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“Oasis in Nairobi” 5 of 5 stars
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Ngong House
4.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Ngong Rd | P.O. Box 24963, Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #3 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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56 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Oasis in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

On a quick trip to Nairobi I stayed at Ngong House. Arriving close to midnight, someone quickly came to the door, checked me in and had porters carry my luggage to my bungalow.My bungalow, or tree house, as they call them, had a deck, large living area and large bathroom. The bathroom was a delight! The shower provided "rain", the basin was very big and the tub was in the shape of a very long boat. It did take some time for hot water to reach the basin at that hour of the night, but everything else was so charming that I didn't care.
In the morning it was raining. I made my way to the patio (quite a little walk) where there was a table for one already set with a table cloth and fresh flowers, next to a wood burning fireplace to warm me. The plate of fruit which was brought as a starter was big enough to feed two or three. The coffee was in a press and made to order as were the toast and eggs. It was excellent.
I kept the room as a day room for the second night and when I came back to shower and change my shoes ( which had gotten quite filthy)were taken from me and sent for a good cleaning before I had a chance to even ASK if that would be possible. They were delivered to my doorstep before I was done showering. I was only sorry that I didn't have more time to spend there.
It is very close to the DSWT elephant orphanage which was the reason for my trip.

Room Tip: Location of each bungalow is secluded so I think any one of them would be a good choice..
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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193 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Met by ever friendly staff who welcome you with a hot towel and a fresh glass of juice in the warm dining/lounge of the main reception that is tastefully furnished. The accommodation is a wow factor, with tree houses built on stilts, each with its' own character. You gather around the camp fire at night and are served with delicious canopies and drinks. Dinner is a private affair, each couple/family are designated with a special place set at a distance from each other. Starters are always delicious and the main meal is a choice between of Fish, Beef, or a vegetarian dish. Very fresh and good quality food is met with equally high standards. Usually dinner is a four course meal to feast on. The owner always makes sure to see everyone is happy and comfortable. Lunch is a three course meal, equally lovely.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Ngong House is special. A place where nothing is too much trouble and the detail is looked after. The accommodation and general areas are well decorated and have a comfortable easy air. The tree houses are a real treat even for us, who have travelled a lot in East Africa. The food is well executed, don't be afraid to ask for less as the portions are generous. The staff are great and really look after you you. It is close to the Karen attractions. Into town is a bit further due to the traffic. Overall a real gem of a place at a good price. Definitely recommend.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Driving through residential suburbs, down a interlocking stone road you get to Ngong House. Far from the wilderness setting you imagine when you see the web site. However, I was pleasantly surprise once inside the gates. The treehouse we stayed was romantic with the dow boat bath, nets around the bed, secluded from other places. The porch was perfect place for breakfast the next morning. Staff were attentive and friendly.
A disappoint was the food. Expectations were high based on the web site description. It was good not special. The wine and drinks were average standard.
I would go back and recommend to friends but with lower expectations.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We loved the tree house where everything was made from natural materials. Not one straight wall or door and that's the charm if it. The views from inside are just great.
The food was very nice and we enjoyed it in the cosy atmosphere of the fireplace ( one in every corner!). A very nice outing just outside Nairobi.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

the welcome is great and warm! Amazing tree houses fully equipped . stayed there more than 6 times and every time was a diff experience. Paul the owner really friendly and social. gets everyone together in the evening around the bonfire optional of course. the food is out of this world simply OUT OF THIS WORLD!! complements to the chef.!!! just don't realize you are in Nairobi. fantastic place very recommended.

Room Tip: tree house no. 3 one of my personal favourites.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We stayed here for one night on our 2 nights end to our honeymoon . It's an adventure is the best way to describe it .
We arrived there in the afternoon out room ready we had a treehouse and it really is a two story house in a tree with a veranda it's got a fully functioning bathroom with shower and a kitchenette .. Truly fantastic idea and amazing views .. However if ur not very mobile then stick to a cottage style or a one level tree house as u have to go up a winding staircase and up a hatch to get Into the big treehouse but worth it u even have a thatched cottage roof . They took our very heavy suitcases up to our treehouse and then asked us what we would like for lunch and to choose when .. Now that is good service . Lunch was lovely and plentiful .. Any drink u want is part of ur all inclusive too alcohol or non alcoholic . Staff are lovely and helpful .. We then went in a game drive driver supplied by them and on our return we had drinks and snacks around a fire outside with the owner Paul and the other guests in the evening Under the stars which if u like star gazing feast ur eyes as no light pollution especially from our tree house it was amazing .. Then after the socializing by the fire when u wanted dinner at ur own timing staff would prepare ur table ... As
We were on honeymoon we had a private table adjacent a real burning fire very romantic ... Good was wonderful staff too .
We had drinks inside the lounge just like being at home afterwards and then one of the resident doggies actually walked us all the way to our treehouse very cute . We then settled into our turned down bed and had a great night sleep ready to travel after breakfast which was at our own time if choosing with no rush to check out till we had to go to the airport that's how accommodating they were . We were sad to leave but highly recommend you to visit here even just for one night it's well worth the experience ... Enjoy it and thank you so much Ngong house for making the last night of our honeymoon such a lovely memorable experience ..

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ngong Rd | P.O. Box 24963, Nairobi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ngong House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ngong House is a private, serene and luxurious homestay 20 minutes away from the city centre. The lodge overlooks the Ngong Hills, only a few minutes away from what used to be Karen Blixen Coffee Farm. Secluded in 10 acres of private land, it is very close to Nairobi National Park, 40 minutes away from Nairobi International Airport and 15 minutes away from Wilson Airport, from where all air safaris take off. Accommodation is mainly in luxurious Tree-Houses. ... more   less 
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