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“African heritage house is a great introduction to Kenya” 5 of 5 stars
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Mombasa Road | Box 17871, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #2 of 183 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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“African heritage house is a great introduction to Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We loved the African Heritage House. Furnished in antiques from Africa . Some featured in Out of Africa. Beautiful rooms with comfortable beds and views of the African plains. Woke up on the top floor huge room with views of plains and seeing wild animals roaming. Meals were served on different balconies at different meals and sometimes even at the pool house near the plains. Alan, our host was full of information about Africa and Kenya as he is always involved in opening museums and the like in Kenya. This hotel is an institution and Alan is known throughout Africa.
We were told it was an interesting hotel like a museum and that Alan was a character who is a great introduction to Kenya. He is up on almost everything going on around there. His staff was kind and very considerate. He also had a driver lined up for salaries and tours. This is not a Marriott. This is an African palace that is much more intimate and caters to people who are seeking special ,private and a unique experience. We loved it all. The pool was a treat. The meals were delicious . Please enjoy. He also caters destination weddings and parties of all sorts.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

As a lover of African history, this is one place you should visit.
Alan Donovan has travelled all over Africa collecting works of art that represent various groups in the continent.
It truly feels I awesome-knowing your continent and people more.
Did it with my girlfriends and then topped it with an out of this world African dinner with excellent value service.
It's definitely worth doing.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Loved visiting and staying at the African Heritage House in Jan 2013. Alan's tour of his incredibly rich African art collection was a dream. The guest rooms and sitting areas are like being in a fascinating, well curated & decorated museum. There are a variety of relaxing zones to have rest and relax. Alan and his lovely staff are so very hospitable. Thank you for such a memorable stay! It's conveniently very close to the airport thus a great option for first or last nights in Nairobi. Highly recommended.

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Lambertville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My family--myself, husband and 2 teenage children--visited the African Heritage House in August 2012. We found it to be absolutely enchanting. The proprietor, Alan Donovan, is a consummate host with immense knowledge of the continent and its artisans. He has spent many years collecting, promoting, and preserving the works of African artists of all mediums, and the Heritage House is a monument to his efforts, serving not just as a unique bed and breakfast, but a fascinating showplace for many of these works of art.

The house is conveniently situated just 10 minutes off the highway from Jomo Kenyatta Airport. It is perched on a hill, with the back of the property providing expansive views of the adjacent Nairobi National Park, and as far as the eye can see is open land. The rooms are beautifully appointed, and the food excellent. A matter of fact, the dinner we had there was the best I have had in a long time, either in Kenya or America. Alan was very friendly, taking time to personally give us a tour of the house and its contents and join us for dinner, making us feel very much at home.

If in Nairobi, the African Heritage House is definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Please stay at the African Heritage House. It will be an experience you will never forget. It's the most unique and fascinating place I've ever stayed in. The location is perfect, close to the airport and all Nairobi attractions, but on the edge of Nairobi National Park, away from the craziness of the city. Airport pick-up can be arranged as well as transportation to any destination you may want to visit. It's all as hassle free as possible at a reasonable price. The house doesn’t feel like a hotel, more like a museum, but with all the comforts of a very nice hotel. The decor, the entire house and Alan’s stories are fascinating. The moment you arrive is like stepping in a totally different world. This was our introduction to Kenya, to Africa in fact, and I wouldn’t have done it any other way.  The grounds, the gardens and the pool area are lush, exotic and dotted with beautiful, intricate art pieces (each one with its own story, of course). You can wonder around, admire, explore, photograph enjoy everything the house has to offer. In the evenings, I was looking forward to our nice, peaceful dinners on the patio watching the sun go down over the beautiful Athi plains and the Ngong Hills. The meals are delicious and breakfast on the patio is just as breathtaking as dinner. Staying at AHH was one of the highlights of our trip to Kenya.  
I made all reservations by communicating directly with Alan. He is very responsive and helpful with any questions or requests you may have.
Alan’s jewelry is also very beautiful and unique, bold and wearable. My only regret is not buying more pieces.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The African Heritage House is a gem not to be missed. It overlooks the Nairobi national park if you wish to have a unique experience this is an excellent choice.
Alan's passion and his life works are represented in this unique home which houses remarkable artefacts of African art, history and fashion.
Each room is a space created to experience the true beauty of Africa . There are many indoor and outdoor spaces to experience the animals in the national park, relax and enjoy the sunsets. The monkeys were regular visitors .
I choose to have dinner and lunch where possible at the house as the food was exceptional and delicious. The evening sunsets were a perfect way to wind down the day.
Alan is a very gracious host who's advice and suggestions were always spot on.
Thank you Alan for creating and sharing this beautiful space.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Anyone intersted in African culture should not miss a chance to visit the African Heritage House. Every room and nook and cranny of the house contains history and fine examples of African art. Following a tour of the house and the impressive collection Alan has put together, we had the opportunity to have an excelent dinner with Alan during which we were treated to stories of his efforts at bringing African culture to the world and some of the unique life experiences he had as a result. Alan's ability to recall details about his extensive collection is impressive. Our visit for dinner was a remarkable experience that provided a finish touch to our ten weeks in east Africa.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mombasa Road | Box 17871, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 183 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The African Heritage House overlooking the Nairobi National Parkis described by the prestigious Architectural Digest as " a vision of usefulness informed by the African genius for decoration" Designed by American Alan Donovan, the house is a combination of architectural styles from across the continent. Tours of the house interior reveal the beauty of Africa's art and crafts. ... more   less 

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