Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Nairobi Kenya (2022 Updated)

Even if Kenya is not the most friendliest destination for gay tourism, tourist don’t feel the threat if they act normally and most of the hotels chains in the capital are gay friendly hotels Nairobi.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Kenya face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Sodomy is a felony per Section 162 of the Kenyan Penal Code, punishable by 14 years’ imprisonment, and any sexual practices between males (termed “gross indecency“) are a felony under section 165 of the same statute, punishable by 5 years’ imprisonment.

Kenyan society is highly conservative, and a large majority of people hold negative views of LGBT people. Homosexuality is “largely considered to be taboo and repugnant to [the] cultural values and morality” of Kenya. Despite this, various organisations are working to protect and improve LGBT rights.

Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions. Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is also often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya.

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1. Tribe Hotel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi

Tribe Hotel
Tribe Hotel

This luxury boutique hotel in Nairobi offers air-conditioned accommodation with a complimentary minibar and free WiFi. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour gym.

All of Tribe’s rooms and suites come with extra long beds, mood lighting and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Each has a private bathroom with rain shower.

An English breakfast buffet and international à la carte options are offered in the restaurant. Some local eateries can be found in the The Village Market, located next to the hotel.

Guests can enjoy a drink in the swimming pool bar or visit the spa for a sauna session. There are also 5 beauty treatment rooms and there is a hairdresser.

Set apart from the crowded city centre and a modern contrast to a city of colonially-inspired getaways, Tribe Hotel located in the lush suburbs of the city echoes nothing but the ultimate in luxury and tranquility. It’s sleek architecture and crisp lines are sure to set forth a brand new experience in hotel accommodation. Drawing inspiration from its African heritage, the interior of the hotel boasts exquisite art, crafts and furnishings handpicked from the farthest corners of the continent. Each of the 137 rooms is carefully designed to whisk you away from the average mundane hotel room into a world of chic and hip design with an emphasis on detail and luxury.

An ideal destination for those craving increased intimacy and comfort with an added dose of personal service. From free high speed internet access, complimentary mini bars, luxury airport transfers, warm welcomes to express check in and check-out facilities, you can be sure that Tribe understands the individual needs of just about any traveler! Adjacent to the hotel is The Village Market, the largest shopping and recreational complex in Eastern Africa, and Nairobi’s premier retail and cultural destination.

With over 150 shops and services, set within flowing rivers and waterfalls. It is also home to the weekly Maasai Market which hosts 350 artists for a colorful display of crafts, paintings, beadworks and fabrics every Friday. Bringing a whole new pampering experience to Nairobi is the hotel’s Kaya Spa. Using carefully selected products, Kaya’s uniquely developed treatments are designed to harmonize both the body and mind.

The six treatment rooms infuse a sense of tranquility through inspiring design and decor that is sure to contribute to the relaxation and re-invigoration of your entire spa experience. Tribe’s signature restaurant recently launched a brand new menu carefully designed by the Executive Chef and his team. Inspired by the open flame grill, the menu is a tribute to local farmers; paying homage to crisp flavors and fresh, organic ingredients.

The Jiko team has also reinvented Tribe’s famous Sunday brunch; the perfectly constructed menu features an extended dessert buffet, unlimited breezy cocktails, amongst an array of other feasts for the entire family. Jiko authentically holds true to the glamour of the hotel while offering guests the delights of whimsy and fantasy through a playful approach to presentation. Located on the lobby level of the hotel, Suite 101, the new pastry offering at Tribe, is a place where you can come at anytime of the day.

Using only the finest ingredients, the pastry shop offers an array of hot and cold treats ranging from custom and novelty cakes, decadent French macaroons, designer cupcakes, homemade chocolates and ice creams to bespoke sandwiches made using daily freshly baked bread. Whether it be for some intimate time alone with a tall mug of chai tea latte and a deliciously delectable pastry or a high tea with friends, Suite 101 is definitely a must try for any sweet tooth!

Tribe’s serene, charming and charismatic surroundings undoubtedly place it among the most striking, and luxurious boutique properties on the African continent, guaranteeing to meet and exceed the needs of any guest from jet setting celebrities to time constrained business travelers looking to add an urban flair to their Kenya-getaways!

The Tribe is a modern hotel in Nairobi, and a great place to stay if you’re looking for an up-to-date and comfortable hotel. The bed was comfortable, the breakfast buffet was extensive (including eggs to order), and the staff was very friendly. The hotel is on the grounds of the Village Market mall complex, so it is easy to walk there for shopping or dining. The restaurant at the Tribe is excellent, and I enjoyed both lunch and dinner there. I did have two issues, one of which was poor internet in the room. I was only a few rooms off the lobby, but I had inconsistent wifi.

Sometimes it would work great, but often times in the evening I would have a signal but nothing would load. It seemed to drop off consistently after 10 p.m. each evening. If I walked to the lobby the wifi worked fine. Secondly, there were some inconsistencies in cleanliness of the room. Much of it was spotless, but there was a fair amount of mold in the grout of the shower (seemed incongruous with the level of the property). Additionally, a bedside lamp or reading light would have been nice! Just some little things—but overall a nice stay in a very comfortable property.

Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi
Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi

How much does a room costs at Tribe Hotel Nairobi ?

Prices start 181 $/night for Superior King Room. The Superior Room is  187$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Where to book online – Tribe Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi you can find the best hotels deals in Nairobi during Nairobi Food Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Nairobi on Booking.com or  Trip.com  or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. ibis Styles – Nairobi, Westlands  3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi

ibis Styles - Nairobi, Westlands
ibis Styles – Nairobi, Westlands

Offering a terrace and views of the city, ibis Styles – Nairobi Westlands is situated in the Westlands district in Nairobi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and private parking is available on site.

