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Margarita House
Ranked #17 of 261 Nairobi B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Home from home”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Owner Elizabeth and her team are very friendly and welcoming. The hotel is clean, wifi fast and the beer cold - what more could you want! I had no trouble with the water - the hotel was full while we were there and we had hot water whenever we needed morning or night.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

One of the coolest places to chill out. The environment is so serene I could even read a book while asleep. Excellent services by the impeccable staff. Great place to take family or hold a polite event.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Don't be alarmed if you come into Nairobi in the late evening as you drive along dark, dirt roads. I wish I had been forewarned so I would not have been a bit freaked out. We arrived very late from Los Angeles, it is a 45 minute ride from the airport, so we were really tired and had an early flight to Tanzania. All night long that night we heard dogs and roosters so... not too much sleep. They were so nice to us and had prepared a very early breakfast for us before we left. We returned to them for our last night in Africa after our trip to Tanzania, it was so much better. We did not hear the animals, perhaps we were used to the time by then and not so freaked out, We had a great breakfast in the morning and they arranged for us to tour all day and then to dinner and to the airport to go home. Loved the town of Karen, and the whole day there! Do not book any tours, ask them for a driver and do it yourself, so much less $$$. See Baby elephant rescue at 10:00, giraffe encounter and the Blixon Museum... it's a great day. Margarita allowed us to return that late afternoon and take showers and rest before dinner and our late flight. They were really wonderful. It is not luxury, but very clean, comfortable beds and the nicest people. Also, ask them to send a driver to pick you up at the airport and take you back...someone will be waiting for you with your name..

Room Tip: All rooms are nice.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Tigard, Oregon
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Our stay was very quiet & restful. The food was delicious. The room and bathroom were neat & tidy. The staff was very attentive and professional and kind. Would love to visit the Margarita House again!
Thank you for making us feel so welcome!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is a wonderful small (16 rooms) hotel in the Karen, just southwest of Nairobi. We stayed three nights following our nine-day safari in the Masai Mara. The entire grounds and hotel are enclosed, gated, and guarded 24/7 for security so you feel completely safe while staying there. The Margarita House is family run and the owner's residence is at one end of the building---you will most likely meet them during your stay. By the way, the Margarita House is named after the owner's grandmother.

The room was charming with a comfortable poster bed with mosquito netting, couch, full bath, flat screen TV and fireplace (P.S. WIFI is free and available throughout the facility and grounds). Our room had a balcony that overlooked the gardens. It was nice to sit there and have coffee in the morning.

It is not only peaceful and beautiful but the staff is tops. They will personally take care of everything for you. The chef prepares the best meals and it's all safe. They follow international food preparation standards. We ate salads, fresh fruit and did not have to worry. It was all delicous and they are so accommodating if you have special needs (we are vegetarians). Food costs are very reasonable. We ate almost all our meals there. It was so good.

The location is great too. In one day we visited the nearby Sheldrick Baby Elephant Orphanage, the Karen Blixen museum and the Giraffe Centre. The staff at the Margarita House will arrange for a trusted driver who stays with you at all times during your excursions so there are no worries about getting back (very reasonable too).

If you are planning to stay in Nairobi and want something more than a big hotel, I highly recommend the Margarita House.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Honeymoon suite.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I stayed in a Master Suite at Margarita House while overnighting in Nairobi during a business trip. The hotel is neat and clean but a few matters require improvements. Shower pressure very low and almost no hot water, so my shower was a luke warm trickle. My dinner was average - heavily salted chicken and fries/chips. I found the furnishing a bit spartan and my room a bit dark. The property is very difficult to find - my driver got lost. On the positive side the hotel is very clean and secure and service was polite and prompt. There is free wireless Internet of reasonable speed.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Massapequa, New York
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

After a long flight this place was just marvelous!!! We also decided to do the room with meals. Breakfast was just so nice, organic and they were just so eager to serve. Lunch we had outside, but dinner was fantastic. We even watched some Kenyan TV shows. Bedroom was very comfortable and bathrooms had everything we needed. The owners were very friendly and accommodating

Room Tip: We stayed right behind the front desk and our windows face the front. The flowers in the yard were...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Margarita House
Address: Lower Plains Road | off Karen Rd, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 261 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Margarita House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of Kenya’s best kept secrets, Margarita house is a budding boutique hotel fittingly situated on the periphery of Nairobi city, in the up-scale suburb of Karen. We are conveniently located within 5 minutes drive of major tourist attractions such as; Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, giraffe center and the Nairobi safari walk. At Margarita House we offer professional personalized service delivered in a serene and relaxing environment. Try us today. ... more   less 
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