Tried and Tested

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BACK­GROUND:

The five-star Radis­son Blu Nairobi Up­per Hill Ho­tel opened in 2015 with 271 rooms and has been de­scribed as a mod­ern salute to Radis­son Blu's de­sign her­itage and in­no­va­tive spirit, and Kenya's vi­brant cul­ture. If you're an eco-trav­eller, you'll be happy to know that ho­tel is cer­ti­fied with the in­ter­na­tional Green Key eco-la­bel, in line with global and lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­log­i­cal and so­cial laws.

WHERE IS IT?

The Radis­son Blu Ho­tel is ideal for the busi­ness trav­eller as it is lo­cated in cen­tral Up­per Hill – Nairobi's busi­ness and fi­nan­cial dis­trict. It's around 20 kilo­me­tres from Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Wil­son Air­port, the lat­ter which con­nects Nairobi to the Maa­sai Mara, Mombasa, Am­boseli, Lamu, Kil­i­man­jaro, Diani and Nanyuki.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES:

The ho­tel's rooms range in size from 33m2 to 55m2. Each room has com­pli­men­tary and re­li­able high-speed wi-fi, a work desk, flat-screen TV with satel­lite chan­nels, elec­tronic safe, mini-bar, as well as a tea and cof­fee sta­tion. The busi­ness class rooms and suites in­clude ad­di­tional ameni­ties and ser­vices, such as a Ne­spresso ma­chine, daily news­pa­per, bathrobe and slip­pers, and even­ing turn­down ser­vice. Up­grad­ing to these is worth the exclusive ac­cess to the Busi­ness Class Lounge (open from 06h00 to 23h00), which serves a com­pli­men­tary Su­per Break­fast Buf­fet con­sist­ing of Con­ti­nen­tal, North Euro­pean and Amer­i­can cui­sine, as well as sun­down­ers and snacks dur­ing ‘club hour' be­tween 17h00 and 19h00. The ho­tel's north-fac­ing rooms have city sky­line views, while the rooms that face south over­look Nairobi Na­tional Park.

RESTAU­RANTS & BARS:

The Radis­son Blu caters to a pal­ette of Kenyan, African and in­ter­na­tional cui­sine across its four restau­rants. Room ser­vice is avail­able 24/7 and for those on the run, a grab-and-run takeaway break­fast is on of­fer. The all-day Larder Restau­rant serves lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional dishes – buf­fet or a la carte – that can be savoured in­doors or on the ter­race over­look­ing the gar­den. The Chop House is an el­e­gant spe­cial­ity restau­rant with an open-kitchen – per­fect for a busi­ness meet­ing. It is re­puted for its pre­mium wine col­lec­tion, dry-aged steaks and bar­be­cued meats, and extensive se­lec­tion of seafood from Mombasa. The Al Fresco pool bar and grill has a re­laxed at­mos­phere that is ideal for a ca­sual lunch or din­ner. It's pop­u­lar for sun­down­ers and sun­set snacks, with the heated swim­ming pool on one side and Nairobi's cityscape on the other. The ho­tel's ex­pe­ri­enced mixol­o­gists will help you pair your din­ner with your drink of choice and will rec­om­mend a cigar for the fin­ish­ing touch, at the so­phis­ti­cated Hu­mi­dor Lobby Bar and Cigar Lounge.

BUSI­NESS & MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES:

Not only is the ho­tel renowned for its out­stand­ing hos­pi­tal­ity, but it also boasts one of the coun­try's largest con­fer­ence venues that comes with an ex­pe­ri­enced in-house meet­ings and events team. The 590m2 Mount Kil­i­man­jaro Ball­room ac­com­mo­dates up to 800 guests, in­cludes a re­cep­tion area, and houses the lat­est tech­ni­cal and au­dio-visual equip­ment, while gen­er­a­tors en­sure that pro­ceed­ings are with­out any un­ex­pected in­ter­rup­tions. The ho­tel also has 14 board­rooms that can be booked for meet­ings, and for guests who do not have ac­cess to the Busi­ness Class Lounge, there is a busi­ness cen­tre.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES:

The ho­tel of­fers a late check-out ser­vice un­til 18h00 with no ad­di­tional charge (based on avail­abil­ity). There is a gift shop and ATM on the ground floor, as well as nu­mer­ous lounge ar­eas that are dec­o­rated with con­tem­po­rary art and of­fer com­pli­men­tary wi-fi. The Re­vi­talise Well­ness Cen­tre (open from 10h00 to 21h00) of­fers fa­cial, spa rit­ual and body treat­ments, as well as a sauna, steam room and uni­sex hair salon. The 24-hour gym has car­dio and weight-train­ing equip­ment, while fit­ness en­thu­si­asts who pre­fer to work out in the open air should ask at re­cep­tion about Blu Routes – two walk­ing/run­ning routes that start and end at the ho­tel.

VERDICT:

The Radis­son Blu Nairobi Up­per Hill Ho­tel has the busi­ness trav­eller at the heart of its op­er­a­tions and ser­vice, with its el­e­gant Busi­ness Class Lounge, ex­press and late check-out, three-hour ex­press laun­dry, and gra­band-run break­fast. Iga Motyl­ska ■

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