JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi Opens, Becoming Kenya’s Tallest Hotel

JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi Opens, Becoming Kenya's Tallest Hotel

Today saw the opening of the JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi. The newly opened hotel is part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of hotel brands and is its second property in Kenya.

The tallest hotel in the country, JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi, stands at an impressive 35 stories in the Westlands commercial district. It has been designed to capture the essence of Kenya’s natural beauty and heritage and offer travellers a peaceful escape for the mind, body, and soul.

“As JW Marriott expands its presence in Africa, the brand enriches the region with a legacy of luxurious hospitality, seamlessly weaving together its dedication to holistic well-being and fostering meaningful connections throughout the continent,” said Helen Leighton, Vice President of Luxury Brands and communications at Marriott International, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

“JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi perfectly embodies the city’s contemporary yet mindful urban lifestyle. The property combines the warmth of African hospitality with serene spaces where guests can disconnect from distraction, focus on the present moment, and reconnect with what matters most to them.”

A rendering of the hotel swimming pool

The hotel features 315 sophisticated guestrooms, five internationally inspired dining destinations, a luxury Spa by JW, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, and eight exceptional event spaces for gatherings and celebrations. An additional 51 spacious serviced apartments and a sky bar and lounge are slated to open later in the year.

The hotel’s interior design is largely inspired by the beauty, heritage, and palette of Kenya’s great outdoors. Designed by George Wong, the property is inspired by the spirit and story of an African adventure, with an earth-toned colour palette of savannah browns, Maasai reds, cultural terracotta, and safari green incorporated throughout its spaces.

These aesthetic choices introduce a new echelon of luxury to the city, featuring intentional spaces that allow guests to connect with the essence of Africa while enjoying the comforts of a modern urban hotel.

Throughout the property, a collection of unique works of art—from sculptures and handmade ceramics to wall murals and regional textiles—tells the story of the breathtaking Kenyan landscape.

The interior of a standard king room

The guest rooms and suites—including one Presidential Suite—offer guests a contemporary retreat to recharge and reset with breathtaking views of the city. Situated on the nine top-most floors of the high-rise tower, spacious serviced apartments in one, two, and three-bedroom apartments will offer luxurious, exclusive experiences for long-stay guests and family groups.

Mindful moments can be found at Spa by JW, which offers bespoke wellness experiences for guests during their stay, including customisable massages and beauty treatments to refresh and invigorate the body. Guests can maintain their daily routines at the state-of-the-art Fitness Center on the fifth floor, featuring a yoga studio, steam room, outdoor pool, and terrace, offering an ideal space for ultimate relaxation.

The hotel hosts a range of rich culinary experiences that elevate the city’s hospitality scene to new standards of sophistication. The hotel’s goal is to create special moments and foster a deeper connection between guests and locals.

A rendering showing the all-day dining room

The all-day MIDI Café & Patisserie is the ideal spot for quick breakfasts, light lunches, or afternoon coffee and cake. Myna Restaurant showcases international cuisine with an African flair, serving sumptuous buffet-style breakfasts, family Sunday brunches, lunches, and dinner from its indoor and outdoor terrace setting.

Hudson Tavern Bar & Grill offers the ideal setting to relax while watching live sports, featuring an authentic grill house serving tapas, mezze, and classic American burgers. Fine dining in the capital city is enhanced with the arrival of Mughal, celebrating the esteemed cuisine and culture of the Mughal Empire.

Guests can embark on a unique culinary journey immersed in sumptuous décor and stories reminiscent of a gracious, bygone era. The cocktail bar is a highlight, serving signature drinks and mocktails infused with Mughal ingredients and spices.

Slated to open later this year, Mr. Pang Sky Bar & Lounge, situated on the 31st floor of the hotel, is set to become the city’s evening hotspot, offering modern Pan-Asian cuisine and upscale mixology offerings across its indoor bar and lounge, outdoor terrace, and two private dining spaces, including a premium whiskey library.

The hotel lobby

JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi offers over 1,700 square metres of exceptional meeting and event spaces equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. These spaces cater to all occasions, from corporate events and meetings to family gatherings and celebrations. The pillar-less Grand Ballroom, hosting up to 800 guests, is an inspirational venue for the city and can be adapted for a range of events, including luxury weddings.

The hotel also has a sustainable meeting program, which includes strategies for reducing waste, ensuring responsible waste management, and maintaining energy efficiency to reduce events’ carbon footprint.

“JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi takes pride in ushering in a new chapter of refinement to our capital city,” added Eben Nel, General Manager, JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi. “The property is perfectly situated for restful overnight stays for those visitors adventuring into the country’s magnificent game reserves.

“For those visiting the city for longer and needing to revitalise their souls by immersing themselves in nature, the tranquillity of Nairobi National Park, the world’s only national park within a capital city, is just a short drive out of the Central Business District. We are thrilled to open our doors and offer a warm Kenyan welcome, world-class service, and generous hospitality to our guests.”

Westlands is a social and entertainment hotspot close to Nairobi’s Central Business District and several top local attractions, including the Nairobi National Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, Maasai Market, Bomas of Kenya, and Karura Forest, an urban upland forest on the outskirts of Nairobi. The Nairobi expressway links the area to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is just a 20-minute drive away.

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