My husband and I stayed in this wonderful place for one night+++
We were looking for a place close to the airport to spend our last night and the next day ( which was our anniversary day ), after our safari holiday in the Maasai Mara. We did not wish to go into Nairobi but wanted a nice place to stay the last day, where we could relax and stay till late at night before our international flight which left in the middle of the night.
I was lucky enough to find this gem on tripadvisor and sent a mail asking for availability and if we could stay untill late the next day. We received a quick and very positive reply from the owner , who wished us welcome to his place, he could give us full board and we were welcome to stay until midnight the next day!!!!!! We were very happy about this and booked it, we did not realize then what a fantastic place we were privileged to stay at!!!!
When we arrived we were really overhvelmed by the beauty of the house and its perfect location, with an awesome view over The Nairobi national park and surrounding hills.
We arrived just in time to see the beautiful sunset over the park and a full moon rising from the other direction - magical!!!! We sat on the roof terrace with the owner and were spellbound by the scene!!!
After this we were lucky to be accompanied by the owner of the house Allan Donnovan for dinner in the rooftop room, where he filled us in on some of the history and details about the house. The house is his home and also a museum, both himself and his house have a fascinating background and it was very interesting to read his book about it the next day!!!!
We were shown to our room - the Lamai suite which was just amazing, it was like living in a museum, but not cold.....very personal and warm with a wonderful atmosphere and history in every corner!!! The bed we slept in was a 200 year old bed from the island Lamu, there were antiques and art all around us, and they were not just on display - they were to be used by the guests!!!! The bathroom was great, with a outdoor garden on the side and lovely details with a stone bath and shower and of course antiques and art everywhere!!!
We had our own terrace overlooking the savannah of the park with a cosy couch with lots of lovely pillows that we could relax on and look out at the animals in the park. In the morning when the sun came up we saw lots of animals just down from the house, we even thought we saw a lion - very exciting!!!!!
We were served coffe in our room and then breakfast on one of the big sun terrasses by the wonderful staff working in the house. Even the dishes and glasses they used were pieces of art, so delicately decked out. We spent the day lazing in the sun on the terrasses and by the pool, we also wandered around the house and gardens and marvelled at the different rooms and pieces of art!!!! We stood under the romantic " wedding tree " and felt very lucky for having chosen this place to spend our wedding anniversary and our last day in Africa!!!
We were served a delicious lunch in the pool house and afterwards we sipped wine and dozed on the sunbeds and took in the wonderful view !!!
In the evening the owner gave us a guided tour of the house which was very interesting and informative, we had read a lot of his book during the day so it was extra interesting to hear about the different pieces.
He also showed us some of his jewellery that he makes, and I was of course tempted to buy a piece, African inspired and right in my taste, I should have bought more......well next time!!!!
In the evening we ate again in the rooftop room with our host, he is a well of information and a really nice guy to spend time with, a lovely way to spend the evening.
After dinner we used the opportunity to take a long lovely bath in the fantastic bathroom of our wonderful room, and then gaze out at the park and the stars until our taxi came as ordered at midnight to take us to the airport.
What a perfect way to spend our day and evening , instead of waiting in the Nairobi airport for hours!!!!
Thank you so much Mr Allan Donnovan for giving us the opportunity to stay with you in your amazing home and museum, you have a truly unique place which has a wonderful warm and friendly atmosphere, its a place where it is a pleasure to spend time......and we hope to come back in the future and spend even more time in your lovely oasis!!!!!
Monica and Knut
- 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