The House of Waine, located in the quiet residential suburb of Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi, offers an appealing alternative to standardized city hotels. Set on 2.5 beautifully manicured acres, it was originally built as a lavish private estate. Later acquired by a local family, the elegant property was carefully refurbished, resulting in the distinctive boutique hotel that exists today. The stately home offers guests an authentic experience of personalized African hospitality with uniquely designed rooms, modern amenities and traditional Kenyan charm.
The inn's 11 bedrooms are individually styled and named, each furnished to reflect a distinct theme. Complimentary pastries and fresh-ground coffee are delivered to your room daily. Luxurious en suite marble bathrooms feature large windows and natural light. All rooms have mini bar and Internet access. The House of Waine’s dining menus reflect Nairobi’s many local flavors. Meals are served in multiple locations including the dining room, terrace, garden, lounge and pool pavilion, offering memorable dining experiences amid the verdant lawns and gardens. Guests can also relax on the spacious patio and enjoy drinks poolside. The House of Waine is an easy 30-minute transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and 20 minutes from Nairobi's domestic Wilson Airport.
Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
The history of colonial Kenya speaks from the walls of this iconic hotel. Opened in 1904, the Norfolk remains among Nairobi’s finest and best-known hotels, still the traditional starting point for safaris as it was when it commenced service while Nairobi was a rough outpost in British East Africa. In the heart of the modern capital today, the genteel Norfolk is now under the management of the Fairmont Hotel group.
The Emakoko is the concept of lifelong Kenya residents Anthony and Emma Childs, realizing their vision of an atmospheric safari lodge close to Nairobi yet offering a refuge from the city’s hustle and bustle. This elegant new lodge is artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River bordering Nairobi National Park, a mere 20-minute transfer from both airports in Nairobi City. Five rooms share the same level as the airy main dining and lounge areas, while five more are positioned on top of a cliff with spectacular views over the valley. All rooms have en suite facilities and are furnished with contemporary African flair in rich chocolate browns, creamy beiges and crisp white linens. Deep, comfortable chairs nestle around your own stone fireplace. At night, you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of Africa—a lion roaring or the cry of a hyena – in stark contrast to the traffic, fire engines and barking dogs that are the normal sounds of the urban night. Enjoy a cocktail on the veranda, soak in the pool by the river, or browse the boutique for Kenya-made handicrafts.
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.
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