SOME HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS IN KENYA

There is as much variety in the types of accommodation in Kenya as in its terrain.  The spectrum runs the gamut from 5-star hotels to exclusive lodges and bush homes, to budget camping and all-inclusive beach resorts.  Kenya’s accommodation is among the best in the world, in fact several hotels and lodges have won global awards in the hospitality ranks.  Here below are a brief of a few of the many. 

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Nairobi Serena Hotel – Nairobi 

On the outskirts of Nairobi’s Central Park, shaded by jacaranda, bougainvillea and acacia trees, stands the Nairobi Serena. The tranquil setting belies its location – just moments away from most of the city’s attractions, including art and cultural institutions, shopping, nightlife and entertainment and not forgetting convenience to the nearby game parks. A member of the World’s Leading Hotels it offers exceptional standards of accommodation, service cuisine and amenities. 

The Stanley – Nairobi

It is Kenya’s first luxury hotel. It occupies a special place in Nairobi’s heart. It opened its doors in 1902 hosting royal safaris, groundbreaking business events and long line of living legends. It is simply what you are looking for, having an elegant shopping arcade, chemist and hairdressing salon. Here the past comes to life where the Exchange Bar allows you to sit under a long line of palm-leaf fans sipping a tall drink as you keep up with the day’s latest financial news. Since 1902 the hotel has been receiving legends-Ernest Hemmingway, Denny’s Finch Hatton to Prince Edward of Wales have all slept and wined at this majestic hotel. 

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Safari park hotel – Nairobi

Nestled in 64 acres of lush gardens, 20 minutes outside Nairobi, this beautifully landscaped hotel offers 204 rooms decorated tastefully in African style. The hotel also boasts the largest conference facility in East-Africa-the Jambo Conference Center seating up to 1000 persons. With six restaurant outlets, a casino, piano bar and discotheque, the resort offers a complete breakaway experience to every traveler. The Olympic size swimming pool is a description on its own.

Holiday inn – Nairobi

The Holiday Inn Resort, Nairobi, set in 12 acres of lush landscaped gardens was built in 1945 and extensively refurbished to provide modern touches. It retains the understated charm and elegance of yester years. There are bedrooms for non-smokers and rooms specially designed specifically for paraplegic persons. Moreover, throughout the hotel, there are facilities for the disabled. 

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Panafric hotel – Nairobi

Enjoy the coziness of the imposingly magnificent Panafric Hotel.  Set in a quiet residential suburb, the Hotel commands a panoramic view of the city centre and is renowned for its traditional hospitality. 

Giraffe manor – Nairobi

 

The Giraffe Manor is a stately double-storey mansion on the outskirts of Nairobi.  The first floor windows are at a convenient height for the giraffes who quite often ‘pop’ in to see who’s home.  Since its founders rescued a baby giraffe named Daisy from a heavily poached area of western Kenya in 1974, this home has become a household name among wildlife lovers worldwide.  Warthogs also reside at the manor and are almost as used to humans as the Rothschild.  Do not forget to take your camera with you.  The giraffes are very good photograph ‘posers’.

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Safari park hotel – Nairobi

Nestled in 64 acres of lush gardens, 20 minutes outside Nairobi, this beautifully landscaped hotel offers 204 rooms decorated tastefully in African style. The hotel also boasts the largest conference facility in East-Africa-the Jambo Conference Center seating up to 1000 persons. With six restaurant outlets, a casino, piano bar and discotheque, the resort offers a complete breakaway experience to every traveler. The Olympic size swimming pool is a description on its own.

Lake Baringo Club – Lake Baringo

 

Its location is in the Great Rift Valley.  Set amid lush green lawns, gardens and abundant wildlife of over 160 species it creates a tranquil country atmosphere.  Boat rides are rented for those interested in the hippos or crocodiles on the shores of Lake Baringo. There are also two hot springs in the area one on a nearby island. 

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Wagon Hotel -Eldoret

 

Set in the highland town of Eldoret, this hotel portrays warmth of myriad proportions. Constructed at the turn of last century, its initial use was as a camping site for early European settlers. The ‘Wagon’ name is derived from a horse wagon, which was being used as a dining hall. Being home to athletics legends – Kipchoge Keino, Marathon Champion Paul Tergat, 3000m steeplechase winners at the Athens Olympics, Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Koech, Brimin Kipruto and many others, the hotel becomes astir with athletics meetings and get-togethers. With prior arrangements, the visitors are able to interact with the athletes. A visit to the High Altitude Training Centers can also be arranged from this hotel. 

