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“Hemingways Saves the Day” 5 of 5 stars
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Hemingways Nairobi
Ranked #1 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Hemingways Saves the Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I had a reservation elsewhere in Nairobi , but nightmare of business travellers they did not have one to match! So arrived at Hemingways tried and a little flustered after some frantic calls had got me a room there. Not my first stay so aware of the hotel and it's high standards . Tonight both the hotel and the staff worked their magic , very welcoming , great meal and comfortable room. Only problem was the five am departure, however once agin the staff showed their mettle and the hotels commitment to looking after their guests as they insisted they could get me coffee and toast really quick , which they did , as I should not leave without breakfast.

Faith in (some) hotels restored!

Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Chris G
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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Dear Chris,

We are elated that the Hemingways magic augered well with you and saved your day! Our personalized service will always be at hand to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Many thanks for staying with us.

Warm regards
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London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This amazing exquisite property ticks all the boxes. The architecture is out of this world, so plush, so quaint, so clean, the finish is impeccable, super deluxe. The service is unbeatable. The staff all so very polite, courteous, in my opinion it even rates better than the FOUR SEASONS.
The suites are so deluxe, so luxurious, i felt so comfortable and enchanted, i was reluctant to leave! The manager David is so nice so helpful, so well mannered with excellent customer relations.
The food was very good and tasty and good quality. This hotel is located in the nicest chicest area of Nairobi, Karen land. The premises so lush, so romantic, green and lovely surroundings.
Will definitely go back with hubby. This hotel is definitely a must!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank SHERMINE54
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Simon H, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, January 18, 2014
Dear Shermine54

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to your return. In the mean time many thanks from the team at Hemingways Nairobi.

Regards

Simon
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Spalding, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This hotel needs to be seen to be believed! We have visited some excellent hotels all over the world but this one, with its backdrop of Kenyan hills is the most memorable.
With the service and luxury you would expect from a Kensington hotel it is perhaps something the first time visitor to Kenya would not expect, however it has that genuine feel that some hotels in the Western World do not.
As boutique hotels go it matches anything you may find in London or Paris but they are unlikely to have a Giraffe Sanctuary around the corner. A hotel that provides an ideal stop over on the way to the beach or on Safari or even as a base for a city break. The restaurant is excellent and the chef provides dishes that would do any Michelin Starred restaurant proud.
Once again it is the staff that make this hotel even better, excellent professional friendly service.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank SkeggyItIsNot
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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, March 30, 2014
Dear Skeggy,

As you have rightly put it, seeing is believing. We are thrilled that you saw, liked and believed. The hotel is conveniently tucked in close proximity to The Giraffe Center and other top attractions making it an ideal stop over, as you noted. We are continually striving to improve in all spheres and we are sure your next experience will be even better!
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Nairobi, Kenya
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Bonjour, the reply of the manager to my comment dated 29 dec 2013 is not appropriate because if the hotel has a policy of reservation they shall announce it to the public. Also, in kenya it's not alowed by the traffic code to reverse from into a busy road since the hotel does not provide for turning space. Good neighbourhood is very important I must exclaim to the hotel management.
I shall contact the management outside Kenya to make them aware of management problems in Nairobi.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank peter w
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Simon H, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, January 18, 2014
Dear peter w

Hemingways is a Kenyan owned company. The owners are local residents; should you wish to contact them to pursue this matter please feel free to contact the hotel and we will facilitate direct communication for you.

Regards

Simon
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Nairobi, Kenya
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

A super posh place where you can make reservations to have a meal. Tuesday is half priced steak night, and the steak is delicious so that is a great opportunity to go experience the luxurious colonial legacy.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank N0MADIC-BY-NATURE
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Merseyside, England
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We only stayed here one night on our way to the Masai Mara but it is a truly wonderful luxury hotel with magnificent appointed rooms and fantastic service with your own personal butler !! We ate breakfast in the morning which had everything on offer to choose from before we were on our way. If you are thinking of staying in the Nairobi area and want the ultimate in luxury look no further than here. Thank you for a short but memorable stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank fender_strat_guy
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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Flying into Kenya can be interesting on your way to safari, I had one flight come in at 3:30am, meaning I needed somewhere to stay before my 10am flight out, so I booked here. The place was used only to sleep and shower and move on. But the place is impressive, the staff was very kind and attentive. The breakfast that morning was OK, served the purpose and we went on our way. They are very good with scheduling your transfers and drivers which was helpful too. On my way back I got in around 7:00pm to leave for a 4:00am flight, so once again it was a place to sleep, got some dinner delivered to the room which again was OK too. But just like the first the staff was amazing.

The rooms are also REALLY well done, very spacious, and have views of the interior garden. In terms of the room design, layout, and space, I'd put this in my top 10 hotel rooms for sure.

I'd stay here again in a heartbeat, but I wish it was a little less expensive, if you are goign to have really short layovers like I did, might not be worth it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank wilreynolds
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Property: Hemingways Nairobi
Address: Mbagathi Ridge | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hemingways Nairobi 5*
Number of rooms: 45
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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