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“An Oasis” 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 125 Hotels in Nairobi
Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“An Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ended our safari vacation at the House of Waine. It was an unexpected stop for us but provided a nice break before heading home. The staff is incredibly gracious and went out of their way to make us comfortable. For example our departing flight was schedule to leave very late in the day, and the manager gave us the only available room to relax in until we left for the airport. The food was very good and fresh. There are only 11 rooms, and they are all decorated in a different theme. The size of both the rooms and bathrooms are very generous. Tea, coffee, and water is provided in each room as well as cookies. The pool provided a welcome distraction. We felt very secure and relaxed during our stay.

Room Tip: I would ask from a room upstairs and with a view towards the pool and garden. The downstairs rooms a...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thank you for staying with us at the end of your Safari vacation, we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and that we made your stay comfortable.

We are glad we could assist on your day of departure and highly appreciate your kind feedback.

We all look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

House Of Waine team.
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  • 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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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stayed here for just one night in July. The Room was Huge & perfect with the exception of a small fault on the shower head which sprayed water everywhere other than that couldn't fault it. If I went back to Nairobi would stay here without a doubt. Friendly staff and nice Breakfast.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
It was a pleasure hosting you, we are glad you found our staff friendly and enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your kind feedback which we have taken to consideration.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

House Of Waine team.
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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We loved the House of Waine. The rooms, meals and service were all impeccable. A perfect beginning to our safari. Fantastic location for visiting Daphe Sheldrick Trust as well as Giraffe Center and Karen Blixen house. We would stay here again. With mounting security concerns in Kenya - especially on the coast and in Nairobi, the House of Waine feels like a safe haven. The property is lovely and peaceful. We enjoyed our Swahili lessons during breakfast. Thank you.

Room Tip: All rooms are fantastic.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thank you for staying with us on your way to Safari, we are happy you found our meals and service impeccable, enjoyed your Swahili lessons and also found time to enjoy the various attractions nearby.

We look forward to hosting you again on your next visit.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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22 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We stayed 1 night in the House of Waine during our Kenya Honeymoon Travel and we loved this small, personal house with the lovely people, beautiful environment, tasteful, romantical rooms and absolute calmness.

We liked everything about this hotel and can recommend it with all our heart!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
It was a pleasure hosting you on your honeymoon, thank you for choosing House of Waine.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

Thank you.

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Portland, Oregon
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114 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Tired and waiting a few days for our flight, we relaxed in the comforts of the House of Waine. We enjoyed the warm and accommodating service and the comfortable accommodations. The atmosphere is very quiet.

Located in the upscale suburb of Karen, we felt secure but a little isolated. The Karen Blixen museum and the Giraffe Center are close by as well as some of Nairobi's best restaurants.

Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
Thank you for staying with us, we are happy you found our services warm and accommodating, and our rooms comfortable.

We hope you had a good rest before your flight and we have taken note of your feedback, which we highly appreciate.

We look forward to hosting you again on your next visit.

Thank you.

House Of Waine team.
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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

As we know, Nairobi is a dangerous place. I booked House of Waine because it is outside of the city. It is a romantic, relaxing, oasis with a very short drive to the Karen Blixen House, Giraffe center, and Sheldrick Elephant orphanage. The bedrooms and bathrooms were amazingly clean, and they even put hot water bottles in your bed each night to keep your feet warm. This place is a perfect beginning or end to a safari as well as just a great vacation spot. I enjoyed my stay very much.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and for your kind feedback.
We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and found time to enjoy the various attractions nearby.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

Thank you.

House Of Waine team.
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Melbourne
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Our first night in Africa could not have been more perfect. This boutique hotel is quite gorgeous and an oasis in an otherwise very frenetic city.
Our rooms (the Safari and then??) were perfect for a family of four and we felt completely at home due to the beautiful and understated service from Dennis, Maurice, Robert, Mary and all the team. We especially loved the hot water bottles in our beds when we came back to our rooms after dinner.

Tea by the pool, wine by the fire place, dinner in the lovely and welcoming dining room - all was sublime.

House of Waine is the prefect stepping stone onto or after safari and we loved every minute of it.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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HoWNairobi, Manager at House of Waine, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
It was a pleasure hosting you and your family at House of Waine. Thank you for staying with us and for your kind feedback.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us, started off your Safari well and hope you had a great time.

We all look forward to hosting you again on your next stay in Nairobi.


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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#1 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#1 Luxury 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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