The 4th PanAfCOMS Publication
General Info on Nairobi, Kenya
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is the main airport in Nairobi. It is the largest and busiest airport in East and Central Africa. It serves as a transit hub for major airlines as well as the gateway for visitors to Africa’s treasured game parks, cultural heritage, scenic landscapes and business opportunities. The airport also serves as a major cargo centre for both inbound and outbound goods. JKIA is situated in Nairobi 20 minutes from the Central Business District.
December to March is the warmer months in Kenya, when temperatures average a mid-twenties during the day. Nairobi experiences two rainy seasons in a yearlong rain from March – May and short rains from October – November.
Currency & Exchange
The unit currency is the Kenya Shilling. Bank notes are available in denominations of KSh 50,100,200,500 and 100.Ksh 1, 5, 10, 120, and 40 are available in coins. Banks operate from 9am 0 3pm weekdays and 9 – 11am weekends. Easiest currencies to exchange are the US Dollar, Sterling pounds and the Euro.
Major international credit cards are accepted in Kenya and most ATM’s. Traveler’s cheques are the best and safest ways to carry money with you and most hotels and service providers accept them.
Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud is common in Nairobi as in many other large cities,so follow the rules. Try to ensure that credit card slips are endorsed in your presence.If you have to use a slip as a deposit, always fill the amount in and check that you get the slip back.
The national language is Kiswahili and the official language is English, Spanish
Mobile Phone Service
Excellent roaming facilities are available (kindly refer to your service provider)
CROWN PLAZA HOTEL
Crowne Prowne Plaza Nairobi is a modern, elegant and luxurious five star hotel located in the business district area Upper Hill. Crowne Plaza Nairobi's unique location allows the hotel to be surrounded by the most prestigious Multinational companspitals, Banks and Embassies. The Crowne Plaza Nairobi has much to offer the leisure seeker as it does to the business traveler.
Crowne Plaza Nairobi is in Upper Hill, the trendy new financial district of Nairobi full of banks, international companies and embassies. We'll collect you from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 25 minutes away, and we have a secure, complimentary car park. Rent our transport by the day or half-day to discover nearby Nairobi National Park, 10 minutes away, or further to see big cats and giraffes at the Masai Mara game reserve.
You can dine on dishes like delicious Masai ostrich carpaccios, at the stylish Sikia restaurant, or enjoy a full English breakfast buffet in Baraza restaurant.
Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evoke the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves. Speak to our travel desk about organising an intrepid safari.
Energise with a workout on advanced equipment day or night at Crowne Plaza Nairobi's 24-hour Fitness Centre, or let our personal trainer put you through your paces. Our modern Juice Bar provides refreshment, while you can enjoy reviving massages in the spa's 3 treatment rooms.
The main access roads servicing the Crowne Plaza Nairobi are undergoing major expansion and enhancements which will require interruptions and closures of some of the roads. The Roadworks will continue throughout 2013 and expect completion December 2013
American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Euro Card, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
What’s near by
Nairobi National Park – Distance from Hotel – 10.0km
Kenyatta International Conference Centre – Distance from hotel – 3.0km
The Village Market – Distance from Hotel – 12.0km
Standard Internet service if free for all guests. Wireless Internet is available in Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms / Suites, Business Centre, Public Areas.
Wired Internet is available in Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Suites, Business Centre and Public Areas.
Hotel provides free parking for hotel residents, Conference and banquet delegates.