I will be in Nairobi, Kenya for 10 days in September. Is there a Marriott there? I have lots of points I would like to use here.
I checked all hotels and the familiar ones are Intecontinental and the Hilton.
Just had to look it up. Before Marriott existed in Indonesia, Malaysia Turkey, I used local hotels and they were really nice. Its a bit of a risk as we know less about the property, but usually I have had a great experience that can not be found in American or European chain hotels. I would definately have a plan B & Plan C. In Malaysia I had actually tried to use the Hyatt as I had points with them. I booked it with points, and when I got there, they would not honor the reward stay. It was a beautiful place but far from town. So luckily I had my back up list, and a phone, and called around. Ended up staying at the Mandarin in downtown Kuala Lumpur which was fabulous. In Fetiye, Turkey I booked an English hotel online figuring it would be better to be somewhere that would be speaking English. When we got there it was a horrible hotel, not well maintained, no a/c, etc. Right across the street was a beautiful Turkish hotel, all marble and glass at a fraction of the price. They even had a private sail boat and crew you could hire for $100/day. In Bali, the local hotel, on the ocean, decorated with Balinese antiques was 1/10th the price of the Hyatt. Went down to the hyatt for a drink and to look around, and one drink was more than I was paying for dinner for 2 people.
TripAdvisor rankings are as follows:
#1 Fairview Hotel - most welcoming
#2 House of Waine - used by lots of folks pre/post safari...they like the local atmosphere and gettting away from the chain hotels
#3 Meltonia Luxury Suites - people use to traveling in Africa like that it is close to Nairobi, but quieter than the city which can be noisy
#4 Tribe - trendy, boutique hotel, called an oasis in Nairobi, yet very African, free breakfast, free minibar, roof deck bar, near UN and embassies
#5 Sankara Nairobi - African chic, rooftop swimming pool and restaurant, airport meet & greet, good security, 2 shopping centers near by
#6 Palacina - small boutique hotel, Friday nite jazz, decor combines colonial kenyan and zanibar, quiet and secure
Crown Plaza is #10
InterContinental is #23
Hilton is #26
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