Insider’s Review of Hemingways Nairobi
Brilliantly decorated in a high colonial plantation style, Hemingways Nairobi is a gem of a boutique hotel located in the lush and quiet Nairobi suburb of Karen (named for Karen Blixen, who wrote Out of Africa under her pen name Isak Dinesen. Her beloved Ngong Hills are evocatively visible from the balcony of all Hemingways rooms.)
However many stars a luxury hotel these days is said to merit—five? six?—Hemingways deserves the fullest measure. Its amenities are topflight: one of the capital city’s premier restaurants; spacious, individually and artfully decorated rooms; a sparkling spa, and its service is expert, amiable, and 24-hour-constant. We and our guests attest that Hemingways doesn’t exaggerate when they say that “Your dedicated butler will know that you prefer Earl Grey to Assam with your scones and Cornish clotted cream, and he’ll remember which trousers you like pressed flat and which ones need a central crease.”
Accommodations at Hemingways Nairobi
Hemingways’ 45 loftily-ceilinged rooms are bright, open, and fresh, decorated with soothing, muted colours and canopied beds, with touches of brass and mahogany that pay tribute to the old and new safari experience. Its large, Italian-marbled bathrooms, personalized bar, full e-connectivity, ingenious pop-up large television, in-room dining, and the attentive service of your butler are testimony to Hemingways’ dedication to meeting and surpassing the very highest expectations.
A note for families & children
East Africa’s people are justly renowned for their delight in meeting and caring for children, and Hemingways—it almost goes without saying—is a joyful exemplar of that spirit.
Amenities at Hemingways Nairobi
- Shared pool
- Butler service
In-Room Amenities at Hemingways Nairobi
- Private deck/veranda
- En-suite bathrooms
Activities in Nairobi
Hemingways—only 45 minutes from Nairobi’s airport—is well-located for Nairobi explorations. Our Micato Safari Director will outline a personalized programme when we arrive (and, of course, be with us when we depart). A visit to Karen Blixen’s nearby home, now one of Kenya’s National Museums, is an inspiring prelude to safari. The orphaned, lovingly cared-for elephants at the David Sheldrick Widlife Trust are unforgettable. And we highly recommend an interactive visit to Micato-AmericaShare’s Harambee Centre, an oasis of learning, nurture, and hope in the midst of one of Nairobi’s worst shantytowns.