When you plan a journey to Karen, remember that accommodation is very important. It's a really luxurious and unique place. There is a wide range of accommodation available, from simple B&B's to luxurious hotels, catering to an array of budgets.

Our pick of the best boutique hotels in Karen promise a beautiful base from which to explore the neighborhood's highlights – whether you’re eager to stay in a modern, tech savvy or an colonial mansion, there's always something on offer. Our top 5 picks are: petite (10 to 50 rooms), intimate in size and be one-of-a-kind. They are located within Karen and in touching distance to Karen's major attractions and shopping centers.

1. Giraffe Manor Giraffe

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is located in Gogo Falls Road and set in an extensive private forest covering 12 acres , green lawns and sunny terraces within a large area of indigenous forest. This hotel was built in 1932, and features a colonial-style mansion and separate garden manor. This property is famous for its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit guests in the mornings and evenings, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of sharing a meal, then later retreat to their forest sanctuary.

It is the only place in the world where you can feed and photograph the giraffe over your breakfast table, view them from your front door and peer at them from your bedroom window. Enjoy guided walks through the surrounding forests and learn about the traditional uses of the varied flora, view some of the 180 bird species and perhaps meet a warthog or bushbuck. Relax with a wonderful spa treatment using products by Healing Earth, a premium organic brand inspired by ancient African healing traditions.

The property has 12 room with each room enjoys views over the sanctuary and the giraffe experience offered to guests is the same regardless of which area of the house they are staying in.

2. Hemmingways Nairobi

This 45-suite boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury in Karen. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Each of our 80m² suites have a private balcony overlooking the Ngong Hills, a magical view which can also be enjoyed over sundowners at the Bar. An all-suite property providing full butler service, gourmet restaurant, a brasserie and a bar to cap a sophisticated and tranquil ambiance.

The expansive and delicate suites with enormous en-suite bathrooms are a luxurious haven, and even though it’s on the higher end of the price range, the experience at Hemingways will be an unforgettable one and guests absolutely adore it. The entrance to Hemingways immediately shows off its degree of elegance it is famous for, as two marbled staircases mirror each other, shaping the huge, delicately designed reception. The hotel has an array of amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa, brassiere, a stylish bar and lounge area and a restaurant with exquisite food and dining.

Hemingways has 45 spacious and high-ceilinged rooms, of which two are penthouse and presidential suites. The rooms are contemporary, with subtle tones of brass and leather, referring back to the class elegance of vintage East African safaris. The bathrooms are very spacious, lined with marble and glass, giving the room a bright and airy feeling. Additionally, the free-standing bath is the ultimate sophisticated centerpiece.

3. Hermosa Garden Hotel & Spa

Located on Mbagathi Ridge, just opposite Hemmingways Hotel, Hermosa Garden Hotel offers 5-star accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. The property also features a shared lounge and a garden. Being the latest addition to Karen's hotel collection, this property has a contemporary vibe and a quirky, modern spirit, décor is modern and often cutting-edge, featuring stark palettes with bold color splashes. One of it's signature offerings include outstanding rooftop bar and restaurant that draws a city-wide crowd and offers a stylish bar or lounge with a modern cocktail menu and regional wines. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

Hermosa offers 30 Executive rooms, Among those a Presidential suite, King suite, Executive en suites Three Bars, Two Restaurants, spa & wellness facility, swimming pool, Sauna & steam, Curio Shop, Business Center, Executive boardrooms and a large conference that can host up to 150 People. Our gardens behold mesmerizing nature with birds, plants, trees that define history kept at its best.

The hotel's introductory offers are very attractive considering the high standards of accommodation and service provided.

4. House of Waine

Karen’s premier boutique hotels offering splendid accommodation, cosy atmosphere and unparalleled intimacy. The hotel is a family-owned classical colonial villa with a large, heated pool surrounded by 2.5 acres of manicured gardens.

The rooms are all en-suite, spacious and high ceilinged and differently themed and styled. The marble finish, free standing baths and lavish toiletries give a feeling of real luxury. You’d be excused for thinking this is international hotel chain given the level of professionalism displayed by the staff and the distinctive quality decor and service.

9. Karen Gables

Karen Gables is a homely Cape Dutch style guesthouse in the green suburb of Karen (named after Karen Blixen whose old farm, now a museum, can be found close by). The home has seven rooms and suites, one of which is a twin, as well as communal lounges, bar and dining area. Outside, find a pleasant pool and lush gardens.

The house is fully furnished with facilities like WiFi, a backup generator which guarantees 24/7 electricity power supply, a solar heated swimming pool, and fresh borehole water. There are just six luxurious rooms, each fitted with a coffee maker, mini-bar and hairdryer.