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“A Very Fine Biz-Travel Sanctuary” 4 of 5 stars
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Country Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2nd Ngong Avenue | Upper Hill, PO Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #18 of 110 Hotels in Nairobi
Alexandria, Virginia
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“A Very Fine Biz-Travel Sanctuary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

The Country Lodge is modern, very clean, comfortable, and friendly. Although its in-house food and drink options are limited (the only meal served is a very nice custom-cooked breakfast), it's adjacent to Kenya's oldest and nicest hotel, the Fairview Park, and Country Lodge guests are invited to use the Fairview's restaurants, bars, and other facilities. The Country Lodge's staff are extremely gracious, and its location in the Upper Hill neighborhood is close to downtown and ideal for business and government access. Rooms are not air-conditioned (really not a problem in such a beautiful climate), and are a bit on the smallish side. If you need wi-fi access for your computer, you might check your room's location, since some rooms have a fairly weak signal that can limit your bandwidth. For location, value, friendly service, and comfort, I give the Country Lodge four stars. Enjoy!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Findlay, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

I stayed at the Country Lodge for 3 nights following an assignment in the villages. This is a very good hotel for someone traveling through Nairobi or there on business. It is very secure. They have a good breakfast bar where they will cook eggs to order and a good variety of other breakfast foods. While they don't have an in-restaurant they will get reasonable room service from the Fairview Hotel next door. The Fairview also has several good restaurants. All in all this was a good hotel experience, and I would stay there again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

I have come to Nairobi for some 25 years. Many hotels I stayed in were dilapidated and overpriced with indifferent (or worse) staff. The Country Lodge was therefore a pleasant surprise, as it is the exact opposite. Clean, In perfect condition. Breakfast excellent. Everything works. Staff friendly, helpful and efficient, but without unnecessary luxuries such as marble lobbies.

Strongly recommended.

Nico Nagelkerke

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Have stayed here a few times, well organised and clean, efficient staff, OK price and good breakfast. if you are in Nairobi and would like to stay somewhere easy and a little nicer than this is the place.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

I just stayed here for one night. Very similar experience to other reviewers. Small rooms but really well thought out so did not feel at all claustrophobic e.g. desk overlooking window... great plugs....good internet, small business centre. Very helpful staff.

Beds are single plus but the sheets and bedding are great... Feel very soft and smooth. The hotel next door, the Fairview has a couple of restaurants and they will deliver from there to your room.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Despite the name that suggests pastoral pleasures, the Country Lodge is perfectly functional and ideal for the business traveler. We have an office in Nairobi and are regular users of the hotel. In my 4 or 5 visits I have never had an issue. The rooms are are not lavish, but comfortable and everything works. Breakfast is not luxurious, but cheerfully presented and adequate. The conference room is not large, but handles 8 to 10 people. Service is not overdone, but is there when needed. Location is close enough to everything, but requires a taxi ride.

The main attraction is its next-door proximity to the Farview Hotel, a real country lodge, with its campus of restaurants, bars, pool and leather lounges - and 50% higher prices. Stay at the Country Lodge and meet your visitors at the Fairview, I know I do.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012 via mobile

I don't know why it has taken me so long to write this review as I have already stayed here 6 or 7 times. Apart from being unbelievable value in monetary terms, someone has taken great care to consider what the business traveller requires. The rooms are small but very well thought out with all the right plugs in the right places and a great office in which to work. Free reliable Wi-Fi and a substantial high quality breakfast. Quality pervades through out and includes the staff. Book well in advance as you may not get in! If I really looked for something to criticize, it would be the lack of airconditioning, but having an appreciation for such a well planned and run establishment, there must be a good reason for it!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Country Lodge

Address: 2nd Ngong Avenue | Upper Hill, PO Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nairobi
#14 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Country Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Country lodge- Nairobi's most popular limited service hotel(bed and breakfast). It has eighty four rooms designed for the business traveller with unbeatable rates that offers true value for money without compromising on service delivery and comfort. Our room rates include bed, breakfast, wifi and all taxes. Located in Nairobi's upper hill, the hotel provides a peaceful, quiet and safe environment. ... more   less 
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