This plantation-style property offers an exclusive experience away from Nairobi’s centre.
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’.
In the Nairobi suburb of Karen, close to Nairobi National Park
Good to know
45 rooms and suites
• Book a Champagne afternoon tea* • Visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery* • Take a trip to the Karen Blixen Museum*
Breakfast at The Brasserie
*Denotes local charge