Prawn Towers at Hemingways Nairobi

Nairobi is my hometown yet rather disgracefully, this will be its first appearance on Liakada Travel.

Nairobi National Park



On occasion I like to read travel guides to the cities I know well just to see if they are on the same page as me. One of my favourites remarks about Nairobi came from the Lonely Planet, "telling people you like Nairobi is like voicing a guilty secret".

Average Day in Nairobi


It's true, Nairobi isn't everyones cup of tea, the city is chaotic and you never know what each day has in store for you, but if you know your way around, Nairobi has a certain charm and life there can be oh so sweet. Of late it has become quite the cosmopolitan hub with new trendy joints popping up all over the place.

Nairobi at Night - photo by Cheli & Peacock

One of my favourite places to go in Nairobi is Hemingways Hotel in Karen. Obviously, as I live around the corner I have not stayed here but instead it is one of my go to options for Sunday lunch.

Hemingways Nairobi

Hemingways Nairobi is the newest addition to the Hemingways Collection. It is a boutique hotel featuring 45 rooms sprawled over a lush green landscape at the base of the Ngong Hills. It boasts grounds so big that guests can request to be transported to their rooms in a golf cart!

Hemingways Nairobi


Getting into Hemingways can be a bit of a challenge as the security men at the gate don't always take too kindly to people who haven't called ahead, but once through their high tech surveillance system you can get a glimpse of the enormous fairy tale castle that is the hotel.

Hemingways Nairobi

The first thing I like about Hemingways is walking through their front door. A double set of dramatic wrought iron enclosed staircases ascend on either side of the hallway, making one feel that they are at a very grandiose establishment.

Can I Move In?
This is enhanced by an excellent selection of furniture on their part. The style is elegant safari with a vintage touch. Columns line the common area just to make sure you know that you are in the lap of luxury.


Hemingways Nairobi Interior


Thanks to Kenya's lovely tropical weather we always sit outside in the garden for lunch. I think I have talked far too much about wine in my previous posts so below if a photo of the Hemingways Treat, a fabulously fruity mocktail.

Your 5 A Day

The brassiere has a very casual feel and serves excellent food. My Dad and I usually go for the steak, but my mum's favourite of  the King Prawn Skewer, served with rice and garlic butter sauce is far more impressive looking.


Prawn Tower


On my last visit I ventured away from steak and had the pan fried pave of Norwegian Salmon, delicious!

Norwegian Salmon at Hemingways


After which I couldn't possibly eat anymore, but then ordered the White & Dark Couverture Chocolate Mousse. It was fat free of course... well maybe not but I liked it.


Guilt

Once well fed, the grounds of Hemingways make for a perfect post-lunch waddle in a pointless attempt to shed the calories just consumed.

Garden of Hemingways Nairobi


All in all Hemingways is great for a spot of lunch. If you are passing through Nairobi it is also very close to other attractions such as the Giraffe Manor, David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, and Nairobi National Park.

Awww


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9 comments:

  1. That swimming pool looks absolutely stunning and that prawn tower would go down so well with me, I love prawns! It's great that you're writing about the place you're actually from - I think we can always be guilty of forgetting the places nearest to us - it's one of the reasons I try and make sure I get a good dose of London posts when I write my blog!

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    1. I know, I can't believe I haven't written about Nairobi until now! I'm jealous of you living in London, it is such a great city, I was only there last week and I can't wait to go back!
      Ash x

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  2. That little elephant is so adorable! We got up a bit too close and personal with one in Tanzania who ventured into our camp, they are majestic creatures though. Great read and a really good insight into Nairobi

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  3. That little elephant is so adorable! We got up a bit too close and personal with one in Tanzania who ventured into our camp, they are majestic creatures though. Great read and a really good insight into Nairobi

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. Thanks Suze! I think that little guy was less than a year old when he was first rescued and brought to the orphanage, at least he is doing well now. Hope you had a nice Valentines Day!
      Ash

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  4. Great post <3 nice blog <3
    follow to follow on blogger?
    Starts you !

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    1. Thank you so much! I will check out your blog now :)
      Ash

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  5. Hi Aislinn,

    I had no idea you blogged! I found your blog after Bryony posted a photo of the two of you in Dubai. Being a restaurant review blogger here in Nairobi, I had to check out your Nairobi posts. :) I've never been to the Prawn Towers at Hemingways but now I have to go! Looks lovely.

    Hope you're well!
    Soni

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    1. Hey Soni! So good to hear from you, I didn't realise either that you blogged, your site looks great congrats! I haven't gotten very far with my Nairobi posts yet, I think I shall actually have to venture outside of Art Cafe once in a while :)

      Ash | Liakada

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