Last week bright and early on a Tuesday morning we headed to the latest addition to the Hemingways Collection for a Media Sneak Preview.
Located in the heart of the tranquil Karen suburb boasting a fantastic view of the Ngong’ Hills the multi-million boutique hotel is set to open its doors as early as June 2013.
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nairobi Hemingways is set to tap in to the ever-increasing demand for high-end accommodation and fine dining in the country.
The Nairobi Hemingways completes the chain’s ultimate ‘Beach, Bush and Boutique’ experience in Kenya joining the Ol Seki Hemingways Mara in the Naboisha Conservancy and Hemingways Watamu in Malindi.
Welcomed by a delicious and tempting selection of pastries and beverages we were left to mingle on the terrace as we took in the beautiful view.
Soon after the media gathered for a press conference held by Hemingways Collection CEO Alastair Addison, the Sales and Marketing Manager Anne Murungi, the General Manager James Scott and Hemingways Watamu Rooms Division Manager Jeff Mukolwe.
We were briefed on how the new facility valued at Ksh 1.5 billion is keen to fill the gap in this vital niche market and how its arrival not only signifies the increasing importance of Nairobi as a business and tourism hub, but also highlights the growing demand for providing business and leisure markets with an unrivalled quality experience.
“The increasingly growing profile of Nairobi as a premier business destination in the region has occasioned a higher demand for quality beds, fine dining and conference facilities,” said Mr Addison.
“Hemingways Nairobi is keen on tapping into Kenya’s sustained growth in business travellers and tourism arrivals especially following the just concluded general elections which significantly boosted investor confidence in the country.”
Following an informative and interesting press conference we were treated to a tour of the property, including its lush gardens and a select few of the 45 suites available by James Scoot the General Manager of the Nairobi Hotel.
As we were taken from suite to suite using golf carts awe and admiration was evident on the faces of us all.
The Hotel offers a number of luxury services setting it apart from any competition including an exclusive butler service.
“Whether it is the personalized wake-up call with your choice of coffee and daily newspaper, making dinner reservations or verifying your return flight with his iPad, your butler will always be looking to provide a bespoke service that exceeds your every expectation,” said James Scott.
The tour concluded with a viewing of the modern kitchen designed from scratch by Executive Chef Barry Tonks who also deals directly with producers and farmers to ensure they receive the very best quality ingredients.
The Michelin Star English Chef then prepared an exquisite three course meal which included a 21 day hung melt in your mouth steak as well as a selection of delicious and excellently prepared starters and desserts ending the day on a high note.