Kenya’s tourism industry has for years been a popular destination attracting more and more movie stars and Hollywood celebrities.
In the latest conquest, the Eden Hotel located along Lang’ata Road and Giraffe Manor in Lang’ata is winning celebrity favors after being ranked among the best in Southern and Eastern Africa.
According to Hollywood journalistan American publication, Maria Bello, Hollywood actress and producer of the hit film – A female king – praised the Eden Hotel for its design calling it a small cottage on the grounds.
The hotel, which was converted from an eight-bedroom mansion to a hotel in 2021, was founded by Anna Trzebinski and her husband Tonio Trzebinski when they were in their twenties.
“Anna is an amazing designer and the property is amazing,” Bella said.
Another Hollywood heavyweight, film producer Geralyn Dreyfous, praised the hotel’s ability to draw crowds and build community.
Eden Hotel in Lang’ata, Nairobi County
“Anna does these shows; she is a true community builder, so it’s more than just staying in a hotel, it’s being in contact with some of the most culturally creative people in Nairobi. She curates experiences for you and is very forward-thinking,” the filmmaker said.
The hotel is distinguished by its birdsong and lush gardens that make visitors feel like a living museum. It is also dotted with works of art collected by the German couple over the years.
“Rooms are airy, with ornately carved beds and seashell-lined bathrooms,” the review read in part.
Eden Hotel charges Ksh 53,300 per night.
Ranked as one of the most Instagrammable destinations in the world, Lang’ata’s Giraffe Manor is also a celebrity favourite.
It has hosted heavyweights such as Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi and Derek Hough, all of whom have praised its lushness and respect for nature.
The hotel has launched a new center called “The Retreat” which offers visitors an escape from the busy city.
“Created exclusively for guests of Giraffe Manor and The Safari Collection, The Retreat at Giraffe Manor provides the perfect start or end to any African safari. Surrounded by nature, it provides an exquisite wellness experience for our Manor House guests as well as a day room facility for clients of The Safari Collection portfolio who require a stopover in Nairobi,” reads a description on its site.
Dreyfous celebrated the people of the country and the vibrancy of the city as well as how the country has intertwined its nature and good hotel experience.
Image of guests having breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi
“I spent a lot of time in South Africa and thought it might be the most beautiful place in the world until I came to Kenya.
“I really fell in love with the Kenyan people, the diversity of geography and culture, it’s very interesting. Nairobi is on fire at the moment, the technology sector is very dynamic, fashion, graphic design and the design are very dynamic, and the cinema is trying to come back,” said the filmmaker.
Manor also takes care of giraffes as part of its environmental conservation efforts.
The two hotels featured on the list alongside The Saxxon in Johannesburg, Sterrekopje in Cape Winelands, South Africa as well as Mount Nelson in Cape Town.
Aerial view of the Giraffe Mansion