What a place! We were warmly welcomed by the manager, who gave us a tour of the Manor, and a history of the place and it's people as we walked around. We were given Marlon as our room, which was lovely. A bit later, however, we were moved to the Karen Blixen Suite, as there were not many guests, and they thought we would appreciate the extra space and luxury (we certainly did!). The food was first class, and dinner in the wonderful old dining room with the other guests was wonderful. The service and staff were excellent.
All that said, I would have slept in a tin hut and dined on bread and water to enjoy the interaction that we had with the giraffes. The chance to get so close to these wonderful, gentle and beautiful creatures is what this is all about- the rest is just icing on the cake.
It's not cheap, but worth every penny- we will be going back for more than one night next time.
Thanks to everyone there for treating us with such courtesy and friendliness.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Giraffe Manor Hotel Nairobi