The House of Waine is a private house, owned and run by a Kenyan family, which first opened as a hotel in 2004. It is situated in just over a hectare of elegant and peaceful gardens in the quiet suburb of Karen, named after Karen Blixen who once lived in the area. This is a convenient and safe stop over, just 20 mins from Wilson (domestic) airport and 40 mins from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The hotel is of a high standard, beautifully and uniquely furnished with all modern comforts but in a friendly relaxing atmosphere. Each guest room is named and decorated according to a particular theme. Every room has a TV. phone, free Wi-Fi, hot drinks facilities, non alchoholic minibar and en-suite marble bathroom with a supply of toiletries. All are air conditioned.
Guests have access to the lounge, a good place to unwind with its sofas and coffee tables. There is a light and airy breakfast room and dinner is available on request in the dining room which has an open fire. Outside there is a large heated swimming pool and the gardens are full of shrubs and trees.
Close by, the area of Karen, is the Giraffe Centre, the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, a large traditional crafts centre and many other shops, cafes and attractions.
Open: House of Waine is open all year apart from the month of May.
Location: It is on Masai Lane in the Karen district of Nairobi.
Rooms: There are 11 bedrooms each with iits own style, colour theme and name. All are air conditioned and en-suite and most have a separate shower and bath. Rooms are equipped with televisions, direct dial telephones, complimentary cold drinks and tea and coffee facilities, minibar with soft drinks, hairdryer and laptop safe. One of the rooms is a huge suite with a 4 poster bed and a large terrace. Two of the rooms are interconnecting so make good family accommodation.
Activities: Local attractions that can be visited include the Giraffe Centre, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Karen Blixen Museum, craft shops and art galleries.
Facilities: These include a lounge, restaurant, bar and breakfast room.There is a good-size heated swimming pool, with a pool bar. The hotel has just over 1 hectare of grounds.
Dining: Good quality meals can be provided on request. Usually the hotel is booked on a B&B bases. Meals are eaten indoors and outside in the gardens, as preferred.
Children: Children are welcome here. Cots can be provided on request.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access and mobile phone signals are good.
"Lovely, small hotel with excellent service. Grounds were beautiful, as was the hotel itself."