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Hemingways Hotel

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- Luxurious country estate
- Heated pool, gym and spa
- Superior facilities
- Hemingways Portfolio

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Overview

Hemingways is a large and opulent hotel located a forty-five minute drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the Karen suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Set within ten acres of landscaped grounds, it is the most recent addition to the Hemingways Collection, joining their long-established beach resort in Watamu, and their safari camp in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. This high-end hotel will suit guests seeking luxury and comfort in a delightful, if somewhat formal, setting during a Nairobi stop-over at the beginning or end of a safari.

The grand white buildings are set within lush gardens and have the feel of plantation-style country estate. On arrival in the two-storey entrance hall, guests are met by impressive, ornate décor and a sweeping staircase leading up to the 'fine-dining' restaurant. Uniformed staff are friendly and plentiful, although the service can be a little erratic at times. Downstairs, there’s a brasserie in the main dining room, and the extensive main areas are light and airy. Several lounges contain potted palms and ceiling fans, whilst libraries and a large wine-cellar contribute to the elegant, albeit rather formal feel. A southwest-facing terrace features shaded seating areas, with views overlooking landscaped lawns stretching down to the lake and woods. A heated pool, sauna, gym, and spa are all available, and Wi-Fi can be accessed throughout the property.

The hotel has 45 suites set over six wings that descend down from the main hotel buildings into the grounds. Although every suite comes with a private balcony, those closest to the hotel boast superior sunset views over the Ngong hills. 23 'Executive Suites' have vaulted ceilings, but are generally similar in size and amenity to the remaining 'Deluxe Suites'. The rooms are incredibly spacious, with bright, contemporary décor. Four-poster double or twin beds are draped in mosquito nets, with a writing desk, sofa, walk-in wardrobe, mini-bar, and a pop-up satellite TV. The large ensuite bathrooms are decked in white marble and contain free-standing bathtubs, along with a separate toilet. For guests wishing to really splash out, the two 'Presidential' suites can only be described as enormous, with additional luxurious features. All guests are served by their own private butler, who attends to luggage, room service, and any other requirements.

While Nairobi functions mainly as an international entry point to the more exciting Kenyan safari destinations, for guests with a little time, there are some cultural and wildlife activities to explore. The hotel's City Tour can arrange trips to the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe centre, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where orphaned elephants and rhinos are hand reared.

Although the hotel has no formal no age restrictions, it does have an adult feel. High-chairs and cots are available, but the property is probably best suited to families with older children. It’s possible to rent an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, laptop, and DVD players to keep everyone entertained. Note that the pool is unfenced, and parental supervision is required at all times.

Hemingways is a charming haven for guests seeking a touch of luxury in a convenient location.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 27 August 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

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