Hemingways Nairobi Hotel

Escape Nairobi's traffic jams in a tranquil, colonial setting

Hemingways Nairobi Hotel

In a world where so many hotels claim "luxury" status, this is one that delivers. The staff are welcoming and keen to oblige (you are even assigned a butler), the suites are colonially magnificent and the setting is so tranquil and lovely it's hard to imagine you're in the middle of a traffic-congested city. There's not a murmur, apart from the birds and the fountains. And there's something other-worldly about the view of Karen Blixen's green hills from your balcony. The food is top-notch too – carnivores come miles for the steak!

At the lodge

The hotel

As your car pulls into the portico, you and your luggage will be whisked through the foyer and up the curved staircase to your private suite. When you're hungry, the elegant Brasserie serves the best steaks in Kenya, and its Seafood Fridays and Saturdays are pretty good too (try the Watamu prawn masala). Comfortable seating areas are plentiful, and the drawing room is formal enough to make you sit up straight and actually get some work done. The gardens are beautiful, as is the pool.

The rooms

Forty-five rooms (two are penthouse-style Presidential Suites) are set on a gentle hillside running down to a river. All are high-ceilinged and decorated in muted colours with brass, mahogany and leather accents echoing vintage East African safaris. The bathrooms are so huge they're the size of most hotel bedrooms. You'll enjoy the freestanding bath, rain shower, pop-up TV and balcony overlooking the bird-filled gardens. The main reason you'll be back though, is the impeccable service and care. And your private butler.

On safari


Hemingways lies in the peaceful Nairobi suburb of Karen. Wander around the city, with its exciting restaurants and historical sights, including the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre and shopping malls. Do laps in the pool and enjoy a treatment at the spa.

When to go

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A land of stark contrast, where a rolling wilderness meets the rising buildings of a growing city, proving that harmony can be achieved in a modern world. Explore and discover a diverse range of wildlife in the Nairobi National Park; species like zebra, warthog, giraffe, buffalo and lion are in abundance with Black rhino sightings almost a given. There are leopard and cheetah, but these shy creatures can be a little more difficult to spot. This birdlife does not disappoint either with more than 400 species present in the region.


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