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P.O.Box 24 Nyeri, Aberdare National Park, Kenya
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Stratford, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The reason to go to out span is to visit the final resting place of the founder of girl guides / scouts. A very special place for the worlds largest women's movement/ scouts. Enjoyed every minute. Great staff, lovely gardens, I will return, hopefully on November 2015

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AberdareSafariHotels, Public Relations Manager at Outspan Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on trip advisor and good to know you enjoyed your stay at Outspan. We are glad to be associated with Founders of World Scout Movement and Paxtu that has been gazetted as a National Monument in Kenya. We look forward to hosting you In November 2015 Regards E.Nguraru More

Poole, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We decided to stay here because it was a historic lodge, however it really is in a sorry state. The staff were really friendly and it is in a lovely place. We stayed in Room 11, a wonderful size looking over the garden. Very happy with the old furniture, but the sheet on the bed was too small and the... More

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AberdareSafariHotels, Public Relations Manager at Outspan Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Sarah H, Thank you for staying in this historic hotel and we are glad that you took time to share your experience with us on Tripadviosor. We have taken note of your suggestions and have engaged the chef regarding food quality. We look forward to hosting you soon. Regards E. Nguraru More

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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Stayed here for a week for work. Front of house staff were great; in particular they sent someone into town to a pharmacy for me at no cost and arranged to have stuff I'd left behind forwarded to Nairobi really efficiently. Grounds really beautiful too and my room had veranda, shower and bath-tub, as well as the fire you can... More

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52 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I have been avoiding this hotel like the plague, instead opting to stay at relatives' houses over the years. But for Christmas, we had 15 people going back home so I thought, Iet's try again. At least during this check in, the staff were better than the last time I was here. When I saw the room (see below) and... More

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AberdareSafariHotels, Public Relations Manager at Outspan Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Your feedback regarding your stay at Outspan is appreciated. In regards to product improvement, management started with Treetops refurbishment in 2012. Outspan is next and shall advise our customers once all plans are in place. However we did upgrade 9 standard rooms to deluxe status in 2009. When next in Nyeri, I recommend you book the deluxe wing... More

Nairobi, Kenya
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

The hotel has a country feel. The green grass, many trees, great climate and the sound of the river from afar are extremely relaxing. In the evening, a fire can be lit in the fireplace, on request. The food was ok, but on one day, not fresh. The staff are helpful but don't seem to enjoy their work as much.... More

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
20 hotel reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We stopped at this hotel for lunch on the way to the Treetops Hotel. It is also where one can leave large pieces of luggage as there is very little storage space in the cosy rooms at the Treetops Hotel. The Outspan hotel used to be the home of Robert Baden-Powell who was the founder of the Scouts movement. The... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Their rooms were nice and the building has great history, loved the furniture in the room. Real wood that one cannot find easily these days. Breakfast was great in the balcony, pity we were not able to see the mountain due to overhanging clouds. Dinner staff at the restaurant could use a bit of improvement. Otherwise, after a whole day... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Stayed two nights at this hotel, which has certainly seen better days. rooms are tired and 1950s style, but a plus is that they will put a fire in the fireplace for you. Major negative is the food - dinner is an ordeal best avoided. Had two truly awful dinners with tasteless overcooked food that was more than a little... More

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United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We arrived feeling rather tired as the Best of Kenya Safari has a great deal of travelling. Outspan is steeped in history and being the last home of Baden Powell made it even more interesting. The gardens are wonderful very well kept with all kinds of shrubs and trees. I would have liked to have been shown around the hotel... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
39 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Oh dear. We stayed here one night only - never again! On the plus side, the room was nice with a lovely fire place. The building is also full of history with beautiful grounds However, the cons are endless! Well..where to start. Supper was served by unsmiling and rude staff who weren't able to identify the food that was served.... More

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Address: P.O.Box 24 Nyeri, Aberdare National Park, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Central Province > Aberdare National Park
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Idyllically located in the Kenyan highlands 2 hours drive from Nairobi the capital city, Outspan provides a holistic business, leisure and adventure experience. A comfortable hotel set in well tended tropical gardens with rolling manicured lawns and breath taking views of Mt Kenya. Lord Baden Powell the founder of the Scouting movement spent the last three years of his life here in a cottage called Paxtu which is still preserved to date. ... more   less 
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