Every room comes with a flat-screen TV. The units boast a sitting area and feature a desk and a safe. All rooms come with a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Guests can choose from the continental, full English/Irish, vegan and vegetarian breakfast options available daily at the property.

Many international companies and organisations have their headquarters in the Westlands business hub, making our hotel ideal for business travellers. All our rooms have been tastefully designed with colourful, stylish, and trendy touches ready for the savvy explorer. We are 20km away from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which is accessible by our transfer services or by taxi apps, 5km from the Nairobi CBD making us an ideal spot from the hustle. Access to High Speed ​​Wi-Fi is guaranteed to all our guests and our business facilities are able to accommodate up to 182 delegates.

Other amenities include a fitness centre, a contemporary Casual Dining Restaurant and Coffee Shop at the ground floor, a Rooftop and Bar and newly opened Stylish Restaurant offering panoramic 360 views of the Nairobi skyline with unravelled sundowners. Leisure guests in transit to destinations such as the Maasai Mara are also catered for and can enjoy excursions organised at the hotel by our Tours and Travel desk to destinations such us the Nairobi National Park and David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Wildlife and nature lovers can do a day visit to the National Park, Giraffe centre and Karen Blixen Museum where Out of Africa was filmed. Westlands is well known for its great night life.

The hotel’s location is just perfect, literally a walking distance from a whole load of amenities and still ‘far’ away enough from the noise.

The hotel staff on the other hand…total gems! I will definitely keep coming back.

I loved Ibis the moment I walked into the hotel. The staff are welcoming and warm. I loved the design of the hotel and the fact that you have options of restaurants to eat at. It’s well located, safe and has a great ambience.

The overall experience was great. The room was small but well planned with all the amenities at hand! For a couple or single person use it is excellent.

Ibis Nairobi is beautiful, modern, stylish, neat, clean and trendy hotel aptly located in westlands. In Front there is Indian Restaurant Angeethi, Small Cafe 7 by 11 (Good For short meetings), and Dejavu. You can do morning walk nearby no traffic. Rooms are small but it is ok for Single travellers or may be couples. There are no Almirahs in the room so you really have to manage. Good thing this time they have started the gymnasium.

Good value for money in Nairobi where the price range for good hotels is usually above 90 USD. Good location in Westlands, not far from malls and bars. Rooms are small like in any Ibis hotel, not much space for luggage and no closet. Breakfast is decent. Good if you need a clean and safe place to sleep and plan not to spend a lot of time in your room.

Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi
Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi

How much does a room costs at ibis Styles – Nairobi, Westlands ?

Prices start 83 $/night for Standard Double Room. The Superior Double Room is  101$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room features a dining area, tile/marble floor and air conditioning.

Where to book online – ibis Styles – Nairobi, Westlands – Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi you can find the best hotels deals in Nairobi during Nairobi Food Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Nairobi on Booking.com or  Trip.com  or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi Kenya

Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel
Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel

Located in Nairobi, Meridian Hotel offers free WiFi access in all areas. Other facilities offered at the property include a ticket service, a tour desk and luggage storage.

Featuring city views each room comes with a TV and air conditioning. Rooms are fitted with a shower and private bathroom.

Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine at the onsite restaurant. A range of drinks is served at the bar.

At Meridian Hotel you will find free private parking on site. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including golfing.

The Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel is a Four-star Hotel that has established a reputation for offering quality and value. The top Management of the Company has committed to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. It is conveniently located in the city’s prime business and shopping district – “Central Business District”. The Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel offers 128 newly renovated rooms which are tastefully decorated and equipped with modern amenities, a 24-hour multi-cuisine restaurant, as well as an in-room dining facility which serves delicious food and simply great beverages.

It’s centrally located, the hotel is clean, staff are friendly and very accommodating.

As we traveled to many places in Kenya, Meridian Plus hotel was out connection point in several occasions. I really loved this hotel. We stayed there four times within two weeks. The rooms were very clean and cozy. The restaurant had great selections of Indian, Chinese, and East African food. We had our breakfast, lunch and dinner there. It was very safe and the hotel is located in fairly safe area, although we did not go out much. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.Great place for the great price.

The rooftop gym & swimming pool an absolute asset too with cbd view. Meridian is also well-located, close to various nice restaurants and places to hang out.We will definitely return.

The hotel is located just off Moi Avenue in the heart of Nairobi City Centre. It is within easy reach / walking distance of everything in the city.

The hotel is decorated to a reasonable standard. Rooms are comfy cosy and nicely decorated. There is Air Conditioning, Fridge, Safe, tea and coffee facilities.

The restaurant served a good selection of breakfast, cereals, fruits, pastries, Indian vegetarian, English breakfast, tea coffee and fruit juice.

There is a roof top bar and a small heated swimming pool where food is also served.

There is also a bar adjacent to the restaurant with a pool table.

Credit goes to the dedicated staff, always friendly helpful hospitable attentive and always smiling.

A Huge thanks to everyone who made our stay pleasant and enjoyable.

I would definitely stay here again.

Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi Kenya
Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi Kenya

How much does a room costs at Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel ?

Prices start 78 $/night for Queen Room. The King Suite with Kitchenette is  135$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite has a bathrobe, soundproofing and minibar.

Where to book online – Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Nairobi you can find the best hotels deals in Nairobi during Nairobi Food Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Nairobi on Booking.com or  Trip.com  or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.