The Social House Hotel in Nairobi has won one of two runners-up in the “City Slicker: Best Urban Hotel” category of the prestigious annual National Geographic Travelers’ Hotel Awards, which recognize 39 of the world’s best new hotels in 2021 The Other Place went to the Capella in Bangkok, Thailand.
“We wanted to reward the hottest new hotels on the block. Temples with a chic design, outstanding service and a feel-good atmosphere that attract locals as well as travelers, ”said the organizers.
According to the jury, The Social House is no ordinary African boutique hotel in a city that has both the colonial tropics as well as the corporate feeling of many regional options. Instead, the locals fill its four bars and restaurants, which offer menus from Scandinavian to Peruvian-Japanese.
Creativity and Passion
“This award is a culmination of creativity and passion for everyone those who have designed, developed and operated the house over the past three years. It is particularly gratifying that this was a global award and is being carried out by National Geographic, one of the world’s most respected and long-lived travel brands, ”said Juliet Njogu, owner of The Social House.
The recognition follows on from The Social House won the Hotel Bedroom and Suites Design category at the 2020 Society of British and International Design Awards.
The Social House was also named Kenya’s Leading Hotel and Kenya’s Leading Boutique Hotel in the International Travel Awards, while His Peruvian restaurant Inca was nominated as Kenya’s best restaurant at the World Culinary Awards.
The Social House is located at 154 James Gichuru Road in Nairobi and is an independent hotel. It has seven event and meeting rooms, four restaurants, an outdoor pool, a back garden and a gym. It is a member of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts Lifestyle Collection.
One of the most talked about new openings of last year, Capella Bangkok on the famous Chao Phraya River, offers an oasis of calm in the city. It features the Auriga Wellness Spa and culture experts curate local experiences for visitors.
Love of nature
The Hoxton Hotel in Rome, Italy, was the overall winner in the category “City Slicker: Best Urban “. Hotel category. According to the judges, The Hoxton Group turned a modernist building in the Parioli neighborhood into an urban retreat with 192 beds, with a dusty pink facade and decor inspired by 1970s furniture and classic Italian cinema, with some salvaged Murano glass chandeliers on top of that. The all-day-long Cugino is a bar-bistro where you feel just as comfortable with breakfast as with the aperitivo hour.
The Angama Safari Camp in the heart of the Kenyan Masai Mara won the ‘Leave the World Behind: Best Outdoor Escape ‘category, as many people fall in love with nature again and praise the features that bring us closer to nature, from hidden tree houses to luxurious lodges.
Angama Mara, is an exclusive fly Camp with just four tents, offering old-school serenity with an ultra-stylish 21st century twist. Desks, oversized beds and double bucket showers offer comfort beyond the confines of a traditional safari camp, and the experiences on offer are the stuff of dreams.
Expect picnics ‘in the middle of nowhere’, hot air balloon rides and bespoke, guest-oriented safari drives exploring the sun-kissed savannah and the Big Five. This is a rare and intimate experience, all run by a team whose attention to detail is out of this world, adds the jury.
Runner-up at ‘Leave the World Behind: Best Outdoor Escape ‘The category is The Treehouses at Lanrick, Perthshire in England, and Camp Sarika by Amangiri in Utah, USA.
The winners and runners-up for this year’s edition are in the October 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK) Magazine.