Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Written and Published January 28, 2017


Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

The Radisson Blu Nairobi is a new development on Upper Hill. It's about a 5-minute drive from downtown Nairobi and a 10-minute drive (if there is no traffic) from the Westlands neighborhood.

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Nairobi has had terrorist attacks and lots of security issues, so the hotel planners designed this as a fortress. The gate is likely the most attack-proof I have seen outside of an embassy. The heavy gates are just partially opened while your car is inspected. Once you enter, a second heavy gate will stay closed and your car will undergo another inspection where you haveto leave it for a bag X-ray and a personal metal detector. It's better security than at Nairobi Airport. It's not a big deal to do it once but it gets annoying quickly if you use the hotel as a stop to explore the city.

Once we made it to check-in, it was very friendly, but very slow. It took a solid 15 minutes to look up my reservation (which was no-frills) and hand over my keys.

I loved the interior design in the lobby; Radisson has done well with that (like at the Radisson Blu Lagos) and the Radisson Nairobi is no doubt one of the best.

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

The room was equally well-equipped and done in lovely colorsand it was extremely clean.

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

I felt the beds were a bit too small for the large room but they were excellent nevertheless. The bathroom was in fantastic shape, with an awesome rain shower.

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

I logged on to the internet which uses the same standard system most Radissons have these days. To my surprise, it was super-fast and never disconnected. The air conditioningsystem was quiet and worked perfectly as well.

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

After a few solid hours of sleep, we checked out the breakfast buffet, which was served on the beautifully-designed outdoor patio. It is a spectacular location for breakfast.

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

There was still a cold breeze that day (Nairobi is cold at night but hot in the afternoon).

The breakfast spread was big but the items were mostly just OK quality; I had a surprisingly hard time finding any very high quality items.

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

As a Club Carlson Gold I was granted a 4PM check-out without any issues. Check -out was another slow back and forth with credit cards being frequently mixed up. Oh well - it all worked in the end.

Regular rates during the time of my stay were $300, which is very high, especially since most of Nairobi has gotten much cheaper over the last two years.

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill Review

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