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House of Waine

A charming, family-owned boutique hotel in the heart of Karen

House of Waine - gardens
House of Waine - gardens

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As one of the favourite boutique hotels in Nairobi, House of Waine is a warm, family owned and run property, offering relaxation and intimacy in the exclusive suburb of Karen. Its name as House of ‘Waine’ is formed from the initials of the family members, and each of the 11 boutique rooms have been a product and collaboration of their imagination and interior creativity.


Situated in the desirable suburb of Karen, House of Waine is tucked away in the well-groomed tropical gardens. With only a 30-minute drive to the city centre and nearby sites including the Dapne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Karen Blixen Museum, House of Waine is a great place to stay, either routing through or for a longer stay.


The manor was built in the 1970's as a private residence on what was once Blixen's coffee plantation. When the family decided to transform it into a boutique hotel, they were keen to maintain the same level of intimacy, hence the 11 boutique rooms all inside the manor. House of Waine offers a range of amenities, and provides personal and top-quality service from the moment you arrive. The extensive grounds of the hotel also home a swimming pool, pool bars, meeting and conference rooms and a dining area.


Each of the rooms vary in design and style, depending on what the room name translates to in English. For example, the ‘Ziwa’ room has an abundance of turquoise colours and fabrics, reflecting its translation as ‘Lake’, and the ‘Tembo’ room, a mix of greys and blacks with subtle ornaments reflecting its translation of ‘elephant’. The hotel also has one large suite, called Malaika, which represents the mother of the family, known for her grace, elegance and her love for the colour black, which the room expresses. The rooms are all en-suite and the bathrooms are clean, modern and spacious.


Quiet location and extensive grounds and space for a small hotel

The decor is not for everyone, argued not very traditional nor modern

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