If you're a tourist, staying in the suburb of Karen keeps you out of the hectic Nairobi city buzz and puts you close to the animal parks that attracted us to Nairobi -- the elephant orphanage, giraffe center and Nairobi National Park.
The Karen Blixen Cottages are a series of single story wooden two-suite buildings scattered among well landscaped grounds. The main buildings house a large dining room and lounge, along with the front desk and small gift shop. Each of our group's suites had a generous sized bedroom and spacious modern bathroom with lots of hot water. Bath amenities are plentiful and of nice quality.
The breakfast buffet is average. Small selection of cold cereals, breads and fresh fruit available on the buffet and a waiter takes orders for eggs and hot meats. In general, we'd have to give the food at the restaurant a "C" grade -- a little heavy handed with the salt and just ok preparations.
There's a good sized bar with a full selection of beers, African wines and liquors. It appeared that this is a favorite hangout of the locals, especially to watch sports on the many tvs around the bar. This is also where guests can get a light meal after the restaurant has closed for the evening -- handy for late arrivals at the hotel.
In summary...great grounds, welcoming professional staff, comfortable accommodations, but go out to eat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cottages are located in Karen, a beautiful, peaceful suburb approximately 20 miles from downtown Nairobi and about half a mile from the famous Karen Blixen Museum. The cottages are located in the midst of one of the oldest formal gardens in Kenya which have huge jacaranda, candelabra, cactus, bottlebrush, and other trees. Over 200 types of flowers bloom through the year and numerous bird feeders attract hundreds of varieties of birds. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Karen Blixen Coffee Garden And Cottages
- Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages Hotel Karen