Eden

NAIROBI, KENYA
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Eden

Nairobi, Kenya

Eden is the very definition of a boutique hotel – intimate, personal, uniquely stylish and filled with comfort and creativity. Peacefully tucked away on the fringes of the city, it is the perfect spot for an inspiring start or finish to your East African journey or a longer stay in one of Nairobi’s most inviting neighbourhoods.

Eden accommodates up to 18 guests in 9 bedrooms – with options for exclusive-use stays in different parts of the property

“The kind of hotel-meets-cultural-hub we all crave on our travels”

Created from her former family home by fashion designer Anna Trzebinski and opened in 2021, Eden is packed with extraordinary artworks, artefacts, furniture and fabrics created and collected over a lifetime on the continent.  Sophisticated, singular, secluded and surrounded by nature and wildlife, it’s hard to imagine a more hospitable or harmonious introduction to Nairobi.

Accommodation at Eden is in the Main House, Tonio’s Studio and the Artist-in-Residence Cottage – all are designed and decorated in glamorous, colourful, high-bohemian style.  The ground floor of the Main House contains a spacious open-plan drawing and dining room and veranda, and upstairs are three double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.  

Tonio’s Studio contains its own open-plan drawing and dining room, two ensuite bedrooms, and three separate duplex studio loft bedrooms with a more contemporary feel. Both house and studio are available for exclusive-use stays and the one-bedroom Artist-in-Residence Cottage is available for longer-stay rentals.

Delicious meals can be taken in private in either of the two main houses or out on The Deck – a wonderful communal dining and relaxation space overlooking the newly-created dam on the borders of the property.  Guests can enjoy a drink here at the extraordinary Ostrich Egg Bar which is also the venue for regular events focusing on culture, community and creativity.

Set in a quiet and leafy 4-acre plot and bordering more than 100 acres of untouched forest, The Giraffe Sanctuary, Nairobi National Park, Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum are all very close at hand, and Eden is within easy reach of Nairobi’s most interesting restaurants, eclectic shopping experiences and artist’s studios.

Eden prides itself in being a platform from which to appreciate a modern Nairobi in a unique way, and guests have the opportunity to enjoy an immersive contemporary cultural experience within the intimacy of the hotel and across the city.  Eden offers a variety of exclusive and inspiring insiders’ guides and tours – from adventurous art and craft safaris to gourmet wine and coffee tastings.

“Fashion designer Anna Trzebinski has converted her sprawling home in Nairobi’s Langata district into the kind of hotel-meets-cultural-hub we all crave on our travels. Brimming with artworks by Trzebinski’s late husband Tonio, well-thumbed Peter Beard tomes and countless other treasures, each of Eden’s nine rooms is uniquely decorated and oozes cosiness. Elsewhere on the property, you’ll find her couture workshop, staffed with local female artisans, and plenty of ceramics by her daughter Lana.”

The World of Eden

Eden is also home to Anna Trzebinski’s studio, atelier and boutique, and the workspace for her team of expert artisans – tailors, bag-makers, cobblers, beaders and embellishers.  Anna’s collections include bespoke and ready-to-wear clothing and a range of exquisite accessories from exotic leather bags to beaded sandals, feather-trimmed shawls and gorgeous jewellery.  The crafts, traditions and adornments of the Maasai and Samburu peoples are the inspiration for much of her work.

Eden features an extensive private collection of original artworks with many of the paintings and other works made by the Trzebinski family themselves.  Expressionistic canvases and extraordinary works on paper by Anna’s late husband Tonio hang alongside bronze sculptures by son Stas and delicate ceramics by daughter Lana.  The hotel is home to more than 200 works of art – a living museum, a private gallery space and an expression of one family’s adventurous creativity.

“You arrive at the oasis that is Eden, only to be swiftly enveloped into designer Anna Trzebinski’s world. Samburu warriors greet you in traditional clothing, as you pull through the gate and up to the main house. The fire in the living room is blazing, the sounds of the forest ringing in your ears. The energy is palpable as is the feeling of immediate connectedness to a culture.  While Nairobi has traditionally been looked at as a quick overnight destination before moving to the bush, Eden might change your mind. Anna’s hope is that her new hotel is seen as a retreat, a place to spend multiple nights to reconnect while disconnecting.”

Location

Langata, Nairobi

The green and affluent suburb of Karen sits to the South West of Nairobi away from the city centre towards the foot of the Ngong Hills. Its attractive and peaceful Langata neighbourhood, quieter and less-developed than central Karen, adjoins Nairobi National Park and maintains much of its historic and leafy charm.  There are numerous retail and culinary attractions in Karen and Langata and access is quick and easy access to both of Nairobi’s airports.

The area’s wildlife and conservation attractions include the AFEW Giraffe Centre where feeding the several resident Rothschild’s giraffes is a must. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage is situated just inside Nairobi National Park. Watching the baby elephants receive their 11 am feed is always very popular, and anyone who ‘adopts’ a baby elephant can also visit in the late afternoon to watch the orphans being given their supper and put to bed.

Nairobi National Park covers an area of 117 square kilometres (29,000 acres) and is easily accessed from Karen and Langata. The park hosts a wide and diverse wildlife population – it is common to see Rhinoceros, Lion, and Buffalo as well as large numbers of plains game, and the park is home to up to 500 species of permanent and migratory birds. One can also visit the Animal Orphanage and Safari Walk – both situated at the park’s main gate.