Bontana Hotel – Nakuru

 

Bontana Hotel is located in the heart of Nakuru town and is indeed Nakuru’s newest sensation.  The hotel boasts mouth-watering cuisines, 80 elegantly furnished rooms with DSTV connections, an elevated hot water swimming pool and a comfortable lounge.  Its proximity to Lake Nakuru National Park makes it a wonderful destination for both town and country tourists.

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Sego Safari Lodge – Kerio valley

This hotel’s location is in the Kerio Valley overlooking the Kapnorok Game Reserve and Kerio River. The landscape and beauty of the Kerio Valley takes away every setback. Recently constructed, the hotel provides several cottages, mouth-watering delicacies and an all form swimming pool for the discerning traveler. 

Mount Kenya Safari Club – Nanyuki

 

Sited on the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kenya at Nanyuki, it offers a blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. It exudes quiet elegance amidst dramatic backdrops. You also get to visit Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary. 

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Sarova Lion Hill Lodge – Lake Nakuru

 

Darkness falls quickly in equatorial Africa and witnessing the amazing sunsets from the comfort of the bar terrace is a must.  Relax away the tensions of modern living with a refreshing swim and calm sauna. On the other hand, simply lounge on the open terrace and watch animals pass by.  The bird life is equally enthusiastic. Located on the bottom of the Great Rift Valley’s Lake Nakuru Lodge, the lodge’s 64 superbly appointed chalets with private secluded verandah enjoys views over the lake and distant hills.

Sarova Mara Lodge – Masai Mara

 

Sarova Mara provides you the unique opportunity of experiencing a tented safari, with a difference.  75 luxurious tents with permanent roofs and floors and their own bathroom are set amidst lush gardens and exotic flowers.  Relax outside your tent and listen to the orchestra of rasping cicadas, croaking tree frogs and to the intermittent call of birds and monkeys evoking memorable symphonies.

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Keekorok Lodge – Masai Mara

 

This was the first lodge to be built in the Masai Mara and built on the direct path of the annual migration of herbivores, makes it one of the most attractive lodges. During the migration, the lodge is surrounded by swarming mass of animals – a game drive on its own.  A sundowner bar is located 300m down the walkway overlooking the Mara and the pool with resident hippo.  Wildlife videos and lectures on culture and lifestyle of the Masai peoples are held regularly.  Balloon safaris depart from this beautiful lodge.

Lake Naivasha Country Club – Naivasha

 

Naivasha is one of the gems in a necklace of Rift Valley lakes.  It became famous in the 1930’s as a staging post for Imperial Airways.  The old colonial architecture in 12 hectares is solid and comfortable with accommodations in rooms and cottages.  The public rooms are elegant and cool.  The bar is cosy and adjoins an immaculately appointed snooker room.  A romantic sun downer boat trip with exotic drinks combines a sumptuous sunset. 

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Mara Serena lodge – Masai Mara

 

An interpretation of traditional Masai Manyatta village of domed huts, Mara Serena Lodge is set on the saddle of a hill where it overlooks the 1,800sq km Masai Mara. The lodge has 74 rooms, a free form swimming pool, hippo pool breakfasts, evening entertainment, Maasai dancers, wildlife films, resident naturalist and balloon safaris.

Mara Simba lodge – Masai Mara

 

Mara Simba was conceived as a safari resort.  The emphasis is on exclusivity and comfort, the ambience is Maasai, and the décor incorporating ethnic design elements from the culture of the proud tribe in whole realm the lodge is set.  The grounds extend almost a kilometer along the Talek River bank.  The lodge overlooking a dramatic bend in the river is designed to complement its natural setting.

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Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort – Naivasha

 

Sits on an elevation of 7000ft, from where it enjoys magnificent views of the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha, the volcanic crater of Mt. Longonot, and the sloping shoulders of the Aberdares.  Individual cottages line the golf course and are available for both long and short stays.  Players are greeted with beautiful landscaped and manicured greens against a backdrop of mountains and lakes. Apart from golf – 18-hole, 6580-yard, other activities are tennis courts, bowling green, free form swimming pool, fishing boats on the lake and bush breakfasts and sundowners in one of the most romantic settings on earth.

Lake Naivasha Simba lodge – Naivasha

 

In a sylvan setting of natural acacia woodland, is the Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge.  The lodge’s park-like grounds are frequently visited by a wide variety of birds and wildlife.  The lodge is the ideal holiday conference, meeting, banqueting and wedding venue.  It is close to Hell’s Gate National Park, with its spectacular gorges and hot springs, and Mt. Longonot National Park for the game drives, biking, walking and rock climbing.

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