Karen Gables

Karen & Langata
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Karen Gables
Karen & Langata

“We absolutely adored Karen Gables! It’s a true gem and we felt right at home here when arriving in Nairobi.”

A civilised and characterful boutique guest house, quietly situated in one of the city’s loveliest neighbourhoods, Karen Gables is a world away from the hubbub of central Nairobi and is ideally located for exploring all the culinary, cultural, retail and wildlife attractions of the area.

Karen Gables accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 ensuite bedrooms and suites

All About Karen Gables

“This was the perfect choice for our short layover in Nairobi – it really felt like a home away from home. The house is beautiful and so are the owner and staff who made us feel so welcome. The bedrooms are spacious and beautifully presented and the house has various fireplaces and cosy corners to relax in.  There is easy access to Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre and the Elephant Sanctuary. Highly recommended – we can’t wait to come back!”

“This new small boutique hotel is absolutely fantastic – a spacious and beautiful house furnished with eclectic antiques gathered by its Dutch owner. The grounds make you feel that you are hidden away in paradise, surrounded by terraced lawns and a lovely pool.  Service is top notch and friendly, the food excellent. Definitely a great place to relax when staying in Nairobi. I’ll come here again.”

“An amazing location just a 20-minute drive outside Nairobi and close to the National Park and located in one of Karen’s safest and best-established neighbourhoods… Seamless service along with the relaxing atmosphere of the house and large garden makes for a great experience. We are looking forward to staying here again next time we visit Kenya.”

Summary
  • A charming and intimate hideaway in the heart of Karen
  • Beautifully designed and comfortably furnished in traditional Cape Dutch style
  • The perfect home-from-home in which to relax, unwind and enjoy Nairobi pre or post safari
  • Quick and easy access to and from central Nairobi and both airports
  • Close to the Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum, Elephant Orphanage and National Park
  • Friendly, accommodating and personal service, excellent home cooking
  • Swimming pool and 1.5 acres of pretty gardens with river frontage
  • Accommodates 16+ guests in 8 double/twin ensuite bedrooms and suites
Destination - Nairobi

A modern, young, thriving and extraordinarily diverse city with a population of over 5 million, Nairobi is the undisputed commercial, financial, cultural, tech and tourist capital of East Africa. Nairobi National Park forms the southern boundary of the city and its 29,000 acres of savannah and woodland hosts a huge quantity and diversity of wildlife. It is also home to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage, and the AFEW Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen Museum are nearby in the leafy suburbs of Karen and Langata at the foot of the Ngong Hills.

An eclectic and intriguing amalgam of the post-colonial, the traditionally African and the modern, international and high-tech, Nairobi has grown and developed almost beyond recognition over the past two decades. Home to UN agencies, embassies, NGOs and international businesses, it has a large and diverse expatriate population and a cosmopolitan cultural and culinary scene. Amidst a growing collection of new and exciting restaurants, some of our favourite places to eat and drink are Cultiva in Langata, The Talisman in Karen and The Social House in Lavington.

The Circle Art Gallery in Kilimani stages exhibitions of East Africa’s best modern art in a world-class new gallery space, while The Opportunity Factory in Karen is a hands-on hub for craft and creativity. A number of other excellent galleries, artists’ collectives, boutique shopping centres and arts & craft emporia are dotted around the city. Getting around Nairobi has never been easier – the new Expressway and network of ring roads have greatly improved access to and through the city, and its reputation as traffic-clogged and hazardous is very largely a thing of the past.

Location - Karen & Langata

The green and affluent suburb of Karen sits to the South West of Nairobi away from the city centre towards the foot of the Ngong Hills. Its attractive and peaceful Langata neighbourhood, quieter and less developed than central Karen, adjoins Nairobi National Park and maintains much of its historic and leafy charm. The area is home to an excellent and eclectic selection of shops and restaurants and access is quick and easy access to both of Nairobi’s airports.

The area’s wildlife and conservation attractions include the AFEW Giraffe Centre where feeding the several resident Rothschild’s giraffes is a must. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage is situated just inside Nairobi National Park. Watching the baby elephants receive their 11 am feed is always very popular, and anyone who ‘adopts’ a baby elephant can also visit in the late afternoon to watch the orphans being given their supper and put to bed.

Nairobi National Park covers an area of 117 square kilometres (29,000 acres) and is easily accessed from Karen and Langata. The park hosts a wide and diverse wildlife population – it is common to see Rhinoceros, Lion, and Buffalo as well as large numbers of plains game, and the park is home to up to 500 species of permanent and migratory birds. One can also visit the Animal Orphanage and Safari Walk – both situated at the park’s main gate.

