Due to my work as a Africa travel designer every year I visit a fair amount of luxury accommodation in safari destinations in the continent.
A couple of weeks ago I visited Hemingways Nairobi and I must confess I had to ask when exactly was the hotel built: 17 months ago. Besides some cheap furniture and still lacking soul (I hope the former will be sorted once they break even and the latter will definately be fixed with the passage of time) Hemingways Nairobi is "the real thing" for a Westerner travelling to the land of dreams that is Africa.
Other hotels have tried to bring to the 21st century the look and feel of The Victoria Falls Hotel but failed. To date, my money is on Hemingways Nairobi.
The double stairs and oversized ceiling in the lobby reminisces of the tycoon trophy homes of Joburg's Sandton. The rooms (executive room on the first floor) are large, well lit and with beautiful views over the manicured garden. George, the butler who showed us around, was impeccable, knowledgeable and always, always willing to assist. The rest of the staff, ready and professional.
We had lunch under the shade in the garden and while enjoying some delicious gnocci I started thinking of the bright future ahead for this city.
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