Nairobi Hotels: From Airbnb to Hidden Gems

By Shontel Horne


There are countless exciting cities to explore across the continent of Africa, and Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. Known for its beautiful nature, wildlife, and rich agriculture, Kenya has the largest economy in eastern and central Africa, and Nairobi is quickly becoming much more than a place to visit for the night before setting off on a safari. There are many reasons why Nairobi seems to be one of the destinations avid travelers can’t stop talking about, so if you’re planning a trip to the East African city, we’ll give you a few pointers on where you should stay.


Giraffe Manor


Located on 12 acres of private land, Giraffe Manor is an Instagram favorite, where guests are free to feed and frolic with the property’s herd of wild Rothschild’s giraffes. Guests come for the giraffes but return for the sunset tea, the on-site museum and elephant orphanage, and a boutique spa. With just 12 rooms, the hotel is intimate, luxurious, and all-inclusive and expect rooms to start at $565 per night.


Photo courtesy of Giraffe Manor Facebook


Ngong Hills Hotel


Ngong Hills Hotel has been owned by the same Kenyan family since the late 1970s and offers 4-star amenities for less. The hotel offers babysitting services, laundry/dry cleaning, and has a fitness center, and the location makes it ideal for business and leisure trips. If you want to support a locally owned business that’s tapped into the community, stay here.


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Palacina The Residence & The Suites


Chic and elegant, Palacina The Residence & The Suites is stylish at every turn, from the luxurious modern suites to the indoor swimming pool. Though the hotel spared no expense when it comes to design and details, rooms can be found for as little as $125 per night.


Nairobi Serena Hotel


The Nairobi Serena Hotel blends a contemporary aesthetic with traditional Ethiopian and Kenyan art and design. Located near the Nairobi National park, sustainability is at the foundation of this 183-room hotel. The rooms can be a bit pricey, but a night here is a commitment to being an environmentally responsible traveler.


Photo courtesy of Nairobi Serena Hotel.




Want a truly unique Kenyan experience? Book a tree house at Ngong House near Langata, which is just 10 minutes away from the Nairobi National Park and an elephant sanctuary. The house has rustic decorations and you’ll still have hot water and wifi, which means you won’t have to sacrifice modern amenities while relaxing in the peaceful home. See the home here.


Photo courtesy of Airbnb


If you want cozy accommodations, the Turaco Cottage is close to shopping but also situated in a quiet and tranquil garden setting. Ideal for solo travelers or couples, stay here if you want to bask in the beauty of Kenya while paying less than $60 a night. See the home here.


Exploring Kenya with a group? The Crescent can sleep six comfortably and the apartment is located in the trendy Kileleshwa neighborhood. Guests are invited to use the building’s gym and sauna, and the unit has a surround sound system that’s perfect when you want to bring the entertainment to you. See the home here.

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