Bournemouth, United Kingdom
November 10, 2005
The Norfolk is one of Nairobi’s elegant old colonial buildings. Opened in 1904, the luxurious hotel has been host to many renowned guests, including Theodore Roosevelt and Lord Badon-Powell, and was the point of arrival for many of Nairobi’s white colonial settlers. Even though it was recently renovated, with the decor being updated, this is still a fascinating hotel steeped in history, and due to the favourable exchange rate, the supreme luxury and atmosphere is affordable to even a traveller on a shoestring budget.
The Hibiscus Lounge is a large comfortable sitting area and bar, with attendants on hand to knock up some sophisticated cocktails, and it is a lovely place to soak up the glamour whilst enjoying a traditional afternoon tea. Next door, the Ibis Restaurant is a luxurious a la carte affair, still with an affordable menu for those visiting from many Western countries. The Lord Delamere Terrace, at the front of the hotel looking onto the busy road, is one of the oldest colonial outposts in Nairobi and a popular place to enjoy a snack or drink. I visited the Norfolk because it is one of the historical highlights of Nairobi. The good food and excellent service was just a bonus.
From journal The Green City in the Sun