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“A great addition to Nairobi's hospitality scene” 5 of 5 stars
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Hemingways Nairobi
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #12 of 96 hotels in Nairobi
Arusha, Tanzania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A great addition to Nairobi's hospitality scene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

What an impressive hotel. Location is stunning, great green views out towards Karen Blixen's famed Ngong Hill. Wonderful friendly and keen to help staff, rooms are clean comfortable and (an over used word but) opulent. Sadly we did not have time to eat in the evening or to explore the wine collection, but shall return for both!

Room Tip: Rooms on the left hand side will i suspect enjoy better views of the Ngong Hills
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Dear James,

Your warm compliments are much appreciated. Perhaps next time you visit you will have time to eat in the evening and even explore our extensive wine collection.

Warm regards.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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new york
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Hemingways is brand new and like a breath of fresh air in Nairobi. With its tasteful, chic and luxurious rooms, fine dining and friendly staff, it's going to raise the bar. We absolutely loved huge room--the hotel is all suites. Our favorite was the television which rose up our of an orange travel trunk (think Hermes)--so cool. The bathroom was incredible too. Food was great...beautiful lobby and grounds, even a small gym and spa. This is a perfect place for couples, families or business trips.

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  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Simon H, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, January 18, 2014
Dear jamesk

So glad you enjoyed it and yes the TV is unique! Many thanks for your feedback; we hope you will visit again.

Regards

Simon
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Nairobi, Kenya
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Just a small note to thank you and your team for making our one year celebration very intimate and memorable.

Eli and I were just coming for dinner yesterday but on second thoughts decided to spend the night at only 2pm. I called Johnson in the reservations team and after letting him know our one year plans he was quick to get us a super executive suite at a discounted rate and ensured the room was well prepared for my arrival at 4pm. Eli and I were thoroughly impressed with the room and the service given by Enock and Godfrey the butlers. Always ensuring we were taken care of and they informed us very well on all the 'need to knows'. Kudos to the team.

My final stop was at the spa and Celestine my therapist was a gem in summary!

My conclusion is now hemmingways shall not be just my lunch plan but my home away from home plan.

Many thanks again for everything please do pass my sentiments to the team above... they are stars!

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Simon H, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, January 18, 2014
Dear Ciku K

It was our pleasure to host you at Hemingways Nairobi for your anniversary and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. We very much look forward to your next visit.

Rest assured I have passed on your kind sentiments to the team.

Regards

Simon
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I had a reservation elsewhere in Nairobi , but nightmare of business travellers they did not have one to match! So arrived at Hemingways tried and a little flustered after some frantic calls had got me a room there. Not my first stay so aware of the hotel and it's high standards . Tonight both the hotel and the staff worked their magic , very welcoming , great meal and comfortable room. Only problem was the five am departure, however once agin the staff showed their mettle and the hotels commitment to looking after their guests as they insisted they could get me coffee and toast really quick , which they did , as I should not leave without breakfast.

Faith in (some) hotels restored!

Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Dear Chris,

We are elated that the Hemingways magic augered well with you and saved your day! Our personalized service will always be at hand to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Many thanks for staying with us.

Warm regards
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London, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This amazing exquisite property ticks all the boxes. The architecture is out of this world, so plush, so quaint, so clean, the finish is impeccable, super deluxe. The service is unbeatable. The staff all so very polite, courteous, in my opinion it even rates better than the FOUR SEASONS.
The suites are so deluxe, so luxurious, i felt so comfortable and enchanted, i was reluctant to leave! The manager David is so nice so helpful, so well mannered with excellent customer relations.
The food was very good and tasty and good quality. This hotel is located in the nicest chicest area of Nairobi, Karen land. The premises so lush, so romantic, green and lovely surroundings.
Will definitely go back with hubby. This hotel is definitely a must!

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Simon H, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, January 18, 2014
Dear Shermine54

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to your return. In the mean time many thanks from the team at Hemingways Nairobi.

Regards

Simon
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This hotel needs to be seen to be believed! We have visited some excellent hotels all over the world but this one, with its backdrop of Kenyan hills is the most memorable.
With the service and luxury you would expect from a Kensington hotel it is perhaps something the first time visitor to Kenya would not expect, however it has that genuine feel that some hotels in the Western World do not.
As boutique hotels go it matches anything you may find in London or Paris but they are unlikely to have a Giraffe Sanctuary around the corner. A hotel that provides an ideal stop over on the way to the beach or on Safari or even as a base for a city break. The restaurant is excellent and the chef provides dishes that would do any Michelin Starred restaurant proud.
Once again it is the staff that make this hotel even better, excellent professional friendly service.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Skeggy,

As you have rightly put it, seeing is believing. We are thrilled that you saw, liked and believed. The hotel is conveniently tucked in close proximity to The Giraffe Center and other top attractions making it an ideal stop over, as you noted. We are continually striving to improve in all spheres and we are sure your next experience will be even better!
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Nairobi, Kenya
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Bonjour, the reply of the manager to my comment dated 29 dec 2013 is not appropriate because if the hotel has a policy of reservation they shall announce it to the public. Also, in kenya it's not alowed by the traffic code to reverse from into a busy road since the hotel does not provide for turning space. Good neighbourhood is very important I must exclaim to the hotel management.
I shall contact the management outside Kenya to make them aware of management problems in Nairobi.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Simon H, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, January 18, 2014
Dear peter w

Hemingways is a Kenyan owned company. The owners are local residents; should you wish to contact them to pursue this matter please feel free to contact the hotel and we will facilitate direct communication for you.

Regards

Simon
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Address: Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
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Ranked #12 of 96 hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hemingways Nairobi 5*
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