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Top 12 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Karen, Nairobi, Kenya - Updated 2020

airbnb Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Karen is situated in the southwest suburbs of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It is known as a relatively high-income and expat neighborhood, with many estates and villas nestled behind gated walls and bougainvillea. Nearby shopping centers and restaurants are well equipped to meet any traveler’s needs with a wide range of cuisine, groceries and shops. Depending on traffic, the sights and sounds of downtown Nairobi are not far away and best reached by using Uber or Taxify. Closer to home, you’ll find the Giraffe Center where the whole family can feed and even pet the friendly giraffes that live there. Take a look at these Airbnb vacation rentals for more ideas on where to stay.

1. British family home in leafy Karen (from USD 72)

A modern and quiet residence, this private room can accommodate four guests and it has a private bathroom. The hosts provide an English breakfast as per your request and they are known to give helpful suggestions on visiting the area. Both Wilson and JKI airports are easily accessible. Local attractions include Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Center, Karen Blixen Museum and the Swedo House.

British family home in leafy Karen
Nairobi, Kenya
98 reviews
Private room in house 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful home and gardens cozy rooms lots of hot water delicious and generous breakfast (great coffee) warm staff
lovely sitting room with fireplace for those chilly evenings
lovely full english breakfast every morning and even helped us out with dinner for the kids
we had a very enjoyable and comfortable stay
every morning i was greeted with a smile and a delicious breakfast was prepared without hesitation
Cleanliness:
the rooms were comfortable and clean as well
comfortable your own private bathroom spotless
the beds were very comfortable & the rooms were clean
the guest rooms and bathroom were very comfortable and spotless
the property is spotlessly clean the beds very comfortable and the breakfast a perfect start to the day
Host:
jane was a friendly & helpful host mary and other staff were always attentive & supportive
style comfort and friendly reception in a delightful family home
jane was an amazing host very welcoming friendly and helpful
mary made us an excellent breakfast every morning and she was also very friendly and helpful
jane was an excellent host and i enjoyed my stay
Location:
great location and beautiful home
great location great location amazing staff
location is perfect for karen and the hub shopping centre
this location was even better than what we expected both home and area
the location is beautiful and very peaceful
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2. Karen garden villa (from USD 46)

This immaculate villa is ideal for large groups or families as it can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests with four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The interior boasts decor from Asian, Western and African cultures and has plenty of large communal spaces for dining and lounging in the gardens. It is situated near the Giraffe Center, Karen Blixen Museum, Elephant Orphanage and Mamba Village.

Karen Garden Villa
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
65 reviews
Entire house 8 Beds 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
2nd: a beautifully appointed residence with numerous rooms allowing for private moments or very sociable times
Cleanliness:
what a lovely quiet and clean place
it is beautiful spotless and unique
monica also ensures it is incredibly clean
the house is maintained well and we found it very clean
the villa is clean comfortable and conveniently located
Host:
nina is a great host
lovely house keeper and responsive host
nina was a wonderful host and was all the time available over email
nina was an awesome host and very helpful
nina was very responsive
Location:
central and ideal for family
convenient secure location & great value
great house in a great location
the house is located in a excellent part of town close to many attractions
close to many fun things to do
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3. Romantic getaway in Windy Ridge (from USD 72)

Perfect for a romantic getaway, this home in Karen is an affordable, but elegant, option for couples. Enjoy a glass of wine on the twilight lit veranda, or take a dip in the outdoor pool. Driver, laundry and chef services are available upon request. The interior is stylishly decorated, and accented by stunning wooden vaulted ceilings and skylights. Despite being in a quiet neighborhood, it’s a short trip to The Hub shopping center and restaurants offering many different cuisines.

Charming Getaway on Windy Ridge, Karen, Nairobi
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
230 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
amazing garden and view around the pool house
and fresh flowers in different rooms was lovely
the amenities were fantastic swimming pool steam room & bath tub made us super relaxed
we enjoyed fires in the fireplaces and lunch by the beautiful pool (which is not heated fyi)
we loved the steamroom and the jacuzzi and the fireplace in every room was just awesome l
Cleanliness:
the pool house was clean and ready when i arrived
there is good security and the place is very clean
the pictures were very misleading if the pool was cleaned out on the sunny days
we booked the cottage as a place to rest & clean up before our flight home from nairobi
Host:
the hosts were very responsive
the staff were very helpful and welcoming
the staff are very respectful and friendly
the host was responsive at all times
the staff were quite friendly understanding and helpful
Location:
great and peaceful location in the karen area close to the hub shopping mall
the location is perfect quiet and away from hustle and bustle of the city
great stay and a beautiful location
it was the perfect getaway location
and it’s close to a huge mall and a lot of dining options available
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4. An old-school bus in a quiet paradise (from USD 106)

There is nothing like staying in an old-school bus as your accommodation. This cozy bus can be found tucked away in the beautiful suburbs of Karen, a quiet paradise in Nairobi, which is why it is perfect for couples looking to enjoy a romantic escape or families looking to enjoy some quality time together. Two double beds and two single beds are available for six people. Absorb the tranquility of the surrounding in the outdoor area that comes with outdoor seating and fireplace.

