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“"GREAT AFTERNOON-GOOD HOMELY FOOD"” 4 of 5 stars
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Kiserian Isenya Pipeline Road | Kajiado, Nairobi 00206, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #39 of 95 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“"GREAT AFTERNOON-GOOD HOMELY FOOD"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Went to Whistling Thorns for a quite afternoon with family. My son and sweet wife enjoyed their swimming to the fullest.

The food was really tasty and like home made...an culinary experience I do remember till now. The entry to the facility is however bit hidden with poor signage to lead you. Especially, once you take the left turn at the main junction off Kiserian main road to the lead road, you will find yourself stopping people by the road to ask about the entrance to the attraction.

Were it not for some people walking near our vehicle, my son while running up and about, was almost mauled by one of the many dogs that loiter within the compound and to date he seems not to like the idea of going back there.

The drive to the venue is also soothing...A true road trip feeling.. I would highly recommend this facility to families, groups of friends or anyone willing to try out something less formal. the waiters are really good and first and the place has a lot of life from interested patrons.

All the same it was time well spent away from the hustles and bustles of the city.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Had heard of it but had never been. General location is superb and grounds perfect for big groups activities. The children enjoyed the swimming though I would suggest a baby pool too for small babies. We loved the nyama and accompaniments.

I would recommend it to those who dont want to travel so far from city yet want to forget the busy world.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012 via mobile

I have not spent the night at WT, but have eaten there many times over the last few years. Food is marvelous, lovely outdoor dining. Next time, may try a cabin....rest rooms very clean! Great spot to sit back and chill!

Kitty Watson

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 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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Vancouver, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

I booked my father to stay here when he came to visit me while I was living in Kenya. What a wonderful spot to stay! I was living up the road at the time, and the couple who owns it actually drove him to my house a couple times, since they didn't think he needed to walk.

The pool was lovely, and food was great. A perfect getaway from Nairobi, and a chance to see game before officially entering any parks.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

This is a nice quiet getaway from the bustle of Nairobi. There is nothing nearby except for a beautiful sunset. I especially enjoyed the birds that visit. They feed them to get them to come. It was very relaxing to stay there and the beds were comfortable and had mosquito nets. There were nice outdoor sitting areas. The food was good and the coffee was made in a french press.. yum!

My only disappointment was that the bathrooms were needing an upgrade. There was no shelf to put your things on near the sink. There was also no shelf for your soap and shampoo in the shower. The shower head was old and sprayed in all directions.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

I took a group of 14 young children to Whistling Thorns. The staff were extremely helpful and attentive and the food delicious. The pool was clean, if rather cold.

Thank you for looking after us!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

I stayed here for 10 nights in April. As a solo traveler, and one looking for a safe and comfortable place to lay my head at night, Whistling Thorns exceeded my expectations. I found the service to be exceptional, the food better than average and the accommodations (I had a tent) perfect for my needs. The staff here are above average - a kind, generous and thoughtful group of people. Even the resident dogs are great. I will be returning in December and can hardly wait!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kiserian Isenya Pipeline Road | Kajiado, Nairobi 00206, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
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Ranked #39 of 95 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whistling Thorns is one hour from Nairobi overlooking the Ngong Hills in an untouristy part of the country. It is a peaceful quiet place with swimming pool and splendid views and bar/restaurant with home cooked meals. There is a golf driving range, and you can go horse riding or walking. There are plenty of birds and you may see zebras and gazelles. It is a lovely place to relax before or after your safari. ... more   less 
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