Returning recently from the Seychelles I stopped over in Nairobi to catch up with pending work AND the need to take myself out of the hustle and bustle of every day life, which is ever present when I stay in my 'regular' hotels in Kenya's capital.
Kisima House in Karen looked a good choice, located outside the city centre in the woodlands of Karen, providing fresh air, birdcalls during the day and the calls of the cockerels in the wee hours of the night, a sign how close to nature one is there. Turned from a once private residence into a little hotel, it presently offers just 5 rooms, more are planned on the 7.5 acre property, and hence proved to be an oasis of peace, ideal to meet my getaway objectives.
The size, or lack of it rather, provided for a homely atmosphere, with the staff bending over backwards to be at my beck and call, and on my first night they rushed to bring me cold milk instead of creamer, to be able to brew myself some decent tea as and when I needed it.
My room was large and contained all I needed and the balcony allowed some sitting outside while working during the day. Wireless internet is of course available and part of the package.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Kisima House is an a la carte` affair and served fast, either indoors or outdoors around the pool area, where in particular lunch and dinner - the latter by candle light - makes for a good al fresco experience. Being one of only a few guests, I did my usual 'deal' with the chef who was delighted to talk food, and ordered my lunch at the end of breakfast and my dinner at the end of lunch, time set and to no surprise ready as ordered at the hour it was supposed to be served. Kisima House has a menu, of course, but I found the chef took delight to go way beyond the call of duty and conjure up some specials for me, a sign how guests are appreciated at this little gem.
The owners told me of plans to expand Kisima House and perhaps add some 20 or 30 rooms in the extensive grounds which slop down into a little valley through which a small stream runs and I look forward to seeing that project take off and allow more people to stay there, at the start or end of a safari or when visiting Nairobi on business. Yes, it takes a little more time for the commute into the city BUT that is so worth it when at the end of the day returning to what continues to be more of a private residence than an ordinary hotel . Be sure I will return there again, when in need to get out of the city for a few days. As fine a little country inn as they come.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a new hotel in Karen...very serene and relatively priced as compared to the services you get. The food, the rooms, the set up is....wow. Am sure many people are waiting to review! ... more less