This gracious boutique hotel sets the standard for luxury accommodation in Kenya’s vibrant capital, Nairobi. Located in the quiet, exclusive suburb of Karen just 16km from the city centre, Hemingways has 45 oversized guest rooms, each with uninterrupted views of the Ngong Hills.

Guest rooms come with a dedicated butler, who will make sure your favourite loose leaf blend awaits you at afternoon tea and who turns down your bed each evening. The personal, attentive service extends to the onsite brasserie, which turns out arguably the best steaks in Kenya, grilled in the specially imported charcoal oven.

Nairobi’s most famous attractions are all in close proximity to this conveniently located hotel, Enjoy a coffee at the historic Karen Blixen Museum, which is home to a herd of Rothschild’s giraffe. You could also head over to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which has successfully raised over 150 orphaned elephants since its inception in 1977.


How to get to Hemingways

In moderate traffic, Hemingways is a 40-minute drive (30km) from Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Activities at Hemingways

  • Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Centre visit
  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust excursion
  • Lake Nakuru National Park day trip
  • Kibera Slum School or Ngong Hills Women’s Centre volunteer activity tour

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Hemingways Highlights

  • A superb boutique hotel in the upmarket suburb of Karen
  • Romantic canopied beds and views of the Ngong Hills from every room
  • Dedicated butler service
  • One of Kenya’s best restaurants onsite
  • Facilities to rival any five-star hotel

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