Elegant and sophisticated, Hemingways Nairobi sits on the eastern edge of Nairobi National Park, with private balconies that overlook the famous Ngong Hills immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in The Green Hills of Africa and Karen Blixen in Out of Africa. A luxurious start or finale to any East African safari, the 45-room boutique hotel enjoys a peaceful setting in Karen, Nairobi’s tranquil, upscale suburb located about 40 minutes from the international airport.
The colonial-style property mixes classic ambience with contemporary flair in an airy, spacious setting. Suites features high ceilings, four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and showers, plush sofas, writing desks and balconies. Each room is also served by a personal butler. Decor in rich, muted tones includes touches of brass, mahogany and leather. Rooms have air conditioning, ceiling fans, hair dryers, direct-dial telephones, complimentary Wi-Fi, mini bar, and coffee and tea service.
Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie is the hotel’s European-style restaurant. Sumptuous breakfasts include elaborate pastries and bread baked daily in-house, plus fresh-squeezed juices. Champagne is served at afternoon tea alongside a cake stand with hand-crafted miniature cakes, gateaux opera, fruit delice, mini-eclairs and freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam and lemon curd. Watch the sun set over cocktails in the lounge with all the ambience of a private club. At dinner, the restaurant is famous for its steaks, grilled on an imported charcoal oven. Produce is locally sourced, and local farmers and growers are showcased in a show of support. The wine cellar features Old and New World vintages, and the bar has an impressive collection of rare cognacs and single-malt whiskeys to enjoy with a cigar, outside on the smoking terrace.
Enjoy a swim in the pool or indulge in a spa treatment after a long flight or busy safari itinerary. An internal water and energy conservation eco-system and sustainable waste management help protect the local environment. The hotel also promotes accomplished local crafts artisans in its Kenyan boutique. In addition to nearby Nairobi National Park, the hotel is within easy access of the Karen Blixen Museum, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center.