Modeliste Magazine

Hemingways Hotel



Nairobi, Kenya

Tranquil boutique elegance in a secluded corner of Nairobi known as Karen, Hemingways Nairobi is a bespoke 5 Star gem that fulfills the romanticized dreams of an African movie set. Modeled on the famed St. Augustine’s golf clubhouse, the exquisite verandas welcome the weary traveler with distinctive luxury, excellence in service, expansive gardens and a view of the Ngong Hills in the distance. Hemingways manifests the era of travel elegance, a time immortalized in the life and story of author, Karen Blixen, whose nearby home framed the romance of Out of Africa, the book and Academy Award winning movie. Flanked by dual curved staircases, the spectacular entrance gives the impression of timeless elegance with a modern flair. Each of the 45 luxury guest suites is dedicated to a famed author or explorer whose works captured the spirit of the continent. Exemplary design features rich woods, details highlighted by refined fabrics and textures, historic photographs and original art, evoking the plantation style with contemporary flair. The rooms are beyond spacious… enormous four poster bed, large writing desk, credenza, and the flat screen TV which magically rises from an antique steamer trunk. The bathroom has separate sinks, a family sized shower, freestanding tub and an immense closet. Personalized butler service ensures your needs are met each day with perfection and attention to detail, from pillows to pressing, coffee, cocktails, and favorite nightcap.

From the comfort of the furnished terrace or private balcony, views of the pristine groomed gardens and fountains, promenade, stunning spa, fitness center, and swimming pool area extend to the Ngong Hills, inviting guests to retreat in pillared splendor. A visit to the spa is mandatory for ultimate relaxation, with soothing massage and body treatments, steam room and sauna.

Dining at Brasserie is signature Hemingways, in harmony with the romantic setting. The Five Star dining experience at Hemingways began when the only Michelin star rated chef in East Africa, Barry Tonkin, brought London haute cuisine to the region once farmed by Karen Blixen, prizing a farm to table concept. Specialty steaks grilled on the Josper oven are world class as is the unique menu attracting international business and leisure travelers and Nairobians seeking a prestigious dining experience. The old world bar is reminiscent of the gathering spots once frequented by Ernest Hemingway and comrades, now welcoming tourists on safari, locals, events and business meetings with sophisticated cocktails and comforts.

e surrounding Karen area of Nairobi is home to major attractions frequented by visitors, including the nearby David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, a Wildlife Trust center for the rehabilitation and eventual re-entry of these precious victims of poaching. The Giraffe Center offers a rare opportunity to interact with the rare Rothschild giraffes, up close and personal. Galleries and markets make this a perfect area to explore. Proximity to the Nairobi International and Wilson airports, the central business district, Nairobi National Safari Park, and nearby golf course, while offering a secluded setting, make Hemingways Nairobi a luxurious and memorable Nairobi discovery.

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