Kenya's tourism industry has, for years, been a beloved destination that is now increasingly attractive to 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 celebrities' favours after they were ranked among the very best in Southern and Eastern Africa.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a US publication, Maria Bello, a Hollywood actress and the producer of the hit movie - A Woman King - praised Eden Hotel for its design calling it a little cottage on the grounds.
The hotel, which was converted from an eight-room mansion into a hotel in 2021, was founded by Anna Trzebinski and her husband Tonio Trzebinski, while they were in their 20s.
"Anna is an incredible designer and the property is amazing," stated Bella.
Another Hollywood heavyweight, Film producer Geralyn Dreyfous, praised the hotel's ability to draw crowds and create a community.
“Anna does these salons; she’s a real community builder, so it’s more than just staying in a hotel, it’s being connected to some of the most culturally creative people in Nairobi. She curates experiences for you and is very forward-thinking," stated the filmmaker.
The hotel stands out for its birdsong and lush grounds making visitors feel like it is a living museum. It is also dotted with art pieces collected by the German couple over the years.
"Bedrooms are breezy, with ornately carved beds and seashell-lined bathrooms," read the review in part.
Eden Hotel charges Ksh53,300 per night.
Ranked among one of the most instagrammable destinations worldwide, the Giraffe Manor in Lang'ata is also a darling of celebrities.
It has hosted heavyweights such as Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi and Derek Hough all of whom praised its lushness and nature-friendliness.
The hotel launched a new center titled '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 beginning or ending to any African safari. Surrounded by nature, it offers an exquisite wellness experience for our Manor House guests as well as a day room facility for guests of The Safari Collection portfolio who require a stopover in Nairobi," reads a description on its site.
Dreyfous celebrated the country's people and the city's vibrancy as well as how the country intertwined its nature and good hotel experience.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in South Africa and I thought that was possibly the most beautiful place in the world until I went to Kenya.
"I’ve really just fallen in love with the Kenyan people, the diversity of geography, and culturally it’s very interesting. Nairobi is on fire right now, the tech sector is very vibrant, fashion and graphics and design are very vibrant, and film is trying to make a comeback," the filmmaker stated.
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.