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“Waste of Time and Money” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris

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Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris
Nairobi - Nakuru Highway | Rungiri / Magana, Nairobi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #6 of 162 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Waste of Time and Money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

If you like listening to the grand prix on TV over breakfast...
If you like three hour church services next door via loudspeaker on a Sunday morning...
If you don't want a wink of sleep because you are on a major trunk road...
if you like being locked in in a dangerous suburb...
If you like paying 40 dollars (EACH WAY) a trip to and from Nairobi with his 'secure' driver when you could get on a matatu (public minibus) for 50bob (yes thats right around 35p)...
If you want a radio on under your room at 6am and two dry biscuits for supper after a two day journey...
If you want Trevor banging on about wanting good reviews without actually seeming to give a stuff about whether you are there or not...

then this is the place for you!

We stayed in a budget room for a fifth of the price that was cleaner and had much hot running water and was quiet at night. Seriously, if you're going to pay this kind of money, go elsewhere.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else. There wasn't even AC. FAIL!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Trevor2009, Owner at Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
I love honest reviews,
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1,"If you like listening to the grand prix on TV over breakfast... " Three options of where to eat breakfast TV Lounge, Dining Area or on the Terrace, why pick the TV Lounge!
2"If you like three hour church services next door via loudspeaker on a Sunday morning..." No Church Next Door!
3,"If you don't want a wink of sleep because you are on a major trunk road...
if you like being locked in in a dangerous suburb..." Safer than parts of Manchester and quieter too, the main road is 300 metres away !
4,"If you like paying 40 dollars (EACH WAY) " Taxi to town is $20 each way or $100 for 9 hours Local!
5,"If you want a radio on under your room at 6am and two dry biscuits for supper after a two day journey." There is no radio that was on at 6 on a Sunday Morning and the flight arrived 2 hours late, our driver waited. They arrived at the hotel just before midnight and were offered drinks and biscuits, Free of Charge of course.

If you can find me a clean, safe, quiet, hotel at 10 pounds a night in Nairobi as this person suggests please let me know and I will market it for the owner.

Please read several reviews before making a judgement, and if you come and stay with us finding something not to your satisfaction please tell us. That is what we are here for.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 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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Devizes, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We were on a two week self drive safari. Trevor's contacts in sorting a 4X4, his local knowledge, and willingness to help, with everything from loaning us spare fuel cans, tools, and his personal Sat' Nav', to advice on routes, made our holiday in Kenya the best to date.
Staying at the Kikuyu Lodge Hotel is not the sterile, insulating experience of the usual large hotels in downtown Nairobi. It feels part of the local community of Magana; about 20 mins from the city centre. You will hear some noise from the local community, be that traffic, goats, chickens or children playing, but the payback is feeling that you are actually in Kenya, not some "corporate managed" hotel environment.
We stayed three nights at the beginning of our trip, and two at the end. We were made to feel very welcome, meal times arranged to suit us, Trevor's friendly company during evening meals, and Hannah's ever cheerful presence to make us laugh.
Highly recommended if you want to feel part of Kenya, and why would you come to Kenya and not want to be!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trevor2009, Owner at Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Well Steve has spent a lot of time in Kenya on and off over the years so I feel it is a real honour for him to give the hotel and staff such praise. We much appreciate the recommendation of such an experienced traveller.
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Hangzhou, China
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My family and friends (8 people in total) stayed in Kikuyu Lodge for 1 night after our arrival in Nairobi and before departing for Safari. We love the room, garden, food, and everything at the Lodge! The only setback is that the shower in our room has very small water flow but anyway we do not need a waterfall:)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Trevor2009, Owner at Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope your safari went well. I will take a look at the shower you mentioned. It is good to have your feedback on these things.
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Our family of two adults and two teenaged children stayed for two nights en route to Naivasha and Nakuru, for which Kikuyu lodge is ideally situated. The ensuite rooms were spotlessly clean and comfortable and the food, cooked by Hannah, was plentiful and delicious. However, it is Trevor's thoughtfulness and hospitality that add significant value to Kikuyu lodge. His capable and practical advice and assistance on matters large and small allowed us to fully enjoy our time in Nairobi and we felt we were engaging with 'real' Kenya rather than a sanitised package experience. Looking forward to a time when we can return.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trevor2009, Owner at Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
We take great pleasure in the variety of people we meet and their diverse interests. I was happy to share in there experiences in Kenya and pleased that they were also happy with our service.
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Perth
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Trevor was extremely helpful in arranging my internal travel and bookings in Kenya. What impressed me was his prompt email replies to my many questions and requests. Friendly Hannah looked after me very well with her cooked dinners and breakfast. The KLH provided a homely escape from the bedlam of Nairobi traffic. The taxi service arranged by Trevor was reliable. I used this service for two complete days while I was in Nairobi to visit wherever I wished to go. I would recommend KLH if you are not interested in staying in the large expensive tourist hotels in the centre of Nairobi.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Trevor2009, Owner at Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Reviews are always appreciated, we know that for the guest it is a special time for them and endeavour to provide personal service. It is then gratifying when we know that they enjoyed their time with us.
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

My 2 friends and I recently spent a long weekend in Nairobi and couldn't have been happier with Kikuyu and all of Trevor's help. He seriously answers every single email and is so amenable and helpful. Our group was initially 5 girls, then 4, then 3, and then we changed our flight 1 day before we were to arrive and Trevor was still able to accomodate everything! The atmosphere at the logde feels like extended family - Hannah is an amazing cook and so friendly and Trevor has so much knowledge and experience that you can't go wrong with any of his suggestions. We loved Nairobi, went also to Lake Nakuru (not to be missed), the Elephant Orphanage, the Safari Walk, and the Giraffe park, all in about 2.5 days. The tour guide Trevor organised, Charles, was wonderful and it's clear they work together all the time.

The lodge is about 15 minutes outside of downtown Nairobi, but that wasn't a problem for us since we were focused really on outside activities. That would be the only drawback so if you're looking at a hotel that will give you lots of access to downtown Nairobi, this probably isn't the place. Otherwise, enjoy the lovely garden and wonderful hospitality of Kikuyu Lodge.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trevor2009, Owner at Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris, responded to this review, July 17, 2012
We are very pleased that the group enjoyed their stay here. It was a pleasure to organise their trips out to the Rift Valley Lakes and places of interest around Nairobi. We hope they will return for a full Safari some time. The review is much appreciated.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

First we must mention the hospitality at Kikuyu Lodge. Trevor made as feel welcomed and organised a safari for us to remember for a long time. The balloon trip over the Masai Mara was spectacular. Hannah the cook was sooooooo pleasant. Thanks to you both.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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, Owner at Kikuyu Lodge Hotel & Safaris, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
It is great to know that people have enjoyed the wildlife safaris we have organised for them and their time with us. These reviews are appreciated but our staff and hopefully will assist other travellers. We know and appreciate that your time in Kenya whether on holiday or business is a special time for you and hosting you is our pleasure.
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Address: Nairobi - Nakuru Highway | Rungiri / Magana, Nairobi, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 162 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a long established family run Guest House/Safari planners, organising personal itinerary holidays and wildlife safaris to the game parks of Kenya, Sightseeing to the beautiful Rift Valley and it lakes, and the mountain scenery of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Ranges. Beach breaks to the beautiful Indian Ocean and Marine Park. For the serious naturalist or the leisure of a holiday in beautiful surrounding we organise it all and at Kikuyu Lodge Hotel we offer comfortable homely accommodation, good food and a warm welcome as well as our beautiful garden. ... more   less 
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