Hello my friends!! 😀
Don’t you just love this time of year…? 😀 You can almost smell the holiday season coming round the corner! I especially love those colorful trees, currently painting Nairobi purple… 🙂 If you are wondering what I am going on about, I encourage you to stop, and take it all in… 😉 Smell the coffee people, smell the coffee! 😀 😀
When you think of Nairobi, does the word ‘getaway’ ever come to mind? I know that for most people, ‘Nairobi’ is synonymous with things like work, deadlines, stress, traffic jams…and the list goes on! 😀
Well, there is a different side to Nairobi that we can easily miss, as we go about our hectic lives… Hence, this week on the ‘Best of Nairobi’ series, we explore two Boutique Hotels that might possibly change your mind… 🙂
I discovered the concept of Boutique Hotels during my visit to Rwanda. I promptly fell in love with Select Hotel, this amazing boutique hotel in Kigali… (You can read about Select Hotel>> HERE)
Back home, I got curious about whether we have Boutique Hotels in Kenya. And if so, I certainly wanted to see what they are like….
The Bedelle Hotel in Nairobi
A friend tipped me off to the Bedelle hotel, after reading about it on Msafiri. The fact that it is a Boutique hotel peaked my curiosity, so you know I had to visit! 😀
The Bedelle is nestled in the quiet, plush suburbs of Runda. It is a perfect getaway within Nairobi. The Victorian-style house was built with the idea of a boutique hotel in mind.
You easily get the feeling that you are in that grand family-holiday home, you hope to own someday… 😀
Features of the Bedelle
Swimming Pool and Garden
They have very well-maintained gardens, and swimming pool. Lunch by the pool is a calming experience.
The gardens are ideal for a wedding reception, for a small party of about 60 to 100 people. They do provide tents and chairs, as well as catering services.
The Ambiance at the Bedelle is comfortable and homely. It is hard not to imagine your entire family seated in the living room, telling jokes over some soul food. 🙂
The decor consists of meticulously curated pieces.
Fine Dining Experience
Their food is definitely worth writing about…particularly these finger-licking ribs! #Yum! They could improve on the service though, as the waiters tend to disappear in the kitchen after serving you.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MARION MITHAMO
At the Bedelle you don’t quite feel like you are in a hotel room. It feels more like a cozy, well-decorated bedroom, than the former.
- Make your reservations in advance. They don’t take walk-ins for lunch or dinner.
- You will need to pay for your stay at check-in.
The Bedelle is good for people who may not be able to travel out of Nairobi, but still wish to get away.
Dusit D2 Hotel Nairobi
Dusit D2 is not your conventional Boutique hotel, as we will see… It is part of the International chain of Dusit hotels.
This luxurious hotel is conveniently located in Riverside, a few minutes drive from the city centre.
Dusit’s Special Features
Their hotel concept is quite unique-they’ve managed to merge a business feel with a getaway experience.
It is centered around various hotel offerings like the Zing Lounge and Bar, the Soko restaurant, swimming pool, Devarana Spa, Absolut Bar… and then some!
You can choose from their wide range of suites and rooms, having 101 rooms in the hotel.
Wide-Array Dining Experience
At Dusit D2, you can choose to try a different restaurant for each meal if you are feeling adventurous… 😀 They also have 24-hour in-room dining option if you want to stay in.
They have a constant stream of guests at their restaurants and lounges. This takes away from the privacy and serenity you might be looking for in a getaway. But for social people, this may not be an issue at all.
Red Swimming Pool
This is the part of the hotel where you will feel like you are really away… It gives off that resort feeling, where you simply want to lounge all day.
- They give a discount to hotel guests at the Devarana Spa. Be sure to ask for your discount.
- You will be required to pay for your stay in advance. They accept both cash and card payments.
It is good for business people looking for a conveniently located hotel, that still offers relaxing options.
Dusit D2 is also ideal for business lunches, or evening outings. You can always visit depending on what you are looking for.
Thank you for reading! I hope this post has shown you that there are getaway options right here in Nairobi. Which of the two Boutique hotels would you choose? Let me know in the Comments’ Section Below! Your feedback is valuable to me… 😀
Stay Inspired Always! 🙂
P.S. Look out for more Best of Nairobi posts!!
