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House of Waine

Masai Lane & Bogani Road Karen, PO Box 25035, Nairobi 00603 Kenya
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#8 of 297 hotels in Nairobi
House of Waine is a family owned and run property and this is reflected in the name Waine which is made up of the initials of the family members. Originally a family house, it was lovingly converted to a boutique hotel and eventually opened in 2004. The interior design takes its cue from the Matriarch of the family and is imbued with a timeless elegance much like her.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Golf course
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, French
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AfricaTravelCentre wrote a review Feb 2020
Boulder, Colorado103 contributions26 helpful votes
Very comfortable, spacious rooms. Located near many attractions and artisan shops in Karen District of Nairobi. What it lacks though is character. Decor, although new, is uninspired and without personality. Much could be done, and the space and the tranquil setting are really lovely. The garden is impeccable. Staff were extra extremely attentive and the food was delicious. The cottage has a more homey feel.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from HoWNairobi, Assistant General Manager at House of Waine
Responded Mar 10, 2020
Dear Africa Travel Centre, We thank you for your review of the hotel and the analysis of our rooms which you did during your site inspection. We want to confirm to you that your proposals are well taken into consideration as we are planning soft furnishings for all our 11 beautiful boutique rooms which will be individually styled to give each guest a different experience from all over the world in The Spirit of Modern Africa. The rooms will all have the original and renewed personalized special themes adopted from local cultures and the African continent. We do encourage you to visit us once again to enable us showcase to you our newly done rooms after May 2020 and assure you a renewed perspective on what the House offers. Our staff are happy to hear of how much you appreciate their service and the food served while enjoying the lush gardens that are home to various indigenous birds. Please feel free to contribute further with ideas about our rooms by writing to us (mail@houseofwaine.co.ke) and we are more than happy to be of service to you in the future in our usual World Class Style. Best Regards, The House of Waine Team.
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Liz M wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne6 contributions5 helpful votes
Huge lovely room, blissfully quiet, beautiful gardens, birds including a Turaco outside our room! Great service, highly recommend this hotel as a stopover in a lovely part of Nairobi. Easy airport access - loved it!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from HoWNairobi, Assistant General Manager at House of Waine
Responded Mar 1, 2020
Dear Liz, We are glad to have hosted you for the overnight stay in our beautiful boutique hotel and it makes us proud to hear such a wonderful review of our hotel. The staff are happy to hear of how much you appreciate the service rendered to your during your stay with us. We are happy to know that you loved our lush gardens that is both quiet and a home for different indigenous birds such as the beautifully colored Turaco. The airport drive has been made easily accessible through the highway bypass and we thank you for recommending the hotel as we look forward to hosting you once again and extending our World Class service with The Spirit of Modern Africa. Best Regards, The House of Waine Team.
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Kim C wrote a review Feb 2020
Northwich, United Kingdom287 contributions106 helpful votes
This hotel was booked for an overnight stay after a long flight to Nairobi. We had a pre planned visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage early evening and so we checked in quite late. We were given a warm welcome by very friendly staff and shown to an amazing suite. It was very spacious and had a great view of the garden and the pool. We had mentioned to our travel company that this holiday had been booked to celebrate a special wedding anniversary and obviously this information had been passed on to House of Waine. Our suite was strewn with rose petals and the bed was beautifully decorated with over 40 red roses. There was also a very thoughtful gift of a memory book. We hadn’t been in the suite long when a complimentary bottle of bubbly arrived. We went down to eat our evening meal and they had set up a private table for us suitably decorated with hearts. We enjoyed a delicious romantic candlelit dinner. We slept like babies in the sumptuous giant sized bed and feeling refreshed enjoyed our breakfast overlooking the garden. The service here is spot on and the staff are so friendly and helpful. We had a flight to catch after breakfast to head off on safari. What a fantastic start to our holiday at House of Waine, certainly very memorable and it was just a shame we weren’t staying a bit longer. Many thanks!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from HoWNairobi, Assistant General Manager at House of Waine
Responded Mar 1, 2020
Dear Kim, We were happy to have been part of the celebration of your wedding anniversary and appreciate the kind words from your review of the hotel from the welcome to the farewell. The Malaika Suite that you stayed in is our pride and joy and often referred to as the Grande Dame to signify it's grandiose size. The team is happy to note of your satisfaction with the service rendered together with the surprises and pampering you received. The tranquil and peaceful stays are our signature and are happy that you experienced it all. While we also felt that your stay was short, we are happy to know that you will consider us for your next special day as we plan to maintain our World Class service extended to you in the true Spirit of Modern Africa. Best Regards, The House of Waine Team.
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Lisa P wrote a review Oct 2019
Niwot, Colorado12 contributions2 helpful votes
This was the first time we stayed at the House of Waine and would definitely return! Everyone was so kind and helpful, the rooms were very nice, including being equipped with usb ports for charging electronics after long flights, mini frig in room w/ complimentary snacks and juice. We stayed a couple of nights before our safari and then after the safari we had day rooms booked which were a blessing. House of Waine stored our hard sided luggage while on safari for 2 weeks. The food was also excellent. Beautiful, secure spot in Karen. Thank you House of Waine!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from HoWNairobi, Assistant General Manager at House of Waine
Responded Mar 1, 2020
Dear Lisa, We appreciate your wonderful review of our boutique hotel and our environs. Our staff are very delighted to hear know that their service is appreciated together with the extra mile by each one of them and that you very much enjoyed your meals. We are glad to note that the room amenities on complimentary were appreciated and that your stay was a blessing. We pride ourselves in World Class service merged with The Spirit of Modern Africa and we will continue providing the service even as you plan your next trip with us. Best Regards, The House of Waine Team.
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Patricia W wrote a review Oct 2019
Gainesville, Florida967 contributions1,115 helpful votes
We arrived from the US after long flights. We were met with champagne and very delightful staff members. This was not a surprise because we had read GREAT reviews of this hotel. We were taken to the Malaika Suite - the BIG Room - and it was magnificent. Sitting out on the back veranda of our suite, we had drinks and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Dinner was served in the dining room and it was terrific. The beef fillet and seared skirt steak were perfect (rare). We enjoyed the beautiful gardens all around the hotel. This is a very nice place to unwind. My only advice: large tips are expected
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Date of stay: August 2019
Room Tip: the Malaika Suite is very nice - a bit more expensive, but worth it
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Response from HoWNairobi, Assistant General Manager at House of Waine
Responded Mar 1, 2020
Dear Patricia, Thank you for the wonderful review of our boutique hotel. We are happy to note that the welcome experience was well deserved of our reputation in The Spirit of Modern Africa style. Our staff will be delighted to hear of how much you appreciated their service. The Malaika Suite is our pièce de résistance and we are happy to hear that it met and exceeded your expectations. We pride ourselves in tranquility and relaxation and we hit the mark with you topped with the wonderful food that you enjoyed in our restaurants. We do look forward to welcoming you back once again and extend our World Class service to you while in Africa and Kenya. As for the tips, this is purely voluntary and guests are encouraged to use the centralized tip box at the Reception. Best Regards, The House of Waine Team.
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Frequently Asked Questions about House of Waine
Which popular attractions are close to House of Waine?
Nearby attractions include David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (3.9 miles), Escape Room Kenya (2.6 miles), and Giraffe Centre (2.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at House of Waine?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at House of Waine?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at House of Waine?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at House of Waine?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to House of Waine?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Talisman Restaurant, Tamarind Restaurant, and Tamambo Karen Blixen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at House of Waine?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does House of Waine have an airport shuttle?
Yes, House of Waine offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at House of Waine?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does House of Waine offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at House of Waine?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.