For safari-goers in Kenya, Nairobi is a necessary pit stop en route to the country’s well-known game parks. The congested capital is rarely seen as a destination of its own, but with the April debut of Hemingways Nairobi—a stylish boutique hotel on the city’s pastoral outskirts—the stopover might merit an extended stay.
Located within the upscale suburb of Karen (named for Karen Blixen, the Danish author whose 1937 memoir Out of Africa is set nearby), Hemingways offers 45 spacious guest rooms overlooking the fabled Ngong Hills. Inside, classic safari furnishings meet contemporary design with netted four-poster beds, leather steamer trunks that hide flat-screen TVs, and large murals depicting the Kenyan savanna. Public spaces are also awash with African-inspired details, from the leather-drum side tables in the lobby lounge to a fountain on the manicured lawn featuring sculptures of Big Five game animals.
A fine-dining restaurant by the Michelin-starred chef Barry Tonks reveals Hemingways’ international side with contemporary European cuisine highlighted by a six-course chef’s tasting menu. For guests who want to start their wildlife experience without delay, the hotel offers easy access to Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Center, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for elephants and rhinoceroses. Hemingways Nairobi, +254.20.2295.020, www.hemingways-nairobi.com