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“Excellent stop for one night”
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Giraffe Manor
Ranked #1 of 213 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stayed at Giraffe Manor for one night (like most people it seemed...) on 15 October 2013. We were welcomed as our van came up the driveway, given a briefing with a cool drink and cold flannel, and shown to our upgraded room - the Karen Blixen suite.

We arrived just before lunch was being served - and were encouraged to join other guests on the back terrace. The food was incredible - and the staff did what they could to encourage one or two of the giraffes (and their warthogs companions) up towards the terrace for us.

After lunch, we were taken down to the Giraffe Sanctuary for a private tour. Once again, great staff and not at all pushy on the tips and gift shop side of things. Once we were escorted back to the main house, we were served sundowners on the terrace and, again, the giraffes were encouraged to come up for snacks.

Then, to pre-dinner drinks and to dinner, which was served for all of the house guests. The food was fantastic and the service professional. After dinner, back to the sitting room with coffee, hot chocolate, drinks, liqueurs, anything at all, before an early night in preparation for...

6am wake up call is recommended to catch the giraffes at breakfast. What an amazing experience and one that many guests had to curtail because of transfers. If I can give one piece of advice, it is to arrive as early as possible and leave as late as possible - within reason! - for one night only, that's plenty.

The suite was lovely, not quite cold enough yet for the hot water bottles placed in our bed though! Very spacious and enough room for a family. We didn't sleep soundly - the room has a pitched roof and as only our second night off the plane, we weren't quite used to the sounds of birds and small animals on the roof. Absolutely not a reflection on the hotel though - more us city folk failing to relax properly!

You do need to look past the fact this is an old property that has been lovingly restored and brought into modern (isn) times - if you're after something that looks and feels more like a modern hotel, you'll be disappointed, but we absolutely weren't. We absolutely loved every second and would heartily recommend anyone to spend one day and night there.

Thank you to all the attentive staff and to the other guests, who were a pleasure to be around.

Room Tip: There are so few rooms, and the giraffes have access to three sides, so there isn't a bad room i...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

We booked to stay here for one night at the end of our honeymoon as I love animals and I wanted to fulfill my dream to get up close to one of the most stunning beautiful animals in the world which was our main reason to book to stay . however I wasn't expecting to also stay in a beautiful stately home the photos just don't do it justice ..it's stunning and so homely .. Ur made to feel at home from the moment u arrive staff are so welcoming friendly polite . They took our bags straight up to our room which they have us a free upgrade as they had a cancellation and we had booked only a standard room as we booked last minute ( advice book early ) and we were very lucky.
Next we were offered drinks whilst we freshened up then given lunch whilst they took all our clothes that we needed laundered to be sorted out by the morning . Lunch was lovely we were then taken down to the giraffe center as I couldn't wait I fed and stroked giraffes wow wow . We had then booked a trip to daphne sheldrick orphanage poor elephants babies were so lovey u just want to take one home we adopted one and then back to the manor for pre dinner drinks by the fire with the other guests just like u would at home and then giraffe time as they simply wander back and forth from the giraffe center to the Manor all day then we had a romantic dinner outside was yummy service and staff so warm and friendly and high standard excellent .
After dinner drinks then get some photos inside the manor it's really stunning but homely do chat to the staff they are charming and loved talking to the guests. We then went up to our room to find the bedroom fire lit and celebratory honeymoon drinks on ice awaiting us really nice thoughtful and unexpected so we got cozy had our drinks in front of the fire very romantic . I was up at 5 am by 5.30 I was ready at the window waiting for the giraffes they were on time the baby jock running to the window I was so excited I can't describe it 3 giraffes at my window to see me woke my husband who could see I was so excited started taking pics saying omg can't believe its 5.30 we are at the window with giraffes !! Haha it was magical amazing !!! We fed them with pellets the manor provide
especially in the bedrooms for this . We then went down to breakfast to find lots of giraffes waiting head through the windows waiting to eat with us I cannot tell I how amazing how wow this was if u like animals then book a night here ! I spent 3 hours feeding cuddling stroking them we have amazing memories had our breakfast with them .
Check out is 10 but they let is stay till 12 just relaxing and then took us by private car to our next hotel . We we're sad to leave we will definitely return. 5 star overall in every way plus the giraffe experience stick it on ur bucket list . Any questions feel free to ask me

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4  Thank MrsAbdel-Qader
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The experience here is overwhelmingly amazing and unique.......the giraffe's coming to breakfast is so much fun! We were on the first floor (in the newer section) and also had a giraffe come to our window for an afternoon treat! (And don't forget the dog and Pumba's running around too!).
The Manor itself is elegant, clean and generally lovely, both terms of the rooms and the surrounding gardens. It's nice just to spend the day and evening lounging in any one of many spots, in front of a fire, in the garden, in a lounge.....
The food was great.
All of the staff were excellent -very helpful, friendly and mindful of each individual guest.
A fantastic way to spend our last night in Kenya.

Room Tip: First floor rooms with a window to feed the giraffe!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank GTF111
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

I can only echo all the other reviews. What a fantastic place. The staff were very eager to please and always wanting to do more. It was great fun to eat breakfast and afternoon tea with the giraffes and warthogs. Our room was lovely, although it would have been great if the shower had a little stronger water pressure. They even took us back to the airport even though our flight left at the ungodly hour of 3:30am.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank BenDC
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Staying at Giraffe Manor had been at the top of my "bucket list" for nearly 30 years. It was everything we expected and more. Worth every penny.
From the moment you are picked up from the airport or hotel to the sad tear jerking moment you leave you are treated like royalty by the friendly staff. Lynette and Tony make sure everything is just as you wish and cannot do enough for you. They will have you driven anywhere you like, set up dinner anywhere that takes your fancy, light the fire in your room, do your laundry, see that you are fed to bursting. Kudos to the chef.
And best of all, the entire staff will make sure you are able to see, feed, pet and interact with the giraffes.These are wild animals but so gentle. Even the warthogs that literally try to climb in the breakfast room windows are fun.
I have traveled many lovely high end places in my 71 years and never experienced such a willing, attentive, friendly staff. They make sure the manor and property is never crowded so it seems like your own little bit of Downton Abbey in Kenya.
While we were there a couple of families with children were there and the staff made sure they had lots to do. What a fabulous experience for your children or grandchildren to remember forever.
4 of us traveled together and cannot imagine not coming back!

Room Tip: Upstairs front facing rooms will get giraffes begging to be fed in the morning but the same giraffe...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Beth B
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stayed here for a night at the outset of a three week safari vacation. What a great "in your face" introduction to Africa and giraffes. A trip to the Giraffe Centre next door, a short hike, and a tour around Karen (including the Blixen house), were all part of our stay at the Manor. Our safari guides were always surprised about how much we knew about giraffes!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Bramble5
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We did not stay at the manor,however we did visit the grounds to pet the giraffes and to feed them. What an experience. I would like to stay here next time! The place was very clean, and one could tell the animals were well taken care of and loved.

Room Tip: I always ask for corner rooms with view.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Giraffe Manor

Address: Koitobos Rd, Nairobi 00503, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 213 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range: $485 - $685 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Giraffe Manor 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Giraffe Manor is owned by The Safari Collection and is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately facade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its twelve rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen. However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection. ... more   less 
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