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Overlooking the Ngong Hills in Nairobi’s tranquil and upscale neighbourhood of Karen, this luxurious boutique hotel is a haven of elegant charm. With great service and a tranquil atmosphere, Hemingways Nairobi makes an ideal 1- or 2-night stopover for travellers beginning or ending their Kenya safari. It is popular with high-level delegations and VIPs, and is a sought-after meeting place for well-heeled Kenyans.

Regal reception areas, clapboard architecture and spacious, airy rooms exude graceful elegance while a superior spa and wellness centre bestow sensual pampering on its guests. Award-winning cuisine from the resident Michelin-starred chef is standard here while a personalised butler service caters to your every need. The reception rooms are dotted with Matbronze's exceptional and true-to-life bird sculptures and the manicured gardens are ablaze with tropical canna lilies.

The perfect location from which to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Hemingways Nairobi is well placed to access the capital's top attractions. The utterly unique Nairobi National Park - offering authentic big game viewing with a city skyline - lies just a few minutes away, while the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage are also nearby.


  • Spacious suites with all the creature comforts
  • Ideal post-safari stopover to pamper & re-charge
  • Luxurious spa and wellness centre plus swimming pool
  • Michelin-star cuisine in the Hollywood-themed restaurant
  • Close to top restaurants like the Talisman
  • Close to Nairobi's top attractions like Nairobi National Park


  • Day tours
  • Spa treatments
An unmatched palatial experience, where one feels like royalty. Sunset drinks at the bar with views over the Ngong Hills not to be missed!
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Hemingways' 45 suites include opulent features such as king-sized beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and complimentary bathrobes and slippers. Natural light floods each room through large windows that frame garden views that can also be enjoyed from your private balcony.  A private butler caters to your every need from the moment you arrive.

The spacious, high-ceilinged rooms are elegantly furnished in contemporary-chic décor, echoing the classic charm of East Africa’s 1920s safari era. Vaulted timber ceilings and touches of gleaming brass add to the luxurious design while natural, earthy tones create sophisticated glamour. Gleaming en suite bathrooms adorned with hand-cut marble and complete with beautiful oval bathtubs make for sensual sanctuaries for body and mind.

There is a mini-bar, a walk-in closet, a television set that slots away when not in use and a desk with multiple USB and other connections for charging your devices.

The rooms are strung out over several individual buildings, each named after a famous persona connected to Africa in some way. If you would prefer to be close to the reception and dining areas, please let us know when booking as the walking distances and stairs can be taxing. A golf-cart service is also available.


With communal relaxation areas including a brasserie, a fine dining restaurant, an open wine cellar and a plush bar, Hemingways Nairobi is known for its superb service and cuisine.

Hemingways has high speed Wi-Fi throughout as well as a laptop, DVD player and fax machine available to you on request. Indulge your senses with exotic treatments from the spa where professional stylists soothe away any long haul stress before you explore the sights and sounds of Kenya’s capital. Enjoy a game drive in nearby Nairobi National Park or sip sundowners high above the city on Champagne Ridge as you take in the glorious views.


The Dining Room serves delectable cuisine from the hotel's Michelin-starred chef. Top-notch culinary creations have placed Hemingways on Africa's gourmet food map. Contemporary European-styled dishes with a modern flair take diners on a culinary journey with a variety of international flavours to suit every palate. Enjoy a breakfast of waffles and syrup in true New York-style or a hearty Sunday roast complete with Yorkshire pudding and gravy.

The décor is Hollywood-meets-Africa, with iconic movie posters and quotes lining the walls.

Known for the best steaks in Kenya and equally incredible eggs Benedict, the elegant Brasserie promises a sublime eating experience. Feast on fresh fish flown in daily from the Indian Ocean's early morning catches and be sure to try the chef’s signature Matemwe tuna dish.

High tea takes on a new twist as you taste a selection of hand-made pastries and cakes from the hotel’s patisserie along with golden champagne. Bespoke picnic hampers bursting with freshly-made sandwiches and salads are available for days spent outdoors.

And when lights twinkle across the city’s night skyline, share nightcap in the elegant bar where a superb collection of rare cognacs and whiskies will impress even the most discerning aficionados.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Wine cellar
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-fi available
  • Gym


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Dates Board Price
2022-06-01 — 2023-05-31 Bed & Breakfast $385
2023-06-01 — 2023-10-31 Bed & Breakfast $445
2023-11-01 — 2023-12-19 Bed & Breakfast $385
2023-12-20 — 2023-12-31 Bed & Breakfast $445

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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