JW Marriott unveils second property in Kenya

i By March 27, 2024 No Comments

JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi opened today in the Westlands* commercial district of the Kenyan capital.

The 35-storey property is the tallest hotel in the country. It features 315 guestrooms, five internationally-inspired dining destinations, a luxury Spa by JW, swimming pool, fitness center, and eight event spaces for gatherings and celebrations. An additional 51 serviced apartments and a sky bar and lounge are slated to open later in the year.

“The unveiling of JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi marks our exciting debut in the vibrant heart of Kenya’s capital city, solidifying our steadfast expansion in Africa, and reinforcing our global footprint,” says Bruce Rohr, vice-president and global brand leader, JW Marriott. “JW Marriott extends its commitment to mindfulness and wellness with the opening of the new hotel, inviting guests to indulge in the serene experiences amidst the breathtaking landscape of East Africa. We are excited to welcome travelers on a fulfilling stay imbued with the JW Marriott standard of extraordinary hospitality.”

This is an image of a standard king guestroom at JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi (Kenya), which opened March 27, 2024. Image courtesy of Marriott International.

Images of pool (top of post) and standard king guestroom (above) courtesy of Marriott International.

Created by George Wong, the interior design of JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi is inspired by the spirit and story of an African adventure, with an earth-toned color palette of savannah browns, Maasai reds, cultural terracotta, and safari green incorporated throughout its spaces.

Throughout the property a collection of unique works of art – from sculptures and handmade ceramics to wall murals and regional textiles – tell the story of the Kenyan landscape.

The guestrooms and suites – including one Presidential Suite – are contemporary retreats offering views of the city. Situated on the nine top-most floors of the high-rise tower, the large serviced apartments will offer luxurious, exclusive experiences for long-stay guests and groups in one, two, and three-bedroom apartments.

Wellness facilities at hotel include the Spa by JW, a state-of-the-art fitness center on the fifth floor with yoga studio and steam room, and an outdoor pool and terrace.

Drink and dining venues at JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi include:

  • MIDI Café & Patisserie, an all-day eatery offering quick breakfasts, light lunches, or afternoon coffee and cake;
  • Myna Restaurant, which showcases international cuisine with an African flair, serving buffet-style breakfasts and Sunday brunches, as well as lunches and dinner from its indoor and outdoor terrace setting;
  • Hudson Tavern Bar & Grill,  an authentic grill house serving tapas, mezze, and classic American burgers;
  • Mughal, a fine dining restaurant celebrating the cuisine and culture of the Mughal Empire;
  • and slated to open later this year, Mr. Pang Sky Bar & Lounge, which is situated on the 31st floor of the hotel, and will deliver 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.

JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi offers over 18,290 square feet of meeting and event spaces equipped with state-of-the-art technologies.  The pillarless Grand Ballroom can host up to 800 guests. The hotel also has a sustainable meeting program, which includes strategies for reducing waste, ensuring responsible waste management, and maintaining energy efficiency to reduce the carbon footprint of events.

“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 revitalize their souls by immersing themselves in nature, the tranquility 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 within close proximity to Nairobi’s Central Business District and a number of top local attractions, including 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.