A look at Nairobi’s Villa Rosa Hotel Kempinksi

Exterior of the Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel. Image courtesy Kempinski hotels.

Exterior of the Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel. Image courtesy Kempinski hotels.

It’s not by chance that Villa Rosa Kempinski in Kenya’s busy capital, Nairobi, is warmly referred to as the Soul of the City. Just over a year after opening, this purpose-built hotel is making waves while enjoying support from the local and international markets.

Offering a range of 200 rooms across 10 floors, including a Premier Suite and a four-bedroom Presidential Suite, there’s something for everyone. All rooms offer design features and luxurious touches synonymous with the Kempinski brand – large bathrooms, well-stocked minibars, Nespresso machines, mod-cons and spacious balconies.

Deluxe Room - Villa Rosa  Kempinski. Image courtesy Kempinski hotels.

Deluxe Room – Villa Rosa Kempinski. Image courtesy Kempinski hotels.

At Villa Rosa, they want you to be completely happy with your room. Little touches, such as the wooden tree you leave out if you’d like your linen changed, play into their eco-friendly policies.

The reception and conference rooms are opulent yet elegant. There’s excellent Wi-Fi, an efficient and friendly concierge desk and valet parking if you’re driving yourself.

Between Café Villa Rosa’s casual European style and indulgent buffets, the authentic Italian fare and relaxed real-food hospitality of Lucca Restaurant and Deli and the delicate pan-Asian offerings of Eighty Eight, they have most areas covered. K Lounge offers snacks and cocktails. Remember to try their signature drink – pink bubbly and rose petals.

Lucca Deck

The Lucca Deck at Villa Rosa. Image by Dawn Jorgenson.

Kempinski The Spa is a haven of relaxation, with nine treatment rooms. There’s a stylish steam room, Jacuzzi and traditional sauna. The fitness area includes a gym, yoga studio and optional personal trainer. It’s great fun being in the outdoor heated pool watching the traffic through the glass wall.

The Spa, a great place to relax. Image courtesy Kempinski hotels.

The Spa, a great place to relax. Image courtesy Kempinski hotels.

For a night out, look to Fogo Gaucho for meat lovers; Seven Seafood & Grill and Gipsy’s, with it’s famed cocktails, all of which are nearby.

Attractions include the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Manor. For your Kenyan Safari, look at extending to Olare Mara Kempinski (Masai Mara), which often has add-on specials.

The hotel is 20km from Jomo Kenyatta Airport and traffic is as bad as you hear, so it’s best to book a road transfer. The drive can easily take 90 minutes , offering an opportunity to immerse oneself in the sights and sounds of this great city.

The gorgeous gardens are a highlight at Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi. Image courtesy Kempinski hotels.

The gorgeous gardens are a highlight at Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi. Image courtesy Kempinski hotels.

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