Where to start .. credit to the grounds, beautiful landscaping. The positives for me end here. The compound is so small you can see into several people's compounds & vice versa. While this isn't a huge blemish, it goes against the description the hotel goes by, serene.
The restaurant is where it all went wrong, the triple fried fries are VERY overhyped, nothing special at all. The steak while size-able, was extremely flat and needed too much salt & pepper to give it any taste, even the sauce wasn't enough to sort this out. That being the case, none of us (a group of 6), managed to finish their steaks .. I personally only managed half (more on this later). I did enjoy the creamed spinach the most (it's hard to get this one wrong though).
Back to my left-overs. I chose to have the remaining half of my steak packed as it was quite big and at the price we were paying, 3,500 each, there was no way I as about to waste it (I figured I could take it home and manipulate it into tasting better). The mediocre experience turned for the worse when it was time to leave. I asked the waiter where my leftovers were and after dilly dallying about he returned with a confession .. They had given away my half steak 'by accident' to another patron (which also made me wonder how many others didn't finish their meals). Needless to say there was no tip forthcoming to this chap.
In conclusion, I will not be returning to Hemingway's Nairobi (Michelin chef or not) & can recommend many other establishments with far more amazing steaks at a fraction of the absurd cost here such as Sierra, ORO & Seven @ Village Mkt. I hope my experience is of help to you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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* 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. ... more less
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