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Hemingways Nairobi

Mbagathi Ridge, Karen, Nairobi 00502 Kenya
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 4 hotels in Karen
Travelers' Choice
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Hemingways Nairobi has a sophisticated and tranquil ambiance. Set between Nairobi National Park and the foot of the Ngong Hills, Hemingways Nairobi is an exclusive 5 star luxury boutique hotel located in the peaceful suburb of Karen far from the bustle of central Nairobi. An all-suite property providing full butler service, a brasserie, a sunset bar and lounge and a spa, this plantation style property is perfectly placed for trips to Nairobi National Park, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the capital. Each of the 45 suites is a generous size with en-suite bathrooms with walk-in closets, personalised mini bars, and a private terrace with magnificent views of the iconic Ngong Hills.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
24-hour security
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Popular mentions
Benita Njoroge wrote a review Jan 17
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Visited the spa on 16th December with a friend for my birthday. The team was not welcoming or warm from the reception to the masseurs. After, we went to steam and were left there. No engagement or feedback about the experience was asked. Found the staff to be extremely unfriendly and unbothered. I would not recommend going to this spa especially if you're looking for a treat for a special occasion.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Jackson Mutisya wrote a review Jan 10
Langata, Kenya227 contributions33 helpful votes
Excellent instagramable location, serene environment, polite and professional staff. Sunday brunch is a memorable affair @hemingways with 5-star menu, bottomless prosecco and sweet soulful live jazz band playing while you indulge.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Brunch starts from 12midday to 3.30pm. Water is not included in the package though.
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John R wrote a review Jan 6
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My wife and I enjoyed dinner one evening at the restaurant bar area. Right from the beginning we were greeted with a very welcome reception and seated immediately. When asking for our drinks, our server made a few recommendations and then offered to make a "surprise" drink based on our taste preferences. Personally, this is something I love as it shows am absolute love for the task at hand and a mastery of tasting profiles if done correctly. Needless to say, he was spot on and the drinks were next level. Regrettably we didn't take pictures, but one drink was served with tamarind, pear and what looked to be papaya seeds... so refreshing and well- balanced. We also had a cucumber and pepper drink with a fruit base and a daiquiri style cocktail. Incredible all around, world class service here that would make Hemingway himself envious. To follow, we had ordered a crème brûlée. Let me tell you, it was the best dessert I've ever had. The creamy base had an orange zest and was presented with what appeared to be all the spices used in the dish (vanilla bean, cinnamon, anise). Such a rich and satisfying dish, I can't say anything further than knowing it will forever be the baseline to which I'll compare the dish going forward.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Tina T wrote a review Jan 4
Morristown, New Jersey30 contributions42 helpful votes
We spent one night at Hemingway’s as we wanted to stay in the Karen area of Nairobi. I can’t say enough good things about the hotel. 5 star service. We felt special and cared for. Our suite was stunning and extremely spacious for 3 of us. The rooms are beautifully appointed and the staff is top notch. We enjoyed cocktails before dinner in the bar and watched the sun set. The dinner in the main dining room was spectacular. We had a seafood platter. Breakfast was also a delicious and varied buffet. I highly recommend a stay here if you want to visit the attractions in Karen like the Karen Blixen museum, Sheldrick elephant orphanage and others.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Richard Kimenyi, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Happy New Year tinaH75870Z , It is gratifying to hear that you found Hemingways a Beautiful Luxury Property with excellent service and you enjoyed cocktails and dinner and your entire stay . We appreciate your comments and wish you A Prosperous 2022. Kind regards , Richard K.
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Joan O wrote a review Jan 2
1 contribution
The bar never disappoints. Was here in 2020 and then again in 2022, and still found the amazing Ben. Attentive, intuitive and great service always. You can never go wrong. The cocktails are so great, the sunsets beautiful.. backed up by the team of Jacinta and Karanja. 10/10 would recommend
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Brunch on Sundays, bar for cocktails and sunset
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Response from Richard Kimenyi, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Joan O , We appreciate and notice that you are one of our supporters and a regular at our Bar and that you always enjoy the cocktails made by our team at the bar . We appreciate your patronage greatly , Best regards . Richard K.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hemingways Nairobi
Which popular attractions are close to Hemingways Nairobi?
Nearby attractions include Escape Room Kenya (1.4 miles), Giraffe Centre (3.6 miles), and The Hub Karen (1.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hemingways Nairobi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hemingways Nairobi?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hemingways Nairobi?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hemingways Nairobi?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hemingways Nairobi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tamarind Restaurant, The Talisman Restaurant, and Tamambo Karen Blixen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hemingways Nairobi?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does Hemingways Nairobi have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hemingways Nairobi offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Hemingways Nairobi have airport transportation?
Yes, Hemingways Nairobi offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hemingways Nairobi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hemingways Nairobi offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.