Hemingways makes an impression. Enter the beautiful colonial-style buildings fronted by manicured lawns and you’ll find a warm welcome, a tranquil atmosphere and a wonderfully classic interior that’s full of character, highlighted by a sweeping double staircase. It’s the perfect place to begin a Kenya safari in style.
The elegant Brasserie has its sights set high, with the aim of being Nairobi’s first Michelin-star restaurant. The food here is contemporary European, and the steaks are particularly good, cooked on a ‘Josper’ charcoal oven. Breakfasts are a well-thought out affair, with four ‘breakfast profiles’ – healthy, power, energy and New York – cooked to order. The bar emulates the feel of a private members’ club, with plush dark sofas and rare whiskies alongside fresh contemporary cocktails. There’s also a pool with far-reaching views over the gardens to the hills, and a shady terrace for lounging.
Large rooms are light and airy, with a classic yet contemporary design of neutral tones, beamed ceilings, dark woods and splashes of colour. All have butler service, a luxurious Italian marble bathroom with walk-in wardrobe, pop-up television, free Wi-Fi and a balcony offering views of the Ngong Hills that inspired the title of Hemingway’s work, ‘Green Hills of Africa’.