Far more than just a place to stay, hotels can make or break a travel experience. And as we tentatively begin to explore the world again, where we choose to check in matters more than ever. NAT GEO Awards champion the new and improved properties that have stood out from the crowd over the past year — whether it’s an exciting new refurb, outstanding eco credentials, spectacular architecture or unforgettable gastronomic experiences that linger long in the memory.
The Social House, Nairobi
This is no ordinary African city boutique hotel, expertly dodging both colonial tropes and the corporate feel of many regional options. Instead, locals pack out four fabulous bars and restaurants, with menus ranging from Scandinavian to Peruvian-Japanese. Bed down in one of 83 rooms with smartphone controls, and contemporary decor. From $129 (£93).
The Social House, Nairobi, has been awarded one of two runners’ up spots in the ‘Best Urban Hotel’ category of National Geographic Travellers’ annual Hotel Awards.