New kid on the block boutique hotel OneFortyEight has just eight exquisitely decorated rooms. Once a family home, the hotel is now filled with artwork by locals, including Sibylla Martin, and furniture custom made by Anna Trzebinski. The finishes are a mix of gothic and feminine, with influences from the new owners Richard Roberts and Liz Fusco. A large, welcoming fireplace sits in the middle of the living area to greet guests, and dinners take place around a giant wooden table. A covered lounge area, in which to sit and work or relax during the day, overlooks the gardens—often filled with warthogs munching on the grass or monkeys leaping through the trees. OneFortyEight is located in Karen, a quiet and wealthy suburb of Nairobi with wide, treelined roads and great restaurants nearby. Each of the rooms at the hotel has a different look and feel, from the spacious master suite to the high-ceilinged studio rooms. With the option to eat in your room, great Wi-Fi, and Netflix available on the TVs, this is an easy place to be based for business or pleasure.
By Harriet Constable, AFAR Local Expert
94, Kikenni Dr, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 702 597573