The Best Hotels in Kenya for Every Traveller

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2 December 2020

Kenya has a lot to offer when it comes to unique places to stay, ranging from luxury offerings in Nairobi to a safari adventure in one of its many national parks. Boutique hotels, glamping, spa getaways and safari tents in the remote savannah are all on the agenda. Here’s our guide to the country’s best hotels.

Tribe Hotel, Nairobi

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Tribe hotel
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At an ideal juncture for visiting Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Centre or Karura Forest nearby, the Tribe Hotel sits on the outskirts of Nairobi. Returning to the core fundamentals of boutique hotels, it offers a tailored seasonal menu at the on-site restaurant Jiko, friendly staff and rooms suitable for VIPs, with custom art and large bathtubs. The decked-out suites overlook protected wetlands. A particular highlight is its 929sqm (10,000sqft) spa with Thai massages and a rasul chamber – a traditional body treatment involving mud and steam.

Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Villa Rosa Kempinski
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Villa Rosa Kempinski is a top choice for anyone looking for a plethora of dining options – whether it’s a buffet at the Cafe Villa Rosa, kicking back in the K Lounge or enjoying Chinese, sushi or Italian food from room service. As for amenities, the inner-city hotel has you covered with an outdoor heated pool, a Jacuzzi and a spacious rooftop terrace perfect for lounging.

House of Waine, Nairobi

Hotel
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House of Waine
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Family-run House of Waine sits on hectares of land in the coveted Karen district of Nairobi. Originally a family home, it was converted into a boutique hotel in 2004, fulfilling a lifelong dream of the family’s maternal grandfather. You can expect rooms thoughtfully furnished, complete with a well-stocked minibar and fresh flowers. Enjoy easy access to the Karen Blixen Museum and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Anga Afrika, Nairobi

Camping
5/5 (4 Reviews)
Anga Afrika
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At Anga Afrika, luxury tents are the order of the day. As Nairobi’s answer to glamping, this family-owned site has an in-house bar, a heated pool and ensuites. The cosy restaurant is popular with locals, serving up food from around the world. It’s a good option for the eco-conscious traveller, as it runs solely off solar energy.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Concierge Service
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Nairobi Serena Hotel, Nairobi

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Nairobi Serena Hotel
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Slap bang in the centre of the city, the Nairobi Serena Hotel’s spacious grounds are a calming refuge away from the frenetic capital. Its Heritage Thursdays will help any traveller immerse themselves in Kenyan culture, with an African food buffet and an art heritage and cultural tour. The hotel also offers airport-shuttle and limousine services, and rooms look out on the All Saints Cathedral and Central Park.

Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Nanyuki

Camping
4.6/5 (17 Reviews)
Sweetwaters Serena Camp
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If you’re in Kenya to see the famed “Big Five” (elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo and leopards), you can’t go far wrong with this luxury safari camp in the foothills of Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy allows you to try your hand at lion tracking, drop in on the rhino information centre or book in for a night game drive – an activity rarely seen in many of Kenya’s other national parks.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Business Centre
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

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  • Sawela Lodge, Naivasha

    Hotel, Lodge
    4.1/5 (11 Reviews)
    Sawela Lodge
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    Fans of The Lion King (1994), this one is for you. All African clichés aside, this hotel is on the doorstep of Hell’s Gate, the real-life national park the beloved Disney film was based on. It also offers unfettered access to flamingo spotting at Lake Nakuru. Those staying closer to home can take a dip in the swimming pool or fill up on some fresh, locally sourced produce in the restaurant.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    Crater Lake Tented Camp and Game Sanctuary, Naivasha

    Camping
    Crater Lake
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    This luxury glamping hotel is a stone’s throw from Crater Lake, with access to a sun terrace and an outdoor pool. These aren’t any old tents – the suites have balconies and built-in hot tubs, as well as outdoor dining areas. It’s a wildlife hotspot in itself, with colobus monkeys and exotic birds as a permanent fixture. Cars are available to hire so that you can explore other exciting animal sites and hiking highlights nearby.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Concierge Service
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Ziwa Bush Lodge, Nakuru

    Hotel, Lodge
    Ziwa Bush Lodge
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    Know your pink-backed pelican from your fish eagle? You will by the time you’ve left Ziwa Bush Lodge. The huts are a short walk away from Lake Nakuru, a thriving ecosystem and host to a variety of birdlife. It’s also a good spot if you are keen on fishing, as it has a man-made dam. Each room is made from local stone and canvas with makuti-thatched roofing and has a private veranda.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Business Centre
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    Enashipai Resort and Spa, Naivasha

    Resort, Spa Hotel
    4.6/5 (5 Reviews)
    Enashipai Resort
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    Suitable for business trips, families and travellers, this resort is a crowd-pleaser. Alongside sightseeing trips and wildlife tours, it offers a healthy dose of heritage, with a Maasai-focussed private museum. It also boasts large bedrooms with balconies, hot water bottles on request and a nightly turn-down service. With bikes, a children’s playground and a nightclub for the teens, it might be difficult to drag your family away.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    These recommendations were updated on December 2, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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