Karen’s most famous historic resident is probably Karen Blixen, whose 6000-acre farm estate and coffee plantation covered much of the area, and whose Kenyan life is immortalised in the book and film Out of Africa. Her house remains just as it was in early colonial times and is open to visitors daily. The nearby Karen Blixen Coffee Garden is home to the original farm manager’s house from 1906 and the historic Grogan House moved brick-by-brick from downtown Nairobi in 2008.

In Detail

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Accommodation and Facilities

Main House – Downstairs

  • Open plan living and dining room with bar and fireplace
  • Spacious covered veranda with garden views

Main House – Upstairs

  • Master Bedroom Suite
  • Super King bed
  • Large Daybed
  • Walk-in wardrobe
  • Private outdoor Veranda with forest views
  • Ensuite bathroom with wood-panelled walls, large shower and separate bathtub

Stas’s Room 

  • King-size bed
  • Treetop views
  • Ensuite bathroom with large rain shower.

Lana & Tacha’s Room

  • King-size bed
  • Tree top views
  • Ensuite bathroom with a large bathtub and over-the-bath shower

Tonio’s Studio 

  • Garden View Room
  • King-size bed
  • Ensuite bathroom with rain shower and separate bathtub
  • Views over the kitchen garden.

Forest View Room 

  • King-size bed
  • Ensuite bathroom with rain shower and separate bathtub
  • Views over the Giraffe Centre forest.

The Garden View and Forest View bedrooms share an open-plan, ground-floor living room with fireplace, bar and dining area.

 Studio Lofts 1, 2 and 3

Three double-height studio lofts offer extra living space with an open-plan design and large glass windows.  Each contains

  •  Downstairs bedroom with King-size bed (which can be converted into twin beds)
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • Upstairs living area with treetop views.

Artist-in-Residence Cottage 

  •  Open-plan living and dining space
  • Double bedroom facing the kitchen garden.
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Available for stays of a week or longer on a full-board basis.

All bedrooms provide –

  •  Filtered drinking water
  • Mosquito nets
  • Bathrobes
  • Natural bath and body products,
  • Extension cable with adapter functionality
  • Hairdryer and safe
  • Laundry service

Outside Spaces and Places

  • Leafy & secluded 4-acre plot
  • Relax, drink and dine on ‘The Deck’
  • Artisan workshop & fashion boutique
  • Guided walks through the Giraffe Centre Forest

Activities

  • Explore the best of Nairobi’s art, culture, history, crafts, wildlife, food, restaurants, bars and shops – a variety of guided and curated tours and excursions can be arranged

Connectivity

  • Wi-fi and television are available in the media room only
  • Good cell phone signal

Management and Staff

tbc

How to get there

  • Nairobi’s JKIA airport (international flights) is 45 minutes away by car and Wilson Airport (domestic flights) is 30 minutes away by car.  
  • The AFEW Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and all the retail and culinary attractions of Karen and Langata are just a few minutes’ drive from Eden.

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Rates

Room rates are per night and include Breakfast, Wi-Fi and TV (available in the Media Room only), Laundry and Guided Forest Walks.
Check in is from 12pm and check out by 10am.

MAIN HOUSE Rate Per Person Single Occupancy Additional Guest
(12-16 years)
Mater Bedroom USD 600 USD 900 USD 575 (max 1)
Stas’s Room USD 500 USD 750 n/a
Tana & Tasha’s Room     USD 440 USD 750 n/a

Exclusive Use of Main House for up to 7 guests: USD 6750

TONIO’ STUDIO
Rate Per Person Single Occupancy Additional Guest
(12-16 years)
Garden View Room USD 575 USD 860 n/a
Forest View Room USD 575 USD 860 n/a
Studio Loft 1 USD 575 USD 860 USD 370 (max 1)
Studio Loft 2
USD 575 USD 860 USD 370 (max 1)
Studio Loft 3 USD 575 USD 860 USD 370 (max 1)

Exclusive Use of Tonio’s Studio for up to 12 guests: $8850
Exclusive Use of Main House and Tonio’s Studio: $15,500
Exclusive Use of Main House, Tonio’s Studio and The Deck: $20,500
Artist-in-Residence Cottage: $1840 per week (the cottage is available on a fully-catered, fully-serviced basis for 1-2 guests)

Meals

  • Lunch – $50 per person
  • Dinner – $50 per person
  • Lunch or Dinner and house wines & spirits – $75 per person
  • Lunch and Dinner and house wines & spirits – $125 per person 

 Day Rooms

Day rooms are charged at 60% of the full rate (excluding meals). Day rooms are available from 1200hr – 1800hr (check out is strictly at 1800hr). Guests can use the Deck area from 1000hr-1600hr at $150 per adult – this rate includes one cocktail per guest and use of the Media Room (for Wi-Fi & TV). Children below 18yrs will not be allowed in the Deck area as there is a bar, therefore families with children 13-16 will be required to book day rooms instead. Please note that only hand luggage is allowed in the Deck area.

 CHILDREN

Children under the age of 12 years old may only stay if guests take over the property on an exclusive basis. Children 12 years and over at the time of travel are considered adults and will be charged at adult rate. Alternatively, children 12 years and over can be accommodated in an extra bed in their parents/guardians’ rooms at the additional occupancy rate.