What a great place. I can't say enough good things about it. From the moment you arrive in Nairobi, Ngong House has arranged to meet you at the airport, expedite you through immigration and customs, help you with your luggage and drive you the short but treacherous journey from the airport to the hotel. When we arrived, it was already 11:00 p.m. Nairobi-time and two hours late. Dominique and Sammy were there to greet us, warm us and welcome us. We were able to freshen up and then dine in the main house the first of many fine, delicious meals.
The staff truly thinks of and then takes care of everything, from getting your laundry done and expedited to bringing you umbrellas when it starts to rain so you can get to dinner somewhat dry.
We joined family there, who together occupied 5 treehouses, including the fabulous Log Cabin. I would just direct you to the Ngong House website and Architectural Digest for great, accurate images of each unique treehouse. They are five-star luxury service and accommodation for a tree house. There are no luxury linens or spa-quality shampoos and lotions, but if you've ever loved Swiss Family Robinson or Greystoke, you'll really get into treehouse living. This is a luxurious experience because of its uniqueness. The breakfasts, lunches and dinners served by the wonderful, friendly and professional staff were a bit over the top. Fresh fruits, juices, coffees and teas and custom eggs with vegetables, sausage and bacon for breakfast on the lawn. Lunch and dinner always included expertly prepared choices of fish, pork, lamb, chicken or beef. Everyone went bananas over the avocado salads. Our large group had dinner several nights in a special lodge just for dining. There is a large fireplace and small coal -burning stoves throughout this cozy, other-wordly dining room. The glassware is locally custom-designed and handblown from recycled materials. You can buy the glassware from Anselm at the local mall.
The rooms were spacious, unique, and beautiful. But, even though this hotel is in Nairobi (the very chic Karen-area), the setting is the bush. The surrounding forest is lush, the gardens are extensive and beautiful. However, animals are plentiful, and so it is incredibly noisy all night long. As my in-laws like to say "That's Africa, baby."
The owner, Paul, is ever present anticipating and taking care of your every need. His children are around the same age as ours, and they all had a grand time playing together. Their two sweet, sweet dogs are also about. We loved to emerge from our house in the morning to find "Bonnie" or "Skippy" on the porch steps.
A couple of the houses would be difficult to get to either on the path or, say, spiral stair for an older person or someone with any kind of disabilty. So, if you have any difficulty managing stairs or a dark flag stone path, let them know ahead of time so you are assigned to the right kind of house. We stayed at Ngong House on both ends of our Safari, and some guests even just stayed for a "day-over" between returning from Safari and departing for home on the late night flights. Bringing your binoculars is a must for Safari, but also useful for extensive bird watching from your porch at Ngong House.
Also, Paul is married to a talented fashion and jewelry designer, Penny Winter. She has a shop full of her gorgeous creations on the property. If you visit Penny's shop early in your stay, they (Grace, her shop assistant) can measure, cut and customize her designs to make sure it fits right before you return home. You can walk to Giraffe Manor and Matbronze, which are both worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ngong House is a private, serene and luxurious homestay 20 minutes away from the city centre. The lodge overlooks the Ngong Hills, only a few minutes away from what used to be Karen Blixen Coffee Farm. Secluded in 10 acres of private land, it is very close to Nairobi National Park, 40 minutes away from Nairobi International Airport and 15 minutes away from Wilson Airport, from where all air safaris take off. Accommodation is mainly in luxurious Tree-Houses. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngong House Hotel Nairobi