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.
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.
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 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.