The Brandy Bus - Renovated Bus in Quiet Paradise
Nairobi, Kenya
336 reviews
Bus 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
gorgeous fresh flowers colourful fabric cushions intricate details hot shower
great amenities like coffee water filter books the cd collection too everything was clean and comfortable
the kitchen was well supplied and we managed to warm up our christmas eve dinner
upstairs are two beds in which we slept very well
Cleanliness:
very clean and well equipped
unique charming fun clean comfortable go stay
in the bathroom it is comfortable to shower and it was very clean
safe and secure clean and quiet
Host:
karen is a great host and is very quick to respond to any questions
super responsive and the staff are very helpful
well maintained and a very pleasant and open host
karen is very kind and helpful with everything thing
the guard was very friendly and helpful
Location:
easy to find location
the bus is beautiful the location is serene
the bus is nicely decorated
funky different wonderfulnsetting kids loved idea of a bus
lovely bus ~one hour to the airport~convient
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5. Makena's Place Karen - Kichana & Gecko Room (from USD 35)

Makena’s Place offers three different rooms including the Kichana and Gecko Rooms which can sleep one person each. This Airbnb has a boutique vibe with African touches throughout the home. Breakfast is included and you are welcome to explore the surrounding gardens and take advantage of the living and dining spaces. You may even make some new friends, as Makena’s Place is home to two playful and sweet dogs. It is only a seven-minute walk to Karen shopping center or five minutes to the famous Talisman restaurant.

Makena's Place Karen - Kichana & Gecko Room
Nairobi, Kenya
29 reviews
Private room in cottage 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
having wifi was awesome
loved talking with chichi and enjoyed fresh breakfasts daily
breakfast is available each morning with great coffee and delicious tea with fresh ginger if you'd like
always a delicious breakfast prepared
we were made to feel very comfortable and treated chichi's place like our own
Cleanliness:
the room and airbnb space was spacious clean comfortable and honestly perfect
chichi is a great host clean quiet space - highly recommended
their home is quiet clean and comfortable
it is neat and clean and chichi is a wonderful hostess with really good staff
she has amazing taste and her house was clean and inviting
Host:
she is a great host
chichi was one of the best hosts you could imagine
chichi and makena were wonderful hosts
chichi is a wonderful host
chichi is a caring welcoming and reliable host
Location:
i liked the location which is close to public transport and the shopping mall
chichi’s place was beautiful and perfectly located in karen
chichi's place is a paradise
it’s location is perfect making easy access to good restaurants and shops
the hub shopping mall (arguably the best mall in kenya) is also a stones throw away
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6. Cate's House (from USD 65)

Only 45 minutes from the airport, this beautiful home is located in a quiet neighborhood. Take your morning cup of coffee onto the veranda, listen to the songbirds and take in the view of the river. This room is very spacious and includes its own en-suite bathroom and shower. If you happen to visit on a cooler day, there’s a log burning fireplace in the sitting room that would be perfect to curl up next to with a book. Accessing the city center is simple using the new bypass, and plenty of dining and shopping is nearby at the Hub and Karen shopping centers.

CATES HOUSE 1 x bed/bath en-suite per night £50
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
22 reviews
Private room in house 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
my room was spacious with a comfortable large bed and a very large bathroom
Cleanliness:
cate's house is very beautiful and serene with tasteful styling and impeccable cleanliness
Host:
she was very friendly and welcoming from the moment i arrived
cate is a wonderful host her house is lovely and welcoming
cate’s house is great and she is an amazing host
great spot with good garden for kids to explore and 4 friendly dogs
Location:
wonderful location and beautiful spacious house
from the location to the lovely interior this was above and beyond all expectations
what makes the place so special is cate herself
perfect place if you need to stop in nairobi for a few days
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7. An Irish welcome in Karen - River Cottage One (from USD 56)

This self-catering log cottage has views of a private lake and large garden. The lounge, dining and kitchen area are equipped for all your needs. The two-bedroom home can sleep four guests comfortably. Upon request, the hosts can arrange to show you the local sites such as the Nairobi National Park, Elephant Orphanage or Giraffe Center. Previous guests speak highly of the warm welcome by the hosts and the easily accessible location.

