InterContinental Hotels Group has re-opened one of its most iconic properties in Africa - the InterContinental Nairobi. The hotel has been enhanced through an extensive multi-million dollar refurbishment to cater for the significant increase in demand in Nairobi, and Africa.
The refurbishment project at InterContinental Nairobi covered four floors of the property, 150 rooms in the casino wing, the boardrooms and public areas, all of which have been developed to meet guests’ diversifying demands.
With the final part of the renovation now complete the hotel has already seen a high level of demand, in particular from business travellers looking for premium accommodation and amenities.
The hotel’s Club InterContinental, situated on the 6th floor, has undergone a complete facelift to feature the latest comforts and state of the art equipment. The floor’s stylishly private lounge, which serves breakfast and regular refreshments throughout the day, has been luxuriously decorated, creating a calming ambience.
The guest rooms are decorated with classical dark wood furniture, along with classical fabric featuring a contemporary twist, with an African influence. Stained glass windows between the bedroom and bathroom are interwoven with a graphic interpretation of African art.
Roopi Babra, a locally based and internationally renowned artist, was responsible for the design and production of the African inspired windows. With a background of 15 years in architecture, Roopi has always been interested in decorative glass and now exports her work all over the globe.
“Inspired by the natural surroundings of the hotel, we wanted the artworks to depict Kenya and concentrate on local patterns, artefacts and crafts - hence the idea of choosing fabric patterns in geometric designs, elephants and decorated ‘Gourds,’ which are used by the Masai tribes in some of their ceremonies,” explained Roopi. “We used glass as our core material to which we applied Stained Glass Overlay colours and leaded outlines. The textured backgrounds in obscure densities helped to let light into the rooms as well as giving privacy to the bathrooms.”
The entire renovation of InterContinental Nairobi has been designed to provide guests with an higher quality experience from accommodation facilities to its extensive entertainment and dining options.
The Plantation is the 24 hours lobby café, ‘Bhandini’ brings you the essence of India, traditional Italian dishes are offered at La Prugna D’oro and for a more informal atmosphere the Terrace Restaurant overlooking the pool offers Nyama choma every evening. The vibrant Safari bar offers guests the choice to unwind and be entertained with a choice of themed nights ranging from Karaoke to Salsa, while the rooftop “Le Chateau” offers views over Nairobi for meetings, receptions and dinners for up to 130 people.
The new-look InterContinental Nairobi is conveniently located just 10 miles from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and in close proximity to the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.