Giraffe Manor

Top choice historic hotel in Nairobi

Built in 1932 in typical English style, this elegant manor is situated on 56 hectares, much of which is given over to the adjacent Giraffe Centre. As a result, you may find a Rothschild’s giraffe peering through your bedroom window first thing in the morning. Yet the real appeal here is that you’re treated as a personal guest of the owners.

You can use their chauffeur, sample their wines and dine in lavish excess. Literary buffs should ask for the Karen Blixen room, decked out with furniture the famous author gave the owners when she left Africa for the last time. Otherwise the rooms sport a classic safari look, with dark woods, Persian carpets and four-poster beds.