An Irish Welcome in Karen - River Cottage One
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
43 reviews
Entire chalet 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
key pointers for recommendation: fast wifi hot shower electric blanket friendly staff ready to help
the kitchen is well equipped to handle about any fish you would like to whip up
Cleanliness:
place was spotless and atmosphere is fantastic
the space was clean and everything we needed for our short stay was available
Host:
they were very nice hosts
hosts were lovely would definitely recommend
great host and great house
great host very helpful and serene place
i would have no qualms about booking an extended stay here and the hosts were amazing
Location:
the place was well located and suited our needs well
really relaxed place in a wonderful location
the cottage is very nice and location is nice and close to karen
if you need a place to get away relax or concentrate
amazing place to stay at would definitely come back for another day
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8. Spacious midcentury African home for ten guests in Karen (from USD 46)

Travelers to Nairobi, Kenya looking for a more local experience and more interaction with Karen’s locale can book a homestay at this private and secured garden villa at Karen. Huge groups of ten, can definitely make full use of this Asian, Western, and African indigenous-designed home, along with its amenities when in Karen. The lovely home is spacious and is fully equipped with access to a full kitchen with updated cooking appliances, a living room with flatscreen TV and Wifi access, and clean functional bathrooms with tubs. The home can accomodate ten guests in a king-sized bed, one double bed, and five single beds, along with an indoor fireplace, free parking, a patio, and a backyard garden.

Karen Garden Villa
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
65 reviews
Entire house 8 Beds 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
2nd: a beautifully appointed residence with numerous rooms allowing for private moments or very sociable times
Cleanliness:
what a lovely quiet and clean place
it is beautiful spotless and unique
monica also ensures it is incredibly clean
the house is maintained well and we found it very clean
the villa is clean comfortable and conveniently located
Host:
nina is a great host
lovely house keeper and responsive host
nina was a wonderful host and was all the time available over email
nina was an awesome host and very helpful
nina was very responsive
Location:
central and ideal for family
convenient secure location & great value
great house in a great location
the house is located in a excellent part of town close to many attractions
close to many fun things to do
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9. The Shire in Karen

This quiet and peaceful home overlooks the Mwitu forest and will allow you to relax after a long day in the city. It is located only 45 minutes from the airport and eight minutes from dining and shopping options in Karen. The bedroom itself can sleep two people and it is surrounded by large windows that let in plenty of light and let you take in the scenery. Shared access to the garden and kitchen are welcome, and you also get a parking space.

The Shire in Karen :)
19 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

10. Bungalow in beautiful garden in Karen

A cozy, four-bedroom bungalow is a great option for families visiting Nairobi. It is surrounded by nine acres of lush property and local shops and restaurants at The Hub aren’t far. The interior is warmly decorated to make you feel at home. Special touches like the claw-foot bathtub make you feel as if you’re splurging on a luxurious getaway. The Nairobi National Game Park, Giraffe Center, Daphne Sheldricks Orphan Elephants and local markets are also nearby.

4 bedroom bungalow in beautiful garden in Karen
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
75 reviews
Entire bungalow 6 Beds 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
clean and very spacious
the beds were comfortable and the house was very clean
the house is spacious and super clean
the house is kept clean
super clean and large indoor and outdoor space in karen near to the karen hub
Host:
very helpful staff
monica was very helpful and got us settled
very quick responses from the host (tina) as well
monica was very friendly and helpful
tina and monica were very helpful and accommodating
Location:
convenient easy to find location
the location is very easy to get to and close to grocery stores and restaurants
spacious house at good location in karen
gorgeous family home close to all the main attractions in karen
the house is close to a very nice shopping mall with grocery and restaurants
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11. Peaceful retreat in Karen

This home was recently custom built in the colonial style, with a modern interior to let in natural light and create spacious living areas. The two double rooms can host up to five guests, and have access to the shared lounge and veranda. Your hosts welcome you to enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the courtyard while taking in the beautiful sunshine. Nearby restaurants and shops are a short drive away, and your host is more than happy to help you arrange transportation.

Peaceful Retreat in Karen
45 reviews
Private room 5 Beds 5 Guests

12. Private double room in beautiful Karen home

This private room is a very affordable and well cared for option for solo or business travelers. Each bedroom has its own private entrance and access to the garden, kitchenette and bathroom. If needed, a taxi can be arranged for pick up and drop off. This Airbnb is conveniently close to sites such as the Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Center, The Carnivore and the city center.

Private Double Room in Beautiful Karen Home
Nairobi, Kenya
11 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
her place is very clean quiet and private
easy to find and clean
Host:
teresa and her family were really nice hosts
teresa is a very friendly & welcoming host that likes to make sure her guests are comfortable
not to mention teresa's hospitality and friendly nature
teresa is a fantastic host and her place is in the perfect spot
teresa was very welcoming and friendly she was there when i arrived and gave me a warm welcome
Location:
close to the hub but most of all peaceful ambiance
it is safe and quiet and a 1 mile walk to the karen hub
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Lush and quiet retreat in Nairobi suburbs

Whether you are in town on business or visiting Nairobi for pleasure, the neighborhood of Karen provides a quiet respite from the hubbub of downtown. There are a plethora of restaurants with outdoor dining, shopping centers and groceries nearby. These homes offer spacious and elegant alternatives to your standard hotel, so keep them in mind for your next visit.

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Katherine is a 24 year old graduate student from the United States. Her latest travels include Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Uganda. Photography and writing are her ideal ways to explore and...Read more

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