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“Quiet Romance” 5 of 5 stars
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House of Waine
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Masai Lane & Bogani Road | Karen, PO Box 25035, Nairobi 00603, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #1 of 111 Hotels in Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
“Quiet Romance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

House of Waine is a charming beautiful boutique hotel that allows you to have that quiet refreshing alone time with your partner in a homely fashion. It was lovely of them to go out of their way to set up romantic scenarios for us mmhmmm. If you want to experience the hustle and bustle of Nairobi, you can always hire a taxi to take you into town and come back to relax in this quiet oasis.The staff were professional and always on hand to help us. The food was quite delicious but being from West Africa, we craved our pepper-filled meals.We think there should be a variety of both continental and Kenyan dishes on the menu so as to give visitors a taste of Kenya.It was quite disappointing that the pool was not heated up as expected ( one of the many reasons we chose HOW). Connection to the wi-fi was instant and the mini-bar was free with daily stocking. Our room and bathroom were also cleaned twice daily with hot water bottles provided at night (so thoughtful). Lots of landmarks to visit within Karen( where HOW is situated) too so you can never get bored. It was a lovely experience that re-ignited the spark in our romance and we will definitely come back.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you for staying with us, we were very pleased and honored to host you.
We are glad you found our staff professional, our meals delicious and enjoyed your stay.
We have taken note that the swimming pool was not heated to expectation and also that you would have preferred meals spicy, this will help us improve.

We look forward to welcoming you back.


House of Waine team.
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is my second stay at the house of Waine and it does not disappoint. Same excellent staff and such lovely genuine, friendly welcome back. Rooms are excellent, everything you need and fresh Kenyan coffee with a plunger, the home cooked biscuits are lovely touch. You will not be disappointed if you choose The House of Waine. So nice to be out of the bustle of Nairobi even if it is just of an evening, once you have fought the traffic this hotel is so worth it.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
It was indeed a pleasure welcoming you back and we are glad we made your stay enjoyable once again. We highly appreciate your polite feedback and look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit.

Thank you.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Amazing staff, great rooms, luxuriously decorated, the food was awesome, the reading material in the rooms relevant and FREE mini -bar!! Luxury worth your money.
Great place for couples and easily accessible

Room Tip: Malaika room is super spacious
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and for your kind feedback. It was a pleasure hosting you and we are all happy you enjoyed your stay.

We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Lovely small hotel with beautiful grounds. Being located in Karen it is convenient to many tourist destinations -- Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Sanctuary etc. without having to endure the congestion in downtown Nairobi. Due to location (taxi's not sitting out front) I would suggest organizing ground transportation in advance. Hotel arranged airport transfers for us and probably could arrange for a hired car/driver as well.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Thank you for choosing House of Waine and for the kind feedback, it was a pleasure hosting you. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and took time to enjoy some of the attractions in the Karen area.

Indeed we can organize transfers and hired cars within 15 minutes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

This place is lovely. Old colonial style and full of great furniture. Very quiet which suited us nicely. The staff are great and the food was good. It seemed to be quite low occupancy which meant their was a slight lack of atmosphere but this is a minor issue. The only thing I would question is the extra $90 they charge for a fold down bed for my daughter. Seems steep but I think this may be the going rate in nairobi.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
It was a pleasure hosting you and we highly appreciate your kind feedback. We are glad your family and you enjoyed your stay with us as well as the food and service offered.

As a policy children below 02 years stay free of charge while from 3 to 11 years a 50% charge applies hence the extra charge.

We all look forward to welcoming you back.

Thanks,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We stayed one night after a long flight from USA, arrived late night and they could not be more welcoming. With drinks and snacks and made us feel right at home at the late hour.
Next morning had a nice walk around the wonderful grounds with pool and mornings sounds of the birds etc. Had a nice breakfast before we flew out to the Mara.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
It was a pleasure hosting you at House of Waine and we are happy your stay with us was comfortable.
We appreciate your kind feedback and hope you had a great safari.

We all look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay in Nairobi.

House of Waine team.
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

My significant other and I have made it a tradition to spend 9th April at House of Waine, Nairobi for her birthday.
The management and staff of House of Waine have exceeded our expectations for the last 5 years with their fantastic service, thoughtfulness, extra step, amazing foods and excellent decor. Without going into details of naming the excellent staff, it is without doubt an experience worth penning.
I would strongly recommend anyone looking for an intimate setting to try out House of Waine and we shall definitely be staying there every 9th April for a long time to come.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Thank you for staying with us again, it was a pleasure hosting you and we are glad we made your stay memorable.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and continued support, and look forward to your next stay.

Thank you.

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Additional Information about House of Waine

Address: Masai Lane & Bogani Road | Karen, PO Box 25035, Nairobi 00603, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#1 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#3 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — House of Waine 4.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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