By Sofeeyah Lloyd
Nairobi, Kenya is famous for integrating bustling city life, the serene savannah, and exciting wildlife. But it’s not only renowned as the only capital city with a national park and safari; it’s also an excellent destination for an international conference.
International events and conferences are where like-minded people from all over the globe come together to network, discuss shared interests and build business foundations. But, finding an event and conference venue can be challenging, especially in a foreign landscape. You need to consider many things like technical aspects, lodging, activities, and proximity to the airport for easy access for the delegates.
If you’re planning a conference in beautiful and exciting Nairobi, Kenya here are some curated hotels that can be the perfect venue for your event. These event venues in Nairobi will impress even the most discerning crowd.
Radisson Blu, Nairobi Upper Hill
If accessibility is essential, Radisson Blu, located in Nairobi Upper Hill, should be one of your top choices for event venues in Nairobi, Kenya because of its proximity to the city center. It is only 4km/ 2.5mi from Mama Ngina Street.
The grand Mount Kilimanjaro Ballroom can accommodate up to 800pax for large conferences and events. Next, Mt. Elgon and Mt. Kenya can handle up to 300pax in a cocktail reception configuration. Lastly but not least, Nyati, Chui, and Kifaru are the hotels standard meeting rooms hosting between 20 and 70pax in a theater-style setting for smaller events.
Safari Park Hotel & Casino
Located in the center of Nairobi, Safari Park Hotel & Casino blends stylishly elegant African architecture and luxurious accommodations with indoor and outdoor event venues. The hotel’s biggest conference room, the Jambo, can accommodate up to 1000pax. The Pavilion center can host up to 400 pax, while the Bouganville and Mt. Elgon rooms oblige up to 250pax.
Your event participants don’t need to look for entertainment. Safari Park Hotel & Casino has a pub, discotheque, karaoke, live entertainment, and casino. The hotel also has five international-themed restaurants making it one of the best choices of event venues in Nairobi, Kenya.
Bomas of Kenya
If you are planning an event for more than 1000pax the, Bomas of Kenya, located just south of Nairobi, has got you covered. Bomas’ auditorium can accommodate up to 3000pax , you can host up to 1500pax in the Multipurpose Hall, and the New Conference Hall can accommodate up to 950pax.
The famous Utamaduni Restaurant at the Bomas of Kenya is a great addition, shaped in traditional huts. The restaurant offers a rich assortment of unique cultural foods from different communities in Kenya.
Mövenpick Hotel & Residences
Combining luxury and class, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences is one of the best event venues in Nairobi, Kenya. The hotel is well equipped with the technological amenities you need to host a successful hybrid conference or meeting. The hotel has 276 guest rooms and 14 meeting rooms.
The hotel’s Hall of Africa, can accommodate up to 900pax, the Almasi holds up to 480pax, and the Almasi Ballroom can seat 700pax in theater style.
If you would like to organize an activity for your participants, the Nairobi Botanic Garden, the National Museum, and Snake Park are just two kilometers away.
Emara Ole Sereni Hotel
Emara Ole Sereni Hotel has 148 sophisticated and luxurious rooms boasting an unparalleled view of the city and the National Park. This event venue in Nairobi, is also home to one of the largest capacity conference and banqueting halls in all of Kenya, the Emara Convention Center.
The Mara ballroom can accommodate up to 1000pax, and the Almasi Banquet Hall can hold up to 100pax in theater style.
The world’s only wildlife capital Nairobi National Park is just a short drive away from the Emara making it a great place to stay for those looking to explore. Your participants can enjoy the unforgettable sights and the majestic variety of wildlife in the park. The beautiful and historic Uhuru Gardens are also within five kilometers of the hotel too. This is Kenya’s largest memorial park celebrating the country’s independence with gorgeous monuments and scenery.
Nestled at the edge of the lush garden of Nairobi’s Central Park, Nairobi Serena has over 95 guest rooms and 12 meeting rooms. Its main ballroom can host up to 500pax in a theater setting, the Frangipani holds up to 250pax, and the Allamanda can hold up to 200pax.
The Serena has an onsite restaurant, gym, and spa for guests to enjoy. The Central Park, Nairobi National Park, and The Giraffe Center are memorable nearby attractions for your participants to enjoy.
Situated in the city’s heart, InterContinental is next to the famous Kenyatta International Conference Centre. It has 326 hotel rooms and 11 meeting rooms to accommodate anywhere from 30-700pax. The Mara Ballroom is the biggest room with a capacity to host up to 800pax.
If they so desire, conference delegates can enjoy a wide range of experiences, including shopping at the Masai open-air markets. They can also visit the nearby Nairobi National Park or the Nairobi Arboretum Park for an authentic taste of Africa.
The iconic Hilton Nairobi, one of the world’s well-known hotel chains, is located in Nairobi’s central business district near the Kenyatta International Convention Centre and within walking distance of the Masai Market. The Hilton has over eight meeting rooms, and one of the biggest ballroom in the city, hosting up to 700pax in theater style. This room is followed by the Tsavo and Amboseli rooms, hosting 500 and 300pax, respectively.
If you want to use this hotel as your event venue in Nairobi, Kenya, use it before December 2022 because the Hilton will be closing its doors indefinitely after that.
Sarova Stanley cemented its place in 1902 by becoming the first hotel to host world leaders, authors, and celebrities. Located at the center of Nairobi, Sarova Stanley has over 8 meeting rooms. The biggest one, the Churchill Ballroom, can host up to 450pax in theater style.
The hotel is within close proximity to exciting sites your event participants will enjoy. The Jamia Mosque, Kenya National Archives, and the August 7th Memorial Park are all within short-distance from the hotel.
Trademark Hotel in Kitisuru is a member of design hotels. Its form was inspired by the cultural and creative renaissance of Nairobi. This event venue in Nairobi is located walking distance from the U.S. Embassy in Kenya and United Nations Office in Nairobi. The hotel has 215 rooms and ten meeting rooms. Of the ten meeting rooms, conference rooms 1, 2, and 3 join together to accommodate over 500pax in theater style.
Villa Rosa Kempinski
Located in the Westlands, Villa Rosa Kempinski is an excellent fusion of European style and Kenyan Hospitality. The hotel has 200 rooms spread over ten floors. It has 10 meeting rooms, and its pillarless grand ballroom and Fedora, can host up to 500pax in theater style.
The Nairobi Botanic Garden, Nairobi National Museum, and Nairobi Central Park are walking distance from the hotel.
Organizing meetings and conferences can be challenging in all aspects. Still, with these varied yet impressive event venues in Nairobi, Kenya, your events will be a big success. From black and white rhinos to giraffes to gorgeous monuments, the nearby attractions will leave your event embedded in your participants minds for years to come.
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