Karen’s most famous historic resident is probably Karen Blixen, whose 6000-acre farm estate and coffee plantation covered much of the area, and whose Kenyan life is immortalised in the book and film Out of Africa. Her house remains just as it was in early colonial times and is open to visitors daily. The nearby Karen Blixen Coffee Garden is home to the original farm manager’s house from 1906 and the historic Grogan House moved brick-by-brick from downtown Nairobi in 2008.

 

In Detail

4 Standard Bedrooms

  • 3 doubles and 1 twin/triple
  • Average room size – 18 sq.m.
  • All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, mosquito nets, safe boxes, writing desks, Wi-Fi, smoke detectors and ensuite bathrooms

3 Junior Suites

  • 2 doubles and 1 twin/triple
  • Average room size – 40 sq.m.
  • All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, mosquito nets, safe boxes, writing desks, Wi-Fi, smoke detectors, minibars, TVs and ensuite bathrooms

1 Master Suite

  • A private annex with double bedroom, living room and its own entrance.
  • Can be converted into a twin/triple or family room
  • Room size – 65 sq.m.
  • The Gables Suite is equipped with air-conditioning, mosquito net, safe box, TV, Wi-Fi, writing desk, sofa & chairs, smoke detectors, minibar, a fireplace, a private outdoor seating area with access to the gardens and an ensuite bathroom.

Hotel Facilities

  • Sitting and dining areas
  • Upstairs lounge
  • TV with satellite channels
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Back-up generator
  • Veranda with fireplace
  • Swimming pool
  • Lush gardens
  • Outside dining
  • Pool Bar and lounge area
  • Sundowner Bar
  • Spa
  • All bedrooms are air-conditioned
  • Approx 45 minutes from JKIA
  • Approx 25 minutes from  Wilson Airport
Visitors' Book

“We stayed overnight prior to starting our safari. The room was beautiful and comfortable. The grounds are beautiful and the staff were so kind and helpful. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious. I would definitely stay again.”

“As a seasoned traveller I’m aware that one of the most elusive things one can get on holiday is a sense of relaxation and calm. So many things have to be “right” to allow a guest to feel totally relaxed. After staying at Karen Gables it just became my favourite place to stay. It is a small luxury set-up – just a few rooms so it feels much more like your own home than most soulless commercial hotels. Beautiful comfortable furniture adds to this effect, as well at the plethora of small details such as a refreshing welcome and immaculate landscaping. This is the type of place you come to sit in the garden and relax far away from the noise and bustle of the city, take a swim in the pool or walk through the garden to peruse the many water features. As evening approaches, the fireplaces are lit and one can settle in the many nooks with a book with soft music playing through the house. The meals are excellent and the cocktails delicious, all served at an appropriately relaxed pace to ensure you have time to savour the moment.”

“My nine year old daughter and I stayed here for two nights on arrival in Nairobi before beginning our safari. This property is gorgeous, so comfortable and peaceful. Our room was beautiful and more than I expected. The staff were extremely kind and so good with my daughter. She also adored the house dog Max. I felt comfortable lounging around the property, beside the pool and inside the house. I also arranged a massage while staying here and it was amazing! The food was delicious and this was one of the most beautiful and comfortable properties I have ever stayed in. If I ever return to Nairobi, I will be staying here again!”

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All About Karen Gables

“This was the perfect choice for our short layover in Nairobi – it really felt like a home away from home. The house is beautiful and so are the owner and staff who made us feel so welcome. The bedrooms are spacious and beautifully presented and the house has various fireplaces and cosy corners to relax in.  There is easy access to Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre and the Elephant Sanctuary. Highly recommended – we can’t wait to come back!”

“This new small boutique hotel is absolutely fantastic – a spacious and beautiful house furnished with eclectic antiques gathered by its Dutch owner. The grounds make you feel that you are hidden away in paradise, surrounded by terraced lawns and a lovely pool.  Service is top notch and friendly, the food excellent. Definitely a great place to relax when staying in Nairobi. I’ll come here again.”

“An amazing location just a 20-minute drive outside Nairobi and close to the National Park and located in one of Karen’s safest and best-established neighbourhoods… Seamless service along with the relaxing atmosphere of the house and large garden makes for a great experience. We are looking forward to staying here again next time we visit Kenya.”

All About Karen Gables

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