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336 Karen Road | P.O Box 163, Nairobi 00502, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #10 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Swindon, United Kingdom
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“Superb service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Stayed here for three nights and it was a very peaceful location. The outstanding thing for me was the service with every greeting or request met with a warm Kenyan smile. No request was too much trouble. I really enjoyed the food in the restaurant which was excellent, including a very nice Sunday curry buffet. The room itself was a good size. If you are a light sleeper, the curtains are somewhat thin and let in a lot of light. A colleague of mine was also a little disturbed by the sound of fruit regularly dropping on his roof. The bed was very comfortable and was surrounded by a mosquito net and I was not bitten once. All transfers were on time and the drivers very courteous. The free wi-fi connection was also excellent.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

The accomodation was very good. I had expected a much lower standard than I found. In spite of being in a very poor city in a fairly poor country, the Blixen compound comes as a welcome oasis. I was staying there while visiting relatives in Niarobi. The high standard of the estate accomodation is on a par with anything found for the price in any western country . The area the estate is in,Karen, is the only one I could recommend as possibly safe to walk in Niarobi at this time. The staff were wonderful, most helpful.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

Very well run and cottages and comfortable, with lovely showers and bath. All the staff are extremely polite and helpful. Limited area around the pool and the pool is freezing cold. The cottages could do with Safes added as most people are passing through on holiday and would be carrying money. Overall expensive if one wasn't staying too long. Steeped in history added to the charm of this place. Excellent internet. Would certain stay again as it was very peaceful.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

Located on the infamous Karen Blixen estate in the beautiful suburb of Karen, Nairobi.

I stayed, and only recommend, the "Honeymoon Suite" which has a modern huge bathroom and a separate living room. I have been here several times and I would recommend this room. Although Hogmead has just opened and I recommend this hands down. Also in the suburbs of Nairobi.

Karen Blixen is always a great spot for lunch and people watching. The food is good and you are apt to run into someone from the states or Europe. Dining out in their beautiful well kept gardens is a plus, it is beautiful and they take great care of their grounds.

The manager is very nice and wil be sure to make your stay enjoyable.

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

This is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in, and I travel all the time in my job. And I'm talking global here!! The garden is a tropical heaven, beautifully maintained, the cottages are beautiful, clean, tastefully decorated and utterly romantic. Try the massage in the spa, it's great! But best of all: the historic heartbeat of the whole place. Karen and Bror Blixen lived here when they first came to Kenya. You're actually living in the setting from "Out of Africa" - one of the great novels of our time.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

We stayed at the Karen Blixen cottages at the beginning and end of our African safari trip in Kenya and can't write enough accolades for this distinctive boutique hotel. After a 24 hr trip from the United States, the arrival at the Blixen Cottages was the sweetest thing one could hope for. Located in Karen, a short drive from the airport, this idyllic garden environment with the historic Swedo house once inhabited by Karen Blixen (of "Out of Africa" fame) is the perfect place to unwind, overcome jetlag and, at the end of our trip, regroup after a long safari. There are a total of 12 separate cottages, each built in the style of the original Swedo plantation house. They are rustic and elegant at the same time. All the modern amenities including a luxurious bathroom with separate dressing area. The bedroom has a sitting area, fireplace and beds with mosquito netting that is put down in the evening by the staff. The cottages are situated in a lovely garden setting with a fish pond in the middle. Down the lane is a pool with sunbathing area, restaurant/bar and an elegant building with exercise equipment and spa and spa facilities. Next door to the main Swedo house is a bar and restaurant which has an outdoor seating area in a garden setting. Food is excellent, especially the pizzas for a quick bite. At the end of our travels, we reserved a day-suite in one of the cottages during our 8 hour layover between flights. A fabulous way to relax and end our safari trip to Kenya and Tanzania. The staff is friendly, efficient and helpful, arranging our airport transfers from and back to the airports in time for our flights. I recommend this place with the highest level of enthusiasm to all travelers visiting Nairobi for a long or short visit. It will be a trip highlight.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

The cabins are comfortable and spacious and the grounds are outstanding in the landscaping and historical buildings. The food and service were excellent, as were the array of curios at a fair price.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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Additional Information about Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages

Address: 336 Karen Road | P.O Box 163, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The cottages are located in Karen, a beautiful, peaceful suburb approximately 20 miles from downtown Nairobi and about half a mile from the famous Karen Blixen Museum. The cottages are located in the midst of one of the oldest formal gardens in Kenya which have huge jacaranda, candelabra, cactus, bottlebrush, and other trees. Over 200 types of flowers bloom through the year and numerous bird feeders attract hundreds of varieties of birds. ... more   less 
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