We stayed 4 nights at this location travelling with my partner and toddler son. The property is located in the posh Karen Hardy estate - a very quite residential area of Nairobi. The name is a bit misleading, it is not a lodge but more a B&B on a large residential property where extra building/rooms have been built to rent out. The owners are an elderly couple who stay on the property and are very helpful. We asked for use of a baby cot during our stay and the they went out of their way to get the right size for our son.
The property has 2 or 3 buildings with rooms which are let out. The building we stayed in has 4 rooms which are self contained and share a kitchen, lounge and little garden with outside seating. The building and rooms are modern and clean. Our bed and bathroom were very nice, no tub though only a shower. There is a central dinning area in the middle of the row of buildings which used for dinning and the bar. The property has a large side garden which one can use to host parties or events.
The rates were affordable for Nairobi as accommodation can be very expensive here. For some reason which I can not fathom this property had no other guests staying on 3 of our 4 nights. The first night there was one other couple who we only saw at dinner. This meant that the bar and restaurant were not really functioning. The cook Bernard was helpful and informed us he could cook any dish we wanted. However being the only guests we felt we were imposing on them. The upside side of having no other guests was that we had free use of the kitchen, lounge and garden areas of our building. The whole area is very very quiet at night.
The large garden was good for our son who could run around and the property is walking distance to the Giraffe centre - you can actually walk in this neighbourhood of Nairobi and it was quite nice walking around the Hardy estate. Lots & lots of Daktari (Witchdoctor?) notices hanging around offering cures for lost lovers and libdos. I wonder if these stressful times are affecting even the upmarket residents of Karen.
Overall we had a wonderful stay, the owners were very welcoming, & the property very pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Twiga Hill Lodge occupies four acres of land featuring mature trees, shrubs, flower gardens and well managed lawns, and is designed to provide comfort and privacy. ... more less