P.S.s. Remember you can still grab a copy of the Book of Discounts: Discoucher. Click on this link to get your own copy. There’s no better way to start planning that holiday than with a discount!
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vivianNovember 13, 2016 at 5:25 am
Bedelle is the place to be. I had never heard of that terminology Boutique hotel.
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 18, 2016 at 8:52 am
Hi Vivian, wow I totally feel you! I hope to find some more boutique hotels in Kenya and share 🙂 The concept is excellent!
ZinnyNovember 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Hi, I’m new to your blog and it’s so inspiring. I hope to visit Nairobi sometime. These pictures look so beautiful.
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 10, 2016 at 10:58 am
Thank you Zinny! It’s great to have you here, welcome to the Scrapbook Journeys fam! And Karibu Nairobi! Stick around for more of the #BestofNairobi Series 🙂
DekitNovember 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm
Never heard of the hotel and its around my neighborhood hahaaa
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm
That’s the beauty of travel right? When we discover how close these gems are to us…and how easily we can access them 🙂 I hope you will now visit 🙂 One more excuse to Travel.Local 🙂
ClaudeNovember 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm
I truly enjoy the ride with your travelling and finding out about all those interesting places you making s us discover..I am definitely a boutique hotel fan so obviously Bedelle is on my bucket list..However I couldn’t help but notice the resemblance with Select hotel stairway.
Marion what can I say, as usual it is always a delight to read your enjoyable, insightful posts.
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 5:03 pm
Yes Claude, I have you to thank for this fascination I have with Boutique hotels!! And yes, that starirway and set up greatly reminded me of Select…it was a bit of a Déjà vu moment-in a good way… 😀 It’s a pleasure to read your feedback-thank you!
NeshNovember 5, 2016 at 11:00 pm
Can’t believe that I have read this post twice, scrapbook journeys is always delivering fresh ideas and new destinations where me as a traveller never thought ad get to know. Thanks and looking forward to more of Nairobi getaway for the upcoming holiday season: someone needs to break a bank ASAP!
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Yeehaw! Wow, this is exciting to read! Thanks I appreciate the comments and feedback! 100% Hahaha, break the bank… I am tempted to direct you to my previous post about saving and travel tips 😉 😛
Stella NguuNovember 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm
Both places are worthy visiting, but I would go to Bedelle first. You are really setting the holiday mood for us.
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 4:58 pm
Wow Stella, I feel you! You would sure love the Bedelle! Yes the holiday feels are taking over slowly 😀
NeshNovember 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Wow, amazing getaways right there. Both are on point and would wish to visit them all. Those pics are amazing as well as the places themselves. Thanks for giving us better options for getaways in this our Nairobi.
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 4:57 pm
Aw thank you dear. 🙂 Yes, yes why one, when you can do both right? 😀 Hehe, thanks for reading! 😀
fionaNovember 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm
Lovely piece there. You have made want to visit.
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm
Yay! That’s the spirit Fiona 😀 Thanks for reading, and yes-do visit-My mission will have certainly been accomplished 😉
EnockNovember 4, 2016 at 9:03 pm
Always informative and suspense filled…thanks marion…i feel like visiting both places for a teste of it.
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 4:55 pm
Oh nice! I think you should! I’d love to know what you think. 🙂 Thanks Enock for reading and for the comment! ::D
stylestruckNovember 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm
I feel like I have been to all these magical places with you so beautiful… I think it’s about time scrapbook journeys went international. Yes?
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 4:54 pm
Amen and Amen!! A day at a time, one destination at a time! We miss you on our trips that’s for sure! Come back….!!! 😀 Thanks for reading dear 😀
Wanjiku ThuoNovember 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm
The Bedelle! When are you taking me
Nice read! As usual …. keep taking us places. Everywhere.
Following the #BestofNairobiSeries.
Scrapbook JourneysNovember 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm
Thank you dear! Hehe you know how the story goes… 😀 Yes, let’s #goeverywhere! 😀