The Norfolk was founded on Christmas Day in 1904. No other hotel in Kenya captures as much of Nairobi's splendid past and exciting present, and few hotels anywhere can claim a more romantic history. Adventurous visitors such as 26th American President Theodore Roosevelt, Lord Baden-Powell, the Earl of Warwick, Lord and Lady Cranworth, and the Baron and Baroness von Blixen have all been part of the Hotel’s history. The Norfolk enjoys a justifiably high reputation which includes excellent service, all the usual amenities of a high-class hotel (shops and swimming pool, two restaurants, bars, a ballroom, aviary, and function rooms) and good food. The Norfolk's accommodations include 85 twin and 20 double-bedded luxurious bedrooms as well as 18 suites and 6 garden facing cottages. All bedrooms have a private bathroom with shower, mini-bar, television, radio and direct dial telephone. The cottages, which are all on the ground floor, have a separate lounge and seating area with writing desk and a patio facing the garden courtyard. The Norfolk offers four impressive restaurants offering first class cuisine and three bars. The Norfolk staff can advise and arrange a wealth and variety of sightseeing trips and safaris. The markets of Nairobi are a haven for those wishing to barter for locally produced crafts and goods.