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Delving deeper into the winning hotels at the Kenya Travel Awards 2018

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By Josephine Wawira Mwai 

The Kenya Travel Awards that went down on 1st February 2018 saw the recognition and feting of top performing hotels, airlines and travel websites by Africa’s leading online travel agent, Jumia Travel.

What is it that made each of these hotels stand out for the voters?

Voyager Beach Resort – Best Leisure Hotel in Kenya 2017

Nyali, being the most frequented holiday destination for many Kenyans, there are plenty of beach hotels that did compete for this coveted award. The architecture of Voyager is as a sailing ship that once aligned Kenya’s coastline while the rooms are designed like cabins. Nonetheless, Voyager Beach Resort stood out for vacationers. Well-endowed with luxurious facilities such as a spa, sauna, and therapeutic massage rooms, makes the Resort the ideal leisure hotel in the Kenyan coast for couples on a romantic getaway. For a family holiday, Voyager offers the much-needed repos for the parents while children participate in activities in the kids’ club.


Fairmont the Norfolk – Best Business Hotel in Kenya 2017

Nairobi has increasingly become the headquarters of many international firms within the East African Community. As such, the surge in business travelers to the capital has contributed to the growth of business hotels that are changing Nairobi’s skyline, making the competition stiff for the desired Best Business Hotel.

Fairmont the Norfolk has stood through changing tides in over a century. Though Norfolk’s architecture is that of a colonial era, the manicured gardens and the many renovations of the interior has held its standard to that of a 5-star hotel. Well-endowed with business amenities such as executive boardrooms, conference facilities and the ideal location within CBD, makes Fairmont most ideal for business guests in Nairobi.


PrideInn Paradise Beach Hotel – Best Hotel in Kenya 2017

Kenya is recognized globally as the leading safari destination. It therefore doesn’t come as a surprise that 10% of the country’s GDP comes from the hospitality industry and that over 1 million people are employed in the tourism sector.

Albeit the wildebeest migration and the 2nd largest mountain in Africa placing Kenya’s tourism on the spotlight, the most preferred destination is the Coast for 42% of Kenyan holidaymakers. Hence PrideInn Paradise Beach Hotel carried the vote for Best Hotel in Kenya.

PrideInn Beach Hotel is the paradise destination regardless of the purpose of visit to the coast. Business amenities cater for large and small conferences or seminars alike. While for families, the 2 pools, the kids’ club and the spacious family rooms make PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort the best hotel in Kenya.


Ibis Styles Nairobi – Jumia Travel Booking Award 2017

In 2016, several hotel chains made their entry into Nairobi increasing the bed occupancy by a whopping 2000. The increased race for getting the largest occupancy rate has resulted into innovative offers online to capture the budget conscience traveler.

Ibis Styles’ 280 rooms are designed to maximize on the limited space available while offering the most sought-after amenities. This minimalist perspective in the architectural design has seen to the efficiency of operations of a coffee shop, a restaurant as well as a rooftop bar to cater for both the leisure, business and the backpacker guests alike.


Panari Resort Nyahururu – Travelers’ Choice Award 2017

Kenya’s mobile and internet penetration stands above its neighbouring countries. It is therefore imperative for hotels to get the best reviews online by ensuring a successful guest experience. Customer service is key to attracting and retaining customers

Panari Resort is a favourite hideaway for many customers in Nyahururu. Nestled in the Aberdare forest, the crisp air and the serenity offered by nature not to mention the thunderous Thomson’s falls made Panari, the Traveler’s Choice.