and got a major renovation in 2004 to celebrate 100 years of existence.

Other features of the hotel include eight huge conference rooms with a capacity of 175 guests. The outdoor swimming pool is heated, a gym, sauna, and steaming room. A room costs between $109 and $154 per night.

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

One of the prestigious luxury safari tented camps you’ll find in Maasai Mara is Fairmont Mara Safari Club. It is a complete package with phenomenal wildlife sights from a private viewing deck.

Further, it has 51 luxury tents dotting its vicinity.

The cuisine served at Fairmont Safari Club is a culinary delight. Usually, it is prepared from fresh farm produce in Kenyan farms. Besides the food, Maasai culture plays center stage every night with colorful dances.

A tent per night goes for between $236 and $309.

Nairobi Serena Hotel

At the highlands of the city, Nairobi Serena Hotel sits still overlooking the City Park and the famous Uhuru Park. Its vantage point gives a serene and panoramic view of the city’s skyline.

It is no recent establishment either. Nairobi Serena Hotel dates back to the 170s and has a deep African blending. From Moroccan interior design, it oozes a deep African heritage.

A room costs $177 per night.

Sarova Stanley

In 1902, Sarova Stanley stood as Kenya’s most prestigious hotel. It hosted the likes of Edward Prince of Wales back in the day and still projects its charisma to date as a five-star hotel.

Considered a trailblazer in the hotel industry, a room costs $144 per night. But, you get to enjoy a special aura of a rooftop swimming pool, courtyard, and a jazz bar.

Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club

For $293 per night, you have an opportunity to lay your head in this prestigious hotel on the foothill of Mt Kenya. It is a king of the game in Laikipia sitting on a 100-acre piece of land.

Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club maintains a pre-colonial allure since its completion in the 1950s. The cottages, interior décor, and landscaping is tastefully done for ultimate comfort and relaxation.

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Sarova Mara Game Camp. [Photo/Shadows of Africa]

At the heart of Maasai Mara National Reserve, a night at Sarova Mara Game Camp costs $341. The camp has 20 club tents, 51 standard tents, and two family tents.

The game camp further has a restaurant, swimming pool, and a pool bar for beautiful memories.

Karen Blixen Camp Maasai Mara

There are 22 canvas tents set up along the Mara River where Karen Blixen camp sits lavishly.

Style is a hallmark here and a walk into the camp’s restaurants makes it all stand out clearly and delightfully.

A room costs $105 per night.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Mount Kilimanjaro’s aura is all over the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is situated at the Kenyan border with Tanzania.

Consider it an adventurer’s haven with picturesque views of Africa’s highest mountain. Guest can hike, go out for game drives or sit back and enjoy what the lodge has to offer all for $300 per night.

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Deeply traditional, the lodge has mud-colored walls for all its domed huts. It is prestigious and beautiful to look at. Each room costing $236 per night has incredible views of the sky at night and during the day.

The rooms overlook a watering hole with captivating wildlife sights. During wildebeest migration, you watch the wild animals trek from the comfort of your balcony.

Villa Rosa Kempinski

 Out of Nairobi’s five-star hotels, Villa Rosa Kempinski is the most iconic its architectural design considered,

It is famed for hosting the 44th US President Barrack Obama when he visited Kenya in 2015. Villa Rosa’s Presidential suite is always the talk of the town every Valentine’s Day.

The 200-roomed hotel has 10 floors each room – except the presidential suite – costing $168 per night.



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See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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