Fodor's Expert Review House of Waine

Masai Ln., off Bogani Rd., Karen, Nairobi Area, Kenya

You'll find nostalgia, history, and romantic surroundings at this family-owned boutique hotel. Set in lush gardens, it's 20 minutes from downtown Nairobi in the quiet suburb of Karen. It was here that the notorious Danish womanizer, man-about-town, and wannabe coffee farmer, Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke, brought his lovely young wife, Karen. It was also here that Karen met and fell hopelessly and helplessly in love with the English hunter and adventurer Denys Finch Hatton—their tragic romance was brought vividly to life in the movie Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Colonial ambience mixes comfortably with modern luxury in the beautifully appointed guest suites, each uniquely decorated in vivid colors with elegant furniture and a marble en-suite bathroom. Kids under 2 are free and those 2–11 are half-price. The Karen Blixen Museum is just next door if you want to find out more about this extraordinary woman writer.


  • you can choose to take your meal in your room, next to the pool, or in the dining room
  • the swimming pool is heated


  • the dining room feels too formal
  • the wooden floors can be noisy


Grande Dame


Phones: 020-260–1455


11 suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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