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“Pleasant surprise upon arrival” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hemingways Nairobi

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Hemingways Nairobi
Ranked #1 of 161 Hotels in Nairobi
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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66 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise upon arrival”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stayed here on our way to and from Kenya on safari. We were pleasantly surprised by the decor and feel of the beautiful room. The only thing we weren't happy about were the amount of mosquitos present in our room, which we spent over an hour killing with bug spray or splatting them on walls or between hands. The other concern was the temperature of the room when we went to bed - we turned on the air con after we both woke up 2 hours after we went to bed soaked and sweating - the air con did not cool down the room enough so we did not sleep well before our early morning flight.

After our 7 day safari we stayed once again and both enjoyed swedish massages and LONG hot showers after not having them for a week!! Then dinner was great with a repeat of my short rib order which was not a disappointment.

Our room air con was better this time thanks to the butler service fixing it and the mozzies a bit less frequent in our room. Breakfast was very pleasant and the staff of the gift shop arranged to have the correct size of sandal for me before we left for our flight home. We were disappointed that we could not go to the elephant orphanage or visit the Karen Blixen home as we did not have time before our flight left for Abu Dhabi.

Beautiful decor - so much so that we took lots of pics to use to choose our furniture at home!
Very pleasant experience and would recommend and stay again if we had the chance.

Room Tip: loved our Lord Errol room.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

We booked the spa for a group of five. During booking we were given comprehensive information so we knew what to expect. We had either the hot stone or coffee scrub massages which were excellent. Kudos to the spa manager, the masseuses and Keith for the cocktails.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi
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39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

My Valentine's Day or rather evening was crowned by an evening of perfect company, fun, food, laughter and perfect service at this luxurious boutique hotel in Nairobi.

Tucked away in the leafy suburbs of Karen, Hemingways is definitely in a class of its own and completely deserves its Five Star status.

Being night time I could not quite see the hills but was told that all the hotel suites have beautiful views of the Ngong Hills.

Beautiful decor adorns the walls and corridors and open spaces throughout the hotel.The cuisine was wonderful. For a party of seven people to all enjoy whatever each person ordered is commendable to a hotel's kitchen, and truly none of us complained. Being all Kenyans, everyone ordered some form of meat or other.

The desserts were decadent.

One in the party of seven was also celebrating her birthday, and boy, did she enjoy being spoiled.

Just one observation though...being a Valentine's Day, I expected the Hotel to at least dish out red roses to all the ladies(including the workers), in the hotel but this did not happen. Maybe next time.

My next agenda will be to sample a night at this stunning hotel.

All in all, highly recommended for fine wining and dining.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Roseleen M
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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64 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed here before and after going on Safari. The rooms were beautiful, the staff was great, and the food was good. I have stayed in many "five star" hotels from Vegas to Dubai and in between. This place has them beat when it comes to service and room decor! Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Feeling of safety, security and Luxurious! Great entry into Kenya before or after safari. Gorgeous rooms, grounds, service, amenities. Quiet private estate like hotel. Beautiful views of the Ngong hills. Around the corner from the Blixen house ( imagine Robert Redford napping on the porch) and a short drive to the orphan elephant rescue, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. 33 baby elephants rescued after the moms were most often killed by poachers. Pool, spa, gym and unexpectedly a great place to bird. Eagles and ibis. Great verandas off of each room. Wonderful, unobtrusive staff. Stunning decor and finishes.

Stayed February 2014
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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I decided to spend two nights in Nairobi to overcome our jet lag prior to beginning our tented safari vacation. Located in the Karen neighborhood, this is a stunning boutique hotel on beautifully landscaped grounds viewing the Ngong Hills. We arrived shortly after midnight and were greeted warmly by the hotel manager and our butler. We enjoyed breakfast and dinner at their restaurant and both meals were superb. Their service was outstanding. As an example, our luggage was going to exceed the weight limitation (33 pounds including carry on) for our small aircraft flights to the various camps. David Owalla, the front office manager, arranged to hold a piece of luggage and have it delivered to the airport when we were passing back through and the weight restrictions wouldn't be a concern. Getting it to our gate was not an easy proposition but David made it happen. We couldn't be happier with the accommodations or the service we received. We will surely stay at Hemingways when our travels bring us to Nairobi again.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Simon H, General Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear Jerry M

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Hemingways Nairobi. We always aim to please and go the extra mile. We look forward to your next stay with us.

Regards

Simon H
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

Very beautiful hotel in a perfect location but lunch service was very slow for a conference set up. Staff were not very welcoming but the food was delicious and handy doggy bags provided for take away. Very pricey.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Nairobi, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear Wakesho,

“I am greatly concerned that your welcome fell short of your expectations. I would be delighted to discuss with you to understand exactly what went wrong. Please feel free to contact me at the hotel or on 0711032000. In the meantime please rest assured of our commitment to excelling and we are confident your next visit will be outstanding.”

Regards.
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Additional Information about Hemingways Nairobi

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 161 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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