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“An Oasis in Nairobi” 5 of 5 stars
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Hemingways Nairobi
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #9 of 122 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“An Oasis in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Hemingways takes you back to a more classic time, but with all the modern appointments. The room decor reminds you of a movie set. The staff and accommodations are first rate. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here on our last night in Nairobi. It continues to be a highlight after our safari.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

i live in Nairobi and thought so hard where i could take my hubby for his birthday, so i decided to take him to Hemingways for his 40th surprise birthday, trust you me, that's the place to do a surprise, Johnson one of the manager there did absolutely everything in an amazing away, from the security to waiters to our butler all were well informed. Dinner was amazing to surprise room that was amazingly prepared for us with Champagne and hot bubble bath after dinner. my husband was surprised, he enjoyed the stay and thus we left so happy.
Thank you so much Hemmingways for making my surprise worth it. more so thanks to Johnson and Broise for everything. We shall be back. if you looking for a nice home away surprise dinner, spa, or night this is the place!!!!!

Room Tip: best view, big spacious... crispy clean
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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed at the Hemingways for business meetings. The staff are very attentive and well trained. The grounds well kept and the rooms clean and enormous.

Check in was smooth. Upon arrival, we were escorted to the suite which is simply gorgeous. A huge bedroom and with sofa, a massive bathroom with a free stranding tub, separate walk in shower, wardrobe and toilet. The TV offering was ok and international enough.

We had no time to use the pool/ gym facilities, but they all looked well kept.

The real gem in this hotel - and I am surprised about negative reviews here - was the restaurant. You have to bear in mind that it is not always easy to train everyone to a top notch international standard, but all staff and the cooks in the Hemingways achieved it. Whether it was dinner, lunch or breakfast, the food was perfectly cooked, tasted fantastic and no one - not a single person - got ill. This is a huge accolade. Any hotel in Kenya that is confident enough to offer Beef Tartare to discerning guests has to be 100% certain that the produce is fresh and all processes in the F&B deparmtent are followed to the letter.

And they were! We had a great time. Lovely, elegant facilities.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a big resort and hotel. Food and rooms were excellent. I liked the service and behavior of the staff most. They were very honest and helpful all the time. The sonna and steam bath were complementary. I loved the garden.

  • Stayed February 2015
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the second time we've stayed at Hemingways and the hotel was just as beautiful as it was the last time we visited!

The rooms are nicely appointed and very spacious, the bathroom is huge and has as nice walk-in closet. The room has a african feeling to it while still carrying all modern amenities in it. One nice touch is that the tv is hidden in a koffer and "magically" rises our by the press of a button. Its there when you need it, but gives the room a more safari-like feel when the tv is not needed and hidden away.

The food at Hemingways is very good, the breakfast has everything you need and the homemade granola is to die for. The menu for lunch and dinner is the same and a bit limited, that being said, we tried several different dishes, all different and each and every one was excellent. Room service was handled well, the butler who brought the food over even offered to serve our starters first and follow up with the main course afterwards (quite a rare luxury in room service standards).

The spa had a very nice atmosphere and was surprisingly reasonable priced. I had a massage, the misses a facial and we both were very satisfied with the spa services.

To us Hemingways feels like a home away from home and we couldn't imagine staying anywhere else when we are in Nairobi.

Room Tip: Each suite is named and decorated after a different theme. We've stayed in two different deluxe...
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Kenya has literally too many wonderful hotels and lodges to count. But if you live in Nairobi, or don't have time to trek out to some tented camp in the bush, there is no better oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city than Hemingways. It is 45 minutes from our house on the other side of town, but for the feeling of exclusivity and luxury you get, it might as well be 500 miles away and 100 years in the past. Wonderful views of the Ngong Hills, huge, lovingly decorated rooms, attentive staff, and great ambiance. This place has it all. My wife and I have spent two anniversaries in a row at Hemingways and been delighted both times. They go the extra mile for you. An example: when I wanted to surprise my wife by giving her a gift dressed as a butler, the staff helped me out instead of staring at me like I was insane. They loaned me a little vest and a tie so I could surprise my wife by delivering her order in person when she ordered room service. The difference between an okay place and a great when is when the staff bend over backwards like that. Kudos to Hemingways for delivering on the romance and atmosphere they promise. Love this place and would recommend it to anyone who wanst to splurge and feel like royalty for a weekend.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mombasa, Kenya
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This facility is on stunning view of Ngong Hills, impeccably finished, excellent waiter service, good food and ambience to die for. I would recommend this hotel for easy business meeting, stopover for holiday makers and lovers of adventure.

Room Tip: Excellent accommodation for those who value quality
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hemingways Nairobi

Address: Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 122 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hemingways Nairobi 5*
Number of rooms: 45
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